War I and II Documentaries in Black and White
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:
D: Frank Capra; Anatole Litvok. Details of the Nazi preparatiosn for
war during 1938 to 1940.
FURY IN THE PACIFIC:
The amphibious assault on the Palau Islands in 1944.
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:
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.
Records preparations for the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day, June
D-DAY PLUS ONE:
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:
Preparing the "Greatest Armada" of paratroopers, plywood gliders
and troop carriers for the Allied invasion of Normandy.
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:
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
DIVIDE AND CONQUER;
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.
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
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.
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.
min; B/W. The B-29 Super Fortress in action over Japan.
B-29'S OVER JAPAN-13
The Super Fortress in bombing raids over Japan. Includes the Atomic
THE RISING SUN-30
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
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.
SURRENDER-10 min; B/W. The Japanese surrender to end the war with the
MOVIETONE NEWS SPECIAL-10
min; B/W. Special on Pearl Harbor attack.
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.
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
THE LAST BOMB: 35M-USA;
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
OF THE B-29 - 40M
The construction of the B-29 bomber used by America in World War II.
SUICIDE FOR GLORY
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 -
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.
Front") - 80M
Footage of the Germans invading Russia. In German.
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.
POWER OF RESISTANCE
SURRENDER OF JAPAN
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
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 OF THE DEAD
The horror of the German Concentration Camps is documented.
FILMS - 18M
The atrocities found by the European Theater of Operations, led by Eisenhower,
NAGASAKI - 16M
The atomic bombing of the two Japanese cities is explored both before
- Hitler's Gang
- Captured Japanese-2:19M
Yamashita Sentenced - 4:14M
- Death of Mussolini
- Holy Nazi's Shot
- Justice: 8 Nazis
Shot - 1:50M