These acclaimed documentaries were made during World War II, using actual newsreel footage, by three Oscar winners: Frank Capra of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, composer Dimitri Tiomkin, and actor-narrator Walter Huston.
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PRELUDE TO WAR
The first film won a 1943 ACADEMY AWARD for Best Documentary, and recounts the Japanese incursion into Manchuria, the Italian conquest of Ethiopia, and the beginnings of the Nazi takeover in Eastern Europe. Approx 53 minutes, black/white.
THE NAZIS STRIKE
This documents the relentless advance of Germany’s mighty military machine, as Hitler’s armies terrorize their victims with blitzkrieg tactics and spread through the Rhineland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Approx 42 minutes, black/white.