Newly Released Color Films Show The Utter Devastation Wrought By WW2

The Hoover Institution has just release five reels of recently restored color films taken by lieutenant colonel William P. Miller from 1943 to 1945. They provide a rare and disturbingly real glimpse into the era, including shots of the battle-scarred cities at the center of the conflict.

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The films, which were made possible by a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, include shots taken in North Africa, Germany, and Austria.

Germany, circa 1945

Germany, Austria, 1945

This particular reel features Hitler's burned and bombed mountain-side home in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof (shown around the 16:00+ mark).

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Here's Hitler at the Berghof before the Allies bombed the shit out of it (not part of the Miller archive):

Moulay Idriss, Khenifra, circa 1943

Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes, 1943

Africa, Algeria, Corsica, Saint-Tropez, Toulon, 1944

Originally shot on silent 16mm Kodachrome film, the films were preserved by the Film Technology Company in Hollywood.

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DISCUSSION

Anybody who has ever read or seen dramatizations of the day /night bombing raids on Europe-especially London and more so Berlin and Dresden can relate to the devastation on the ground. Same goes for the bombing of Japan

Allied airmen were in danger of being lynched or beaten to death if they crashed in / near the cities they were bombing.

Map of the Human Heart (Jason Scott Lee) comes to mind. So does Slaugherhouse 5.

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*note to editors: it's the 100 anniversary of WW1. It would be excellent to see some material of this both retro and futuristic conflict plus its post war impact up to the 1930's in politics as well as art, movies, philosophy etc.