List of Allied Propaganda Films of World War II
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List of Allied Propaganda Films of World War II

During World War II and immediately after it, in addition to the many private films created to help the war effort, many Allied countries had governmental or semi-governmental agencies commission propaganda and training films for home and foreign consumption. Animated films are not included here.

British Empire and Commonwealth

United Kingdom









In Australia the Australian News and Information Bureau, as well as the Australian Department of Information, produced the following


In Canada, the National Film Board of Canada either distributed or produced the following as part of its Canada Carries On and The World in Action series.








United States

The United States had the largest film industry of any of the Allied powers, and its use for propaganda purposes is legendary. Because it was so big, there was no single governmental or semi-governmental agency that centrally controlled it. Instead, the Office of War Information co-ordinated efforts among many entities to produce propaganda:

OCIAA: Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs

OEM: Office for Emergency Management

OSS: Office of Strategic Services

USAAF: United States Army Air Forces

USASC: U.S. Army Signal Corps

USASSD: U.S. Army Special Service Division

USDA: United States Department of Agriculture

USDT: United States Department of Treasury

USN: United States Navy

USDW: United States Department of War

WACMPI: War Activities Committee of the Motion Pictures Industry

Several of these films, although they have propaganda value, were used as training films for the United States armed forces.


Pre-December films given IMDb release date where available.

Title Director Agencies or Organizations involved Notes
Aluminum WACMPI
America Builds Ships WACMPI; OPM Released June 5
America Preferred WACMPI; USDT Released 20 May
Army in Overalls WACMPI; OPM Released June 5
Bits and Pieces WACMPI; OPM Released June 5
Defense Review No. 1 WACMPI
Defense Review No. 2 WACMPI
Men and Ships WACMPI; BPI Released June 23
Pots to Planes WACMPI; OEM Released November 22
Power for Defense WACMPI; NDC Released February 18
Preflight Inspection of the B-17E USASC; UASAAF War Department Training Film 1-532
Red Cross Trailer WACMPI;
Where Do We Go? WACMPI; USO Released May 28
Women in Defense WACMPI; OEM Released May 28; narrated by Katharine Hepburn; written by Eleanor Roosevelt


Title Director Agencies or Organizations involved Notes
Africa, Prelude to Victory OWI
The Arm Behind the Army USASC
Ring of Steel OEM Recruiting short, narrated by Spencer Tracy, released April 7
The Battle of Midway John Ford USN, WACMPI Academy Award for Documentary Feature 1942*
Campus on the March OWI
Colleges at War
Defense Review No. 3
Fighting the Fire Bomb
Fuel Conservation
Hemp for Victory Raymond Evans USDA
Henry Browne, Farmer USDA Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
Hitler--Dead or Alive Nick Grinde
Homes for Defense
How to Fly the B-24D Airplane
Introduction to the P-39
It's Everybody's War OWI Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
Japanese Relocation WACMPI; OWI Japanese American internment
Keep 'Em Rolling
Keeping Fit
Lake Carrier
Manpower OWI
Mister Gardenia Jones OWI Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
Morgenthau Trailer
Night Shift Starring Danny Kaye
Why We Fight:Prelude to War Frank Capra USASSD; USASC Academy Award for Documentary Feature 1942*
Safeguarding Military Information Preston Sturges AMPAS
Servicing P-39: Bore Sighting All Guns
Sex Hygiene John Ford USASC
Torpedo Squadron John Ford USN
U.S. Coast Guard
United China Relief
Winning Your Wings John Huston
Owen Crump (uncredited)
USAAF Starring James Stewart; Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
The World at War Lowell Mellett OWI
Wood for War Arthur H. Wolf USDT
Your Air Raid Warden
Your American Tragedy
  • The 1942 Academy Award for Best Documentary, whose time frame included part of 1943, was split among four films, including the two seen here. Also, that year saw the amalgamation of the feature and short subject documentary categories into a single category.


Title Director Agencies or Organizations involved Notes
A Challenge to Democracy OWI; OSS; WRA Concerns Japanese American internment
GI Bill of Rights Army-Navy Screen Magazine
Air Support USN
At the Front OWI; WACMPI
American Saboteur USDA; USFS; WACMPI
The Autobiography of a 'Jeep' Joseph Krumgold (uncredited) OWI
Brazil at War OWI; OIAA
British Torpedo Plane Tactics USN; Walt Disney Pictures
Basic Electricity, As Applied to Electronic Control Systems USN; Walt Disney Pictures
Black Marketing William Castle OWI; WACMPI
Brothers in Blood WACMPI
Chief Neeley Reports to the Nation WACMPI; USN Concerns women's auxiliary, WAVES
Combat America USAF Narrated by Clark Gable
Community Transportation OWI; WACMPI
Customs of the Service USASC
Day of Battle OWI; WACMPI
December 7th John Ford, Gregg Toland USN; USDW Won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
Destination Island X USN; WACMPI
Ditching: Before and After USAF
Dive Bombing USAF
Doctors at War OWI; WACMPI
Education for Death- The Making Of The Nazi Clyde Geronimi Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by American author Gregor Ziemer, also this film is by The Walt Disney Company, and the characters speak German
Family Feud WACMPI
Farmer at War OWI; WACMPI
The First Motion Picture Unit USAAF
Flying the P-39 USAAF
Food and Magic OWI; WACMPI
Food for Fighters OWI; WACMPI
German Industrial Manpower OSS
Handling Aviation Gasoline in the Field USAAF
His New World OWI; Narrated by Spencer Tracy
How to Fly the B-17 USAAF
How to Fly the P-47 USAAF
How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines OSS
How to Shoot a Rifle USAAF
Kill or Be Killed USA
Materials Handling in AAF Depots USAAF
Message from Malta OWI; WACMPI
Mission Accomplished OWI; WACMPI
Negro Colleges in War Time WACMPI; OWI
No Exceptions WACMPI; OWI
Oil Fires, Their Prevention and Extinguishment USAAF
Oil Is Blood WACMPI; OWI
Operation of C-1 Autopilot USAAF
Our Enemy- The Japanese USN; OWI
P-38 Flight Characteristics S.C. Burden USAAF
Paratroops WACMPI; OWI
Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter Bernard Vorhaus First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces; OWI Starring Ronald Reagan
Reconnaissance Pilot USAAF
Report from the Aleutians John Huston WACMPI; USASC Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature
Right of Way WACMPI; OWI
Servicing P-39:Procedure for Uncrating USAAF
Servicing P-39: Synchronizing .50 Caliber Fuselage Guns USAAF
The Sikorsky Helicopter USAAF
Since Pearl Harbor WACMPI; American Red Cross Wartime activities of the Red Cross
Suckerbait USA Caution against Nazi spies
Suggestion Box WACMPI; OWI
Tank Convoy
Three Cities OWI
To the People of the United States Arthur Lubin PHS Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
Tomorrow We Fly USN Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)
The Tree in a Test Tube Charles McDonald USDA Laurel and Hardy short about use of wood in the war effort
Troop Train WACMPI; OWI
Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation USAAF
Turbosupercharger: Master of the Skies USAAF
Uncrating and Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt Airplane USAAF
War Department Report Oliver Lincoln Lundquist OSS Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature
Wartime Nutrition WACMPI; OWI
We've Never Been Licked John Rawlins Texas A&M University Features William Frawley of I Love Lucy as a Japanese agent
When Work Is Done OWI
Why We Fight:The Nazis Strike Frank Capra USASSD; USASC
Why We Fight:Divide and Conquer Frank Capra USASSD; USASC
Why We Fight:The Battle of Britain Frank Capra USASSD; USASC
Why We Fight:The Battle of Russia Frank Capra USASSD; USASC Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature
Wings Up OWI; WACMPI; First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces Narrated by Clark Gable
You, John Jones! Mervyn LeRoy WACMPI; Dramatic short starring James Cagney


Title Director Agencies or Organizations involved Notes
The 957th Day USN; OWI
America's Hidden Weapon WACMPI; OWI
The Articles of War USASC
At His Side WACMPI; ARC Activities of the Red Cross for that year
Attack in the Pacific
Attack! Battle of New Britain Robert Presnell Sr.
The B-17 'Flying Fortress': Elementary Ground Work USAAF
B-29 Flight Procedure and Combat Crew Functioning USAAF
The Battle for the Marianas USDW; WACMPI
Battle Stations USCG; WACMPI Concerns women's Coast guard auxiliary, SPARS
Fighting Americans Max Dresner Toddy Pictures Co. Race film made in co-operation with the US Govt.
The Fighting Lady Edward Steichen USN Won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature
Freedom Comes High Lewis Allen USN Dramatic short
Gracias Amigos OIAA Latin American contributions to the war effort
Highballing to Victory APSC; WACMPI
How to Fly the B-25 USN; WACMPI
How to Fly the B-26 Airplane USN; WACMPI
Hymn of the Nations Alexander Hammid OWI nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
It Can't Last USN;
It's Murder WACMPI
It's Your War Too WACMPI; USDW; USASC Concerns women's Army auxiliary WACS
Liberation of Rome APS; OWI; WACMPI; British Service Units
Land and Live in the Jungle USAAF
Memo for Joe Richard Fleischer WACMPI
Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress William Wyler First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces
Motion Pictures on the Fighting Front
Movies at War USDW; WACMPI
The Negro Soldier Stuart Heisler USDW; WACMPI
No Alternative WACMPI; OWI
One Inch from Victory
The Price of Rendova USA; WACMPI
Report from the Front OWI Narrated by Humphrey Bogart
Report to Judy WACMPI; OWI Concerns the women's naval auxiliary WAVES
Return to Guam USN
Road to Victory LeRoy Prinz WACMPI
Supervising Women Workers USOE
Target: Japan USN; WACMPI
Tunisian Victory Frank Capra and Hugh Stewart USASC; British Service Units
The War Speeds Up
What Makes a Battle USAPS (with co-operation of USASC, USN, USMC etc.)
Why of Wartime Taxes WACMPI; OWI
Why We Fight: The Battle of China Frank Capra USASSD; USASC Second Sino-Japanese War
With the Marines at Tarawa Louis Hayward WACMPI; OWI Authentic footage of the Battle of Tarawa, filmed by the photographers of the 2nd Marine Division; won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject


Title Director Agencies or Organizations involved Notes
6th Marine Division on Okinawa USMC Battle of Okinawa
Airborne Lifeboat USAAF
The All-Star Bond Rally Michael Audley USDT; WACMPI;
The Atom Strikes! APS;USASC;USDW Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Battle of San Pietro John Huston WACMPI; APS Battle of San Pietro Infine
Birth of the B-29 APS;AAF;USDW
Brought to Action USN;WACMPI
Bulletin on the Okinawa Operation USMC Battle of Okinawa
Carriers Hit Tokyo! Ed Herlihy Universal Studios 5 min. 19 s,
D-Day: The Normandy Invasion Operation Overlord
D-Day -1 Operation Overlord
Death Mills Billy Wilder USASC Holocaust
The Enemy Strikes WACMPI; APS Battle of the Bulge
The Fight for the Sky WACMPI;USAAF Air war over Europe; Narrated by Ronald Reagan
The Fleet That Came to Stay Budd Boetticher WACMPI; OWI Battle of Okinawa
Fury in the Pacific WACMPI; USA; USN; USMC
Glamour Gal USMC Artillery in the Battle of Iwo Jima
Here is Germany Frank Capra Occupation orientation
Hollywood Victory Caravan William D. Russell WACMPI; USDT Hollywood USO
Intelligence and the Japanese Civilian USMC Occupation orientation
The Last Bomb Frank Lloyd USAAF Operation Matterhorn; Nominated for Academy Award for Documentary Feature
Know Your Enemy: Japan Frank Capra and Joris Ivens
Mr. and Mrs. America USDT Bond drive
My Japan USDT
The Negro Sailor Henry Levin USN
Okinawa Bulletin #2: Final Phases USMC Battle of Okinawa
On to Tokyo WACMPI; APS
Our Job in Japan WACMPI; APS
Pearl Harbor Payback Air Force dogfights and B-29 raids on Japan
Remember These Faces USN; USCG; USMC Wounded in Action marines and sailors in the Pacific
Seeing Them Through WACMPI; American Red Cross Activities of the Red Cross the previous year
The Ship That Wouldn't Die
Story with Two Endings Lee Strasberg
The Stilwell Road USASC; British and Indian film units Narrated by Ronald Reagan
The Story of the 14th Air Force Photographers of the 14th Air Force The Flying Tigers
Target Tokyo USAAF
Target Invisible DOT The use of Radar in the War
Time to Kill USAAF; USN
To the Shores of Iwo Jima OWI; WACMPI Nominated for Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
The Town Josef von Sternberg OWI; WACMPI
Tuesday in November John Houseman OWI; WACMPI
The True Glory Garson Kanin and Carol Reed OWI; British Ministry of Information Won Academy Award for Documentary Feature
Two Down and One to Go Frank Capra WACMPI; USAPS
The Two-Way Street WACMPI About the Lend-Lease program
Watchtower Over Tomorrow John Cromwell OWI; WACMPI Concerns Dumbarton Oaks and the founding of the UN
Why We Fight:War Comes to America Frank Capra USASSD; USASC
Wings for This Man USAAF About the Tuskegee Airmen. Narrated by Ronald Reagan
Your Job In Germany Frank Capra USAAF Written by Dr. Seuss. Concerns occupation of Germany


Title Director Agencies or Organizations involved Notes
A Tale of Two Cities USDW; Army-Navy Screen Magazine Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
That Justice Be Done George Stevens OWI; OSS; WACMPI Nuremberg Trials
Seeds of Destiny Gene Fowler Jr. USDW; UNRRA Asks public for humanitarian aid to post-war Europe and Asia
Special Delivery USDW; Army-Navy Screen Magazine Operation Crossroads (the atomic tests bombings on Bikini Atoll)


Title Director Agencies or Organizations involved Notes
Don't Be a Sucker USDW Anti-intolerance film
Thunderbolt! William Wyler USDW About US airstrikes in Italy; introduced by Jimmy Stewart

Year uncertain

Title Director Agencies or Organizations involved Notes
Know Your Ally: Britain OWI; USASC
Training Women For War Production NYA Narrated by Eleanor Roosevelt
Victory Gardens USDA

Netherlands and Belgium

The low countries were overrun by Nazi Germany in the May-June 1940 blitzkrieg. The Dutch East Indies, the Netherlands most important colony, was conquered by Japan in early 1942. However each had a government in exile which set up the Belgian Ministry of Information and Netherlands Information Bureau, which produced the following films. There were also films made by the resistance while the respective countries were occupied.

Year Title Director Agency Notes
1941 Belgique toujours Hippolyte De Kempeneer Belgian resistance movement Dutch title: Immer België; English title Forever Belgium
1942 Little Belgium Belgian Ministry of Information Nominated for Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
1942 People of the Indies Netherlands Information Bureau
1942 Holland in the Western Hemisphere Netherlands Information Bureau
1942 High Stakes in the East Netherlands Information Bureau
1942 The Dutch Next Door Netherlands Information Bureau
1943 Glorious Colours Alfred Travers Netherlands Information Bureau

Soviet Union

In the Soviet Union, unless otherwise noted, the Central Newsreel Studio produced these films.

Year Title Director Original title Note
1941 For the Front Gurgen Balasanyan Razmatchakati hamar Produced by Armkinokhronika
1941 Fascist Boots Shall Not Trample Our Motherland A.Ivanov & I.Vano ? Produced by Soyuzmultfilm
1942 Day of War Mikhail Slutsky ? /Den voiny
1942 Leningrad in Combat Roman Karmen ? /Leningrad v borbe
1942 Crushing Defeat of the German Troops under Moscow Ilya Kopalin ? ?
1943 Ukraine in Flames Aleksandr Dovzhenko & Yuliya Solntseva ? ?
1943 The People's Avengers Vasili Belayev /Narodniye mstiteli
1943 Stalingrad Leonid Varlamov
1943 The City That Stopped Hitler: Heroic Stalingrad Narrated by Brian Donlevy
1943 In the Sands of Central Asia Aleksandr Zguridi ? ? ?/V peskakh Sredney Azii
1943 Przysiegamy ziemi polskiej Aleksander Ford Title in Polish
1944 Sons of Armenia Gurgen Balasanyan Hayastani zavaknere Produced by Armkinokhronika
1944 K voprosu o peremirii s Finlyandiey Yuli Raizman Produced by Sojuzintorgkino Studios
1945 Fall of Berlin - 1945 Yuli Raizman & Yelizaveta Svilova 1945 ?.
1945 Victory in the Ukraine and the Expulsion of the Germans from the Boundaries of the Ukrainian Soviet Earth Aleksandr Dovzhenko & Yelizaveta Svilova Pobeda na Pravoberezhnoi Ukraine i izgnaniye nemetsikh zakhvatchikov za predeli Ukrainskikh sovietskikh zemel
1945 The Rout of Japan Iosif Kheifits Razgrom Yaponii
The Nuremberg Trials

Soviet films made for foreign markets

In addition to the above the Soviet cinema import company Artkino produced the following for foreign markets.

See also


  1. ^ "Watch: 'Banshees Over Canada'." Retrieved: April 1, 2016.

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