This storytelling gem puts us right on the front line alongside the US 1st Army. The maps are terrific. All you need to know about the “1st” is on this film, made in 1946 after the filmmakers had time to sift through all the combat camera footage.
Unedited footage. A-10 drops bombs, M1A1, M-113 and artillery operations. AH-60 lands, CH-46 at airport takeoff.
During WWII the British came up with this ingenious plan to disperse fog on runways so their aircraft could operate in bad weather. They burned oil – lots of it.
“Tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and revisits the site where they trained. Also included are interviews with several African American veterans in 1979. The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. They came from every section of the country, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability. Those who possessed the physical and mental qualifications were accepted as aviation cadets to be trained initially as single-engine pilots and later to be either twin-engine pilots, navigators or bombardiers. Most were college graduates or undergraduates. Others demonstrated their academic qualifications through comprehensive entrance examinations. No standards were lowered for the pilots or any of the others who trained in operations, meteorology, intelligence, engineering, medicine or any of the other officer fields. Enlisted members were trained to be aircraft and engine mechanics, armament specialists, radio repairmen, parachute riggers, control tower operators, policemen, administrative clerks and all of the other skills necessary to fully function as an Army Air Corps flying squadron or ground support unit. The black airmen who became single-engine or multi-engine pilots were trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) in Tuskegee Alabama. The first aviation cadet class began in July 1941 and completed training nine months later in March 1942. Thirteen started in the first class. Five successfully completed the training, one of them being Captain Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., a West Point Academy graduate. The other four were commissioned second lieutenants, and all five received Army Air Corps silver pilot wings. From 1942 through 1946, nine hundred and ninety-four pilots graduated at TAAF, receiving commissions and pilot wings. Black navigators, bombardiers and gunnery crews were trained at selected military bases elsewhere in the United States. Mechanics were trained at Chanute Air Base in Rantoul, Illinois until facilities were in place in 1942 at TAAF. Four hundred and fifty of the pilots who were trained at TAAF served overseas in either the 99th Pursuit Squadron (later the 99th Fighter Squadron) or the 332nd Fighter Group. The 99th Fighter Squadron trained in and flew P-40 Warhawk aircraft in combat in North Africa, Sicily and Italy from April 1943 until July 1944 when they were transferred to the 332nd Fighter Group in the 15th Air Force. The outstanding record of black airmen in World War II was accomplished by men whose names will forever live in hallowed memory. Each one accepted the challenge, proudly displayed his skill and determination while suppressing internal rage from humiliation and indignation caused by frequent experiences of racism and bigotry, at home and overseas. These airmen fought two wars – one against a military force overseas and the other against racism at home and abroad. “
Sometime during WWII the US Army gathered men in places as far as Africa, Iceland, Alaska and Australia to sing the same song “Oh Come all Ye Faithful”. This film was likely played in US theaters during the holiday season.
Reception at a Baseball Stadium: Tremendous quality of picture. Check out the last scene, a Civil War veteran comes by to pay his respects.
This WWI footage features: Rubble in Belgium; the Lusitania and German naval ships in N.Y. harbor; Pres. Wilson in his office; and Liberty Loan statistics. Draft questionnaires are indexed. Army clothing and shoes are made. Shows a post laundry. Troops visit Red Cross, Y.M.C.A., and K. of C. clubrooms. Shows panoramic views of a shipyard.