Mission and operations of the U.S. Army Service Forces during World War II
United States USA Date:1944 Duration:2 min 56 sec Sound:Yes
Film opens with an explosion at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona sinking. Newspaper headline reading "U.S. Declares War." Relief map globe of the world. Narrator speaks about accomplishments of the U.S. Army Service Forces since the Pearl Harbor attack. Glimpse of two M4 DV early Sherman tanks moving on a road. The famous Uncle Sam recruiting poster. Massed U.S. Army troops marching toward the camera lined 16 abreast. Army supply service personnel inspecting providers of all manner of supplies needed to feed, clothe, and equip the U.S. Army. Brief views of supply operations underway involving foodstuffs; and fuels. An Army truck and a P-38 lightning airplane (under wraps) being loaded aboard a ship. A warehouse stacked from floor to ceiling with military supplies. Forklifts moving in the aisles. Group of officers sitting around a table. Some wear shoulder patch of Army Service Forces on their uniforms. The processing of millions of volunteers and draftees for military service. Recruits undergoing physical exams and then arriving in civilian clothes, with their baggage, at a training center. Barracks being constructed at a training camp. Camera pans across a large completed military camp. Soldiers forming up in front of barracks. Sign reads "Dispensary, Recruit Reception Center." Recruits lined up and receiving innoculations against tropical and other diseases according to the regions to which they are being sent. An Army Sergeant assessing recruit qualifications for various military assignments. New recruits eating in a camp dining hall and also in a chow line at an outdoor field mess. Views of industrial workers assembling military equipment in war plants. A coal burning electric generating plant with 8 smoke stacks. A furnace with hot steel visible. An Army agent and an industrialist signing contract documents. Glimpses of women placing items on a conveyer; guns being assembled in an armory; railroad train carrying freight across rugged U.S. territory; ocean-going ships ready for loading; cargo stacked up at ports; numerous 55 gallon drums ready for loading; rope slings of cargo being loaded for shipment; numerous army trucks ready for shipment to Allies, under "Lend Lease;" a nurse checking medical supplies for shipment; Many U.S. Army M3 tanks ready for shipment. Views of British forces engaged in the North African campaign, before the U.S. entry in World War 2. U.S. soldiers marching along a Camp road past a sign reading: "Headquarters, 725th Railway Operating Battalion" (Located in New Orleans). Rapid glimpses of various supplies, equipment, etc. being loaded for shipment abroad. Views of clock hands moving. soldiers shooting automatic weapons (including tracer rounds) at a firing range.
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