December 1941 newsreel

This Universal newsreel contains fantastic footage of the early years of WWII, including the Lend-Lease program, recent attack of Pearl Harbor, and even speeches by FDR.

Very useful for students to have a visual of the issues facing the world at the close of 1941.

For more on this era see our PowerPoints:

US History WWII

World History WWII

Churchill speech, “Owed to so few” 1940

Churchill was a great orator who could evoke powerful images and memorable quotes.

His 1940 speech to the House of Commons is no exception.

Deep in the Battle of Britain, Churchill wanted to give hope to British citizens that victory was possible.

We have included a copy of an excerpt from the speech as well as questions and answers.

Here is a link to the audio of the speech.

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US History – Causes of WWII, World War II

World History – Europe Between the Wars, World War II

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WWII Dr. Seuss Political Cartoon

Dr Seuss was a prolific artist and due to his children’s books is a wonderful cartoonist to use in the classroom during WWII.

His images feel familiar which put even the most unsure students at ease in analyzing political cartoons.

We have included a copy of his famous ostrich cartoon along with questions and answers.

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Early Hitler speech

Although it is not translated, it allows students to see Hitler speak firsthand.

If you are looking for more resources on WWII, check out our US and World History WWII PowerPoints.

Munich Pact, 1938


The conference in September of 1938 resulted in the Munich Agreement signed by France, Britain, Italy, and Germany.

A classic case of appeasement, it did not prevent war.

We have included a transcript as well as questions and answers.

Check out our PowerPoints on WWII: Europe Between the WarsCauses of World War IIWorld War II (US History), World War II(World History).

Post WWII in Europe newsreel, June 1945

This partial newsreel shows Hitler’s bunker and private quarters now occupied by American soldiers. The tour has an almost jovial tone to it.

Also shown is General Patton received by President Truman at the White House.

This newsreel reveals some British war secrets, excited postwar Germans, Norwegians, and R&R in Italy.

Since the war was still going on in Japan, movement of resources is shown along with a message from the War Department.

Hitler’s Heyday newsreel, 1947

This postwar newsreel shows confiscated private footage from Eva Braun with Hitler.

There is also a parade and animal stories in this partial 1947 newsreel.

President Roosevelt denounces Hitler’s actions in Europe, 1940

This partial newsreel shows US reaction to Hitler’s invasion of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. President Roosevelt addresses Congress and expresses his shock and anger on May 10, 1940. Envoys from the conquered nations also express their outrage at Hitler’s takeover.

Check out our US History Causes of WWII and WWII and World History WWII PowerPoints.

Nuremburg trial newsreel

Although this partial newsreel does not show the results of the trial, it does show several of the major criminals.

Also there are telephone operators working the now archaic machinery that students might find interesting.

Anti-Hitler Propaganda film, 1942

British edited footage shows Hitler and his soldiers moving to the tune of the Lambeth Walk. Quite humorous, a rarity during WWII.