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Newsreels: 1944 - April 13

Public Domain Stock Footage Newsreels: 1944 - April 13

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keywords: us draft, selective service, maj. general lewis b. hershey, coast guard, air sea rescue, pontoon helicopter, 3rd infantry regiment, sweetheart of the regiment, barbara reynolds, general charles h. bonesteel jr., natural disasters, italy, volcano eruption, mt. vesuvius

Synopsis: Major General Hershey Clarifies Points On The Draft, Pontoon Helicopter Ready For Sea Rescue, Soldiers Nominate 19 Year Old Barbara Reynolds As Regiment Sweetheart, 1944 Eruption Of Mt. Vesuvius (2007-92f.txt)...(read more)

  • Date: 1944
  • Duration: 00:07:09
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Monochrome
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States, Italy

Newsreels: 1944 - April 13

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Major General Lewis B. Hershey Clarifies Points On The WWII Draft

Major General Lewis B. Hershey, with the aid of a barrel chart, attempts to clarify the muddled situation which exists in Selective Service today.

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Pontoon Helicopter Ready For Sea Rescue

The US Coast Guard dramatically demonstrates its life saving, sea-going helicopter. It hovers over a foundering shipwreck victim—then quickly flies him to refuge, ashore.

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Soldiers Nominate 19 Year Old Barbara Reynolds As Regimental Sweetheart

The 3rd Infantry Regiment gets a live pin up girl when pretty Barbara Reynolds, 19, is elected sweetheart of the Regiment. She presents them a beautiful flag, then the line sort of forms to the right, to get a kiss or two from the blushing miss.

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1944 Eruption Of Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius, one of the land marks of the world, breaks into active eruption. Restive since its last marked violence in 1906, the volcano proceeds to make up for lost time. Clouds of gray sulphur smoke darken the sky. Rivers of molten lava roll off the crater, and down the slopes, at a temperature of 2,500 degrees. Walls of lave, 25 feet in height, move 12 feet a minute. Orchards and vineyards are frizzled.

The lava reaches the town of San Sebastiano (which nestles on the mountain’s side), and stone structures are pushed over like house-of-cards, then crushed. Frantic citizens race about, moving their belongings, helpless to resist the oncoming walls of fire. The patron Saints are appealed to, steam issues from fissures in the street, statues are pushed over, and the people are panic stricken.

Then the good offices of AMG steps in and feeds and cares for them. Within a radius of 30 miles, lava ash covers the countryside, as though a sand storm had gone berserk. G I’s and Italians shovel and bulldoze the ashes out of the streets to make them passable. We look back at Vesuvius and it is still belching—its smoke plume towering in the sky, mute, mysterious symbol of the destructive forces in nature.

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