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Training film for indoctrinating American soldiers and unify the American public to support the war effort

Film | RG Number: RG-60.6975 | Film ID: 4371

"Prelude to War" reviews events leading to the war and contrasts American democracy with fascism. This is the first film of Frank Capra’s "Why We Fight" propaganda film series, commissioned by the Office of War Information (OWI) and George C. Marshall. "Prelude to War" was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. The film was based on the idea that those in the service would be more willing and able fighters if they knew the background and reason for their participation in the war. It was later released to the general American public as a rallying cry for support of the war.

Duration
00:52:15
Locale
Japan
Italy
Germany
Soviet Union
London, England
Language
English
Genre/Form
Propaganda.
Credit
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
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Record last modified: 2018-12-18 14:19:07
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