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World War II: The Home Front
Americans at home sacraficed while soldiers fought overseas. By the end of the war, more than 12 million American men and women were in uniform. Widespread rationing occurred. Many women entered the workforce to help make munitions and other war materiel and were a central part of America's success.
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AERIAL NAVIGATION - DEAD RECKONING
WWII training film on basic aircraft navigation using dead reckoning a procedure relying heavily on mathematical calculations where cadets conduct 15 to 20 weeks of training.
(public domain films) 1940s BW 25min
World War II public domain stock footage
keywords: wwii, aircraft navigation, flight path
AMERICAN HERITAGE AND THE U.S. SOLDIER
Documenting our American Heritage and the history of the American fighting men from Roger's Rangers to the modern soldier of the 1960's.
(public domain films) BW 28 min
World War II public domain stock footage
AMERICAN PEACE MOBILIZATION
NEUTRALITY NOT WAR

Documents the anti-war movement and Communist Party activities in America in the early 1940's and formation of the American Peace Mobilization.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 11min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
AMERICAN RED CROSS - EARLY HISTORY
The history of the American Red Cross from the American Revolutionary War or American War of Independence through the early 1950s.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 22 min
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 50s
RED CROSS NEWS: 1944 - ISSUE 5
WWII Red Cross Army Nurses leave landing craft with combat troops in Naples Italy, Red Cross Canteens are set up in the U.S. to take care of traveling soldiers, Red Cross put together care packages to be shipped to Allied P.O.W.s. held by enemy.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 10 min
World War II public domain stock footage
ARMY NURSES IN BASIC TRAINING - 1943
Army Nurses take to the field for Basic Training before transitioning to the classroom.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 8min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
B-24 LIBERATOR BOMBER
CONSTRUCTION AT WILLOW RUN

Built for WWII mass production of the B-24 Liberator Bomber the Willow Run Defense Plant was an important plant for the war effort with interior and exterior scenes with machine tools in operation by men and women workers.
(public domain films) 1941 BW 14min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
BIG CHANGE OVER, THE: WAR-TIME PRODUCTION
Conversion of American manufacturing plants producing peace-time civilian goods to WWII Defense Plants producing all manner of weapons and war materiel.
(public domain films) 1940s BW 8min
World War II public domain stock footage
keywords: wwii, home front, war manufacturing, war plant production, defense plant, arsenal of democracy
BUILDING A TANK
CHRYSLER TANK ARSENAL, DETROIT

Located in Warren Michigan, the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant becomes the first war plant to mass produce military tanks .
(public domain films) 1942 BW 20min
World War II public domain stock footage
BUILDING THE ALASKA HIGHWAY
The U.S. Army started construction of the Alaskan Highway, also known as ALCAN Highway as a supply route during WWII.
(public domain films) 1940s COL 35 min
World War II public domain stock footage
COAST GUARD SPARS - WWII WOMEN ENLIST
The U.S. Coast Guard during WWII urges all patriotic women to join them and the war effort against Axis tyranny.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 6min
World War II public domain stock footage
COMING HOME FROM WAR
Returning WWII servicemen arrive back to the U.S. on all types of of ships escorted by destroyers and Navy blimps streaming into New York Harbor past the Statue of Liberty.
(public domain films) 1945 COL 5min
World War II public domain stock footage
CORRUPTION OF AMERICA
1930s GERMAN PROPAGANDA FILM

A German propaganda film describing the decadence of the United States in the 1930's with, topic aside, has some outstanding footage of violent labor strikes, the 1939 Milk Wars, migrant workers, ghetto slums, gangster John Dillinge.
(public domain films) 1930's BW 15min (GERMAN)
World War II public domain stock footage
DEFENSE PLANTS GO TO WAR
SUBCONTRACTING FOR DEFENSE

America quickly increased military production in WWII. New factories were built and smaller plants and machine shops converted to the production of materiel for the war effort.
(public domain films) 1940s BW 9 min
World War II public domain stock footage
DISABLED VETERANS - WHAT'S MY SCORE?
Veterans Administration VA explains how disabled WWII veterans can make a meaningful contribution to private industry and should be considered for employment for the demonstrated skills and to help them merge back into civilian life.
(public domain films) 1946 BW 13min
World War II public domain stock footage
EMBARKATION OF 45TH INFANTRY DIVISION
Part of Operation Husky the invasion of Sicily Italy the 45th Infantry Division line up for loading onto a troop transport in Virginia as women from the Red Cross give out cups of coffee to the waiting soldiers.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 4min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
FARM OFFENSIVE
PRODUCING FOOD FOR WAR EFFORT

Farmers and other people producing food during WWII. Scenes of vintage farm equipment and farming methods of that era. Scenes depicting the Mexican Bracero Program, immigrant labor, in WW2.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 11min
World War II public domain stock footage
GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
TRIUMPHANT RETURN

America gives a hero's welcome to WWII Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower with his arrival in Washington D.C. and New York City.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 22min
World War II public domain stock footage
FORD MOTOR COMPANY
FROM CIVIL AIR TO WAR FOOTING

The Ford Motor Company aviation division built planes for civil air use and quickly re-tooled their plants for WWII building the famed B-24 Liberator Bomber as well as Waco CG-4 gliders for combat troops.
(public domain films) 1920's-1940's BW 8min (PARTIAL SND)
World War II public domain stock footage
GLAMOUR GIRLS OF THE WAR EFFORT
Women take to the factories to manufacture war materiel, join the armed forces and take over other jobs in the city and on the farm.
(public domain films) 1943 9 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
HALL OF HEROES
Honoring the bravery of the men in the Hall Of Heroes and dedicated to those who have won the Medal Of Honor.
(public domain films) 29 min COL
World War II public domain stock footage
HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN CELEBRATION
JAPAN SURRENDERS

U.S. servicemen at the Hollywood Canteen celebrating the surrender of Japan. Scenes of shipyard workers and Navy personnel celebrating VJ-Day.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 10min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
AFTER PEARL HARBOR
DETAINING JAPANESE-AMERICANS

Fear of potential sabotage and spying along the coastlines prompted the U.S. Government via Presidential Order to detain and house Japanese-Americans.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 10min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
INTERNMENT CAMPS - CHALLENGE TO DEMOCRACY
Inside WWII Internment Camps in Arkansas and Wyoming for Japanese-Americans who were forcibly relocated from U.S. coastlines by the U.S. Government after naval forces of the Japanese Empire attacked Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
(public domain films) 1942 COL 18 min
World War II public domain stock footage
JAPANESE AMERICANS - FORCED INTERNMENT
Unedited footage of the WWII relocation of Japanese-Americans away from the U.S. coastline to relocation camps with scenes of Japanese-American businesses, a Japanese-American Boy Scout Troop, policemen inspecting suitcases for contraband.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 10min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
JAPANESE AMERICANS
LIFE IN WWII RELOCATION CENTERS

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, citizens of Japanese ancestry were removed from their homes a placed in relocation centers.
(public domain films) 1945 COL 34 min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
JAPANESE RELOCATION - BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT
Fearing that the West Coast of the United States could become a war zone after the WWII surprise attack on Pear Harbor Hawaii, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an order to forcibly relocate Japanese-Americans to Internment Camps.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 10min
World War II public domain stock footage
LETS FINISH THE JOB TOGETHER
U.S. INDUSTRIAL MIGHT

War Department highlights the vital contribution that industry makes in supplying our soldiers with the tools they need to continue the war effort.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 16 min
World War II public domain stock footage
LET THERE BE LIGHT
WWII COMBAT STRESS DISORDER

Documenting the effects of post traumatic stress syndrome on WWII vets and a New York hospital's treatment program.
(public domain films) 1946 59 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
MILITARY RATIONS IN THE COMBAT ZONE
Learn the difference between the various military rations from food on the base to rations given out in the field all designed to give the U.S. soldier proper nutrition for peak health.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 10min
World War II public domain stock footage
THE NEGRO SAILOR: REEL-2
Contributions of African-Americans in WWII, medals for bravery, naval training and graduation.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 9min
World War II public domain stock footage
THE NEGRO SAILOR: REEL-3
Contributions of African-Americans in WWII, black crew of WWII destroyer, firing on attacking Japanese planes.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 8min
World War II public domain stock footage
NEGRO SOLDIER, THE
Directed by: FRANK CAPRA
Describes the important roles that Black Americans have fulfilled in history and their contribution during World War Two.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 41 min
World War II public domain stock footage
PICTORIAL REPORT - ISSUE 26
Report of how ill prepared and equipped the U.S Army was leading up to WW II. America takes steps to have have the latest in equipment and technology.
(public domain films) 1940s - 1950s BW 26 min
World War II public domain stock footage
POST-WWII FOOTAGE 1948
NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE, MILITARY DRAFT, AXIS SALLY

Street scenes of Times Square, Midtown Manhattan New York City in 1948, Selective service registration for male U.S. citizens, and "Axis Sally" Arriving In Washington DC to face charges.
(public domain films) 1948 BW 9min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
TOUR OF WAR PLANTS 1942

Unedited footage of FDR touring War Plants surrounded by Secret Service, launching of a Liberty Ship, B-24 Liberator Bombers on an assembly line.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 8min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
PRICE OF FREEDOM, THE
WORKERS BACK HOME

Workers, both men and women, build planes, tanks and guns for the war effort as well as participating in war bond drives.
(public domain films) 1942 15 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
RANGER COMBAT TRAINING SCHOOL WWII
This silent film, with title cards, documents the training of U.S. Army Rangers at the Ranger Combat Training School at Fort Shafter, Island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii in 1942. No scenes are staged in this film.
(public domain films) 1942 COL 35min (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Ranger Combat Training School WWII
SOLDIERS OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE
Defense Workers temporarily transition over to the Army for military training before resuming their work in manufacturing war materiel.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 6min
World War II public domain stock footage
TEXAS OIL FOR WAR
THE BIG AND LITTLE INCH PROJECTS

Detailing the construction of the world's largest pipeline from the oil fields of Texas to New Jersey during WWII.
(public domain films) 1942 COL 39 min
World War II public domain stock footage
U.S. ARMY TESTS WWII GERMAN V-2 ROCKETS
Unedited footage of the testing of WWII German V-2 rockets in the U.S., seized German military film of the V-2 Rocket Program, footage of Operation Paperclip - the bringing of German scientists to America after WWII.
(public domain films) 1946 BW 7min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
U.S. COAST GUARD - ALONG OUR SHORES
Various activities of the United States Coast Guard during WWII from patrolling the U.S. shoreline for enemy submarines and saboteurs, protecting convoys, Air Sea rescues to new cadets at the Coast Guard Academy.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 15min
World War II public domain stock footage
USO, THE - WHERE EVER THEY GO
The usual "image" in the public mind of the USO, the United Service Organization, is that of a song and dance show, but the USO offers a multitude of services to the US soldier.
(public domain films) 1940s - 1950s BW 28 min
World War II public domain stock footage
USS FRANKLIN ARRIVES IN NEW YORK
WWII Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) arrives in New York Harbor showing combat damage after it was hit by two bombs while operating off the coast of Japan.
(public domain films) 1945 COL 9min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
WAR HYSTERIA - NO 'FOREIGNERS' ALLOWED
War hysteria grips the U.S. following the attack on Pearl Harbor, citizens of all nationalities are rounded up and detained.
(public domain films) 37 min BW (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
WOMAN POWER - 1942
American women answer the call and line up factory jobs manufacturing parts and other materiel for the war effort.
(public domain films) 1942 18 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
VICTORY IS OUR BUSINESS
GENERAL MOTORS AT WAR

General Motors Corp. retools its factories into defense plants and produces a variety of weapons and components for WWII.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 9min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
VOYAGE TO RECOVERY
COMBAT WOUNDED TO STATESIDE

Traces the path taken by GI's that were wounded on some Pacific island from the front lines to recovery in a stateside hospital.
(public domain films) 1940s COL 30min
World War II public domain stock footage
YOUTH JOBS & DEFENSE - TEENS JOIN THE WAR EFFORT
The National Youth Administration NYA oversees training projects for teenage boys and girls to work in WWII Defense Plants to make support goods for the war effort.
(public domain films) 1941 COL 12min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
ARMY - NAVY SCREEN MAGAZINE: 1946 - ISSUE 72
Post WWII travelogue of New Jersey with scenes a single deck George Washington Bridge, Policeman Directing Traffic, 1945 Miss America Bess Myerson, Professor Albert Einstein Writing On Blackboard and more

(public domain stock footage) 1946 BW 6min
World War II Military Newsreels public domain stock footage
keywords: post wwii, new jersey, george washington bridge, 1945 miss america bess myerson, prof. albert einstein
HD WWII Home Front Titles
Public Domain Stock Footage Military Newsreels
DON'T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MILITARY NEWSREELS SECTION!
Military Newsreels documents the events of World War II from soldiers fighting on the frontlines to the Generals planning grand offensives to the President and Congress making the tough political decisions. Meanwhile, back at home, the average citizen rises to the occasion to suport the war effort as factories go on war footing while young men and women line up to join the Armed Forces and for some, making the ultimate sacrafice.