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Periscope Film LLC's archive is one of the largest military film collections in private hands. It includes rare training, combat, recruiting and history films made by the U.S. Government from 1914 through the mid-1980s. Subjects include the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, and civilian aviation, and conflicts from the Spanish-American War through WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

Periscope Film also maintains the premiere library of WWII and Cold War U.S. Navy submarine films. Nearly all of the material in Periscope Film's archive is available on 16mm film, and with in-house High Definition transfer capabilities the company is able to deliver extremely high-quality HD material for clients. These have included the History Channel, Disney, BBC, Discovery, PBS and other television and cable companies, and video game producers such as Ubisoft.

Founded by and co-owned by a pair of documentary filmmakers, Periscope Film supports independent production and routinely makes material from the archive available for museums, researchers, and independent fiction and non-fiction filmmakers. Visit www.PeriscopeFilm.com for more information.


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PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
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eye 21,989
favorite 12
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters. It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur. A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier. Many crashes in this film were captured by...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 18,918
favorite 3
comment 3
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This Kriegsmarine film shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. These two ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea. The cruiser Blucher would be sunk just a short time after the film was made, in 1940 during the invasion of Norway. The...
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Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 14,296
favorite 1
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This movie is about the USS Tunny (SS-282) and the procedure she helped pioneer -- firing the Regulus missile. The Regulus was the world's first nuclear cruise missile, and a stop-gap weapon that served the Navy until the arrival of the Polaris weapon system. The Gato-class USS Tunny served three years in the Pacific during WWII, and was brought back into service in 1953 to assist in the development of the Regulus missile system. The U.S. strategy at this time, was to prevent an all out nuclear...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 12,476
favorite 7
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This extraordinary color film traces the role of the submariners -- known as the Silent Service -- during World War II in the Pacific. The film begins with a short film-within-the-film featuring Japan's Fleet Admiral Nagano expressing his belief that American submarines crippled the Japanese Imperial Navy. The film goes on to show the construction and manning of fleet type submarines, and some of the astonishing campaigns they waged in the Pacific Theater. Includes footage from the lives of...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
by War Department
movies
eye 10,080
favorite 0
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Semper Paratrus, the Coast Guard's song, is made into a music video in this War Department-produced film which features footage of Coast Guardsmen training and at sea.
Topic: Coast Guard propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
movies
eye 8,622
favorite 4
comment 1
Created in 1959, "The Drama of Metal Forming" is an exceptional film that shows the forming of metal in a foundry.  It was directed by Peter DeNormanville and produced by the famed editor Raymond Spottiswoode, the father of Hollywood director Roger Spottiswoode and distant relative of the Swindon Bakery's famous chef Angus Spottiswoode.  Slabbing mills are rollers are shown, almost certainly located in the UK, and the many processes used to create finished parts such as railway car...
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Topics: Metal, Film, Shell Company, Shell Oil Company, Foundry, Royal Dutch Shell, Metal, Ingots,...
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 8,587
favorite 4
comment 1
This 1945 Technicolor film was shown to Navy veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Intended to refocus the men who had lived through such horror, and who had trained to live by the sword, the film attempts to remind the viewer of the goals achieved by the conflict. This film may owe its existence to a very real fear that returning veterans would not be able to re-integrate into society; but such worries proved groundless. James Vincent Forrestal, the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of...
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Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
movies
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Celebrating the 50th year of the Langley Research Center, this NASA film highlights the many innovations and discoveries made from 1917 through 1967.  Langley Research Center (LaRC) is the oldest of NASA's field centers, located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It directly borders Poquoson, Virginia and Langley Air Force Base. LaRC focuses primarily on aeronautical research, though the Apollo lunar lander was flight-tested at the facility and a number of high-profile space missions have...
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Topics: NASA, Apollo program, President John F. Kennedy, NACA, Space race, VTOL, landing gear test
PeriscopeFilm
by Twentieth Century Fox
movies
eye 7,496
favorite 6
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Made in 1944 and shot in color, The Fighting Lady is a documentary / propaganda film produced by Twentieth Century Fox for the U.S. Navy. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board the second USS Yorktown (CV-10) - "the Fighting Lady". The film includes footage of combat in the Marcus Islands, the attack on Truk in the Carolines,and the famous Marianas 'turkey shoot'. Directed by Edward Stiechen and narrated by Charles Boyer and Robert Taylor.
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Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
movies
eye 7,485
favorite 4
comment 1
Ralph V.H. Wood, the Philadelphia Electric Company Project Officer for Edison Electric Institute discusses an experiment that was conducted in 1955 at the Nevada Test Site to study the effects of an atomic blast on electric power facilities. Images of utility workers on power lines and preparations for the test flash across the screen while Mr. Wood talks. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage...
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Topics: Nevada, Atomic Bomb, 1955, Nevada Test And Training Site, Atomic Films, Film, Atomic Blast, Ralph...
PeriscopeFilm
movies
eye 7,338
favorite 6
comment 0
A U.S. Navy training and safety film that in detail covers the procedure a submarine crew would take to make an immediate free breathing emergency bouyant ascent. In other words, how to safely exit a submerged subamrine and get all the crewmembers to the surface without them getting the "bends". The students train at the Submarine Escape Training Tank (SETT), a 100-foot water tower either at the submarine base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or at the submarine base, New London, Connecticut....
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 6,853
favorite 5
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Made in the wake of deadly accidents aboard the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Oriskany (CV-34), this U.S. Navy safety film underscores that "Disasters Don't Just Happen". The film examines the causes of accidents and looks for solutions to prevent similar things from happening in the future. Three incidents are specifically examined. First, the 1967 USS Forrestal fire was a devastating fire and series of chain-reaction explosions on 29 July...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
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favorite 5
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Produced in the early 1970s, "Hook Down, Wheels Down" was one of the most comprehensive (and expensive) films made by the U.S. Navy. It covers the history and development of the U.S. aircraft carrier, and does so through interviews with many of the men who made it happen. While dozens of aircraft carriers are featured, it is the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) that takes center stage -- and the material shot on her deck looks like it is right out of "Top Gun". There is wonderful...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
by German Newsreel
movies
eye 6,231
favorite 5
comment 1
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Shows naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland. Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes. Footage also includes Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth.
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Topic: World War I (WWI) German Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 6,082
favorite 1
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A U.S. Navy training and safety film that covers in detail the procedure used to recover a crew member who went overboard off the deck of a submarine. The USS Scamp (SSN-588) and the USS Bergall (SSN-667) are used to illustrate these procedures.
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
PeriscopeFilm
by Castle Films
movies
eye 5,365
favorite 7
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Footage shows the wrecked seaplane base on Ford Island, the destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373) wrecked in its drydock, the battleship USS Utah (BB-13) capsized, and the mighty USS Arizona (BB-39) a twisted mass of smouldering metal.
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 5,041
favorite 2
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In this training film, see how the U.S. prepares its submariners and submarine support personnel to handle potentially disastrous emergencies. The USS Balao (SS-285) plays the part of submarine that has had a fire aboard and is now stuck on the sea floor. Some trapped crew members make individual emergency buoyant ascents via the escape trunk. In the meantime, the submarine rescue ship USS Skylark (ASR-20), rushes to the scene and uses its Rescue Bell (RC14) to evacuate the remainder of the...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 4,983
favorite 6
comment 1
Made to promote flight deck safety, this Vietnam era film features footage shot aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59). It was made in 1967, the same year that the ship suffered a terrible fire that cost 134 lives. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire, or was made in its wake. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was...
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Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
movies
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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
by German Newsreel
movies
eye 4,505
favorite 8
comment 3
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
movies
eye 4,381
favorite 3
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Made by the Ford Motor Company during WWII, "The Story of Willow Run" explains the company's role in producing the Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber.  Narrated by Harry Wismer, the film explains how Ford  manufactured and built B-24 Liberators under license from Consolidated Aircraft Company. Production rates were so great at the plant that a new B-24 rolled off the production line every 55 minutes. The plant began production in summer 1941; the dedication plaque is dated...
Topics: Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, Willow Run, Ford Motor, World War, Henry ford, Willow Run...
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 4,230
favorite 8
comment 3
Profiles the role of the U.S. Navy's hardhat divers, and shows the various systems used to support their operations. This film includes footage of re-compression chambers and diver support equipment. The special men of honor who served as the Navy's hardhat divers during WWII salvaged lost equipment, repaired ships at sea and in the harbor, and served in many other important capacities.
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Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 4,077
favorite 2
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Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting. Ford was...
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Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
movies
eye 4,021
favorite 3
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This episode of Air Force Now begins with a transport flight crew flying over South Korea, explaining their mission as part of Military Airlift Command. The rest of the film shows these valiant pilots working in all sorts of weather and tactical conditions to deliver supplies and troops in the Asian theater.  The 834th Airlift Command is shown in Saigon, Vietnam with its C-130 aircraft.   Beginning at about the 12 minute mark, combat use of the C-130 is shown in Vietnam with aircraft landing...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Air Force, Air Force Now, Lockheed C-130 Hercules,...
PeriscopeFilm
by German Schmalfilm
movies
eye 3,992
favorite 1
comment 2
This German propaganda newsreel was part of a a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII. This film celebrates the launching of Germany's new navy, including the super battleship Bismarck in 1939 and a never-completed aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin in 1938. Grand Admiral Erich Raeder and Adolph Hitler can be seen at the christening of Graf Zeppelin at Kiel. Also featured in this newsreel is footage of the construction of U-boats and the launch of a completed boat.
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Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
by German Newsreel
movies
eye 3,862
favorite 5
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Made at the outbreak of WWII, this film includes scenes of the German invasion of Poland, including pre-WWII shots of Danzig. It also includes Japanese attacks in China. Also features a long segment celebrating the Kriegsmarine, and featuring footage of the launch of the battleship Bismarck and the Scharnhorst. Adolph Hitler reviews the Gorch Fock training ship and other naval...
Topic: German propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Government
movies
eye 3,766
favorite 1
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Full color film profiling the career of a U.S. Navy heavy cruiser serving in the Pacific during World War II (WWII).
Topic: WWII Industrial Incentive Film.
PeriscopeFilm
by USSR
movies
eye 3,641
favorite 7
comment 0
Originally made by the Soviet Union, this propaganda film was re-released by the American C.I.A. complete with English narration. It features worldwide wargames by the modern Soviet Fleet. Men and ships of the USSR are seen launching a seaborne invasion. Various ships and MiG aircraft are shown, including submarines, rocket-firing cruisers, destroyers and battleships. Airborne refueling of Backfire nuclear bomber aircraft, and seaborne refueling and resupply of vessels is shown. Jet fighters...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 3,608
favorite 0
comment 0
Shows the Navy's anti-submarine patrol in action during the late 1960s. Featuring flight operations off the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18), fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft perform sweeps of the sea in the vicinity of the fleet main body. They are joined by destroyers and other warships equipped with sonar, depth-charges and ASW torpedoes. The Grumman S-2 Tracker aircraft is especially featured.
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
by Germeinnuttziger
movies
eye 3,534
favorite 4
comment 1
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 3,532
favorite 1
comment 0
On June 4, 1944, an American anti-submarine squadron accomplished an incredible feat, capturing the German U-boat U-505 and all hands. This film celebrates the achievement and explains how it happened. It certainly wasn't a fluke. Commander Daniel Gallery, of the USS Guadalcanal, was convinced he could surface and capture an enemy submarine, and he drilled his crews in the art of boarding. When the aircraft carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) and its destroyer escorts, USS Pillsbury (DE-133), USS...
Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
movies
eye 3,404
favorite 6
comment 1
Dating to the 1960s, this IBM produced film tells the story of the George D. Roper Corporation, a manufacturer of gas and electric stoves, and how its business was transformed by high tech data management.  The film features IBM's Clyde Janson, who helped install IBM's 402 and 602 computers at Roper in 1958.  Also shown are O56 Verifiers and O52 Keypunch, 557 interpreter, 519 reproducer, O83 and O84 sorter, and O88 Collator, and the processing system.  The computer being used is the 1401,...
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Topics: IBM, History Of Computing, Computers, Data Processing, Data, Technology, Punch Cards, Punch Card...
PeriscopeFilm
movies
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favorite 4
comment 0
Made by an obscure company called Trading Corporation in 1936 and directed by John C. Elder, POLAND presents images of that nation prior to WWII and the Nazi occupation.  Elder, born in 1902, was a prolific British director who worked in the 1960s.  The film  presents terrific images including a cable railway at the 1:30 mark, a sheep farm and peasant life at 3:00,  the Vistula River and the bridges over it leading to Warsaw.  The capitol is seen at the 5 minute mark,  including rare...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Poland, Vistula, Warsaw Ghetto, Polska, Gdynia, 1936
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movies
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favorite 3
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This 1939 sound newsreel vividly shows the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee. Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands in World War I. She...
Topics: Kriegsmarine, Graf Spee, River Plate, Uruguay, Montevideo, Royal Navy, Nazi Germany, cruiser,...
PeriscopeFilm
by Castle Films
movies
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favorite 4
comment 0
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Japanese attacks on Australia, and the Battle of Coral Sea and Midway that turned the tide of the Pacific War. Includes footage of Allied transports headed for Australia, where they will be under command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. An Douglas A-26 bomber is seen making a crash landing after its gear fails to extend. The Australian cities of Port Moresby and Darwin come under Japanese attack from the air. Footage of the Battle of Coral Sea...
Topic: Newsreel.
Made in 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base...
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Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, NASA, NASA Drydena, North American X-15, Lifting Body, Rocket plane
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 3,194
favorite 2
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In this short silent film, shot by the Pilot Landing Aid Television system, known as PLAT, a crippled Vought F-8 Crusader makes a barrier landing. The Mark-V barricade shown in the film was developed to arrest disabled aircraft which, for whatever reason, are not able to land by conventional "hook on a cable" means. In this instance, the landing is a success, the pilot walked away unscathed and the aircraft was salvageable.
Topic: U.S. Navy PLAT film.
PeriscopeFilm
by German Newsreel
movies
eye 3,177
favorite 3
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, a German U-boat is shown being resupplied at sea by a Type XIV milkcow submarine. Torpedoes and food are transferred, along with diesel fuel. The U-boat then resumes its hunt for English merchant ships during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Topic: German propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
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eye 3,019
favorite 4
comment 2
A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides".
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Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
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eye 2,964
favorite 1
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The USS Antietam (CV/CVA/CVS-36) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II, and the first carrier to be fitted with an angled deck. This innovative feature, made possible by the addition of a port sponson, effectively allowed aircraft to take off while others were simultaneously landing. This film was made to acquaint naval aviators and deck crew with this new feature. Also shown in the film is USS Coral Sea (CV/CVB/CVA-43), a Midway-class aircraft carrier which was...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Coast Guard
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eye 2,893
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Made during WWII, this color film shows the men of the Coast Guard in operation in the Atlantic. Guardsmen man and command various support vessels and transports. Their cutters serve as Navy warships. Anti-submarine patrol is an important duty, and we see PBY flying boats, cutters and destroyers fending off enemy subs. As a seaborne invasion nears, USCG personnel and the men of the Merchant Marine rush men and supplies to the beach in LCIs and LSTs. The film clearly demonstrates the enormous...
Topic: Coast Guard educational film.
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“Flying Fun” is a 1960s color film created by the Cessna Aircraft Company to promote aviation and aerobatics. The first 90 seconds of the film features scenes of a Cessna in action in the sky before the narrator explains at mark  01:50  how pilots are constantly looking for excitement in the air and can find it via such aircraft as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Silver Eagle, or Gull, nearly becoming capable of imitating the free-flight of a bird. We are introduced to Mary Akins (mark  02:22 ),...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
by Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
movies
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comment 1
The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco. The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America" on...
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Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
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This late 1930s or early 1940s film AWAY WITH THE WIND features various ships and water activities.  It includes rare footage of clipper ships at the 10 second mark, and square riggers.  Fishing on the Grand Banks is seen at the 1:00 mark.  The Gertrude L. Thebaud is seen at the 1:08 mark.  This is an American fishing and racing schooner built and launched in Essex, Massachusetts in 1930. A celebrated racing competitor of the Bluenose, it was designed by Frank Paine and built by Arthur D....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Getrude Thebaud, Bluenose, Clipper Ship, Schooner, Hawaii, Surfing,...
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
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Landing aboard an aircraft carrier is a task fraught with danger under normal conditions. When an aircraft has a malfunction or becomes disabled, it can be especially dangerous. The Mark-V barricade was developed to arrest disabled aircraft which, for whatever reason, may not be able to land by conventional "hook on a cable" means. Shown in this film are the procedures used to deploy the barricade, with commentary about how teamwork and attention to detail makes all the difference.
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
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This U.S. Navy film shows how a sunken submarine can be raised from the depths using pontoons and air apparatus. Features footage of the salvage vessel USS Hoist (ARS-40), hard hat divers, and animations and footage of a real salvage operation exercise.
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
by U.S. Navy
movies
eye 2,640
favorite 1
comment 1
Shows the 1945 cruise of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) across the Pacific and into combat. Corsair and Avenger aircraft are shown performing take-offs and landings, on what seems like it will be a 'typical' combat cruise. During combat the Franklin was struck by two armor piercing bombs dropped by a Japanese Zero aircraft. At least one penetrated the flight deck, setting off a series of explosions that crippled the ship. There were over 1000 casulties including 724 KIA. Despite...
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Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
by Beaux Arts Productons
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Manchukuo, or "State of Manchuria", was a puppet state comprised of Eastern Inner Mongilia and Manchuria. Created by the former Qing Dynasty Emperor and Imperial Japan in 1932, it ceased to exist after the defeat of Japan in WWII. The international furor that resulted from the creation of the state of Manchukuo, eventually led Japan to withdraw from the League of Nations. This propaganda film shows the newly-created state, with a focus on how the Japanese are improving the lives of...
Topic: Japanese propaganda film.
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Made in 1960, this educational film shows the efforts in this era used to explore the underwater world.  Compressed air SCUBA tanks and gear are seen at the 1:00 mark.   The bathyscaphe Trieste, operated by the Navy's Electronic Laboratory is shown at the 3:30 mark, and its principles of operation shown.  The Scripps Oceanographic Institution's ship Horizon is shown at the 7:00 mark,   and Echo sounders and clam-jawed buckets are shown at work.  The film also shows underwater maps and an...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Trieste, Scripps Institution, Bathyscaphe, Oceanography, Ocean
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One of the U.S. Army Air Force aircraft identification films made during WWII, this short movie describes the German Messerschmitt Bf 110. The film was shown to fighter pilots, bomber gun crews, anti-aircraft gun crews, and civil defense personnel during the war.  Often animated, these films were sometimes produced by Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, or other cartoon studios as part of the war effort. The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110, was a twin-engine heavy...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, BF 110, Aircraft, World War II, Aircraft Identification
PeriscopeFilm
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favorite 1
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This issue of "Fighting Men" entitled KEEP IT CLEAN warns WWII American soldiers that they must keep their rifle clean, or face the consequences. Made by a Hollywood studio, this is a very polished WWII training film. The premise being that it is told through letters written by soldiers who experienced issues due to their lack of care with their M-1s. The film starts with a re-enactment of a situation in combat where a soldier was unable to fire his weapon due to the mud he allowed...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Rifle, M-1 Garand, U.S. Army World War II, Infantry
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by Grumman Aircraft
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Showcases the combined effort that is part of modern anti-submarine warfare, in which fixed and rotary wing aircraft work in conjunction with destroyers and escorts to locate and destroy enemy submarines. Featured in the film is footage of the fleet Sonar School, Grumman S-2 Tracker and the Neptune P2V operating off of the aircraft carrier USS Randolph (CV-15), and the destroyers USS Sarsfield (DD-837), USS Blandly (DD-943) and USS Cony (DD-508), and the submarine USS Sirago (SS-485).
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
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by U.S. War Department
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Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also...
Topic: Army training film.
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This film shows the exhibit known as OUR AMERICAN CROSSROADS in operation.  Originally created for the General Motors Parade of Progress, this exhibit still exists and is maintained by GM. It was built by the H.B. Stubbs company and was on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry until 2001 when it was removed by GM.  The Our American Crossroads display is an animated diorama of American life. It depicts lifestyles before and after the introduction of the automobile and a...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, General Motors, Film, Parade Of Progress, Futurama, Chicago Museeum...
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by U.S. Navy
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"Man and the FBM" shows the new Polaris submarines such as USS George Washington (SSBN-598) on deterrent patrol and describes the development of this important weapons system. The nation's first ballistic missile submarine, George Washington and its sister Polaris submarines including the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) were the nation's undersea deterrent arm throughout the Cold War. This film also features footage of USS Skipjack (SSN-585), USS Skate (SSN-578) at the North Pole, and...
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
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by U.S. Navy
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Made at the height of the Cold War, this Navy film provides an overview of the Navy's strategic undersea capabilities, with a focus on nuclear deterrence. Features footage of the nuclear powered USS Sturgeon (SSN-637), USS Skate (SSN-578) surfacing at the North Pole, the USS Triton (SSRN-586) circumnavigating the world underwater, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the Sturgeon class USS Parche (SSN-683), USS Skipjack (SSN-585), and the diesel powered USS Albacore (AGSS-569), USS Mang (SS-385). The...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
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Made in the 1970s, this General Motors corporate film explains some of the supply chain management challenges faced by the company, and the work undertaken to make the delivery of automobiles more efficient and damage-free.   The film was made in the wake of a series of complaints by dealers and customers about damage in transit -- either by bad handling on railroads or trucking.  GM's new "Logistics Operations" division was tasked with delivering cars as quickly as possible to...
Topics: General Motors, Supply Chain Management, Chevy Vega, Container terminal, Container Handling,...
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Created in the 1950s (and then revised in the 1960s) by the Shell Oil Company, "The Fossil Story" explains the importance of fossils to geologists who are searching for oil, and examines the role of paleontologists in interpreting the nature of the pre-historic world.   This film was one of a series created by Shell to educate the public about geology, oil exploration, and the petroleum industry in general in this period. Fossils (from Classical Latin fossilis; literally,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Fossils, Shell Oil Company, Oil, Oil Exploration, Chemofossils,...
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This film, part of the Army Screen Magazine, features two segments. The first has an interview with Captain Ruth E. Parsons, who worked as a nurse on the embattled island of Corregidor during the first Battle of the Philippines. This incredible woman later became the model for the Nurse's Memorial statue at Arlington National Cemetery. Parsons recounts the collapse of the U.S. Army on Bataan and Corregidor, and the gallant service by the Marines as they fought against overwhelming odds to stave...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Corregidor, Philippines, Douglas MacArthut, Nurses Memorial,...
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The Secret Land is a 1948 American documentary film about an American expedition code-named "Operation High Jump" to explore Antarctica. It won the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large...
Topics: Antarctica, U.S. Navy, Admiral Richard Byrd, 1946
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by Home Movie
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See one of the rarest and most intimate films ever made aboard a submarine, as Lieutenant Paul Horn takes his own movie camera onboard the USS Seadragon (SSN-584). This Skate class submarine made a patrol from Pearl Harbor to the chilly waters of the arctic, where it surfaced through the ice pack. Commander Tom Jacobs introduces and narrates the film, which is dedicated to Horn (who sadly passed away a short time after it was made).
Topic: Home Movie
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by Castle Films
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The scuttling of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee is shown, off the coast of Uruguay in December of 1939. Features footage of the Graf Spee's captain Hans Langsdorff, and the aftermath of the Battle of the River Plate. Various British ships from Hunting Group 'G' of the South Atlantic Squadron (HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax, HMS Cumberland and HMS Achilles) are shown along with Beagle Class destroyers such as H30.
Topic: WWII propaganda newsreel
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This company report from Aerojet General Corporation shows it in its prime as a defense and industrial contractor that also supported the U.S. space program.  The Azusa plant where the company started is shown, along with the Nerva Nuclear Rocket Engine program, and various aspects of the company's production from ablative coatings to astrionics, oceanics and torpedo divisions, an anti-cavitation device known as a Hydrocket, the Ordnance Division in Downey that developed the Nike-Hercules...
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Topics: Theodore Von Karman, Aerojet, Rocket Engine, Rocket, Engine, Azusa, Intercontinental Ballistic...
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by U.S. Government
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A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
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by U.S. Government
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Showcases the combined effort that is part of modern anti-submarine warfare, in which fixed and rotary wing aircraft work in conjunction with destroyers and escorts to locate and destroy enemy submarines. Featured in the film is footage of P-3 Orion search aircraft, DASH drone helicopter, and the ships USS Yorktown (CV-1), destroyers USS Leary (DD-879), USS Walker (DD-517), and USS Bridger (DE-1024) and various submarines including USS Scorpion (SSN-589). Also features footage of Norfolk.
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
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This silent German educational film dates from just before WWII. It discusses principles of electromagnetics including magnetic fields. Like many German films of this era it uses live action, animation and other techniques to present its argument. Typically this type of film would be accompanied by a script which would be read in class by a teacher during the screening. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Presented by the Tournament of Roses Association, this profile of the 1966 Rose Parade with Grand Marshall Walt Disney begins with footage of LAX International Airport and the city of Pasadena which hosts the event. At :52 you will see Pasadena City Hall and at 1:00 aerial footage of downtown. At 1:12 is the Jet Propulsion Lab or JPL. The Mariner satellite is seen being launched. At 2:01 , Pasadena City College is shown, with college girls with hilarious haircuts including the famed...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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On October 16, 1956, a Pan Am Clipper aircraft en route from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii -- the Sovereign of the Skies -- was forced to ditch in the Pacific. Fortunately for the passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Ponchartrain was close at hand. This incredible film shows the efforts of the airplane pilot and co-pilot, and Coast Guard captain and crewmen, to save the passengers after a ditching at sea. The incident remains one of the proudest moments in the history of the Coast Guard....
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
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This late 1920s, early 1930s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It begins with silent movie footage re-enacting Ponce de Leon arriving in Florida by ship -- and then shows exceptionally early and rare footage of tribe members in their beautiful handmade clothing, foraging in the swamps amid deer, alligators, wildcats and snakes. Green corn farming is seen at the 3:15 mark, and the making of bread at 5:30. Housing and a village...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Seminoles, Florida
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CBS created The Search, an educational series produced by the Public Affairs Department, in the 1950s to share scientific research with viewers in an easy-to-understand manner. The 26-episode series aired over 1954 and 1955. This episode, “Colorado School of Mines: Uranium Prospecting and Mining, Golden Colorado,” is hosted by Charles Romine and shows all the phases of the uranium rush happening on the Colorado Plateau. The film begins with footage of atomic bombs detonating ( 00:50 ; 01:08...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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by U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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Made during WWII, this silent German film shows how to deal with British incendiary bombs, the type that were dropped on many European cities during the course of the war including Dresden. The film shows a 30LB British bomb at :43, and explains how it is very difficult to extinguish due to the presence of phosphorus. At 2:00 the internal workings of the bomb are shown, comprising of a detonator that ignites the phosphorus, along with a casing that burns at high temperature. At 7:05 the effects...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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by U.S. Navy
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This U.S. Navy film traces the history of U.S. missile development up until 1958. It includes footage from World War II of the BAT, a small guided missile for anti-ship use. It also features footage of: the JB-1 Loon (a submarine-launched version of the German V-1 Buzz Bomb), the Terrier, the Talos, Polaris, Bullpup, the V-2 missile, the Regulus I, the Regulus II, and the Sidewinder. It also includes footage of the Naval Research Laboratory NRL, the Naval Missile Test Center at Point Mugu in...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
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by U.S. Navy
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The Pacific Campaign is recounted in this post-WWII film. Beginning with the Japanese invasion of the China, the film rapidly shows the U.S. entry to the war at Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed from Guadalcanal to the Phillipines, Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by B-29s flying from island bases.
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.