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Divide and Conquer (1943)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 1943 (USA)
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.


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


In the year 2000, the United States Library of Congress mandated that this film (and the other six documentaries in the 'Why We Fight' series)were "culturally significant" and selected them for preservation in the National Film Registry. 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 »


Referenced in Why We Fight (2005) See more »

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WW2 Capra
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Divide and Conquer (1943)

*** (out of 4)

Frank Capra directed this propaganda film about how Germany struck against the French and brought the country down to nothing more than slaves of Hitler. Out of the three "Why We Fight" films from Capra I'd say I enjoyed this one the most. The generic animated sequences showing Hitler's battle plans might not look the greatest but the information they show makes it easy to see why Germany was such a strong force. Walter Huston narrates.

All of the Capra WW2 films are worth watching as are the John Ford directed ones.

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1943 (USA) See more »

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Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer See more »

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U.S. War Department See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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