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  • One of Our Aircraft is Missing
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    One of Our Aircraft is Missing 2103 views One of Our Aircraft is Missing
    directed by Michael Powell
    1:43:01

    During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home.
  • The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler
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    The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler 11585 views The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler
    directed by Westbrook van Voorhis
    0:52:46

    1950's television documentary special that includes interviews with Hitler's sister Paula Wolf and a fellow prisoner who was incarcerated with Hitler, actual footage shot by the Nazi's and Eva Braun's rare home movies.
  • Hell in Normandy
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    Hell in Normandy 2564 views Hell in Normandy
    directed by Alfonso Brescia
    1:29:38

    The movie is set during World War II in the days just prior to the D-Day invasion. A special parachute unit is sent to destroy a German flame thrower installation on Omaha Beach.
  • The Battle of Midway
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    The Battle of Midway 2442 views The Battle of Midway
    directed by John Ford
    0:17:46

    On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battleThis film is in the Public Domain
  • The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
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    The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flyin... 3387 views The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
    directed by William Wyler
    0:41:31

    Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle" took part in a great bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany. On their way they encounterd heavy AA fire and interceptors.The film is in the Public Domain
  • Warhead
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    Warhead 2485 views Warhead
    directed by John O'Connor
    1:27:55

    Weapons expert Tony Stevens is reluctantly sent on a mission to a middle-east warzone to locate a lost nuclear warhead and dismantle it before it falls into the wrong hands. But before he can complete his work, he is taken prisoner and thrust into the conflict, and finds himself looking out for more than just the warhead. This film is in the Public Domain.
  • Escape from Sobibor
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    Escape from Sobibor 2233 views Escape from Sobibor
    directed by Jack Gold
    1:59:09

    During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had been spared from the ovens, knew that they were on borrowed time and that their only hope was to escape... the only question was how to do it. However, because the Germans would kill an equal number of others whenever a group attempted to escape, the captives knew that if ever an escape was tried, all 600 prisoners in the camp would have to be included... logistically precluding any ideas about tunnels or sneak breakouts. Indeed, to have such a mass escape could only mean that the Ukrainian guards and Germain officers would have to be killed, which many of the Jews felt simply reduced themselves to no better than their captors... thus making it a struggle of conscience. And therein lies the story, with the film being based on a factual account of what then happened at that Sobibor prison.
  • Report from the Aleutians
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    Report from the Aleutians 1687 views Report from the Aleutians
    directed by John Huston
    0:46:53

    A official documentary movie about the misson of the US forces on an island of the Aleutians, from which US bombers are attacking the Japanese occupied island Kiska. The movie includes footage from a bombing raid over Kiska with B-17 and B-24 bombers.
  • Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders
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    Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Mak... 1462 views Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders
    directed by Ray Enright
    1:26:39

    Seven weeks after Pearl Harbor, volunteers form the new 2nd Marine Raider Battalion whose purpose is to raid Japanese-held islands. The men selected come from different walks of life but have toughness in common. Under command of Colonel 'Thorwald', they're trained in all imaginable forms of combat. Then, after a perilous submarine journey, they face a daunting first mission: to annihilate the much larger Japanese garrison on Makin Island, in a lengthy battle sequence.This film is in the Public Domain
  • War Comes to America
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    War Comes to America 1366 views War Comes to America
    directed by Frank Capra
    1:02:11

    WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #7Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War.This Film is in the Public Domain
  • Black Brigade (Carter's Army)
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    Black Brigade (Carter's Army) 6583 views Black Brigade (Carter's Army)
    directed by George McCowan
    1:10:13

    ** Richard Pryor in WWII**A redneck officer (Stephen Boyd) is put in charge of an all black troops squad. Their mission, secure a crucial hydro dam in Nazi Germany. Their failure would be detrimental to the Allied advance into Germany, and would prolong the war. Most of the GIs only have cleaning and other non-combat experience, but Captain Beau Carter must accomplish the mission with the rag-tag. The men's heroism surprise him.
  • The Nazis Strike
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    The Nazis Strike 1141 views The Nazis Strike
    directed by Frank Capra
    0:42:32

    WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM#2In this installment of the Why We Fight propaganda film series, we see the events of Nazi Germany's diplomatic and military acts of international aggression. One by one, we learn of the Nazi's consistently underhanded and relenting violation of every promise of peace and exploitation of their foes's attempts of appeasement until the invasion of Poland September of 1939 which led to Britain and France finally taking an armed stand against Hitler.Won Oscar - Best Documentary (1943)
  • Three Came Home
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    Three Came Home 1051 views Three Came Home
    directed by Jean Negulesco
    1:44:53

    The story of one woman's confinement in a WW II Japanese prison camp.The true story of Agnes Newton Keith's imprisonment in several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 1941 to the end of WWII. Separated from her husband and with a young son to care for she has many difficulties to face.
  • The Great Battle Of the Volga
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    The Great Battle Of the Volga 1293 views The Great Battle Of the Volga
    directed by Maria Slavinskaya
    1:15:57

    While this film of one of the epic struggles of WWII is over 50 years old, it still delivers the drama of the battle fought by Russian soldiers and sailors to defend Leningrad. Codenamed "Operation Barbarrosa" by Hitler, the battle was truly horrific. This documentary, The Great Battle of the Volga, focuses on the bravery and suffering of the Russian soldiers as they endure the tremendous attack by the well-equipped German army. That they could regroup and fight back with such ferocity is depicted, along with the terrible destruction caused by the Germans
  • The Battle of China
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    The Battle of China 1582 views The Battle of China
    directed by Frank Capra
    1:02:50

    WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #6In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the country of China and its people. With a brief history of the country, we also learn of why the Japanese wanted to conquer it and felt confident about succeeding. Finally, the history of the war in that theatre is illustrated and shows the stiff determination of the Chinese who use all their resources to oppose Japanese aggression to the end.
  • The Battle Of Britain
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    The Battle Of Britain 1633 views The Battle Of Britain
    directed by Frank Capra
    0:52:12

    WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #4In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda film series, we have the account of Great Britain's last stand against the forces of Nazi Germany. This mainly focuses on the desperate, but successful, battle to maintain their vital air superiority over the British Isles and the morale of the people to prevent invasion.
  • December 7th
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    December 7th 1331 views December 7th
    directed by John Ford, Gregg Toland
    0:33:49

    "December 7th," directed by John Ford, begins with the aftermath of theJapanese attack on Pearl Harbor, nicknamed "the Navy's hundred milliondollar fist." Authentic footage of the invasion is mixed with reenactmentsto provide a complete portrait of the events of that fateful day. Anextended sequence pays tribute to the American soldiers killed in theattack, many of whom are individually profiled, complete withtestimonials offered by surviving family members. American bravery isnot only embodied by the fallen, it is proven by the resolve that comesin response to the attack. The film culminates in a profile of theNavy's recovery of one sunken vessel in particular, employing the effortas a metaphor for the American cause, "a symbol of the fighting spiritof our men who build and man our ships." Much like this successfulrefitting, the film suggests that American forces will rise from destruction, stronger than they were before.
  • The Battle Of Russia
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    The Battle Of Russia 2114 views The Battle Of Russia
    directed by Frank Capra
    1:22:57

    WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #5In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the events on the Russian front of World War II. We learn about Russia's heroic resistance to invasion in the past and how those qualities were called upon in the current war. We also learn about Russian tenacity and their determination to win against the seemingly invincible forces of Nazi Germany in the bloodiest fighting of the war.Examines the war in Russia, 1941-1943. Reel 1 dramatizes Russia's military history. Alexander Nevsky defeats the German knights in 1242. The Swedes are defeated in 1704 in a cavalry battle at Poltava. French troops retreat from Moscow in 1812. Kaiser Wilhelm inspects troops on the Eastern front in 1917. Reel 2 shows mine operations, agricultural scenes, oil fields, and manufacturing scenes. People of many ethnic groups present native dances. Civilian and military units parade in Moscow. Maksim Litvinoff asks the League of Nations to aid Ethiopia in 1935. Reel 3 maps Axis expansion into eastern Europe. Hungarian, Rumanian, and Bulgarian troops parade prior to Nazi occupation. Footage shows puppet leaders Admiral Miklos von Nagybanya Horthy, General Ion Antonescu, King Michael of Romania and King Boris of Bulgaria. Adolf Hitler and Generals Wilheim Keitel and Alfred Jodl meet. Nazis march through Hungarian cities. Yugoslavian cities are bombed and Greece is occupied. Tanks roll from Russian assembly lines and troops are inducted. German panzer divisions invade Russia in June 1941. Reel 4 maps the German advance in 1941 and analyzes Russian strategy. Hitler makes a victory speech in October. Footage shows intense street fighting in Sevastopol. Russians of all ages are mobilized. In Reel 5, houses, factories, and a large dam in the Ukraine are burned or dynamited before the advancing Nazis. Guerilla units draw arms and then dynamite Nazi installations. Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, and other leaders pose. Red troops parade in Moscow in Dec. 1941. In Reel 6, citizens pray in churches on Christmas Day. Russian tanks, cavalry units, and ski troops advance beneath air support. Villages are liberated and refugees return. In Reel 7, dead and tortured Russian civilians are found. Footage shows prewar Leningrad. Barricades are erected. The city is intensively bombed. In Reel 8, the city is besieged. Women remove rubble from streets. Defenses are manned. Food is rationed. Shell manufacture continues. Supplies are broughtin by truck, tractor, and railroad across frozen Lake Ladoga. Winter snows blanket the city. Nazi planes bomb trucks on the lake. The spring thaw arrives. Children play in the sunshine. German prisoners enter the city. Reel 9 maps the battle for the Caucasus and the Crimea. Stalingrad is bombarded from the air by artillery and house-to-house fighting is shown. Reel 10 maps the Russian encirclement of Nazis at Stalingrad. Marshal Nikolai Voronoff confers with his aides. The encircling Red armies meet in Dec. 1942. Flamethrowers, rockets, and artillery are used to force the surrender of remnants of 22 Nazi divisions. The final scene maps Russian gains and cites statistics on Nazi losses thus far in the campaign.
  • Divide and Conquer
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    Divide and Conquer 10840 views Divide and Conquer
    directed by Frank Capra
    0:56:23

    WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #3"Divide and Conquer," Chapter III of Frank Capra's "Why We Fight"series, begins with Britain and France's declaration of war on Germanyafter Hitler's invasion of Poland. The film covers the Nazi capture ofDenmark and Norway, steps necessary to mount a future attack on Britain,then describes in detail Hitler's strategy as he conquers Luxembourg,Belgium and the Netherlands. Special attention is paid to Naziatrocities. Dead and injured children are shown en masse and the filmexplains how the bombing of Rotterdam leads to "thirty thousand men,women and children killed in ninety minutes." The narrator tells howthe Luftwaffe bombs small villages so that refugees clog the highways,and how it uses precision machine gun fire to herd the survivors towardthe allied armies, who find their progress severely constrained as aresult. An American military officer details the Nazi plan for aninvasion of France, which Hitler conquers in just over a month. TheGermans bludgeon the French armies into surrender, then "enslave" muchof the local population to service the German military regime.
  • Prelude to War
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    Prelude to War 1263 views Prelude to War
    directed by Frank Capra
    0:52:27

    WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #1Produced by the U.S. Army Special Service Division, and directed by Frank Capra "Why We Fight" is a seven part propaganda/documentary series that traces the earliest beginnings of the second world war starting with Japan's invasion of China in 1931, to the Nazi's march across europe.**Best Documentary Academy Award in 1943**This famous propaganda piece, used as a U.S. Army training film in WWII before theatrical release, asks 'why we fight.' The answer compares the 'free' and 'slave' worlds. Included: development of dictatorships in Italy, Germany and Japan, while anti-militarism and isolationism rise in the USA; a look at enemy propaganda; and the first acts of aggression. Walter Huston narrates a combination of archival footage, maps, and other graphics.
  • San Pietro
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    San Pietro 1559 views San Pietro
    directed by John Huston
    0:32:11

    WWII era documentary about the battle in the small Italian village of San Pietro where over 1,100 US soldiers were killed while trying to block the way for the Allied forces from the Germans.
  • Hitler Dead or Alive
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    Hitler Dead or Alive 3425 views Hitler Dead or Alive
    directed by Nick Grinde
    1:10:38

    A wacky and strange American propaganda film from early WWII era. Three gangsters, fresh from Alcatraz, design a plan to go to Germany and capture Adolph Hitler for a million dollar reward.
  • The Chicken of Tomorrow
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    The Chicken of Tomorrow 1017 views The Chicken of Tomorrow
    directed by Lowell Thomas (narrator)
    0:17:13

    Post WWII chicken industry propaganda film.
  • The Limping Man
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    The Limping Man 1246 views The Limping Man
    directed by Cy Endfield, Charles De la Tour
    1:15:42

    WWII veteran Lloyd Bridges goes back to England after the war to meet up with his old girlfriend. Upon landing in London, a man standing next to him is shot down by a sniper. He discovers that his former girlfriend knew the man and is involved in a dangerous spy ring. They both come under surveillance by Scotland Yard and things get more complicated when he finds out things are what they first appeared.
  • Bon Voyage
    Bon Voyage 772 views Bon Voyage
    directed by Alfred Hitchcock
    0:24:40

    Bon Voyage was one of two short films made by Hitchcock to encourage and bolster the French resistance during WWII. Two soldiers escape from a Nazi prison camp. One makes it back to Britain and learns that the escape was actually orchestrated by the Nazis. To reveal how and why this is so, the story is told in a series of flashbacks. In French with English subtitles.