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Deterrence in Foreign Policy: Lessons From World War II

Amateur Color Films from World War II Digitized Film Reels from the William P. Miller Papers Propaganda in World War II

With more than fourteen hundred archival collections, Hoover's holdings on World War II are expansive, covering every theater of war in a multitude of languages. Those materials provide a variety of perspectives, from the directives of military officers to materials by underground movements.

Thanks to a 2013 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, five unique amateur films from the William P. Miller papers have been preserved. Those films, made from approximately 1943 to 1945, feature footage from the North African and European theaters during World War II. William P. Miller served as a lieutenant colonel in command of the United States Army Signal Corps personnel division in the Sixth Army Group during World War II. He was deployed to North Africa, Italy, Corsica, France, and Germany and was awarded six Battle Stars, two Bronze Stars, the Legion of Merit, and Croix de Guerre with Palm.

Moulay Idriss and Khenifra, circa 1943

Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Meknes, 1943

Algeria, Corsica, Saint-Tropez, and Toulon, 1944

Germany, 1945

Germany and Austria, 1945