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BATTLEFILM U.S. Army Signal Corps Motion Pictures of the Great War

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Hardcover. 232 pages. Dimensions: 10.3in. x 7.2in. x 0.8in.BATTLEFILM: U. S. Army Signal Corps Motion Pictures of the Great War, was selected as the Best History Book by Reader Views Annual Reviewers Choice Awards and was an Award Finalist in the Military History category of the National Best Books Awards! BATTLEFILM is the only reference guide in print today that catalogs the WWI era documentary films contained in the U. S. Army Signal Corps records held at theNational Archives. For the first time, in book form, there is concise information about the surviving motion picture films that were taken over ninety years ago. This Second Edition of BATTLEFILM details 488 film titles that cover Americas part in this conflict. Each of the 993 reels of action is described using data gathered from actual Army records. These historic films of World War I action exist today on silent, black and white motion picture film. Whether youre a historian, media researcher, documentary producer, or a student of film, this book provides an accurate and timeless reference to the moving images of Americas effort in the War to End All Wars. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780981744452

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Synopsis: BATTLEFILM: U.S. Army Signal Corps Motion Pictures of the Great War, was selected as the Best History Book by Reader Views Annual Reviewers Choice Awards and was an Award Finalist in the Military History category of the National Best Books Awards!

BATTLEFILM is the only reference guide in print today that catalogs the WWI era documentary films contained in the U.S. Army Signal Corps records held at the National Archives. For the first time, in book form, there is concise information about the surviving motion picture films that were taken over ninety years ago. This Second Edition of BATTLEFILM details 488 film titles that cover America's part in this conflict. Each of the 993 reels of action is described using data gathered from actual Army records.

These historic films of World War I action exist today on silent, black and white motion picture film. Whether you're a historian, media researcher, documentary producer, or a student of film, this book provides an accurate and timeless reference to the moving images of America's effort in the "War to End All Wars."

From the Author: As sometimes happens, after the initial edition of this book was released, a few more World War I motion pictures that were within the scope of this volume were "re-discovered." In light of this, 21 new films and their summary descriptions have been added to this Second Edition of BATTLEFILM, which now puts the total number of entries at 488.

While making these additions, I took the opportunity to add the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archival Research Catalog (ARC) identification number to each title. ARC is NARA's computer based research tool that provides access to the content and descriptions of all their holdings. Therefore, in this edition, below each film title you'll find information about the number of reels associated with that particular motion picture, followed by its unique National Archives' Catalog Card reference number [in brackets] and its ARC identification number (in parentheses).

Why, you may ask, is this important to you? The answer to that question is that while this book consists of short summary descriptions of these historically significant Army Signal Corps films, ARC usually contains a more detailed account and occasionally has lengthy shot sheets for some of the titles. With this edition, you now have all the tools you need to proceed with any follow-on research you might want to undertake -- on location at NARA's Archives II facility at College Park, Maryland, or on-line.

In addition, I tweaked the subject headings, polished the layout, added a few photos, created an alphabetical title index, and beefed up the subject index.

Somewhat related to this new edition, I added a couple dozen photographs to my website, pwstewart.com, which are representative of the subjects and topics covered by the films contained in this volume.

Occasionally, you may find an asterisk (*) next to titles with extensive aviation sequences. These films are covered in-depth, in a unique scene-by-scene style, in the second book of The Historic Footage Project -- War Wings: Films of the First Air War.

This book, as well as all of the volumes in The Historic Footage Project, is written out of a great appreciation of our country's rich collection of motion picture recorded history and my desire to ensure that it's preserved and accessible for future generations. It's worth cherishing.

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