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Gotha Germany 1944 stock footage and images

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Narrative with illustrative scenes about Battle of Gotha, where U.S. B-24 bombers destroyed a German airplane factory.

B-24 aircraft in formation over German target. Sky filled with Flak bursts. Recreated views show aircrew on oxygen at altitude in their respective crew stations inside a B-24. Some scenes, showing gunners firing at a German fighter aircraft, are actually filmed from inside a B-17 (and show B-17 empennage, as viewed from waist gunner position, looking aft). While under attack, one German pilot drops his landing gear to slow down and bails out. Bombs dropping from aircraft and exploding on the German factory at Gotha. Narrator notes that the U.S 392nd and 445th Bomb Groups were decorated for this successful raid. (World War II period).

Date: 1944, February 24
Duration: 1 min 18 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A Stuttgart monoplane and a Gotha biplane aircraft take off from the Wasserkuppe hill in Germany.

Gliders in flight at a contest at the Wasserkuppe hill in Germany. A Stuttgart monoplane glider with sled type landing gear takes off, in flight and lands. A monoplane glider takes off and in flight. A biplane tilts up on its nose and lands upside down during an attempt to take off. A Gotha biplane in an unsteady flight immediately after take off.

Date: 1922
Duration: 59 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Crash landed USAAF P-47D Thunderbolt at Eschborn Airfield, Germany, near the end of World War II in Europe

Germany about a month before the end of World War 2 in Europe. A crash landed United States Army Air Force Republic P-47D Thunderbolt aircraft, nicknamed "Mom's Irish Mick." It was assigned to the 404th Fighter Squadron, 371st fighter Group, and crash landed on Advanced Landing Ground Y-74 Frankfurt/Eschborn that had been seized by advancing U.S. forces, in 1945. The aircraft carries tail number 44-33253 and was piloted by Charles T. Martin III. Officers retrieve ammunition from the wing gun. Crane brought in to lift the fighter plane also known as the Jug. Crane pulls the P-47 off field. The hulk of a Gotha 242 transport glider stands next to the American flag at half mast with air field tents in the background. A formation of P-47s flies over the flag. Four P-47s buzz and pull up with the flag in foreground. P-47s flying in 'V' formation with American flag in foreground and officers on the ground. Four P-47s circle for landing. A North American T-6 Texan training plane, a.k.a. Harvard, with occupants in both cockpits, taking off and pulling up.

Date: 1945, March 4
Duration: 2 min 24 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
A strafing attack on German aircraft JU-88, Gotha GO-242 , a hangar and an airfield in the European Theater.

U.S. Army Air Forces VIII Fighter Command Operation in the European Theater during World War II. LT. Butler, R from 357 Sqdn. , 355 F.G. strafes German multi role aircraft Junker JU-88s and a transport glider Gotha GO-242 on the ground. Strafing of dirt covered hangars and an airfield. Smoke arises. Aircraft near the hangar.

Date: 1944, March 28
Duration: 1 min 7 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American advance in France and belgium is stopped by German counterattack in December 1944. U.S. loses 78 thousand troops.

Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium, in Battle of the Bulge. Animated maps show Germany, France and Belgium. German Tiger tanks, troops, and artillery in action against Americans. Vehicles of United States convoy wrecked and burning along road, as German troops advance past the burning vehicles. Fire and smoke rise from U.S. tanks, jeeps and trucks. Germans firing and bombing. U.S. soldiers captured. Frozen dead bodies of U.S. soldiers, victims of the Malmedy massacre, some with hands and feet tied, being placed army truck. Dead bodies of Belgian civilians being placed in large common grave . View of German officer ordering a firing squad to shoot. German troops smoke American cigarettes taken from dead U.S. troops. American troops in retreat and burning and destroying war materiel that could not be brought with them. American defenders firing artillery, including antiaircraft guns fired level, as antitank weapons. Skies streaked with contrails and dog fights between American and German airplanes. American aircraft bombing German positions after weather clears. American troops patrol in snow covered wooded areas. General Eisenhower talks with soldiers. German soldiers advancing. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians Smash Last Nazi Line." Another newspaper headline reads: "40 Jap Ships Sunk." Another reads: "3rd Army Deep in Germany." Narrator cautions against complacency, reminding of 78 thousand American soldiers lost during the Christmas holiday, in 1944. Views of dead American soldiers. Narrator offers closing public service war propaganda message: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"

Date: 1944
Duration: 7 min 0 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Training film for U.S. troops with the Army of occupation in Germany after world War II

Opens with bell tolling Victory against Germany in World War II. Next, a slate reads: "Victory Leads to Peace," and a farmer is seen with cattle pulling a plow. But narrator says "the problem now is future peace," and a map of Germany is shown overlaid with "Your Job in Germany." A cartoon of a soldier is superimposed on the map, along with one of a World War 1 American soldier and a figure of possible future soldier with similar mission. Camera focuses on parts of German warplanes in a jumbled heap. Closeups of weary defeated German soldiers at end ot World War II. Glimpse of Adolf Hitler haranguing an audience from a podium. Swastika flags displayed from houses in a quaint German town. Joseph Goebbels Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda at a microphone. Glimpse of a German concentration camp. But as they appear, each of Nazi elements promptly disappear, showing the scenes without such Nazi symbols and persons. Skeleton remains of bombed buildings. Flower displays. Bucolic German countryside and quaint old villages in peaceful settings. Camera focuses on a book titled "German History." Chapter I, titled "Blood and Iron," shows Image of Otto von Bismarck. German troops march in a parade. Narrator states that "under Bismarck, the German empire was built." (He formed the German Empire in 1871, unifying Germany with himself as Imperial Chancellor, while retaining control of Prussia at the same time.) The film shows mounted German lancers as it alludes to Bismarck's campaigns against Denmark in 1867; Austria in 1866; and France, in 1870. Germany's leaders celebrating its status, in 1871, as the mightiest power in Europe. Troops marching and girls dancing nearby. Farmers plowing field with a horse and cow. Classic peaceful rural alpine scenes with local people in agricultural pursuits. A group of local musicians playing folk music as village people dance outdoors. Back to the book, Kaiser Wilhelm II is shown on Chapter 2, entitled: "Deutschland über Alles." Gathering of German soldiers in Pickelhaube (spiked helmets). A German Big Bertha howitzer firing. German troops marching against Serbia; Russia; and France (with view of war torn French cathedral). German invasion of Belgium (with view of clock tower resting in rubble). German troops seen in Italy, walking past battle-damaged buildings. German Zeppelin dropping bombs on Britain and view of bombed out London neighborhood. Next scene shows a capsized ship with survivors running across its hull. It is labeled United States it is a U.S. ship attacked by Germany. (Actually, it is the Austro-Hungarian Battleship, SMS Szent Istvan, torpedoed, by Italian torpedo boats, during World War One.) Next, American soldiers are seen going "over the top" on the western front of World War 1. Glimpse through a window of Kaiser Wilhelm II, after defeat of Germany, in 1918. View of Germans in a Beer Garden. Picturesque view of German town. A German orchestra performing. American soldiers marching out of Germany, with flags waving. Back to the history book,as chapter III is revealed, entitled "Today Germany, tomorrow, the world,"and featuring Adolf Hitler. German troops invading Austria (where a civilian lies dead on the ground). German troops entering Czechoslovakia (where local people in tears render the Nazi salute). They march into Poland (where a girl weeps over someone, not seen, on the ground). They march into France (where a wounded, bandaged child cries in a bed). Next, is a scene from England, where a child victim of bombing lies dead in the remains of a shelter. German troops invading Norway, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg and Russia (where a woman tries to arouse another dead woman). They invade Yugoslavia (where women sit near coffins of children) and Greece (where a woman rescues a naked child). A U.S. merchant ship explodes after being torpedoed by a German submarine (unseen). Scenes of destruction with people plucking dead victims from rubble of buildings. American troops invading Normandy, France on D-day, June 6, 1944. Several American soldiers fall to German gunfire on the beach. Wounded American soldiers being transported in jeeps on the battlefield and being placed on landing craft for evacuation. Americans walking past huge piles of destroyed aircraft parts. A landing craft filled with wounded American soldiers. American wounded and dead on a battlefield. Sailors abandoning a burning American ship by jumping into the sea. A sailor picked up in a life boat. A wounded American being dragged from the beachhead at Normandy. Various wounds being treated by U.S. Medical Corps personnel. More scenes of American wounded being moved on stretchers. Scene shifts abruptly to German people folk dancing. Film concludes with question marks about the future.

Date: 1945
Duration: 7 min 24 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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