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Military chaplains

Film | Accession Number: 2016.568 | RG Number: RG-60.1950 | Film ID: 4255

Narration. U.S. War Dept. Misc. 1170. Different houses of worship. People pray, sing. Ministers, priests and rabbis. American soldiers read the Bible. “Battles are won by military power, wars are won by spiritual power.” Military chaplains present communion wafers to soldiers kneeling. Army chaplain provides a group of soldiers with cigarettes, magazines, and letters. They smile and laugh. Chaplain writes and converses with soldiers. Sermon on a massive anti-aircraft weapon. Soldiers read bibles. A chaplain uses broadcasting technology to deliver sermons to men on the battlefront. Locals and soldiers build a church in the jungle. “Sunday Services, 9 AM.” Rabbi leads services. Men sit at a table for the Passover Seder. matzah. More services for each religious group. A Japanese-American chaplain leads services from a pamphlet - “hymns from home.” Services on a battleship. An explosion, landing craft on beach. American soldiers in liberated Germany. A chaplain in a German church. Rabbi with Torah scrolls. Christmas mass in “a conquered German town east of the Rhine.” Chaplains comfort those who have been injured in battle. Funeral prayers in front of a row of graves marked by wooden crosses and the Star of David. Churches in the U.S. An intertitle with FDR quote, “For we need divine guidance that this people may be a humble people… humble in spirit but strong in the conviction of the right. Steadfast to endure sacrifice, and brave to achieve a victory of liberty and peace.”

Film Title
Front Line Chaplain
Event:  1945
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Library of Congress
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:20:24
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