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Why Viet-Nam

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"This documentary looks at the history of U.S. support in Southeast Asia. You will hear speeches by Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara and LBJ."--All Movie Guide website.
DVD
2006; 1965
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Blood and Bullets

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture pays tribute to combat medics and their intimate role with the infantryman in battle. Also in this film from the National Archives and Records Administration is an interview of Major Robert Glazier, Cleveland, Ohio, veteran of eight campaigns and Battalion Commander of the 3rd Infantry, by Colonel William Quinn.
Online
2007
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: German Youth Activities

In this episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, viewers will learn of the efforts put forth by our soldiers in Germany to show German youth the ways of democracy through the Armed Forces Assistance Program. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration shows the hardworking service personnel of the army voluntarily working with Germany's future generations amidst a post-World War II backdrop to encourage them to maintain a free and democratic society in the war-ravaged nation.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Why North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)?

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, narrated by news analyst Edward R. Murrow, focuses on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, of which the United States is a founding member. This alliance was created in response to the two World Wars and the Korean War, which showed that when one free nation anywhere is threatened by aggression, the safety of all free nations is ultimately at stake. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration shows the United States in its strategic role as leader in the free world and its alliance with other nations dedicated to the preservation of peace and the welfare of mankind.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Operation Mercy

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series tells the story of the Hungarian Revolution as seen through the eyes of its freedom fighters. Beginning at the end of October 1956, the revolution against the government's Soviet-imposed policies caused thousands of Hungarians to find refuge in neighboring Austria and Yugoslavia. In response, the U.S. Army launched "Operation Mercy," transporting Hungarian refugees to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, as part of the U.S.'s humanitarian efforts. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration shows the U.S. Army's "human side" as it coordinates efforts with the American Red Cross, American Embassy in Munich, and other agencies.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Special Forces Training

This episode from the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, narrated by motion picture, stage, and television star Henry Fonda, turns its attention to the soldiers of the Special Forces. Viewers will find this video from the National Archives and Records Administration entertaining and informative as they see the rigorous, demanding training at the Special Warfare Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as well as an exciting Special Forces training mission high in the Bavarian Alps.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: The Eyes and Ears of the Army

In this episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, viewers learn about the Signal Corps, "The Eyes and Ears of the Army." Following the men of the Signal Corps to the front lines, this video from the National Archives and Records Administration shows the Signal Corps assisting the Air Force and Navy in their communications, as well as supplying equipment and men for the Army. Without the Signal Corps, the nation's modern mobile fighting machine would not be possible. In addition, the Signal Corps maintains some of the world's finest engineers in its laboratories and contributes many items for civilian, as well as military use.
Online
2007
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: The WAC Is a Soldier, Too

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series goes to Fort McClellan, Alabama, for this first look at the new training center for Women's Army Corps officers and enlisted women. Since the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was created in 1942, women training for service with the U.S. Army have had a number of temporary homes, ranging from Florida to Massachusetts, from Iowa to Virginia. The permanent WAC Center is a cluster of 22 cream-colored buildings in a natural setting at Alabama's Fort McClellan. This program from the National Archives and Records Administration looks at the increasingly important role women are playing in the nation's defense.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: You in Japan

This classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series takes viewers on a pictorial journey to Japan as U.S. servicemen experienced it in 1957. This program from the National Archives and Records Administration endeavors to dispel myths about Japan and to showcase the country's industrial, agricultural, and economic state after suffering heavy destruction in World War II. Differences in culture are also presented, as viewed by someone from the United States visiting for the first time.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: You and Yours

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series is a salute to the American Red Cross, an organization that began with a few simple doughnut wagons and field kitchens and has become the principle organization through which 40 million citizens give something of themselves for the sake of others. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration presents the colorful, dramatic history of the Red Cross and follows American soldiers to remote corners of the world as they fulfill roles for this organization. This film also features a special message from General Alfred M. Gruenther, President of the American National Red Cross, who sums up the program as it affects every American.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Missiles on Target

Most television viewers have seen the drama of the launching pad when a long-range missile is fired into the air. This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series goes beyond the launch to show how missiles streak through the air to strike unerringly even a small target a long distance away. The film, from the National Archives and Records Administration, starts a few miles from New Mexico's White Sands Proving Ground where an elaborate, all-out testing and development effort is being pushed. These efforts include launching long-range missiles vast distances and using them to cause maximum destruction by squarely hitting their targets.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: The Soldier Patient

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series shows the physical "medicine" needed for the men being cared for at the Walter Reed Medical Center. From the National Archives and Records Administration, this video shows the many "outside" activities of United States Army medical patients.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: New German Army

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television show spotlights the political, economic, and social background that brought about the creation of a military force for the free Bonn Republic of West Germany. The creation of this German Army was an important plank in the founding platform of the NATO nations as the addition of this force unified the stand of these nations against aggression. This video shows the American Army officers training the visiting leaders of "The New German Army," who then returned to Germany to teach these skills to their soldiers. The new army, which had no relation to the earlier "Wehrmacht," was established to serve as a home guard to protect free Germans from border violations from the East. Using vintage film from World War II with an appearan [...]
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Alaska -- the Outpost State

Alaska is the subject of this episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television show. Promptly dubbed "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Icebox" after it was acquired by Secretary of State Seward for seven million dollars from Russia almost a century ago, this rugged land proved to be a valuable star in our nation's flag. The state, known as America's "Outpost State," currently boasts modern cities, progressive schools, rich mineral and game resources, and booming industries that have returned our original purchasing price many times over. Alaska also holds strategic value in military affairs, which have become vitally important to national defense in recent years. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration highlights the state's early years of the Klondike Gold [...]
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Germany Today

In this classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, the program checks in with the status of citizens in West Germany. This documentary from the National Archives and Records Administration shows how West Germany remains democratic after the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces defeated the German war machine. The video points out that no other force in military history has done so much to put a conquered nation back on its feet as the United States Army.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Arms for Tomorrow

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series is a look at America's firepower today, which meets the demands of our modern Army to defend our country swiftly and powerfully. Viewers of this National Archives and Records Administration video will see how this unique firepower is developed by the United States Army Ordnance Corps through its dynamic arsenal system. This arsenal system, known as the Ordnance-Science Industry team, works in conjunction with private engineering and research institutions, both education and industrial, to perform jobs that make it possible for lethal weapons to be designed, procured, supplied, and maintained the for the Army's combat units
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: U.S. Army Advisor in Vietnam

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series explores what happens when an American soldier is assigned as a military advisor in Vietnam to support the South Vietnamese forces. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration follows a United States Army officer through his entire tour of duty on this vital and dangerous mission in defense of the free world against the spread of communism in South Asia.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Your Army Reports, No. 1

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series reports on U.S. Army activities involving helicopters in action, shotgun riders, the First Air Cavalry and 101st Airborne in Vietnam, army engineers building a road in Thailand, the 834th Engineer Battalion in Vietnam, and an introduction to the army drill sergeant's responsibilities and training. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration brings you to the frontlines of army activities and innovation.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Korean Wind-Up

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series is a capsule chronology of the Korean War. The film, from the National Archives and Records Administration, captures the true reactions of the battle-torn Gis to the Korean truce by interviewing many prisoners of war. These prisoners discuss their feelings about the truce and the war situation at the time of their capture.
Online
2008
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: This Is First Army

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series follows the First Army to see and hear what it does. From the National Archives and Records Administration, this film shows the admiration of the people in the northeastern portion of America where the First Army is based. The first stop on the journey through the eight states that make up the Army's territory is the largest city, New York, where viewers are led on a guided by Lieutenant John Mortimer.
Online
2008