Pearl Harbor film

This Castle Film was shot after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It begins with a helpful map of the harbor’s location and shows the devastation on the seaplane base, destroyer USS Shaw, battleship USS Utah and the USS Arizona.

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Film Collection, 1940s:  Historic Film Collection, Part 3

WWII Eastern Front newsreel, 1941

This 1941 newsreel has 3 segments: “Nazis war on Russia, Soviet ambassador speaks, and US stars back war loans”.

The 4 minute format allows for a quick view on any given day during a unit on WWII. The footage gives the viewer a sense of battle conditions and even shows parachuters jumping off of plane wings.

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JFK’s inauguration

Historic films clips, when used properly, can help students better grasp important moments.

Given the technology that exists today, namely PowerPoint and Keynote, it is possible now to embed these films within presentations and spark an interest in students that otherwise might be passive viewers.

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Final Days of Okinawa July 1945

This short newsreel contains fantastic footage from WWII.

Note: the second clip, which gets cut off, contains racist language towards the Japanese.

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Historic Film Collection, Part 3

The Arm Behind the Army, 1942

This Signal Corps WWII propaganda film details the importance of the worker to the victory of American armies.

It clearly shows the link between the work on the homefront and success against the Axis powers abroad.

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US homefront WWII film: Three Cities, 1941

This US Office of War Information shows how citizens on the homefront helped prepare the nation for the war effort.

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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.

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Attack on Pearl Harbor

These two films show footage from the attack to convince viewers to support the war effort.

Note: the term “Jap” is used throughout.

President Truman on the Marshall Plan

After World War II, the U.S. was left with the responsibility of taking care of the battered nations across Europe.

George C. Marshall came up with a plan to revitalize the economies and help stabilize the region.

We have an earlier post which includes a transcript of Marshall’s speech as well as questions and answers for students.

Today’s posting includes Truman convincing Congress to approve the plan.

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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.