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Public Domain Footage Links for WWII footage


1. iMovies

A blog that features extensive search and syndication options, along with a healthy catalogue of free-to-download public domain movies across a range of genres, featuring classics, cartoons and shorts. You can download or stream the videos.

2. Openflv

Openflv features a good selection of b-movie trashola fare which you can stream or download for the most part via the services it aggregates (such as Google video). This is a great place to get hold of such timeless classics as Reefer Madness and the 1968 delight Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women.

3. Internet Archive

Internet Archive is the lodestone of public domain video, and there is a huge selection of video to download or stream in multiple formats across a range of genres, from advertising and ephemera to features and old TV shows. This is a treasure trove.

4. Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons features plentiful public domain video content, a lot of it from amateur sources. Youll need to be patient though, the organization of the content leaves something to be desired.

5. NARA National Archives

The national archive, hosted at Google, have a nice collection of historical movies, including lots of great NASA footage for all of those wonder-space scenes you might want to create.

6. PDComedy

If youre looking for comedy footage in the public domain – think everything from unintentionally humorous kitsch to cartoons and I Love Lucy – this should definitely be on your list.

7. Stage6

Stage6, the video sharing platform for high-quality DivX recordings, has a nice selection of public domain videos to explore. The quality is among the best youll find, although you may need to install DivX on your PC first to watch the movies. Buster Keaton, Betty Boop and Charlie Chaplin prevail.

8. Public Domain Torrent

If youre familiar with BitTorrent technology, this site has nearly a thousand movies in various formats for you to download without wondering if the MPAA are going to come to your house and flog you with a law suit. Well worth a look.


EMOL has great selection of public domain video free to download across a vast range of genres.


To find more information on obtaining records from the NARA archive,
as well as for searching for records online, you can go to the Motion
Picture Films and Sound and Video Recordings department at NARA. Here
is their website:

The detailed directions for obtaining video records from NARA is
available below:

You may also do an online search for war footage using NARA's NAIL
search engine. Simply select "Moving Images" in the media type box.

Other film and video archives may be available in history museums such
as the Imperial War Museum in England, or the United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum.

Imperial War Museum - Film and Video Archive Services

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Film and Video Collection

The other option is dedicated stock footage companies. These mostly
cater to documentary makers and are rather pricy, but they may have
footage that will not be found else where. StockFootageOnline.com
maintains a list of companies providing footage for both World Wars.

World War I footage vendors:

World War II footage vendors:

There are also a few places online that you can download war time
footage from, but they are far from complete. One of the biggest is
the "Internet Archive." They have films from the public domain
available for free download. There are a few news reels and war
footage mixed in with a lot of other public domain films.

Finally, Patch High School's World War II page has a few clips that
you can download for free.

Related Google Directory:

Stock Footage