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War Department Orientation Film

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:41 pm
by jfko6
Information and Education Division, Army Services
Year of Production: circa Nineteen Forty Four
This is a good film. Its about twenty minutes long. Well worth previewing.
See Below for embedded film.

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:27 pm
by Treesuit
Kman,
Hey I tried the link above and nothing comes up on the website except a blank slate. May want to check it out, thanks

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:13 pm
by German_EPA
got the same problem...
Treesuit wrote:Kman,
Hey I tried the link above and nothing comes up on the website except a blank slate. May want to check it out, thanks

Updated Link

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:15 pm
by jfko6
Sorry Fellas.

Fixed


Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:47 pm
by kman
Holy crap! I saw the title and description of the film:
Propaganda: Your Job in Germany
Directed by It's A Wonderful Life's Frank Capra and written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, produced by the United States Information & Education Division of the Army Services Forces in 1946, this authentic film proposes, "War with Germany ends in victory, victory leads to peace ... Sometimes ... Sometimes not."
And I thought it would be a slightly-slanted film introducing GIs to the hazards of post-war Germany.

Instead...well, you should see the film yourself but here's an excerpt from around 1:43:
You'll see ruins, you'll see flowers, (cue german woman in scenic meadow) you'll see some mighty fine scenery. Don't let it fool you...you are in enemy country (cue menacing music). Be alert, suspicious of everyone. Take no chances. You are up against something more than tourist scenery - you are up against German History...it isn't good (cue image of giant book labeled "German History"). This book was written chapter by chapter...not by one man...not by one F├╝hrer...it was written by the German people.
That's some Grade A 1940s propaganda!

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:59 pm
by Treesuit
Definitely provacative I'd say. Hard to believe that was the way of thinking back then. :?

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:13 am
by kman
Actually, I don't have such a hard time believing it. Consider the times and the fact that after 4+ years of war people were sick and tired and very pissed off about having to go through the whole thing, I can see where they'd take such a hard line on the initial occupation.

Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:48 am
by jfko6
Recommended Book:

Himmlers SS

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:41 pm
by jfko6
This five part series is a follow-up to the War Derpartment film.
From the History Channel these films outline the genocide of the Jewish People and Heinrich Himmlers exploits during WWII.
Himmlers SS
Himmlers SS- Part 1 of 5

Himmlers SS- Part 2 of 5

Himmlers SS- Part 3 of 5

Himmlers SS- Part 4 of 5

Himmlers SS- Part 5 of 5

How Hitler Would Have Rebuilt Berlin

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:16 pm
by jfko6
CNN News Story and Museum Exhibition
Time Magazine
http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0 ... ml?cnn=yes