1939, Washington, DC -- Col. Wilbur G. Dockum -- amateur
Title: "Family Shots 1939." Picture of George Washington. Tidal basin in Washington, DC, with the cherry blossoms in bloom. Unidentified man and woman getting out of car. Washington Monument, view from Thomas Jefferson Memorial. 01:01:41 Views looking down on Washington from the monument, White House, and other monuments, views of Pennsylvania Avenue, the US Capitol can be seen in the distance. LS, a blimp is flying overhead. VS, the White House and its surrounding gardens. 01:02:49 Title: "Family Shots 1939, Fall 1939 Dean." CU of unidentified woman holding fall foliage in her hand. VS, countryside, cows, and autumn leaves. 01:04:51 A flock of geese walking along the roadside. VS, car driving along road, over bridges, into mountains in snow. River, bridge, wooden house, man shoveling snow, several houses are visible, the ground is completely covered with snow. 01:06:30 Two boys, dog, snow covered countryside, blackbirds, houses, trees. 01:10:35 Man with movie camera, train station, water pump, shots from moving car, car is moving quickly (footage is blurry and it is difficult to see much of the landscape the car is driving through). 01:12:13 Woman entering house, VS of bridge, traffic, people standing along bridge looking down to the river that has overflowed its banks. Large pieces of ice floating along the river. Police direct traffic across the bridge, etc. 01:14:45 People along the river banks. VS of seaside, waves crashing rocks along the shore. 01:16:05 Five women have a picnic, men join, people playing with large blackdog. 01:18:00 VS of river, someone swimming in the water.
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Film footage in black and white and color shot by a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Army (the uncle of the donor Pam Manix). These unique films show scenes of liberation from Dachau, military maneuvers in Italy, and earlier depictions of US Army personnel in the United States, immediately before US entry into WWII.
(black and white) LS of a POW (?) camp surrounded by wire fencing, inmates moving about, a watch tower is visible in FG. Camp is located in a large open field with mountains in BG. Planes fly overhead. On nearby road, two women in civilian dress walk along carrying luggage. Notice the camp's proximity to the main road. Two US soldiers along road get out of a "HQ1" vehicle and look at destroyed railway carriages, there are many of them. 01:01:42 Road with destroyed buildings and cars, tanks and turned over military vehicles. MS of soldier, possibly Col. Dockum. 01:03:10 Sign, "Liege 56K, Houffalize 15K". Destroyed car, trees. A local woman rides by on a bicycle. City on river bank, likely Liege, Belgium. Cranes at shipyard along river. More shots of destroyed railway carriages. 01:04:49 HAS, US soldiers resting, seated, and milling about on harbor. Manicured streets, houses. US soldiers walk towards a 2-3 story building. 01:05:34 (color) LS, of a large complex of buildings, shots are underexposed. 01:05:49 (black and white) Aerial shots from a military aircraft of the Alps and villages. CU of US soldier in cockpit, flying plane. 01:09:57 (color) Sign, "Hattenholen". 108th Army Battalion discovers Dachau. Grassy field. Sign for Munich. Panning inside railcars with corpses in striped uniforms and debris. "OFF LIMITS" is painted on the side of one of the cars. This is the death train discovered by American troops on April 29, 1945. The train consisted of 30 rail cars with nearly 5,000 prisoners who had been evacuated from Buchenwald in the last days of the war. Two US soldiers stand guard at a long line of rail cars, another CU inside car, a camp inmate is lying, curled in ball, with his back to the camera, wearing a striped uniform. MS, a pile of wooden coffins, pan to stacks of corpses. 01:11:48 Soldier photographs inside a shed or barracks full of corpses, while a prisoner in a striped uniform at right looks at a pile of corpses. Scenes in the town outside of the camp, destroyed buildings, civilians riding along street on bicycles, a man with a white armband on a bicycle as a line of US army vehicles drives by, more scenes of bombed out buildings. German civilians (women and children) pushing their belongings on a wooden cart through the streets, US military tanks, jeeps, supply vehicles and the "HQ1" car move out of the town.
Shots in harbor, uniformed men. On small boat, rowing boats around. In cave (Blue Grotto, Capri?). On boat, American flag. Shots of land. Sailing boat. 01:03:06 underexposed shots. Garden, flowers, sailors. 01:04:06 Destroyed buildings, military vehicles. Children and military. Beach. 01:05:24 Military playing baseball. "2nd Depot Headquarters" title. Red cross van, military barracks/tents. 01:06:57 Filming in vehicle. Pans of railway, buildings, landscape, river. 01:07:53 On ship, can see land, soldiers. 01:10:05 On shore with soldiers. 01:10:17 (black and white) Ruins, land strip. In plane. On ground with children all around. 01:12:21 Soldiers in snow, target practice. 01:12:53 (color) 01:14:41 Planes overhead. In plane again, town below, destroyed buildings.
US military supply vehicles travelling down dirt road, arrive at Army barracks. 01:01:19 (black and white) Army vehicles, labeled 104 HQ1. "HQ 1st BN 104th F.A. Message Center" sign. Soldiers sending telegrams. Map. 01:03:25 Camouflaged weapons. 01:05:16 (color) soldiers with map, dead fox. "104th Battalion" title. Play fighting. 01:08:15 Building, CU military car, vehicles lined up in building, military equipment lined up. 01:11:30 "Philadelphia 1939 Army vs. Navy" title. Tickets. Stadium, woman waving flag for Navy, band on pitch. 01:14:10 "This is the Navy field Goal" title. "Match" 01:15:50 Title celebrating Navy victory.
Skiers on a slalom course, a crowd is watching. This is a race, or competition of some sort as all the skiers are wearing large race numbers on their vests. VS, skiers taking the chair lift up to the top of the slopes. 01:02:04 Oceanside, there is a small wooden dock that juts out from the beach into the water's edge, waves, crashing against the dock, VS waves hitting the shore. MCU flagpole in the sand, camera pans up to show American flag. Large wood frame house on beach front, camera pans house and surrounding beachfront property, including CUs of flowers in bloom. 01:04:13 "Mechanized Cavalry Brigade 1939" title. "General Chaffee Commanding" title. US soldiers in a clearing, all in uniform, in BG various military vehicles are visible. 01:05:10 The cavalry brigade on bikes, in cars, tanks, etc. ride through town. All vehicles are shining and clean, this is a demonstration maneuver near the New York state military base. Local townspeople go about their business on sidewalks and in businesses, few civilians stop to watch the procession of vehicles. 01:08:24 "1939. West Point, N.Y." title. Rows of US military and vehicles. CU two soldiers smiling for the camera, horses of the cavalry divisions lead across a clearing. 01:09:20 Cars/military going past. Horses. 01:09:47 "Plattsburg Maneuvers 1939 C.O., 106th. Countryside Military" title. "Command Pos." Col. Higgins commanding. 01:10:16 "105th F.A. HQ" Military looking at maps while on maneuvers in the woods - signs on trees - EXO, CO. 01:11:20 Planes overhead. Dark shot in woods. Sign, 105th F.A. 01:12:02 US Army tents, soldiers relaxing, flag, army vehicles. 01:14:49 "New York City" title. Army vehicles, tents.
Mountain shots, road, truck, lake. Pans across river/lake, houses on water front. Sign for park. 01:03:05 road, car. Dark shot - possible bear walking around. Military van passes. 01:04:39 sign for Apgar Cabin Camps. Log cabins, American flag. Sign for Lake McDonald Ranger station. Man walks past camera. 01:08:13 "Tom B Moore. W.M. Wayman" title. 3 women leave house. Then woman, man stands staring at camera. Cherries for sale. Sign for Robbinwood. Man and woman picking cherries. 01:10:35 woman taking picture of man in uniform. House shot, American flag, people outside. 01:12:29 Man in uniform with camera, and woman leave house. Woman and little girl by lake. 01:13:00 Military Parade, uniformed men on horses, crowd stands around. Navy, brass band, floats.