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Various Allied Generals assume new commands in Italy during December, 1944, World War II.

On 12 December, 1944, at an airport in Naples, Italy, British General Sir Henry Nathan Wilson inspects an honor guard of American Military Policemen in formation. (Narrator states he is en route to replace the late Field Marshal Sir John Dill, in Washington, DC, USA) A contingent of British troops is also present as part of the honor guard, on the wet airport tarmac. (Narrator states that Wilson will head the British Joint Staff Mission and be personal military representative for Prime Minister Winston Churchill.) He approaches a line of U.S. military officers who salute him. Closeup of General Wilson With U.S. Army Air Forces Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker, next to U.S. Vice Admiral Kent Hewitt. Also with them (back to camera) is British Admiral Sir John Henry Dacres Cunningham, Commander-in-Chief for the Mediterranean Fleet. Next, General Wilson and his party are seen boarding a British Avro York four-engine Heavy Transport aircraft. View from the ground, of the aircraft cockpit and the engines running as it taxis out for takeoff. Change of scene shows troops gathered in open air battlefield environment. General Mark Clark, now Commander-in-Chief of the Allied 15th Army Group, decorates some members of the 5th Army, as General Lucian King Truscott Jr. (new 5th Army Commander) stands by his side. General Clark says farewell to members of the 5th Army and shakes hands with many of them. (World War II; WW II; World War 2; World War Two)

Date: 1944, December 12
Duration: 1 min 2 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The freighter SS Yorkmar aground, awaits re-floating, on a beach near Grays Harbor, Washington State, United States

The freighter SS Yorkmar, owned by the Bethlehem Steel Company, and operated by the Calmar Line, is aground on an open beach north of Grays Harbor, Washington State, United States. A ship's officer and some members of the crew are seen briefly,on the shore. A Coast Guard helicopter hovers over her stern while carrying a line out to the ship from the shore. Crew members are seen standing in the water near the Yorkmar,and pulling on a line from the ship to the shore. Others climb a rope ladder up the side of the Yorkmar. The crew remains with the ship awaiting tide to refloat her. (Note: The SS Yorkmar, seen here, should not be confused with a ship of the same name that was torpedoed in 1943. This ship was originally a Liberty Ship, launched in 1944, and named the "Walter Kidde." After the war, she was operated by Calmar SS Corporation of New York and renamed the "Yorkmar," in 1947.)

Date: 1952, December 11
Duration: 33 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Secretary of Defense Schlesinger with Joint Chiefs of staff at a press conference in Washington D.C., United States.

United States Joint Chiefs of staff pose for formal portrait in Washington D.C., United States. Joint Chiefs of Staff seated at the table for a formal portrait. Officers seated at the table from the left; General Fred C. Weyand, United states Army, General David C. Jones. United States Air Force, General George S. Brown, United States Air force, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Admiral James L. Holloway, United States Navy, General Robert E. Cushman, United states Marine Corps, Operations deputies stand in the background. Lieutenant General Donald H. Cowles, United States Army, Lieutenant Huyser, United States Air Force, Vice Admiral Train, United states Navy, Vice Admiral Tailey, United States Navy, Lieutenant General Beckington, United States Marine corps. United States Secretary of Defense, James R. Schlesinger, Deputy Secretary William P. Clements and Joint Chiefs of Staff at a conference table. Secretary Schlesinger smokes a pipe and speaks to General Brown. A man clicks a picture.

Date: 1974, November 18
Duration: 1 min 50 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Americans voting and electioneering in national election on November 7, 1944, during World War II.

On November 7, 1944, during World War 2, citizens of Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States, are seen entering the Old Town House (built in 1727) to cast ballots in 40th quadrennial presidential election (in which incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt is running for an unprecedented 3th term). Scene shifts to inside a polling place, where voters stand in booths to privately mark their ballots. Others are seen depositing their marked, folded paper ballots in a collection box, as they finish voting. Closeups of several aged voters. One, an African American man, the narrator says is old enough that he was sold as a slave early in his life. Scene shifts to a full-blooded Native American Indian voter in Maryland, entering his polling place to cast a ballot. An old man who is a United States Civil War veteran, is shown sitting on a bench in a park in Los Angeles California, with friends. He holds a newspaper and wears a Civil War Union cap. A U.S. soldier wearing field uniform and steel helmet, looks at a bulletin board containing State-by-State voting information. A Technical Sergeant marks his paper ballot and leaves to mail it. A soldier takes an oath confirming legitimacy of his ballot as he turns it in at a military collection site. Sign in commercial establishment window of a U.S. town declares "Election Today." A bank window sign reads: "this Bank will observe Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, a Legal Holiday." Sign in Bar window reads: "Bar Closed during Election Hours, Tuesday, Nov.7, 1944. Will Open at 9 PM." Republican political party workers advertise for their Presidential candidate, Thomas E. Dewey. Democratic political party workers drive a truck towing a trailer office plastered with advertisements for their candidate, Franklin Roosevelt. Republican and Democratic party voter information booths are seen next to one another where advertise their respective candidates to passersby on the sidewalk. A voting place identified by white wash sign on a window, and another, in a rural setting, by a sign pointing to it on a fence post. More signs and voters showing sentiments for their candidates. One displays a picture of Dewey on his car. A woman wears a large Roosevelt button on her sweater. Views of more imaginative signs for candidates and for ballot issues. People discussing ballot issues on the streets.

Date: 1944, November 7
Duration: 2 min 37 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Film tracing the growth of the United States from 1607 to World War II

Waves crashing on a rocky shore. View of Plymouth Rock, with "1620" engraved on it. Coastline with hills and sea. A forest and primitive house of sticks. A church with watch tower. Reenactment of early immigrants felling trees and busy in a 17th Century settlement in Massachusetts. View upward of tall tree. Column on a building in Virginia; portico and clock on a building in Rhode Island;and a church in Carolina.The minuteman statue in Battle Green, Lexington,Massachusetts. Image of colonist James Otis. Statue of Thomas Jefferson. Image of Thomas Paine. Statue of Patrick Henry. Reenactment of British Red Coats charging up a hill during the American revolution. John Trumbull's painting, the "Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776" in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington,DC. A copy of the document. Reenactment of General Washington's troops and snowy encampment at Valley Forge, in 1777. The colonial troops marching in the snow.Painting of George Washington praying in a glen. Painting by John Trumbull of Lord Cornwallis surrendering to George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, October 17, 1781. The Constitution of the United States in the National Archives, Washington, DC. Liberty bell swinging. Early American flag with 13 stars and 13 stripes. Animated map showing the original 13 States. Reenactment of early settlers, in wagon trains, pushing Westward from the original colonies. New States being added to the animated map, until all 48 continental American States are filled in. An American flag displaying 48 States.

Date: 1944
Duration: 4 min 38 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Destruction in coastal northeast USA from the 1944 "Great Atlantic Hurricane" (First example of a named hurricane in the US)

Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.

Date: 1944, September 15
Duration: 1 min 56 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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