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American Women Go to War 1941-45 DVD
American women in World War 2


 
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American Women Go to War 1941-45

The Untold Story
11 Restored Films

The Hidden Army: America's Women, It's Your War Too!, You're in the Army Now, Battle Stations, The Army Nurse, Women in the News, Women in Defense, Women of Steel,Glamour Girls 1943, No Excuses, Bonus Feature: Night Shift: British Women Working in Defense




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American Women Go to War 1941-45:The Untold Story - Eleven restored films

What did Mom, Grandma or Great Grandma do during World War 2?” Find out in these 11 inspirational & informative films.

The Hidden Army: America's Women (1944, B&W, 17:00) The film opens in a remarkable flash forward to the future from 1944. Germany has been defeated and Adolf Hitler sits in a dark prison, writing his memoirs, “The Losing Fight,” working on chapter 25, ”The Hidden Army.” In1939 his experts in War Planning had told him in the coming War, the USA wasn't a threat because its armed forces were weak and it couldn't put a large army in the field and man defense plants at the same time. The very idea of American women going to work is scoffed at because they are “the most decadent on earth” & “spend more money in a year on cosmetics then their Navy spends on ships.” Boy were they wrong! American women soon made up 20% the work force in defense industries and replaced men in in 100s of thousands of other civilian jobs. They're shown working in everything from aircraft plants to steel mills. See how they made a huge difference!

It's Your War Too! (1944, B&W, 10:00) The Women's Army Corps (founded in 1941 as the “The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, popularly know as “the WACS”) mission was to replace servicemen for front line duty with women who could perform the same jobs as well or better. This recruiting film first dispels myths about the WACs (Yes, you can keep your own hair style) and then extolls the benefits of joining up, including better chow, world travel, training for new jobs, and of course, serving your country. The films shows many of the important jobs done by WACs beyod stereotypical clerical clerical work, including air traffic control, aircraft engine repair & maintenance, radio & telecommunications, weapons testing & much more. By war's end,there were 150,000 women in the WACs, releasing enough men for seven combat divisions!

You're in the Army Now (1944, B&W, 10:00) This film shows what to expect when you join the WACs, A plucky group of women, with differing backgrounds and ages, is followed from enlistment, through physical evaluation & testing, to basic training, specialist skills training and assignment to a field units for active duty. Informative & entertaining.

Battle Stations (1944, B&W, 10:00) Narrated by Hollywood legends Ginger Rogers & James Cagney. U.S. Coast Guardsmen served in the thick of battle, from piloting landing craft in amphibious landings to hunting subs at sea. In 1942 the Coast Guard established their Women's Reserve known as the SPARS (after the motto Semper Paratus - Always Ready) The film shows the wide variety of jobs replacing men that SPARs performed in the Coast Guard.

The Army Nurse (1945, B&W, 16:00) Many servicemen's fondest memories from World War 2 are of Army Nurses who treated, them, comforted them and often saved lives. The film shows nurses providing their vital rolls in field & general hospitals, on board trains and in the air on all fronts, around the World. Also covers their training..

Women in the News (1944, B&W, 5:00) Three newsreels show women serving on location in a wide variety of roles, including Army WACS, Air WACs, WAVEs & Army and Navy Nurses.

Women in Defense (1941, B&W, 11:00) Narrated by Academy Award Winner Katherine Hepburn. This documentary is an overview of women working in a wide variety of defense work,including building aircraft, sewing parachutes, lab work, producing artillery ammunition and much more.

Women of Steel (1943, B&W, 11:00) Produced in cooperation with Republic Steel. Jobs in heavy industries like steel were once thought of as suitable for men only. By the middle of World War 2, that myth was shattered as 1,000s of women moved into jobs traditionally performed by men, including blast furnace tending, crane operation, welding and steel fabrication. In some cases,women filled the same jobs that their brothers or husbands had before they went to war. On scene interviews with working women about their jobs are especially interesting

Glamour Girls 1943 (1943, B&W, 11:00) This film shows how a nationwide “Employment Service Program” was developed to systematically recruit, train and deploy women into to tens of thousands of jobs traditionally held by men, from assembling aircraft engines to delivering the milk. An added bonus is rare film footage of women doing defense work in World War 1.

No Excuses (1944, B&W, 10:00) Produced by 20th Century Fox and staring John Archer (“White Heat”). This film is framed by a soldier at the front writing home to his mother about the sacrifices he and his men are making in combat and thanking her for supporting him at home for all the time she is putting into the war effort like working in a blood bank and running a day care center. Then the question is asked of the women in the audience, “What are you doing to help win the war? Are you a slacker? Do you want to be driven from your homes like refugees in Europe? Join the war effort now. No Excuses!”

Bonus Feature: Night Shift: British Women Working in Defense (1942, B&W, 10:00) Before America entered World War 2, British women were already working in defense plants. This film was shot on location in an arms factory during the night shift. You'll see thousands women performing intricate precision machine work producing canons from breeches to barrels. And of course, this being Britain, there's tea time and enthusiastic group singalongs during midnight lunch breaks.


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