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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
 
 
Preparations by Allies for Allied offensive in North Africa during World War II. Allied leaders confer in planning.

Allied offensive in North Africa during World War II. Railroad train passes on a bridge in the United States filled with tanks and equipment bound for eastern ports. British rail carry heavy equipment and British Tanks to ports. Large number of transport trucks line up at a dock area. An Allied troop transport ship arrives at the dock. Allied troops boarding troop carrier ships in United States and England. British tanks loaded to ships. Troops disembark a train and troops embark a ship. Troops wave as the ship leaves the dock. Allied transport ships, battleships, cruisers and destroyers underway in Atlantic toward Gibraltar rendevous in 1942. Montage shows U.S. Capitol in Washington DC, President Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in conversation in late December 1941, Views of General George Marshall, General Dwight D Eisenhower in the United States following their appointments to lead the effort from the American side. General Mark Clarke in England shaking hands with Eisenhower. Neville Chamberlain also seen. A convoy of Allied ships. Allied troops aboard ships headed to Gibraltar. Two United States soldiers sew American flag patches on uniforms. Troops play games on ship deck. Battle inspection of troops and arms on the deck by their officers.

Date: 1942
Duration: 4 min 1 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Workers manufacture ammunition in a factory and U.S. Army soldiers advance towards a battlefield in the European Theater.

Use and manufacture of artillery during World War II. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler giving Nazi salute and German troops marching. A newspaper headline reads 'Poland Invaded'. Japanese zero aircraft in flight and bomb strikes on U.S. Navy ships at Pearl Harbor. Scenes from water of the devastation in Pearl Harbor after attack by Japanese aircraft on U.S. Navy ships. A flight of U.S. Navy Douglas TBD torpedo bombers dropping torpedoes. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated at a desk signing declaration of war, in 1941. U.S. war production workers manufacturing tanks, guns, ammunition, artillery, shells, and jeeps in arms and munitions factories. War materiel including Army jeeps and tanks loaded with soldiers on parade. U.S. troops firing artillery in North Africa. U.S. forces advancing through wet jungles in the Pacific Theater of World War 2.

Date: 1942
Duration: 1 min 24 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The siege of Malta and the North African campaign during World War II.

Italian warships maneuvering in the Mediterranean during World War 2. Destroyers pass a Corazzata-class Italian battleship. Italian IMAM Ro.43 reconnaissance planes are launched from a battleship. Two Corazzata-class Italian battleships underway. Change of scene shows the island of Malta, viewed from a low flying airplane. A formation of Italian CANT Z.508 seaplane bombers flying overhead to attack Malta. View from ground on Malta of anti-aircraft flak burst clouds in the air above. Smoke rising from bomb bursts. Glimpse of a large British warship slowly easing out of its dock. Single engine aircraft overhead moving through heavy flak clouds. More bomb explosions. Local people seeking refuge from bombing. People perusing destroyed buildings. A formation of British Bristol Blenheim light bombers in flight over North Africa. British forces firing artillery in Libya. War materiel abandoned by retreating Italian forces in Eritrea and Somaliland. British troops and a contingent of Ethiopian troops march into Addis Ababa, escorting Emperor Haile Selassie as he is restored to his throne in May, 1942. Next, German armor in North Africa is seen burning. A knocked out German tank viewed through window of a British armored vehicle. More burning German armor. German aircraft destroyed on the ground at an airbase. Bombs lined up on the ground. Huge number of Italian prisoners of war marching across the desert in Libya.

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 27 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
United States Army Air Force fighters and bombers attack German targets in Africa and Italy during World War II.

USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) attack German targets in Africa and Italy during World War 2. An animation shows location of U.S. 8th Air Force in England and U.S. 12th Air Force in North Africa. P-40 Warhawk fighter planes in flight over enemy targets in North Africa. German equipment and troops are strafed. A P-51 Mustang fighter in flight, peels off and dives towards ground. German planes on ground. A German transport plane takes off. German troops in plane. German transports in flight. U.S. fighter planes take off. German transport being shot down. An animation shows location of 9th Air Force in North Africa. U.S. amphibious landings and infantry troops on the coast of Italy. P-40s in flight strafing German troops. U.S. troops fire mortars and in combat. A-24 Banshee fighter plane flies low over water. U.S. troops dig foxholes. They go through a barbed wire entanglement. U.S. B-26 Marauder bomber in flight. Bombs fall and explode on the ground. A-20 Havoc fighters strafe German railroads. An animation shows reshuffling of U.S. Air Forces, the 12th in Italy, the 9th in England and the 15th in Africa.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 39 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
British troops fight Italians in Libya; Germany opens Eastern Front Campaign during World War II.

Images taken by military and news cameramen during World War II. The North African Campaign, 1940: British tanks and infantry advance over the Libyan Desert. British soldiers fire artillery. Masses of Italian prisoners marched by British soldiers. Next shown is campaign on the Eastern Front, 1941, as Germany attacks Russia: Nazi tanks advance under Luftwaffe air cover into the Soviet Union. Aerial view of German Junker Ju 87 aircraft in flight. German tanks and armored vehicles rolling. Wide view of many German tanks rolling east. German soldiers leaping down from a hill with smoke all around as they battle in a Russian town. Russian Pe-2 bomber aircraft in flight. Interior view of pilot and crew in Soviet Pe-2 bomber while in flight. Soviet soldiers on tanks during a battle. Burning tanks. Soviet soldiers run toward battle front and pass a dead German soldier on the battlefield.

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