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Divide and Conquer (1943)

The World War II US Government account of the European theatre of the war from after the English and French entry to the fall of France.


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Uncredited cast:
General Bergeret ...
Himself - in Railway Carriage with Huntziger (archive footage) (uncredited)
Karl Brandt ...
Himself (with jubilant Hitler, to his right) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Himself - with de Gaulle and Giraud (archive footage) (uncredited)
Warren J. Clear ...
Narrator (uncredited)
Walter Darré ...
Himself - Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles de Gaulle ...
Himself - with Churchill and FDR (archive footage) (uncredited)
Otto Dietrich ...
Himself - Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Dillinger ...
Himself - Gangster, Alive and Dead (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ferdinand Foch ...
Himself - in WWI (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hans Frank ...
Himself - Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henri Giraud ...
Himself - Handshake with de Gaulle (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Goebbels ...
Himself - Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rudolf Hess ...
Himself - Hitler Is Germany Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Hewel ...
Himself (with jubilant Hitler, to his right) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Konstantin Hierl ...
Himself - Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)


In this episode of the Why We Fight propaganda series, the events from the English and French declarations of war against Nazi Germany to the conquest of France by the Nazi. In detail, we learn of how a combination of innovative Nazi military tactics and the work of traitors allowed the conquest of much of Central Europe. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Why We Fight, 3  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is in the public domain; it was never registered or renewed. See more »


Some of the film of the invasion of Norway show Italian bombers attacking British ships. The Italian Air Force was not involved in the invasion of Norway. See more »


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Hitler Blitzkrieg marches to the sea.
8 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the third installment of why we fight Hitler's army blitzkriegs through the Ardennes and routs allied forces. More criticism of the European response to rising Fascism is covered as fifth columnists (Quisling, Laval etc.) plot from within (even the US has local German Bunds) to soften the opposition and France capitulates when the Nazis circumnavigate the Marginot Line and enter Paris.

Try as it might in this propaganda effort to show a united front against Fascism, Why We Fight has to enlist the glory of France past invoking Marshall Foch's dictum J'attaque while it downplays its reticence in this conflict that could lead to the decimation of the vulnerable Allied force at Dunkirk. Taking the free French Army to North Africa Charles DeGaulle becomes the face of France while Marshall Petain oversees Vichy and allies with the Nazis.

There's more Fuhrer prevaricating ( what a perfect poster boy for propaganda ) as he invades Holland, Belgium and Norway in preparation for the invasion of Great Britain. The charts and maps displaying his well executed plan to overrun the lowlands of western Europe are both sobering and disturbing as the Germans well oiled war machine looks unstoppable.

For its time Divide and Conquer does an excellent job of explaining and presenting the war and the high stakes involved in clear and concise terms. There is no avoiding the bleakness of the situation but like all the series entries it ends on a note of hope and resolve, in this case provided by the incredible courage of non-combatants ferrying the retreating Allied Army across the English Channel to safety where they would live to fight another day.

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