Your Ship in Action – Color, U.S. Navy Heavy Cruiser in the Pacific, World War II 20360 HD

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Full color film profiling the career of a U.S. Navy heavy cruiser serving in the Pacific during World War II (WWII).

This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit

19 thoughts on “Your Ship in Action – Color, U.S. Navy Heavy Cruiser in the Pacific, World War II 20360 HD

  1. Daniel Vroom says:

    Chill people, this was WWII propaganda to American citizens to encourage them build more and better ships and live with the shortages of everything we have in excess today. It is not a BBC documentary of today.

  2. Edward Bailey says:

    Ammo before food? Nope. Nothing getting loaded by Squids before the food. Know from experience.

  3. William Jones says:

    The only issue i have cuz the films are just great but not enuff volume ive found on all iive watched!! But deffinatly informative…thanks!!

  4. The Navy does it ALL, and does it ALL AT ONCE! 🇺🇸👍

  5. David Swanson says:

    I see that this film is restricted, therefore I guess I can't watch this.

  6. Paladin 06 says:

    With 6in. guns as the main battery, "Your ship" is a light cruiser. Built in 1942 this vessel appears to be a Cleveland class CL.

  7. neonhomer says:

    How in the hell is a video produced by the Navy owned by this company?

  8. 00UncommonSense00 says:

    Ships like these were the backbone of the fleet. Yes, the carriers and battleships were the heavy hitters, but cruisers, destroyers, frigates, oilers, supply ships and all the other specialized units are what makes a navy function. Minesweepers are not real glamorous, but man, do they make other ships much happier!

  9. Mike Cimerian says:

    By the end of WWII USN anti aircraft envelope made it impossible to survive the last five miles to a a carrier.

  10. whosiskid says:

    This might be the USS Mobile, but I'm not certain. Here is why:

    According to my naval ship books, no Cleveland class cruiser had their keel laid in the spring of 1942. This isn't unusual. The Navy frequently changed dates and information to confuse potential Japanese and Nazy spies. Actually, at this time the Navy was having a crisis with carriers. This was before Coral Sea and Midway. They knew they needed more carriers, but the Essex carriers were going to take some time before they started appearing. FDR, as former assistant secretary of the Navy (actually, the head of the Navy during the First World War was a figurehead, so FDR did all the actual work running the navy for all of WW I), had a profound understanding of navy ships, and he asked heads of the Navy to examine the possibility of converting some of the Cleveland hulls into light carriers. They had several escort carriers in development, but they were based on Liberty ship hulls and could only do around 19 knots, so they couldn't keep up with the main fleet. But carriers built on Cleveland class hulls would be able to do nearly 30 knots. The first one, the former USS Amsterdam, was re-christened the USS Independence. My point is, in the spring of 1942, all existing Cleveland hulls were converted to aircraft carriers. The only significant May 1942 for any Cleveland carrier was the USS Mobile being launched on May 15, 1942.

    We over glorify the role played by Iowa class battleships, but the real backbone of the US Navy was comprised, in addition to the various classes of carriers, by the Clevelands and the Fletcher class destroyers. They weren't perfect ships. They were a tad top heavy -which was exacerbated by having hulls that were a tad too narrow – and therefore rolled a little more than would have liked. But apart from that, the Clevelands bore the brunt of the offensive efforts of the war. I once saw a chart – which I have not been able to relocate, but if anyone knows where to find this, please let me know – of the ten ships that expended the largest number of armament, both by number of shells and by aggregate weight, and the list was dominated by Cleveland class light cruisers. No Iowa class or any other type of battleship made the list. Shortly after Guadalcanal the Navy started engaging in overnight raids at the closest Japanese bases. They'd send, say, 4 Clevelands along with perhaps a heavy cruiser and 8 or 9 destroyers, and they'd time their arrival at dawn. The Japanese aircraft were far enough away that they couldn't respond in time (they sometimes had to fly up to 500 miles to reach a place of conflict; by the time they would arrive the US Ships would have travelled far enough Southwest that the Japanese aircraft couldn't locate and attack them with the amount of fuel that they had. So it was a very effective tactic.

    I highly recomend that anyone interested in the Cleveland's to look at the book PACIFIC WAR DIARY by James J. Fahey, who kept an illegal diary of his time of service as a member of a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun crew on the USS Montpelier. He served at one of the forward stations for the first half of the way and the second half after that. He talked at length with Samuel Eliot Morison, the official Navy historian of WW II, who spent a couple of month's on the Montpelier. Later, LIFE magazine would do a story on the Montpelier and they did a shot of the double quad 40 mm station at which Fahey served, so his relatives back home got to see him in print.

    During the second half of the war the Montpelier engaged in fewer hit and run attacks, and instead served in armadas as part of either the 3rd or 5th Fleet, depending on who was in charge of the fleet (either Halsey or Spruance, respectively). The Montpelier spent a very large amount of time bombarding islands such as Okinawa, which led to an absolutely fascinating reading moment. I was re-reading Eugene Sledge's WITH THE OLD BREED, a couple of month's after reading Fahey's PACIFIC WAR DIARY for the first time. Sledge talks about digging into his foxhole, trying to either sleep or be on watch, while the US ships continually shot star shells over their location to keep the Japanese from sneaking into their position and killing troops at night. What was amazing was that I remembered Fahey talking about the Montpelier moving in close to Okinawa and spending the night shooting star shells. So their is an extremely good chance that we can read about two different sides of the same event.

  11. Terrible representation of cruisers AND the film footage destroys all the video effort to give information…

  12. osiris sunra says:

    Sounds quality was horrible.. for listening on a phone anyway.. bit great film footage

  13. Aquila Aquilarum says:

    The "God save the King/Queen" sounds a bit out of place here haha, but a nice film.

  14. Nice film. Not heavy cruiser though, Cleveland class light cruiser.

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