National Archives WWII: In Color
WWII: In Color contains five remarkable color documentary films selected by specialists at the National Archives. Released in 1942, The Battle of Midway by director John Ford won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Thunderbolts by William Wyler covers the activities of the 12th Army Air Forces in Europe in 1944 and 45, and The Memphis Belle, also by Wyler, follows the final mission of the famous B-17 bomber and her crew. With the Marines at Tarawa features amazing combat footage taken by Marine Corps cameramen, and Challenge to Democracy documents the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans. All of these authentic films display extraordinary color images and historical newsreel footage, most of it never before seen by the American public.
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