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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
 
 
German film describing Allied attack on Dieppe, August 19, 1942, during World War II.

Film opens showing a map of French and English coasts bordering the English Channel. Dieppe is the focus of attention. Narrator states that British, American, and Free French forces, totaling a Division strength, attempted a landing at Dieppe. Animated map illustrates hundreds of Allied landing craft off the coast, protected by Cruisers and Destroyers. A reserve of transport vessels is shown in the Channel and a strong supporting force of Allied bombers and fighter aircraft. Active scene shows German coastal guns firing from bunkers on the French coast and German soldiers deploying to defensive positions commanding the beaches They fire MG 42 machine guns and a 77mm field gun. Shells from British naval artillery explode near German soldiers at shoreline. Explosions at Dieppe harbor from British aircraft bombs. German anti-aircraft fire directed against them. View of Dieppe castle. German soldiers taking up defensive positions on a city street. More explosions from Allied bombers. German soldiers firing a 12.8 Cm Flak 40 anti aircraft gun and black Flak clouds seen in midst of attacking Allied aircraft. German soldiers firing a vehicle mounted 2 Cm Flak 38 gun and quad versions of the same. Allied aircraft struck and trailing white smoke as it falls toward the water offshore. Glimpse of German soldiers in center of town. Low flying Allied aircraft and explosions from their bombs. German Fw 190 fighter planes heading to engage the Allied aircraft. Contrails at altitude from dogfights between Allied and German fighter aircraft. An aircraft struck and falling. Closeup of a burning British aircraft on the ground. Camera pans across German soldiers and buildings damaged and destroyed by Allied bombing. British soldiers being taken prisoner at the beachhead and later marched under guard in the town. A German General visits his troops at the beach front. Scenes of destruction after the battle. Bodies floating near the shore. Fire burning on a dock. Burning British Mark 8 Landing Craft Tank (LCT Mark VIII) with shell holes in it. More bodies strewn on beach. Knocked out British Churchill tank displaying number 9. Several destroyed and damaged British LCT Mark 8s. Names: "Calgary" and "Beefy"on destroyed Canadian Churchill tanks of the 14th Canadian Tank Regiment. Destroyed British speed boat with sailor's body on it. Other destroyed invasion craft. Several crashed British aircraft at water edge. Closeup of bullet holes near British roundel on one. More destroyed British Churchill and other tanks. Beaches covered with fallen Allied soldiers.British helmets caught in barbed wire.

Date: 1942, August 19
Duration: 6 min 16 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Aftermath of the Allied raid on Dieppe in 1942 during World War II

Film opens showing a German soldier giving a canteen of water to an English soldier on a landing craft at Dieppe, after the ill-fated Allied raid there in World War 2. Numerous Allied prisoners (mostly Canadians) make their way across the sands of Dieppe. Some toss their helmets away. They carry a wounded on a litter. They proceed along a road with seaside Church of Notre-dame-de-bon-secours in the background. Some prisoners are barefoot. One is carried on a litter. Next a contingent of Canadian prisoners is seen marching in formation, three abreast, with arms raised. Destroyed and damaged buildings are behind them. Several carry wounded comrades, as they proceed into the center of town. Views of damage to buildings in Dieppe, from bombing and shelling. Canadian prisoners of war being escorted by German guards through town. View from high point overlooking Dieppe, showing the town, with smoke rising in places, and the beach with Allied boats and equipment strewn on it. German officers interview prisoners, including some wearing swim fins. Closeup of one with injured bloody face. Allied prisoners huddled together in a large group. Piles of weapons and equipment collected from the prisoners. Ambulatory prisoners being marched through Dieppe on their way to a prisoner of war camp. The prisoners marching on roads through rural areas. Closeups of some as they pass a camera. View of Dieppe harbor and environs from a high overlook. French residents walking on the streets of Dieppe, as life returns to normal. German soldiers manning a 2 Cm Flak 38 anti aircraft gun overlooking the beach, as a formation of German infantry marches past in the background. View of beach from bunker housing a German coastal gun. A formation of German Ju 88 bombers overhead, and viewed from one of the aircraft in the formation in flight. German gunboats racing through the water.

Date: 1942, August
Duration: 3 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Rise and training of Free French Resistance fighters in World War 2; propaganda film supporting efforts of Free French.

Alternating World War 2 footage and dramatized scenes with actors. German Luftwaffe bombers destroying French cities. Invasion of France by Germany. Burning buildings and debris in French cities. Hitler visiting Paris after occupation. German flag atop Eiffel Tower. Allied fighter aircraft shot down, pilot ejects and parachutes to ground as aircraft crashes with explosion. Pilot landing in parachute, gathering and hiding parachute. Actors conversation segment. Footage of sad looking and defeated French soldiers marching in streets of France under occupying German guard, as depressed French citizens look on. French General Philippe Petain at desk delivering speech that calls for collaboration with Germans. Close ups of sad and crying French men, women, and children in streets of France suffering war and occupation. Petain salutes soldiers during a parade after he abolishes representative government. Petain speaks from podium to gathered soldiers. View of French General Charles De Gaulle, in Britain, calling for continued French resistance and speaking to French officers on a warship. Actor dialog segment. Footage of Petain visiting Hitler. They shake hands while photographers record the meeting. Actor segments. Footage of Free French forces training and marching in various cities. Free French soldier receives machine gun training. French officer training in Russia at a Soviet recognition ceremony. French soldiers carry railroad ties and discuss over a map. RAF spitfires in flight. Sign at training camp "French Air Force Squadron. Flexible Gunnery School." Allied naval ships at sea; close views of ship guns. Smoke rises from French ship fleet scuttled at Toulon November 27, 1942. Mobilized French citizens receiving rifle training. Free French Army encampment with French flag raising ceremony. French citizens gather to read posted German notices. Parade celebrating liberation of Paris in World War II. Happy French citizens smile and cheer French, American, and Soviet allies marching in Paris.

Date: 1945
Duration: 18 min 47 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Scenes from German occupied Paris France; French collaborator Ferdinand De Brinon gives a speech to German officers

Scenes shot in 1942 and 1943 from inside German occupied Paris France. German officers and civilians at the Longchamps racetrack in Paris, France. Horses run on a dirt track. German troops at the Eternal Light for the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the Arc de Triomphe. A German Panther tank captured by the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) in 1944. French collaborator Ferdinand De Brinon speaks into a microphone. German officers listen carefully. Collaborators Marcel Deat, and Laval's son in law, Comte Rene de Chambrun also seen. French Regimental flag held by French collaborator militia. A crowd outside Notre Dame Cathedral. French Marshal Philippe Petain arrives in a car. French collaborationist troops stand at attention. Ceremony for the Legion against the Soviet Russia shows assemblage and German Swastikas on a wall.

Date: 1942
Duration: 3 min 18 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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