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American Undersecretary of War speaks to difficulties facing Allies in confronting Germany and Japan in World War II

Undersecretary of War, Robert Porter Patterson, Sr. speaks about a report from the General staff outlining the needs for combating Germany and Japan in World War 2. He cites Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, as an example of what will be needed. He continues to narrate in the background as an animated map appears showing the buildup of supplies and Allied forces in North Africa; Allied air forces flying 60 thousand sorties over Sicily and, the direct amphibious assault using 3,200 vessels. Map also depicts opposing forces of 12 (“unwilling”) Italian Divisions and 3-1/2 German Divisions. View of Allied troops carrying some of their 31 thousand casualties on stretchers from field ambulances. Allied medics attending to the wounded. Some are seen lying on stretchers in a row on the ground near a wall. Interior of a field hospital where surgeons and other medical personnel treat the wounded. Animated map shifts to Europe with Germany at its center, showing , in contrast to Sicily that was only an “outpost,”, the heavily fortified perimeter of Axis controlled areas; the axis industrial might; and the disposition of 300 German Divisions (mostly on the Eastern front) defending the region. Next, the map illustrates Japan’s defended regions in the Pacific Image returns to Undersecretary Patterson i n his office, speaking of the Allied offensives planned for next year (1944), and emphasizing their challenge and difficulty. Scene shifts to General Jonathan Wainwright and his garrison at Corregidor, in the Philippines, surrendering to Japanese forces in 1941. Japanese military camera pans over the Americans being taken prisoner. Other Americans and Filipinos are seen being marched together under guard. Scene shifts to classic views of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. View of Japanese soldiers executing two Chinese civilians in 1937. Dangling bodies of persons hung by Nazis during Operation Barbarossa in Russia, in 1941 A Russian soldier comforts a little girl as he escorts her across a snowy landscape. Time bomb left by German forces retreating from Naples, Italy, in 1943, blows up a Post office building . Views of damage to building and bodies of victims. American Military Police assisting a victim. American soldiers carrying an injured civilian on a litter. Scene shifts to British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, and U.S. Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, entering a hall in the Spiridonovka Palace, during the 1943 Moscow Conference in Russia. Close-up of the American, Soviet, and British flags on a table. View of many delegates seated around the table. Close-up of Molotov, Eden, and Hull signing conference document.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 58 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
German tanks advance and attack Soviet forces on the eastern front during World War 2

German panzer tanks move forward to attack Soviet Union in European Theater during World War II. Nazi tanks move against Russian troops. Fire and scenes of destruction from battle.

Date: 1941
Duration: 2 min 39 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Marshal Ion Antonescu arrives and reviews troops at an airfield in European Theater during World War II.

Romanian Marshal Ion Antonescu arrives by aircraft to inspect German and Romanian troops on the Eastern front, during World War II. He is greeted by Nazi officers including General Erich von Manstein. He greets the Romanian General in charge of local mountain troops. Antonescu reviews troop formations and converses with the senior officers. He speaks to individual soldiers. He examines the coat of one of the soldiers.

Date: 1941
Duration: 2 min 10 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Operation Barbarossa. German troops advance and fire artillery during invasion of Soviet Union in World War II.

Nazi Operation Barbarossa (Invasion of Soviet Union during World War II). A map of Eastern Front. Flare goes up in dark. The silhouettes of troops in dark. Artillery fire and burning target in East Prussia. Troops raise a barricade at a border post. German troops move cautiously forward. Explosion occurs in a building

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
German medium bombers Heinkel He 111 in flight and on bombing mission at the Eastern Front

German troops at the Eastern Front during World War II. A map illustrates Eastern Prussian-Lithuanian border and movement of German troops into Daugavpils, Kaunas, Brest-Litovsk and Grodno.. German troops fire artillery. Smoke arises due to fire. A view of a damaged building. A German soldier runs. Troops roundup all Russian prisoners. Prisoners march in a group. German medium bombers Heinkel He 111 in flight during a bombing mission. A pilot wearing a helmet in the cockpit. The bomber drops bombs. Smoke arises doe to explosion. Russian prisoners march. The bomber drops bomb on the target.

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 19 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Events on the Eastern front early in World War II

Goosestepping German troops on the march and German Panzer I tanks moving in formation across a field in World War 2. A formation of German Fieseler Fi 156 Storch airplanes in flight overhead, accompanied by two He-111 bombers. German paratroopers jumping from Ju-52 aircraft. Grand Admiral Erich Johann Albert Raeder head of the German Navy, making a statement. Bucolic scenes of European farm country and vineyards, with local people harvesting crops. Soviet troops marching on parade to a military band on the sidelines in Red Square, Moscow, soviet Union. Soviet motorcycle troops armed with light machine guns. Soviet T-26 light tanks in formation. Glimpse of Red Square, with St. Basil's Cathedral and other famous buildings. Soviet troops crossing a river on inflated boats. A long column of T-26 tanks moving along a dirt road. Sky filled with variety of Soviet warplanes, including four-engine bombers (with fixed landing gear) to bi-wing aircraft. Soviet paratroopers jumping from a Tupolev ANT-6 bomber. They climb out on the huge corrigated wing and slide off. View out past the tail of an ANT-6 bomber. Soviet Union and Japan conclude a neutrality pact. Views of the pact being signed by Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov for the Soviet Union and by Japanese Foreign Minister Matsuoka and Ambassador Yoshitsugu, for the Japanese, in Moscow on April 13, 1941. Joseph Stalin is observing in the center of the scene.

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 47 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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