World War I and II Documentaries in Black and White

EUROPE UNDER SIEGE (24 x 30)
This 24 half-hour series is one of the most comprehensive visual histories of World War II in Europe. Narrated by Westbrook Van Vorhees, this series documents the war in Italy, England, and Germany. From Pearl Harbor to the fall of Hitler. Detailed list of each episode is available. Running time 12 hours approx.

CRUSADE IN THE PACIFIC (24 x 30)
Produced in 1951-2, this 24 half-hour series is generally considered by historians to be the comprehensive visual history of WWII in the Pacific. The series is assembled from combat footage shot during the war, and, together with captured Japanese footage, documents the land and sea battles that exploded across the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to the beginning of the Korean War. Detailed list of each episode available. Running time 12 hours approx.

MARINES IN COMBAT (20 x 30)
This series documents the successful war achievements of the U.S. Marines in World War II and the Korean War. The series is hosted by General Holland M. (Howlin' Mad) Smith who gives expert commentary on the various battles fought by the marines. This is the most in-depth profile of one of the world's most proficient fighting forces ever produced.

PRELUDE TO WAR: 1943-USA; 54M; B&W.
D: Frank Capra; Anatole Litvok. The Academy Award winning documentary feature of 1942 traces the global events leading up to World War II.

THE NAZIS STRIKE: 1943-USA;43M;B&W.
D: Frank Capra; Anatole Litvok. Details of the Nazi preparatiosn for war during 1938 to 1940.

FURY IN THE PACIFIC: 1945-USA;20M;B&W.
The amphibious assault on the Palau Islands in 1944.

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: 1943-USA;55M;B&W.
D: Frank Capra; Anatole Litvok. Britain, alone against the axis powers in 1940 and 1041, saw 40,000 wounded and 50,000 dead but theirs was the ultimate victory . . . no Nazis on British soil.

THE BATTLE OF CHINA, I & II: 1943-USA;65M;B&W.
D: Frank Capra; Anatole Litvok. An examination of the events leading up to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

THE BATTLE OF RUSSIA: 1944-USA;83M;B&W.
D: Frank Capra; Anatole Litvok. Focuses on the Russian people's determination to withstand the Nazi invasion from 1941 to 1943.

THE BATTLE OF SAN PIETRO: 1944-USA; 43M, B&W.
Houston's searing presentation was the first release to stateside theaters which showed actual American infantry combat conditions.

NORMANDY INVASION: 1944-USA;20M;B&W.
Records preparations for the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

D-DAY PLUS ONE: 1944-USA; 20M;B&W.
Documents the day following the invasion on D-Day by the Allies, as they secured a foothold on the coast of France.

D-DAY MINUS ONE: 1944-USA; 20M;B&W.
Preparing the "Greatest Armada" of paratroopers, plywood gliders and troop carriers for the Allied invasion of Normandy.

NUREMBURG: 1944-USA;54M;B&W.
D: Pare Lorentz and Stuart Schulberg. The Allied trials of the Nazi war criminals intercut with flashbacks detailing Hitler's atrocities.

PRELUDE TO INVASION: USA; 18M; B&W.
Documents the preparation for D-Day.

THE REAR GUNNER: USA; 20M; B&W.
Documents the duties of a rear gunner in a WWII bomber.

FIGHT FOR THE SKY: 1944-USA; 20M; B&W.
8th Air Force fighter command's strategy challenge the Luftwaffe and cripple German ground transport.

WAR COMES TO AMERICA: 1945-USA; 67M;B&W.
D: Frank Capra; Anatole Litvok.From the "Why We Fight" series. American history is traced from Jamestown in 1607 to Pearl Harbor in 1941, emphasizing the achievements and ideals of American society. Includes scenes of Hitler ridiculing Roosevelt's peace effort, Lindbergh advocating isolationism, and the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

THE TRUE GLORY:1945-USA;85M;B&W.
D: Garsan Kanin; Carol Reed. A testimonial to the bravery of the men who fought with the Allied armed forces in France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Germany from D-Day to V-E Day. Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature, 1945.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER; 1943-USA; 58M;B&W.
D: Frank Capra; Anatole Litvok. Records the high point of Nazi blitz and their invasion of Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, and France. Includes the preparations to invade Britain, sabotaging the Fifth Column, strikes, riots, and hate literature.

DECEMBER 7,1941: 1943-USA; 34M;B&W.
D: John Ford. Presents a vivid account of one of the greatest naval and air battles of WWII.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY-JAPAN: 1945-USA; 63M; B&W.
D: Frank Capra. In Frank Capra's last "The War Years" documentary, he uses images an dsounds to give the American soldier a look into the mentality of the enemy in Japan.

RISE AND FALL OF NAZI GERMANY: 1947-USA; B&W.
Narrator: Westbrook Van Voorhis. Taken from the radio series The March of Times and turned into a television show.

HISTORY OF THE NEGRO SOLDIER: 1944-USA; 49M; B&W.
D: Frank Capra. A sincere study of the black soldier's place in American history.

DEFENSE OF ANTWERP AGAINST THE V-1: 1950-USA; 21M; B&W.
Shows how Antwerp, liberated after four years of German occupation, was battered by the V-1 bomb. Describes how the port was saved by Allied gunners using a shifting defense strategy known as Antwerp X.

AIR POWER VOL. 9-55 min; B/W. Includes: Superfortress, 14 min, Retreat and Advance, 13 min, Air Force and the Atom Bomb, 14 min, and Air War Against Japan, 14 min.

JAPAN: A PERSPECTIVE-50 min; B/W. Includes: Japan: the People; Japan: Dream of Empire, and Enemy Japan. Informational documentaries narrated by the Ambassador to Japan from 1932-1941, Joseph P. Crew.

APPOINTMENT IN TOKYO-56 min; B/W. This inspiring WW2 documentary covers the entire American Pacific campaign from the Bataan retreat to the surrender of Japan. Includes the rape of Manila, culled from captured Japanese newsreels. General Douglas MacArthur, after three years of relentless fighting makes good his promise "I shall return."

RECOGNITION OF THE JAP ZERO-1943, 20 min; B/W. Hosted by Ronald Reagan. Information about the Japanese Zero fighter plane. Dramatized story.

KAMIKAZE-1961, 89 min; B/W. This documentary on the Pacific war begins with Japanese preparations before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and ends with the U.S. dropping the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Along with many scenes of battles, there is also footage on life in Hawaii before the war broke out.

TARGET TOKYO-21 min; B/W. The B-29 Super Fortress in action over Japan.

B-29'S OVER JAPAN-13 min; B/W.
The Super Fortress in bombing raids over Japan. Includes the Atomic Bomb.

THE RISING SUN-30 min; B/W.
The British RAF (Royal Air Force) in the far East 1941-43 as they fought the Japanese forces.

PAYOFF IN THE PACIFIC-58 min; B/W. Pacific war. Allied successes.

FURY IN THE PACIFIC-18 min; B/W.
Invasion of the Palau Islands by Army, Navy and Marine forces.

ATTACK IN THE PACIFIC-56 min; B/W. Allied forces attack the Japanese strongholds.

FORMAL JAPANESE SURRENDER-10 min; B/W. The Japanese surrender to end the war with the Allies.

MOVIETONE NEWS SPECIAL-10 min; B/W. Special on Pearl Harbor attack.

THE FIGHTING LADY - 60M; B&W.
Focuses on action aboard a typical carrier (including footage from the USS Lexington, Yorktown, and Enterprise). Intense action, including the cameraman having to hit the deck. Features Hellcats, TD-2's, Hell Divers, Avengers, F4F-1's, and the best gun camera footage ever recorded by US Navy Pilots in WWII.

THUNDERBOLT: 56M-USA; 1946; B&W.
Tells the story of the 57th Fighter Group's participation in "Operation Strangle" in Italy in 1944. Discusses the use of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber in the operation, which denied German troops badly needed supplies.

THE LAST BOMB: 35M-USA; 1945; B&W.
Describes the bombing of Japan by B-29 airplanes and the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Japan.

THE FLEET THAT CAME TO STAY: 22M-USA; 1945; B&W.
Explains the invasion of Okinawa from the U.S. Navy point of view, and illustrates the operation by scenes of combat.

COMBAT AMERICA - 62M, 1943; B&W
A documentary recounting the experiences of the 351st Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces, based in England during WWII. The group's air and ground crews are followed through a number of bombing missions over Hitler's Germany.

THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE - 25M
This is the story about how the aircraft carrier, the USS Franklin, survived a Japanese bombing attack that killed over 800 crewman. The bombing caused the ship's armaments to explode, creating a blaze that raged for over 24 hours before the remaining crew and other ships managed to put it out. A story full of numerous acts of heroism and continuous excitement.

BIRTH OF THE B-29 - 40M
The construction of the B-29 bomber used by America in World War II.

SUICIDE FOR GLORY - 20M
The Japanese are shown manufacturing for the war effort, and then the Kamikaze pilots begin to volunteer as the war turns against Japan.

CORSAIR AT WAR - 60M
Excellent footage of combat action in World War II of this great fighter.

B-17 AT WAR - 60M
The B-17 Bomber and how it was utilized in World War II.

OSTFRONT ("Eastern Front") - 80M
Footage of the Germans invading Russia. In German.

HEIMFRONT ("Homefront")- 70M
Concerns the efforts of the German people to support their armies in WWII. In German.


D-DAY PLUS ONE AND D-DAY PLUS TWO - 10M
Reports of the Battle at the Normandy beachhead as the Allies fought to secure the beaches and move inland.

CHATEAU THIERRY - 20M

POWER OF RESISTANCE - 62M

SURRENDER OF JAPAN - 45M
Features the events that led up to the surrender of Japan, and the aftermath.

MACARTHUR AND COMPANY LIBERATES MANILA - 15M
General Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines to free it from Japanese control.

NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS - 59M; 1945; B&W
Produced and presented as evidence at the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Hermann Goring and twenty other Nazi leaders. Filled with graphic footage of the horrors of several of the largest Nazi concentration camps.

CAMPS OF THE DEAD - 10M
The horror of the German Concentration Camps is documented.

E.T.O. ATROCITY FILMS - 18M
The atrocities found by the European Theater of Operations, led by Eisenhower, is documented.

HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI - 16M
The atomic bombing of the two Japanese cities is explored both before and after.


NEWSREELS

  • Hitler's Gang On Trial-4:21M
  • Captured Japanese-2:19M
  • "Guilty" Yamashita Sentenced - 4:14M
  • Death of Mussolini - 1M
  • Holy Nazi's Shot - 1M
  • Justice: 8 Nazis Shot - 1:50M

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