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The story of AFN ( American Forces Network) Radio. Founding announced in 1942. First broadcast in 1943; growth in 1944.

U.S. Army soldier reads newspaper while listening to radio. Soldiers doing their respective chores, listen to AFN (American Forces Network) Radio. General Marshall and General Eisenhower announce the creation of AFN, in 1942. July 4, 1943, the first broadcast of AFN. General Eisenhower mingling with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, on the eve of D-day. U.S. B-26 aircraft in flight. United States soldiers aboard landing craft and wading ashore at Normandy, France, on D-day, June 6, 1944. Soldiers tuning radios in the field. United States Sherman tanks and infantry move along country road in France. Audio includes portions from AFN broadcasts, including an announcer saying "You are listening to AFN Paris. This is the American Forces Network, on the road to Berlin." Road sign points to St. Lo. Group of U.S. soldiers gathered around a jeep with a radio, listening to AFN, in Germany. (World War II period).

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Soldiers march on streets holding rifles during World War I and veterans return to farming and dairying in United States.

A United States troop transport ship at sea during the first World War. U.S. Army troops (aka dough boys) aboard the ship. U.S. Army soldiers march in formation in a large city square area in Europe (likely France) holding rifles during World War 1. United States troop ships being loaded with American soldiers for World War I, and scenes of U.S. troops in WWI marching in the streets of a European city. Scenes from earlier during combat in the war. World War I allied soldiers on battle front in France. Soldiers run to a bomb crater area for shelter when crossing no man's land. Soldiers fire artillery. Artillery shells explode. Allied soldiers running across a battlefield as tanks run beside them toward the German enemy. People wave U.S. flags as First World War war ends with Armistice. Large crowd gathers in New York celebrating WWI armistice. Newspaper held high by a man with headline "Germany Surrenders". Views in the United States of hard times in American towns after World War I ended and war industries were no longer providing money. View of forests. Girl draws water from a well. Man and a boy operate a grindstone sharpening a saw. Farmers plowing fields with horse drawn plows during great depression era. People do agricultural works at fields. Negro farmers at cotton office. Cattle in field. Man and a woman milk cows with hands. Man pours milk in vessels. Milk processing before bottling including pouring milk through a cooling device. Men on tractor at fields. A board reads 'For the common defense'. Views of a factory. A man operates a switch on a switchboard for generating electricity. Views of a power generation plant. Narrator describes how America will prevent a slide into hard financial times again after World War 2 ends. From a 1942 production with footage from 1917 through 1942.

Date: 1918
Duration: 6 min 50 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. recruits being classified for assignments and being informed about the progress of World War II and why they fight.

New U.S. army recruits seated at benches in the classification center, taking notes, as an instructor at a blackboard tells them how to fill out their classification questionnaires, during World War 2. View of machines processing the questionnaires. Hollerith 88 column punch cards being sorted by machine. Newspaper article about the Air Force efforts to improve classification and assignments of new airmen. A recruit being counseled. An Airmen in barracks, filling out a post card form to complain about his assignment. Servicemen working with sewing machines and at long cobbler's benches repairing shoes. U.S. soldiers in pith helmets, laying communications cable from a truck. A soldier recording information about a shipment of supplies. Soldiers filling 5-gallon "jerry cans" with fuel from a hose. Others serving at a communications center in woods. A soldier fastening a cable to a tank. Soldier standing on a truck. Large group of soldiers gathered to listen to a lecture about explosives. Army draftsmen at their work tables. Soldiers using information and training materials.(Narrator states these materials are often ignored.) An army newsmap for Monday, August 31, 1942 posted on an Army office wall. A sergeant points to July, 1943, on a current calendar next to it, illustrating that the newsmap is long out-of-date. View of another newsmap and narrator notes they are produced weekly. An officer speaking to an auditorium of soldiers. A soldier arranging his personal gear. Infantry on field maneuvers, firing rifles as they advance across a field. Soldiers firing a Browning water-cooled machine gun; a mortar; and a 105mm M101A1 howitzer. The sergeant using a newsmap to brief his staff about the progress of the war. Opening frames of a War Department Film Bulletin, and soldiers in a theater, watching the film. Opening frames of the film,"Why We Fight," that goes on to show animated map of the German advance across Europe in World War 2. Scenes of German forces on the move, towing artillery, riding on tanks, and entering towns as they invade countries of Europe. Women and children running in streets under bombardment, and civilians fleeing from their homes during aerial bombing. A Bombed out city and civilian corpses lying on the ground. Women in Poland, identifying their dead and grieving over them. German Heinkel He 111 aircraft dropping bombs. Norwegians evacuating the city in trucks, and other vehicles and on foot, during the German invasion. A squadron of German Messerschmitt Bf-109 aircraft in flight. German Ju-87, Stuka dive bombers diving on targets. Civilians rushing to a bomb shelter, and others boarding a truck to evacuate. More He-111 bombers dropping bombs. A Ju-52 trimotor transport (type used to transport German paratroopers). Buildings ablaze in a town. Large formations of German aircraft of various types flying overhead. Building destroyed and burning from bombing. Ju-87s flying close past the camera.

Date: 1943
Duration: 5 min 9 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
French Air Force in World War I. Germany Army occupies Paris in World War II

Opening scene shows French Nieuport biplanes in aerial combat with German airplanes. Many are engaged in a massive dog fight. One monoplane is seen hit and falling toward the ground. Next, two French aircraft are seen returning to their base. They fly over a hangar where a crashed airplane sits with tail in the air. Near the hanger are several airplanes in various stages of maintenance. Mechanics are moving one. An airplane taxiiing in front of the hangar. Scene shifts to closeup of a Lafayette Escadrille Indian logo painted on a metal structure. Scene shifts to a formal award ceremony for some flyers. Their squadron members are lined up behind them in front of a line of aircraft. The view is from behind a formation of French soldiers with rifles, rendering salutes. Next, French soldiers parade on the airdrome, led by a military band. At this point the scene phases out as a fireball is superimposed on a map of Europe, signifying World War 2. Adolph Hitler is seen in closeup near the Eiffel Tower, when he visits Paris, following its occupation by German forces in 1940. Several views of German troops marching along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and through the Arch of Triumph. Closeups of some German soldiers in the ranks. Scene shifts to North Africa, in 1942, as American troops make an unopposed amphibious landing on the coast, in Operation Torch. Several landing craft are seen and troops ashore. A Dodge 3/4 ton WC-51 army truck, with half of its hood open, makes its way through the surf as it leaves a landing craft.

Date: 1942
Duration: 1 min 12 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Adolf Hitler addresses crowd and reviews troops in Germany.

Adolf Hitler addresses a large crowd in Germany. An animated map of Europe as it was in 1942. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in conversation. Anthony Eden and Maxin Litvionf, Russian diplomat at a conference. Close up of sign "10 Downing Street". Neville Chamberlain stands in front of the Prime Minister's residence house and enters. Adolf Hitler reviews marching German troops.

Date: 1942
Duration: 1 min 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Union soldiers print the first issue of Stars and Stripes newspaper during the Civil War in the United States.

The history of the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Union soldiers print the first issue of Star and Stripes newspaper in a captured press in the U.S. on 9th November,1861 during the Civil War. World War I scenes show soldiers disembarking from a ship and advancing on a battlefield. Commanding Chief of the American Expeditionary Force John J. Pershing writes for the newspaper. Soldiers greet the Chief and wish him luck. After the end of World War I newspaper publication is ceased. During World War II the newspaper publication starts in London, England in 1942. Publication of the Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper after the end of hostilities in Europe. Headlines in various editions of the Stars and Stripes.

Date: 1975
Duration: 1 min 54 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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