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"Why We Fight"
An information film intended for WWII American military personnel indoctrination by Frank Capra (Major) of the Special Service Division, a 7 part series. In part 1: accompanying a dialogue and animation about Nazi lies, fabrications and distortions being carried on radio waves, the musical score is limited to the Morse character "H" effectively complementing the visual and vocal impression with a note of urgency. In part 3: Genuine Morse characters are used but fragmented due to the "voice over" about the Nazi method of blitzkreig (break the resolve of their victims with confusion, doubt and false accusations) as the following citation indicates: "... but before striking, a preliminary step was necessary. From Berlin, from Rome, from Tokyo the campaign started. Propaganda, to confuse, divide, soften up their intended victims, put them on the defensive: scream you're abused; shout you're oppressed; the world's wrong - you're right. If you shriek it loud enough and often enough they'd believe you. Above all use their free press and their free speech to destroy them." The accompanying visual images emphasize radio towers sending out waves about Lies and Lebensraum Spazio (?) (living space). I have long ago viewed another film where orchestral music is used to send messages to U-boats lying in ambush off the east coast of the United States of America about shipping details. I'll get it along if it has a Morse connection. The "Why We Fight" series is chilling even now 60 plus years later. As an aside, while in the airforce (late '50s) Morse we used creatively while analyzing the intercom wiring of large installations, in the days before VHF hand held equipment or Cell phones, cutting the time from days to hours thanks to the unrecognized brilliance of another airman, whereabouts now unknown).