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A 1943 film promoting the U.S. Army Service Forces and the importance of Logistics in World War II

A stream of U.S. Army trucks heads along a highway as opening slate rolls, emphasizing the importance of logistics to wartime operations. Two U.S. Army small hatch M4 Sherman tanks (Possibly Ford built moels M4A3) rush down a hillside toward the camera. View from atop a tank with Browning M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun installed. It heads uphill, firing rounds from its gun, raising explosion of earth ahead of it. Barrel of a 240 mm howitzer gun swings up in front of the camera. A U.S. coastal defense gun firing from a fort. Rear view of 240 mm Howitzer being fired. Towed field artillery pieces being fired. Troops near water, firining a Bofars 40 mm anti aircraft gun. A U.S. soldier firing a Browning 1917 water cooled machine gun. A B-17 bomber in flight overhead. View of a bombardier at a Norden bomb sight inside the B-17 with his finger on the bomb controls. The bomb bays open and bombs fall, seen striking in a line on the ground. Ground level views of large explosions on the ground. A tank camouflaged in underbrush, firing its gun. A small hatch Sherman tank charging the camera. Several German Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft flying fast and low on strafing runs. A soldier firing an antiaircraft machine gun. Closeups of three Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft attacking at high speed, only several feet above ground. Bombs bursting in a field where a soldier in lying next fo barbed wire. A tank knocking trees over as it emerges from woods. Infantry following tanks across a field. A series of scenes showing armor and infantry charging. In one, troops are wearing gas masks. A huge explosion in a field. Paratroopers inside an airplane connect to a static line and jump from the plane. Lines of parachutes fill the sky as paratroopers jump from C-47 aircraft. Closeup of paratrooper as he descends and hits the ground. View of Polish cavalry riding in a loose formation. German gun crew fires at Polish city. Smoke rising from burning buildings. Norwegian flag flying over a fort in Norway. Views of German Ju-52 aircraft in flight over Athens, Greece. It flies over the Parthenon and other ancient buildings. German tanks and troops entering Belgium. Troops marching in Yugoslavia. The American flag flying over Bataan. Civilians grieving over dead in Poland. Dead victims of war in Norway, Greece, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Malaya, Singapore, Shanghai, and Mandalay. A group of civilians grieving over two dead children. The German (Nazi) flag flying from a flagpole. (World War II; WW II; World War 2; World War Two)

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 33 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. and German forces clash at Stavelot, Belgium, during World War II

Opening slate identifies site of World War 2 combat as Stavelot, Belgium, 20 miles from the German frontier. American soldiers of the 30th Infantry Division are seen digging protective field positions. M1917 Browning 30mm machine guns are at their positions. U.S. troops set up 90mm guns along the roads, as fog begins to obscure the area. On 21 December, 1944, Two U.S. soldiers walk across a square in the town of Stavelot where American and German forces clashed on December 20th. Views of destroyed buildings, abandoned Tiger II tank of s.SS.Pz.Abt.101 and Stummel half-track and wreckage. Civilians run for cover into a substantial building as German forces renew an attack on the town. (World War II; WW II; World War 2; World War Two)

Date: 1944, December
Duration: 54 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Events that initiated World War I and animated map showing involvement of nations from 1914 through 1918

Opening scene shows a man being roughed up by a group of men in an alleyway. A slate comments (in French) that when nations are bellicose, an assassination can cause a world war. Next, a slate shows picture of the world and states (in English) "One murder may start a world war." Another slate (in French) states that In 1914, while Europe's armies and fleets were more powerful than they had ever been, the nephew of the Emperor of Austria (Archduke Ferdinand) was assassinated. A front page is shown of newspaper, "Journal De Geneve" carrying the story. Next scene is a view of the city of Sarajevo. The ancient Emperor's Mosque dominates the scene. A slate appears asking Where is Sarajevo? It is followed by a map of Europe in 1914, which zooms in on Austria and Serbia and identifies and labels Sarajevo,in Austria, close to the Serbian border. Slates (in French) says Austria accused Serbia of War and other nations enter the melee. Animated World map shows the nations getting involved, starting with the German Empire in 1914, including its African colonies, and then successively showing Russia, France, Belgium,Great Britain, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. Map advances to 1915, showing the Italian empire, Bulgaria,and Central Arabia. In 1916 it adds Portugal, Roumania. Next, the U.S.A. is added in, 1917, along with Central and South America, Greece, Siam, and China. Finally, the slate shows the war ending in 1918. Slate shows Armistice Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month (November), with time shown on hands of Big Ben in London.

Date: 1918
Duration: 3 min 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: French
 
 
Belgian soldiers who had been fighting against German and Austrian forces, in Russia, in World War I, arrive by ship in Bordeaux, France.

The French line ship, SS Lorraine, in camouflage paint, seen backing into port at Bordeaux, France, on June 24, 1918. Belgian troops of the ACM Corps (Autos-Canons-Mitrailleuses, Belgian armored unit) disembark. They are seen as they walk down a gangway from the ship, in combat uniforms and steel helmets, and carrying their weapons and personal gear. (Note: Soldiers of this armored unit from Belgium fought alongside the Imperial Russian army against German and Austrian troops in 1915 in Russia, during World War 1, before the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, after which they were stranded in hostile territory. They left Vladivostok for the United States on the SS Sheridan, and docked at San Francisco on May 12, 1918. They were warmly greeted as they proceeded across the U.S. to New York city, where they participated in the Memorial Day Parade. After leaving New York City, aboard the SS La Lorraine, they reached Bordeaux on June 24 1918.)

Date: 1918, June 24
Duration: 21 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
King of Belgium, Albert I, foreign minister Numans and Van de Neuval at an airfield in Belgium during World War I.

King of Belgium, Albert I, foreign minister Numans and Van de Neuval at an airfield in Belgium during World War 1. Kings pilot and King Albert I enter the Kings plane. People gather at the airfield to bid farewell. The plane readies for takeoff and departs.

Date: 1917
Duration: 1 min 57 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Canadian troops walk in a muddy area and carry boxes in trenches in Ploegsteert, Belgium during World War I.

Canadian troops in Belgium. An animated map shows Ploegsteert in Belgium. The troops walk in a muddy area. They walk in trenches with their rifles. The soldiers eat food and carry boxes in hands. A water stream next to the trench area.

Date: 1917
Duration: 1 min 55 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
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