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World War II Films – Collection – World War 2 Video Collections
More than 2,500 short films. Most were shot from 1942 to 1946 by photographers from the U.S. armed services. The majority are without sound, and shot on site wherever U.S. troops were located. Many newsreels are included. Some titles: Minesweeper hits Mine & Sinks, Task Group under Attack Off Okinawa, Assembly Area for Korean Occupation, Segi Air Field Pilot’s Recreation, Saipan Invasion: Bombardment by 14- and 5-inch guns, Invasion of Guam: LVTs & LCS on Way to Beach, Japanese Prisoners of War, Noumea, New Caledonia, WWII Jungle Training, Crossing the Rhine, War Crimes Trials Nuremberg, Towing Phoenix Units across Channel. Videos about World War 2.
World War II Films in Color – Collection – World War 2 Video Collections
Nearly 500 color films, mostly short films. Possibly a sub-set of the World War II Films collection above. Some titles: PT Boat Activities & Night Action Off New Guinea 1943, Carrier Deck Action Scenes & Ammo Transfer, Fire Fighting & Battle Damage on USS Enterprise, Hiroshima Way of Life 1946, Kiska Aleutian Islands, 1945 Submarine Film from USS Skate, Atomic Bomb Physical Damage Nagasaki, Torpedoed USS Honolulu, News Parade of the Year 1942. Videos about World War 2.
WWII Archive – World War 2 Video Collections
A collection of public domain World War II books, and films. Over 5,000 items. Includes training manuals, military unit histories, films by the Armed Services and contracted filmmakers such as Disney Studios, government handbooks for civilians, military maintenance manuals, more. Some titles: Handbook on the Italian Military Forces, Radio Operator’s Manual for Army ground forces, History of the 77th Infantry Division in WWII, US Navy WW2 Newsreel Compilation, Army Navy Screen Magazine, Tomatoes on Your Table, Nazi Newsreels, Manual on Land Mines and Booby Traps, Battle for Normandy film, Pilot Training Manual for the P-38 Lightning, Atomic Bomb Medical Aspect Hiroshima. Videos about World War 2.
WWII Newsreels – World War 2 Video Collections
About 170 newsreels from 1938 to 1946. From several sources, including U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. film companies contracted by the U.S. Government, and confiscated films from the German and Italian Armed Forces. Videos about World War 2.
World War 2 Articles PDF
Review essay of ‘The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich’, by Lara Feigel
Gavin Jacobson, LA Review of Books 2016
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In January, 1943, President Roosevelt embarked on a secret mission that would determine the course of World War Two. His destination – Casablanca, Morocco. His goal – to finalize Allied military plans with the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
Paul M. Sparrow, Blog of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum 2017
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Eager to prove themselves, women served the Red Army as nurses, medics, cooks and clerks—but also as snipers, surgeons, pilots and machine gunners.
Roger Reesem, History Net
The prison that inspired a movie and a TV comedy was a dingy, fleabag patch of hell for the Allied “kriegies” who got stuck there.
Eric Ethier, America in WWII 2006
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Imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp north of Berlin, he was detailed to Operation Bernhard, a massive Nazi plot that relied on concentration camp inmates to forge British currency.
Emily Langer, Washington Post 2016
Canadian Indians and the Second World War: The pivotal event of the 20th century for Canadian Indians and Canadian Indian policy?
Roy P. Toomey, Univ of Northern British Columbia 2006
The final statistical record of battle casualties and nonbattle deaths incurred during World War II by United States Army military personnel, including members of the Army Air Forces. World War 2 deaths.
U S Adjutant General, Dept. of the Army 1953
Animated YouTube map of Europe. This video shows the changing front lines of the European Theater of World War II every day from the German invasion of Poland to the surrender of Germany.
EmperorTigerstar, YouTube, 2013
In March 1933, Germans voted for a new parliament – their last free election before all but the Nazi party was banned. Such extraordinary measures of terror preceded the election that there was little “free” about it. Rise of Adolf Hitler.
Marc von Lupke-Schwarz, Deutsche Welle 2013
We can now say without equivocation that this was Hitler’s war, say historians. But could more intelligent diplomacy on Britain’s part have saved Europe from a devastating conflict? Laurence Rees examines the evidence and what caused the Second World War
Laurence Rees, History Extra 2019
There’s nothing wrong with an interest in history. But the distorted and chauvinist way the war’s history has been presented in the popular imagination is a major problem. It’s long since time Americans adopted a more realistic and sensible attitude towards World War II.
Ryan Cooper, The Week 2018
Second World War battles took place across the globe; some lasting days, others months or even years. But which are the most significant? Here, Professor Evan Mawdsley from the University of Glasgow lists the battles that had the most impact upon later military and political events, and indeed the outcome of the war itself
Evan Mawdsley, History Extra 2019
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The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan … Stalin Did – WW2 Articles PDF
Have 70 years of nuclear policy been based on a lie? War in the Pacific.
Ward Wilson, Foreign Policy 2013
Two carriers, the USS Wolverine and the USS Sable, prepared thousands of naval aviators for the dangerous job of landing planes on pitching and rolling flight decks at sea.
Military History Now 2016
You can’t buy shoes. You need a coupon book to buy a limited supply of groceries for the week. And your neighbor was arrested for black market oil books. All of this means one thing: rationing is here and it is here to stay, at least until the end of the war. WWII on the homefront.
Kevin Huebler, World War 2.0
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The Nazi rise to power in Germany was largely due to voters opting for what they perceived as their economic self-interest. Rise of Adolf Hitler.
The Wilson Quarterly 2009
Operation Barbarossa was a huge undertaking that offered Hitler myriad opportunities. He believed that the defeat of the Soviet Union would force American attentions towards a then-unchecked Japan, in turn leaving an isolated Britain obliged to enter peace talks. WW2 strategy.
Simon Parkin, History Hit 2018
On 5 June 1934 the leading lawyers of Nazi Germany gathered at a meeting to plan what would become the Nuremberg Laws, the centrepiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi race regime. They debated whether they should bring Jim Crow segregation to the Third Reich. They engaged in detailed discussion of the statutes from the 30 US states that criminalised racially mixed marriages. They reviewed how the various US states determined who counted as a ‘Negro’ or a ‘Mongol’, and weighed whether they should adopt US techniques in their own approach to determining who counted as a Jew. Throughout the meeting the most ardent supporters of the US model were the most radical Nazis in the room. Nazi ideology.
James Q. Whitman, Aeon
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Germany’s post-war justice ministry was infested with Nazis protecting former comrades, study reveals – WW2 Articles PDF
Fully 77 per cent of senior ministry officials in 1957 were former members of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, a higher proportion even than during the 1933-45 Third Reich, the study found.
Frank Zeller, The Telegraph 2016
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With almost 400,000 people having moved to Washington since January of 1940, it is no wonder that there is no place for all of them to stay. More than 126,000 Americans in the nation’s capital will be homeless tonight. U.S. involvement in WW2, WWII on the homefront.
Aitana Robinson, World War 2.0
German writer Norman Ohler’s astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war
Rachel Cooke, The Guardian 2016
Article written by 21st Century journalism student based on 1942 sources, in style used at that time. WWII on the homefront.
Macarena Solis, World War 2.0
Ulysses Lee, Center of Military History, U.S. Army 2001
The Enigma Machine: How Alan Turing Helped Break the Unbreakable Nazi Code – WW2 Articles PDF
Open Culture 2013
The Fake British Radio Show That Helped Defeat the Nazis – World War 2 Video Collections
By spreading fake news and sensational rumors, intelligence officials leveraged “psychological judo” against the Nazis in World War II
Marc Wortman, Smithsonian 2017
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Article written by 21st Century journalism student based on 1942 sources, in style used at that time.
Anna Griffin, World War 2.0
Review essay of ‘Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939’, by Volker Ullrich. Rise of Adolf Hitler.
Michiko Kakutani, NY Times 2016
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Article written by 21st Century journalism student based on 1942 sources, in style used at that time. U.S. involvement in WW2.
Macarena Solis, World War 2.0
In late June 1942, two squads of German saboteurs landed on American beaches, ferried by U-boats to Long Island and Florida’s coast. The saboteurs had enough explosives for two years of mayhem, with immediate plans to blow up a critical railway bridge, disrupt New York’s water supply and spread terror.
David A. Taylor, Smithsonian 2017
Image of declassified Secret Memorandum. On November 28, 1941, the Commander of the Western Defense Command issued a memo (National Archives Identifier 41049939) to the Commanding Generals and Commandants on the West Coast, notifying them that negotiations with Japan had broken down and that “surprise aggressive action at any moment” was possible. War in the Pacific.
Tumblrweed Times 2017
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Was Vichy France a Puppet Government or a Willing Nazi Collaborator? – WW2 Articles PDF
The authoritarian government led by Marshal Pétain participated in Jewish expulsions and turned France into a quasi-police state
Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian 2017
What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in ‘Dunkirk’ – World War 2 Video Collections
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ is likely to be the most widely seen or read depiction of history released in 2017. So how does a British historian who teaches and writes about World War II rate it as history?
John Broich, Slate 2017
The FBI’s nationwide arrest of draft violators reached its peak the night of May 15, as 638 men across 20 cities were seized from their homes over the weekend. WWII on the homefront.
Seda Payton, World War 2.0
When the first African-Americans to crew a U.S. warship sailed into the war-tossed North Atlantic, they couldn’t have known it would take fifty years to gain honor in their own country
Mary Pat Kelly, American Heritage 2017
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The Japanese cracked every American combat code until an elite team of Marines joined the fight. One veteran tells the story of creating the Navajo code and proving its worth on Guadalcanal. code talkers of WWII. Videos about World War 2.
Chester Nez, HistoryNet
Universities in Nazi Germany were strictly controlled by the authorities. Senior university professors were hand-picked Nazis. The subjects that were taught in universities had to fit in to Nazi ideology and few in the universities were prepared to openly defy the regime. Videos about World War 2.
History Learning Site
Japanese Bombard, Occupy Manila – WW2 Articles PDF
Article written by 21st Century journalism student based on 1942 sources, in style used at that time. War in the Pacific. Videos about World War 2.
Benjamin K., World War 2.0
How Did Hitler Rise to Power? : New TED-ED Animation Provides a Case Study in How Fascists Get Democratically Elected
Ayun Halliday, Open Culture 2016
The decisions that led to war reflected the ambitions, rivalries, fears and anxieties that developed in the two decades that followed the end of the First World War. The European powers were willing to go to war to extend or protect what each nation saw – in dramatically different ways – as matters of vital interest, great power status, international prestige, and national survival. Diplomatic and military strategy. Videos about World War 2.
Staff, Imperial War Museum 2018
Reports on the rise of fascism in Europe were not the American media’s finest hour. Videos about World War 2.
John Broich, Smithsonian 2016
The ingenious maps played a role in some 750 successful escapes. Videos about World War 2.
Cara Giaimo, Atlas Obscura 2016
The Psychological Tricks used to Help Win World War Two – WW2 Articles PDF
What did the British government learn from Mein Kampf? And how did they deal with the idea of ‘the enemy within’? Fiona Macdonald finds out from a new book about British propaganda. Videos about World War 2.
Fiona Macdonald, BBC Culture 2016
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The reluctant kamikaze of the Second World War – World War 2 Video Collections
They’ve long been portrayed as brainwashed zealots lusting for destruction, death and glory. Yet, as Christopher Harding reveals, many kamikaze stepped into the cockpit for the final time wracked with fear, confusion and anger at their fate… Videos about World War 2.
Christopher Harding, History Extra 2014
The biggest running international story of the 1930s was the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Today we share the work of four reporters who won Pulitzer Prizes for covering this story. Videos about World War 2.
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In Nazi Germany, economic history shows us a rapid change in the distribution of income and the emergence of a managerial elite who obtained an outsized share of national income, not just the now-proverbial one percent, but the top 0.1 percent. These were Nazi Germany’s equivalent to today’s so-called “supermanagers” (to use Thomas Piketty’s now-famous term). This parallel with today’s neoliberal society calls for a closer examination of the place of supermanagers in both regimes, with illuminating and unsettling implications. Videos about World War 2.
Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Raphaële Chappe, L.A. Review of Books 2016
I’m 93, and, as extremism sweeps across Europe, I fear we are doomed to repeat the mistakes which created the Holocaust. Videos about World War 2.
Stanisław Aronson, The Guardian 2018
Merchant Marine: The war’s riskiest form of service – WW2 Articles PDF
Article written by 21st Century journalism student based on 1942 sources, in style used at that time. U.S. involvement in WW2. Videos about World War 2.
Gary Phillips, World War 2.0
In WW2, MI9 smuggled escape maps and supplies in care packages to troops in POW camps. Here’s how. Videos about World War 2.
Tristan Donovan, Salon 2017
The Nazis believed that Islamic forces would prove crucial wartime allies. But, as David Motadel shows, the Muslim world was unwilling to be swayed by the Third Reich’s advances. Videos about World War 2.
David Motadel, History Today 2015
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The GIs’ favorite correspondent – World War 2 Video Collections
This article, “The God-damned Infantry” was written by Ernie Pyle in May 1943, reporting from the American front lines in Tunisia. Videos about World War 2.
Ernie Pyle, The Pulitzer Prizes 1944
Operation Barbarossa: 9 popular myths busted – WW2 Articles PDF
The German invasion of the Soviet Union, launched on 22 June 1941, was the largest military operation in history. Borne out of Hitler’s desire to conquer the Soviet territories and defeat Bolshevism, Operation Barbarossa was part of Hitler’s racial fantasy of establishing ‘lebensraum’ (living space) in the east. Videos about World War 2.
Christer Bergström, History Extra 2019
Operation Downfall — The Campaign to Conquer Japan Would Have Dwarfed the D-Day Landings – World War 2 Video Collections
Operation Downfall, the codename for the U.S.-led mission to capture the Japanese homeland in 1945 and 1946 never did take place. Had the invasion not been preempted by the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, almost all agree that the campaign would have stood as the bloodiest chapter of the Second World War, adding as much as an additional 10 million dead to the war’s already mind-boggling final body count of 50 million. War in the Pacific. Videos about World War 2.
Editor, Military History Now 2013
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On Dec. 16, 1944, Adolf Hitler launched an ambitious but badly planned counterattack meant to break the back of the Allied forces and allow the Nazis to dictate the peace terms that would end the war. Videos about World War 2.
Logan Nye, We Are the Mighty 2016
As they rose to power, party leaders sought to redefine the holiday to suit their own political needs. Nazi ideology. Videos about World War 2.
Joe Perry, Smithsonian 2016
Genius. Jerk. Call him what you will, General George Patton managed to do the impossible while alienating peers and subordinates alike. Videos about World War 2.
Richard Sassaman, America in WWII
“Only skeletons, not people”: diaries shed new light on siege of Leningrad – World War 2 Video Collections
Academic says contemporary accounts of suffering are very different to stories survivors now tell of triumphant resistance. Videos about World War 2.
Dalya Alberge, The Guardian 2016
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“A Comparative Study of America’s Entries into World War I and World War II” – WW2 Articles PDF
Samantha Alisha Taylor, East Tennessee State University. Master’s Thesis
During the Second World War millions of men bid farewell to their families in order to fight for their country. But how did those left behind cope? Videos about World War 2.
Megan Westley, History Extra 2014
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Ploesti was Hitler’s oil supply, so it had to burn. In August 1943, 179 American bombers set out to do the job. A third of them would never return.
Jay A. Stout, America in WWII
1939: Was Britain ready for war? – WW2 Articles PDF
Daniel Todman, History Extra 2009
Raoul Wallenberg was the scion of one of Sweden’s most powerful and richest families. He saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews in one of the greatest humanitarian feats in history.
Carlo D’Este, HistoryNet
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In August 1945, an Army major named Douglas Kelley was handed one of the most sought-after assignments in his profession: examining the most prominent Nazis who’d been taken prisoner of war. It was at the Nuremberg prison that Kelley interviewed Rudolf Hess, beginning in October 1945. Hess was a special case.
Caren Chesler, Smithsonian 2014
The Rationing system in the U.S. in WWII. WWII on the homefront.
by Carl Zebrowski, America in WWII 2006
The 10 Things You Need To Know About D-Day – WW2 Articles PDF
Staff, Imperial War Museum 2018
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Laurence Rees – who has interviewed war criminals from German, Russian and Japanese camps – explains why many of the former Nazi soldiers he met had a different mentality from the others…
Laurence Rees, History Extra 2015
His mistaken authentication of the ‘Hitler diaries’ in 1983 shouldn’t overshadow the career of historian Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003), writes Sir John Elliott
Sir John Elliott, History Extra 2014
Review essay of ‘The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II’, by Svetlana Alexievich. World War 2 women.
Dwight Garner, NY Times 2017
How a Nation Lost Its Mind – WW2 Articles PDF
Review essay of ‘Selling Hitler: Propaganda and the Nazi Brand’, by Nicholas J. O’Shaughnessy.
Pete Candler, LA Review of Books 2016
Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler reviews a crass and dangerously inaccurate account – World War 2 Video Collections
Ohler’s book claims not only that German soldiers and civilians commonly used methamphetamine, but that Hitler was a drug addict
Richard J Evans, The Guardian 2016
Edward L. Beach, American Heritage 1980
The full front page of that day’s Manchester Guardian.
Manchester Guardian, May 31, 1940
Eighth Air Force tactical mission report, operation no. 492, 24 July 1944, operation no. 494, 25 July 1944
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She Spies – Six Amazing Female Agents Who Helped the Allies Win WW2 – WW2 Articles PDF
Article about the book ‘Shadow Warriors of WWII: The Daring Women of the OSS and SOE’, by Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis. World War 2 women.