Category Archives: Military

Declassified Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings – 2nd Quarter

In an effort to provide information on recently declassified motion pictures and sound recordings the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch will publish a quarterly list of newly declassified records. This quarter’s list consists of one film, MB-1 Documentary showing … Continue reading

Posted in Declassification Quarterly Reports, Military, Motion Pictures | Leave a comment

A Mitzvah to Serve

This post was written by Marcia Kolko. Marcia is an archives specialist in the National Archives Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch. September represents one of the holiest months of the year for members of the Jewish faith, as it … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Reel Catch-22, Part III: The War Diaries

Today’s post was written by Burton Blume, a brand consultant/creative strategist based in Tokyo, Japan. He contacted us last year when we featured footage shot by his father, Lt. Wilbur T. Blume. In part one of this series of posts, Blume traced his father’s … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Reel Catch-22, Pt. 2: Joseph Heller and Training During Combat

Today’s post was written by Burton Blume, a brand consultant/creative strategist based in Tokyo, Japan. He contacted us last year when we featured footage shot by his father, Lt. Wilbur T. Blume. In part one of this series of posts, Blume traced his … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Reel Catch-22, Part 1: Lt. Wilbur T. Blume, Combat Cameraman

Today’s post was written by Burton Blume, a brand consultant/creative strategist based in Tokyo, Japan. He contacted us last year when we featured footage shot by his father, Lt. Wilbur T. Blume. We were intrigued by additional information Burton Blume was able … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The First D-Day Documentary

This post was written by Steve Greene. Steve is the Special Media Holdings Coordinator for the Presidential Libraries System. Previously, he was the audiovisual archivist for the Nixon Presidential Materials. Despite being cataloged, described, and housed at the National Archives … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

This Week in Universal News: The Invasion of Poland, 1939

On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland, marking the official start of the Second World War. Sixteen days later, Russia invaded Poland from the east. By the end of September, Poland had succumbed to the dual attacks. The nation was divided … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures, Universal News Collection | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Billy Mitchell’s Boozy Barbecue Send-Off, 1925

What would you do if you were a popular general in the United States Army, a tireless advocate for military aviation, and instead of getting a promotion to Chief of the Air Service, you were demoted and sent halfway across the country? If it was 1925 … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Supporting Troops on the Homefront: The North Platte, Nebraska Canteen

The story of the North Platte, Nebraska canteen reads more like a Frank Capra movie rather than an Army film production. As the story goes, a rumor had started that a train carrying troops from Nebraska would be arriving at North Platte on … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Superfly Shambles: Weekend with a Superman

Sometimes we come across government films that are so well-produced and visually appealing that it stands to reason that they must also have an effective message. Sometimes that’s just not the case. Curious Alice is one such film. Weekend with a … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Motion Pictures | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment