• World War II Newsreels

World War II Newsreels 4 DVD Film Library

This is a collection of 74 Universal Newsreels relating to WWII and other events during the years 1937-1945. The entire collection, on 4 DVDs, is almost 7 hours in length and is arranged in chronological order. Because of poor storage conditions of some of the original films, the quality of some of the newsreels in this collection is poor but they are included due to their interesting content.

Here are all the newsreels that make up this historical collection:

  1. U.S. Faces War Says Roosevelt, 1937/10/06 (1937) "Chicago: In a ringing speech, President Roosevelt warns of a steadily-increasing danger of armed conflict menacing the United States. Without naming any nation as responsible, the Chief Executive finds a threat in present attacks from the air on civilians, and ships attacked and sunk by submarines in time of peace and without cause or notice. Gravely, the President asserts that if such things can happen in other parts of the world, America cannot feel secure for long. Universal Newsreel presents the President's speech as a historic document, and gives with it a dramatic view of incidents of aggression which called forth Mr. Roosevelt's impassioned warning." scenes of parade outdoors, sound of FDR speaking outdoors under tent, silent scenes of war inserted into FDR's speech, FDR says I Hate War.
  2. All Nations Shaken By War Crisis, 1938/09/19 (1938) "Washington, DC: In the face of a possible new world conflict abroad, Pres. Roosevelt summons his cabinet officers for a conference on the European crisis. (2) Paris, France: Premier Daladier and Foreign Minister Bonnet fly to London, where they and Prime Minister Chamberlain move to exert pressure on Czechoslovakia to grant Hitler's demands of Sudeten territory annexation. (3) England: Braemer, Scotland, King George cuts short a visit at the colorful Scottish games to rush home for conference with his 'War' Cabinet. (4) Germany: Goose-stepping soldiers march toward the Czech border as 'incidents' arise to threaten peace. Italy: Mussolini exorts his followers and declares his nation will side with Germany, war or no war! (5) Russia: The Soviet Republic, 'key' factor in the crisis, displays its military might as a warning to the fascist bloc. (6) Czechoslovakia: Between the 'fying pan' of British and French pressure, and the 'fire' of Nazi aggression, Pres. Benes takes a firm stand against annexation." scenes include White House, barrage balloons, Mussolini. (some parts silent in this partial newsreel without narration)
  3. Special Release - Europe At War!, 1939/09/04 (1939)
  4. Washington DC, 1940/05/13 (1940) "Washington DC: Strongly condemning the Nazi invasion of Holland and Belgium, President Roosevelt tells the 8th American Scientific Congress that the Americas are shocked and angered by Hitler's newest attack!" (only sound of FDR speech) (2) "Washington, DC: Reverberations of the 'Blitz-krieg' stir America! Envoys of Belgium and Holland say their nations will resist to the last! State Dept. and Cabinet officials call at the White House to discuss U. S. strategy in the latest war crisis!" scenes of envoy speaking, says that the Netherlands are resisting the German attack; another envoy speaks, says that King Leopold, like his father King Albert, opposes German invasion of Belgium.
  5. America Not Secure Against Brute Force Says Cordell Hull, 1940/05/15 (1940) "Washington, DC: Cordell Hull, Secretary of State, warns Americans to re-arm, to prepare against the threat of 'brute force'! Meanwhile, Gen. John J. Pershing, head of our Army during the World War, returns to lend his weight to speeding defense measures." (sound of Hull speaking)
  6. Mrs. F.D.R. In Red Cross Appeal, 1940/05/22 (1940) "Washington, DC: In a stirring appeal to the public to donate $10,000,000 to the Red Cross War Relief Fund, Mrs. Roosevelt says that the horrors of war abroad make necessary contributions from all Americans!" (sound of Eleanor Roosevelt speaking)
  7. Gen. Pershing Urges U.S. Rush Planes, Arms To The Allies, 1940/06/10 (1940) "Washington, DC: Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of the A.E.F. in France, says the 'Allies are fighting a war for civilization' and urges the country to send them unlimited supplies of planes, arms and ammunition!"
  8. Deanna Durbin Appeals For Donations, 1940/07/01 (1940) "Universal City, California: Deanna Durbin takes time off from production of her new picture, 'Spring Parade,' to make an appeal for donations to the war relief fund."
  9. Nation's Draft Lottery Held, 1940/10/30 (1940)
  10. Roosevelt Warns Of Danger To U.S. If Nazis Win War, 1940/12/31 (1940)
  11. Halifax Says Hitler Invasion Will Fail, 1941/03/27 (1941)
  12. Aid Britain Says Hull, 1941/04/29 (1941)
  13. Soldier Welfare Service Launched At Monster Rally, 1941/05/22 (1941)
  14. Nazis War On Russia, 1941/06/23 (1941)
  15. Big News of 1941
  16. Churchill Safe At Home, 1942/02/02 (1942) (1) Over The Atlantic: "Britain's Prime Minister takes the controls of the huge flying boat that brings him home safely after the triumphal tour in America. His arrival in London is a bright moment for his admirers everywhere." scenes of Winston Churchill (some sound) (2) World of Sports - "Wembley, England: 66,000 fans forget the war for a brief moment of sporting thrills as the English 'football' team tackles the Scotsmen and win, 3-0. Mrs. Churchill gets a big hand from the fans."
  17. "Scrap Rubber Needed" - F.D.R, 1942/06/15 (1942) "Washington, DC: President Roosevelt appeals to nation, urging citizens to save and turn in all scrap rubber to Government for use in vital war industries." sound of FDR speech.
  18. Allied Convoy Battles Axis, 1942/07/13 (1942)
  19. Loretta Young Trailer, 1942/11/23 (1942) On location with Loretta Young filming the movie "China," and the actress speaks about Women At War Week begins Nov. 22, a "call to arms for all American women."
  20. F.D.R. Starts $9,000,000,000 'V' Loan Drive,1942/11/30 (1942) Sound of FDR speaking on the war bond campaign.
  21. Dover (1942) A documentary short film produced by the Great Britain Ministry of Information, released by the Office of War Information, distributed by the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry, introduced and narrated by Edward R. Murrow: "On the stamina of residents of Dover, England, during German bombing. Recounts two years of German aerial attacks on Dover and their lessening as England strikes back. Soldiers and citizens express confidences. Shows scenes of destruction and of civilians training to stave off a once-feared German invasion. A Salvation Army band plays in rubbled streets."
  22. Reds Rout Nazis, 1943/09/02 (1943)
  23. Long Way to Go Says FDR, 1943/09/09 (1943)
  24. MacArthur in Battle, 1944/03/13 (1944)
  25. Blast Berlin By Daylight, 1944/03/20 (1944)
  26. Jungle War In Burma, 1944/04/03 (1944)
  27. Rout Jap Naval Force, 1944/04/10 (1944)
  28. Campaign in Burma, 1944/04/24 (1944)
  29. A Great Day For The Kellys,1944/04/27 (1944)
  30. The Arsenal For D-Day, 1944/05/08 (1944)
  31. War News--All Good, 1944/05/22 (1944)
  32. Cameramen Ready For Invasion, 1944/05/25 (1944)
  33. Advance on Rome, 1944/05/29 (1944)
  34. Allies Close On Rome, 1944/06/01 (1944)"
  35. Eve of Battle, 1944/06/06 (1944) 
  36. First Pictures Of Rome's Capture, 1944/06/15 (1944)
  37. Aviation In The News, 1944/06/22 (1944)
  38. Saipan Is Ours,1944/06/30 (1944)
  39. Cherbourg, Gateway to Victory, 1944/07/02 (1944)
  40. Roosevelt To Run For 4th Term, 1944/07/14 (1944)
  41. RAF Sinks Tirpitz, 1944/11/22 (1944)
  42. Allied Vise Tightens On Rhineland, 1944/12/07 (1944)
  43. Army Needs Must Be Met NAM Is Told ,1944/12/11 (1944)
  44. Winter Push To Knock Out German Reich,1944/12/14 (1944)
  45. Allies Fight Fierce Nazi Counter-Blow,1944/12/20 (1944)
  46. Yanks Clear Greenland of Nazis,1944/12/27 (1944)
  47. Jap Planes Blasted By Navy Guns (1944) [this newsreel is silent]
  48. Total War Mobilization Asked By FDR,1945/01/08 (1945)
  49. Santo Tomas Prisoners Liberated, 1945/03/01 (1945)
  50. Air Smashes Devastate Germany, 1945/03/12 (1945)
  51. Allies Open Final Drive In Germany, 1945/03/15 (1945)
  52. Carriers Hit Tokyo! 1945/03/19 (1945)
  53. Allies Drive Across Rhine To Victory, 1945/03/26 (1945)
  54. Death Knell For Germany, 1945/04/02 (1945)
  55. Air Army Invades Germany, 1945/04/05 (1945)
  56. Molotov Here For Security Conference 1945/04/23 (1945)
  57. Nazi Murder Mills, 1945/04/26 (1945)
  58. Argentine Admitted To World Parley, 1945/05/03 (1945)
  59. Funeral Pyres of Nazidom, 1945/05/10 (1945)
  60. U.S. War Dead Honored On Memorial Day, 1945/05/31 (1945)
  61. Allies Seize German Loot and Criminals,1945/06/04 (1945)
  62. Pres. Truman Warns Japs To Give Up, 1945/06/07 (1945)
  63. Victorious Generals Welcomed, 1945/06/11 (1945)
  64. Gen. "Ike" Man of the Hour, 1945/06/18 (1945)
  65. San Francisco Parley Ends, 1945/06/28 (1945) [some sound missing]
  66. Japanese Surrender, 1945/08/23 (1945)
  67. Postwar Flattop Launched, 1945/10/15 (1945)
  68. Nazi War Criminal Sentenced, 1945/10/22 (1945)
  69. Pres. Truman Urges Wage Adjustment, 1945/11/01 (1945)
  70. Nuremberg War Crimes Trials Open, 1945/11/29 (1945) "Historic scene" of trials opening, Robert Jackson speaks, judge asks each defendant to plead either guilty or not guilty.
  71. Nazis Face War Crime Evidence, 1945/12/06 (1945)
  72. Christmas Brings Joy To Everyone, 1945/12/10 (1945)

Note: Quality on some of the newsreels is less than perfect. Many were built from actual footage taken in extreme situations so it may appear jumpy and of lesser quality than some of the other sections of footage in this collection. Also, some newsreels have either no sound or degraded sound. However, all footage was left intact as it is all historically significant and interesting, even when a bit less than perfect.

As with all depictions and correspondence on war, some viewers may deem parts of this presentation inappropriate for some audiences.  Discretion is advised. This product has not been reviewed for age appropriateness.  

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World War II Newsreels

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