Site Features Once Top-Secret Movies and Training Films from all ErasLOS ANGELES, March 27 /CNW/ -- The largest on-line military film and
video website was opened to the public today. RealMilitaryFlix.com spotlights
hundreds of historical movies made by military organizations for
documentation, training and propaganda purposes. The site also features new
military videos from Iraq and Afghanistan. Other collections such as the WWII
secret agent training films were once classified as Top-Secret.
US Air Force combat camera veteran John Corry spent the past year putting
his collection on-line. He started his archive while producing a television
series for A&E in 1991. "The Air Force used to care for all US military film
masters, but that responsibility shifted to the US archives in the mid-1990's.
During the transfer, many films were deemed unworthy of continued preservation
and were simply thrown out. Others wound up on crates in government
warehouses," Corry said. "We got there just in time."
Most all military productions eventually become obsolete -- deemed to be
of little use as technologies evolve and as policies change. The general
public rarely, if ever, saw these military films in their entirety.
"What makes these films so special is that they are like opening time
capsules," Corry said. "For example, the US Government took a hard line while
training soldiers to occupy Germany after WWII. The men were taught to not
make any German friends and they were warned about the 'aggressive tendencies'
of the German people," he added. "Today the film seems un-politically
correct, but it illuminates how people felt at the time."
The military videos date back to World War One and the average length is
about twelve minutes. RealMilitaryFlix.com currently has 650 films on-line
and approximately 1,200 more will be released throughout the year. Military
films from the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy are also featured.
"I'd like to see history buffs from all over the world discuss military topics
in our forum based on a shared viewing experience. We expect to have
extraordinary discussions," Corry said.
Author and Historian Colonel John Antal, US Army (Ret.) recently signed
on as the site's military advisor. RealMilitaryFlix.com has also joined
forces with the internet's leading military resource and information portal,
MilitaryConnection.com, to pass the word to military veterans and military
For further information: Mike Anunsen of RealMilitaryFlix.com,