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Film Communique: Fourth Issue

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Addressed to "the men and women of American Industry," the Film Communique series reports on military accomplishments to an audience of domestic workers producing materials for war. Composed of three short segments:

Aerial Techniques details the U.S. bombing of Japanese targets in Hansa Bay, Wewak and Rabaul. Explains the parachute fragmentation or "ParaFrag" bombing techniques used. Footage of fighter-plane combat in the Pacific theater taken from gun sight aiming point cameras (titled GSAP cameras). Narration gives tallies of Japanese planes, ships and soldiers destroyed.

Roll of Honor praises the work of an African-American unit, the "men of Munda," using heavy machinery to repair an airfield at Point Munda in the Solomon Islands.

Fifth Army shows General Mark Clark leading the Fifth Army advance from Salerno, Italy, across the Volturno River, toward Rome.

Creator The Signal Corps : produced by
Combat film units of Marines, Army Airforces, United States Navy
Date Issued 1943
Spatial Coverage Hansa Bay, New Guinea
Wewak, New Guinea
Rabaul, New Britain
Munda, New Georgia, Solomon Islands
Salerno, Italy
Avellino, Italy
Benevento, Italy
Voltura River, Italy
Duration 00:20:25
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.S.