The march to U.S. involvement in World War II, during 1940-41.
Europe Date:1942 Duration:8 min 15 sec Sound:Yes
Presidential Palace in Havana. U.S. Secretary of State, Cordell Hull speaking at the Havana Conference. Flags of Nations attending.Franklin Roosevelt, on May 16, 1940,telling congress to imobilize for national defense. Airplane and engine plants. Navy ships being built. U.S. sailors and marines on parade. U.S. soldiers training with mock weapons. Flour bag "bombs" hitting a U.S. Army tank M2. Army trucks labeled "tanks." U.S. Army tanks M3. Empty "Adelphi" brand beer cans used for training.National Guard units Nationalized. President Roosevelt reading first draft numbers under the Selective Service Act. Men getting draft notices and physical exams. New soldiers in boot camp. German Ju 87 and Dornier 17 bombers taking off. Animated map showing German air attacks against Britain. Edward R. Murrow describing the "Blitz" from London. German He 111 bombers. British antiaircraft guns firing. Londoners in underground bomb shelter. Fire brigades pouring water on burning buildings. British warships at sea. U.S. Destroyers transferred to Britain. British Prime Minister Churchill assigning military basing rights to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Berle Brandenburg Gate and German, Italian, and Japanese flags flying in Berlin on September 27, 1940 Hitler greeting Italian Galleazzo Ciano, and Japanese Saburo Kurusu. Signing of Berlin Pact. Londoners resting in the underground shelters, while the relentless bombing goes on. American Charles Lindburgh talks of Britain losing while Wendell Wilkie says Britain will win the war. Britons cleaning up after a bombing. Polls showing increased American support for Britain.
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