American workers and OSS in World War 2 work to estimate the loss of German military manpower in battle.
Germany Date:1943, May Duration:12 min 30 sec Sound:Yes
Film outlines process of U.S. military and War Department to estimate the German military manpower losses from 1939-1943 during World War II. Scenes of German military forces in battle. German tank on the battlefront smashes down a tree and German soldiers follow, running behind it. Dead bodies of soldiers lay on the battlefield. Airplane falling from sky to ground after being hit. German Soldiers fire rifles during battle. German soldiers carry wounded on litters and German medical staff treat the wounded soldiers. A wounded soldier on a hospital bed. Nurse leans over hospital bed and talks to a wounded soldier. A study made to find out the number of soldiers returning to their jobs after being injured. A man reads a magazine which reads: 'Estimate of non battle causalities'. German soldiers march through Arc de Triomphe in Paris during occupation of Paris by Nazi Germany. Headline of a newspaper reads: 'Germans silent on Russian gain'. Brief scene of Soviet leader Stalin speaking at a microphone. Cavalry soldiers, likely Soviet, crossing a battlefield. Scenes of World War I German troops being reviewed by officers. Civilian or OSS men lean over a German map and discuss among themselves. They study the map. Scene of men and women at a German news stand buying German newspapers in order to obtain obituary information. OSS personnel translate casualty reports from German newspapers to help estimate deaths of German soldiers and determine force strength. An operations room with American staff analyzing German newspapers. View of a Boeing 314 Clipper Flying Boat aicraft taking off from water. The reports from World War I and II, allied forces, chart, graphs and NARS computers used to estimate German Army's manpower loss. Negro women operate keypunch machines recording battle casualty statistics which yield punch cards for further data analysis. Punch cards being created and being loaded in sorting and reading machines bearing brand "International" (for International Business Machines or IBM). A document entitled "analysis of obituaries." Man in an office studying a map and a document. A woman helps him as she enters numbers into a Remington Rand adding machine. They estimate the officers killed in war and the number of the killed enlisted men, in order to estimate the total battle loss. They compare the data of soldiers missing, killed, wounded, and unfit for duty from 1939 to 1943.
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