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British and French Tanks on Western Front, France, 1918.

Two British Medium Mk A (Whippet) tanks advance. Ruins of a village in background.Camera pans to ruins. A French Renault FT tank emerges from ruins and moves towards and past the camera. (World War I. World War 1. WWI. WW1)

Date: 1918
Duration: 1 min 47 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Armistice Day 1918, on the Western Front; in Paris; and in Washington DC. The Kaiser in Holland

American and German troops sharing a smoke on Armistice Day on the Western Front in World War 1. Pittsburgh Press newspaper headline reads: "Kaiser finds refuge in Holland." He is seen at front steps of his house there, standing with two pet dogs. The German flag flies over the house. Scene shifts to a crowd celebrating in Paris France. Several French tricolor flags are seen. Next, crowds are seen celebrating in Washingtion, DC, where some in front of the old Executive Office Building, raise up an effigy of the Kaiser, holding a white flag of surrender. Finally, members of the German military high command and members of the German diplomatic corps and politicians are shown. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)

Date: 1918, November 11
Duration: 1 min 15 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
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 aircraft in a jumbled heap. Closeups of weary defeated German soldiers at end ot World War II. Glimpse of Adolf Hitler speaking and 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 the Nazi elements promptly disappears, showing the scenes without such Nazi symbols and persons. Skeleton remains of bombed buildings. Flower displays. Bucolic German rural 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 German 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 damaged 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 British targets and view of bombed out London neighborhood. Next scene shows a capsized ship with survivors running across its hull. Film slate labels the scene as United States, as if 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 I.) Next, American soldiers in trench are seen going "over the top" and into "no man's land" 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 British 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 rouse a 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 soldier 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
 
 
Views of French troops in their trenches at the front lines in the western Front during World War I

Views of the French Army's front line trenches on the Western Front during World War 1. They have tried to make them liveable in the face of wet winter weather. French soldiers stand upon shoulders carved into a very deep trench It has also been reinforced with vertical poles and lined with saplings and twigs. Other soldiers sit upon benches fashioned from trench sides, amidst various examples of improvements, such as dugouts, tables formed of stones, sandbagged upper barriers, partial roofing,and other similar features designed to make life more bearable. In another scene, French artillerymen use teams of horses to move caissons and field pieces through a muddy stream. An encampment and wagons are seen in the background.

Date: 1918
Duration: 1 min 17 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
British Royal Engineers work on on the Western Front. German prisoners. Cavalry headed toward the front

British Royal Engineers troops march to a project site, carrying picks and shovels. Next, they are seen digging a straight ditch following a course laid out by taut string. Sections of pipe are laid on the ground next to them. A large Army truck and an ambulance with red cross markings is seen near a large group of the soldiers. At least one injured is being carried shoulder-high by litter bearers. Several officers appear to be checking plans for the project. As the soldiers mill about, they look up towards the sky, as if noting airplanes above (unseen). The troops continue work on the project, which now appears to involve setting up fortifications. One soldier leaves walking a bicycle. Another view shows the area to be quite rocky, and a large pile of rocks has been used as part of the fortifications. Several ambulatory wounded German prisoners are seen walking toward the rear, as they are passed by a contingent of mounted cavalry headed toward the front (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)

Date: 1918
Duration: 1 min 50 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Elements of Portuguese Expeditionary Corps (Corpo Expedicionário Português or CEP) on Western Front in France during World War I

Members of the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps (Corpo Expedicionário Português or CEP) are seen having a civilized lunch at a second line trench, where they served under British and/or French control, on the Western Front in France during World War 1. Portuguese soldiers emerge from a well-established dugout deep in a wood lattice-reinforced trench. Lengthwise view of Portuguese troops lined up in the deep trench. Several make their way single-file toward the camera. Slate identifies a telephone station in the secondary trench. A soldier in a French Adrian steel helmet stands at the entrance of a heavily fortified dugout. Numerous phone wires extend outward and upwards from the dugout entrance. (They are difficult to see against the rocks reinforcing the entrance.)

Date: 1918
Duration: 1 min 1 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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