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The following is a list of Training films produced for the United States Army and Navy by the Walt Disney Studio during World War II. Most of these films were not sole productions of Disney, but were collaborations with other entities such as the First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU) or Frank Capra's signal corps.

Disney only produced the animated portions of these films. It should also be noted that many Disney artists and animators (as well as artists from other animation studios) worked at FMPU simultaneously, so not all FMPU films that include animation are Disney products.

In many cases the studio did not receive credit, which has made the task of identification somewhat difficult. Additionally, many of these films were reissued and even retitled, re-numbered and even re-edited, so the original elements may not survive.

This list is the most complete that can be found on the Internet as the information comes from various sources such as the long out of print book Donald Duck Joins Up by Richard Shale and other film indexes that deal with Army and Navy films.

Production for Armed Forces

Series

Series Title Film Title runtime Date Notes
Why We Fight
(for U.S. Army)
  1. Prelude to War
  2. The Nazis Strike
  3. Divide and Conquer
  4. The Battle of Britain
  5. The Battle of Russia
  6. The Battle of China
  7. War Comes to America
16 of 53 min
13 of 40 min
? of 56 min
8 of 51 min
8 of 71 min
? of 62 min
8 of 64 min
(1942)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1944)
(1945)
Co-produced with Frank Capra.
The entire series can be found at Archive.org.
Know your Enemies
(for U.S. Army)
  1. Know Your Enemy: Japan
  2. Here is Germany
18 of 63 min
2 of 53 min
(1945)
(1945)
Co-produced with Frank Capra.
The entire series can be found at Archive.org.
Here is Germany was originally planned in 1943 under another name (Know Your Enemy: Germany) but was cancelled, then revised and completed in 1945 under its current title.
Know Your Enemy: Japan had three production numbers at Disney.
Know Your Ally: Britain did not feature animation from Disney but from rival studio Warner Brothers.
Orientation Series
(for U.S. Navy)
  1. Aircraft Welding
  2. The Equatorial Front
1 of ? min
12 of ? min
(1943)
(1944)
Co-produced with Frank Capra.
Aircraft Production Processes Series [Mooney Project]
(for U.S. Navy)
  1. Bending and Curving
  2. Blanking and Punching
  3. Forming Methods
  4. Aircraft Riveting
  5. Template Reproduction
  6. Heat Treating
  7. Mock-Up and Tooling [Aircraft Tooling]
  8. Lofting and Layouts
  9. (Unknown 9th title?)
37 of ? min
24 of ? min
40 of ? min
23 of ? min
18 of ? min
12 of ? min
19 of ? min
30 of ? min
? of ? min
(1942)
(1942)
(1942)
(1942)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(194?)
Richard Shale's book states there are nine films in this series, but only eight are listed.
Aerology Series
(for U.S. Navy)
  1. Icing Conditions
  2. Air Masses and Fronts
  3. The Cold Front
  4. Fog and now Ceiling Clods
  5. The Occluded Front
  6. Thunderstorms
  7. V.T.B. Pilot Training
  8. The Warm Front
  9. Flying the Weather Map, Pt. 1 & 2
  10. Flying the Weather Map, Pt. 3 & 4: The Howgozit Chart
  11. Weather for the Navigator
49 of ? min
25 of ? min
19 of ? min
24 of ? min
30 of ? min
39 of ? min
20 of ? min
20 of ? min
25 of ? min
? of 14 min
39 of ? min
(1942)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1944)
The films Flying the Weather Map (Part 1 and 2) and The Howgozit Chart (Part 3 and 4) together form a story arc.
Fixed Gunnery and Fighter Tactics [Jacksonville Project]
(for U.S. Navy)
  1. Use of the Illuminated in Gunnery Tactics
  2. Fundamental Fixed Gunnery Approaches
  3. Snoopers and How to Blast 'Em
  4. Attack Against Bomber Formations
  5. Offensive Tactics against Enemy Fighters
  6. Defensive Tactics against Enemy Fighters
  7. Fighter Escort
  8. Combat Air Patrol
  9. Conclusion and Summary
78 min (1943) The given runtime is of the series in whole rather than per individual film.


The series is also known as Fighter Pilot ace Thach's series
The 9th and 10th film in this series Snoopers and How to Blast 'Em and "Don't Kill Your Friends" contains no animation and has no Disney involvement.
Although the given running time is for the series as a whole, the running time of Offensive Tactics against Enemy Fighters is known to be 21 minutes.

U.S. Army Identification Series - WEFT (Wings, Engine, Flight Tails)
(for U.S. Army)
  1. B-25 Medium Bomber
  2. A-20B Douglas Medium Bomber
  3. A-24 Douglas Light Bomber
  4. B-17F Douglas Heavy Bomber
  5. B-24D Consolidated Heavy Bomber
  6. A-31 Northrop Light Bomber
  7. P-38E Lockheed Pursuit
  8. C-60A Lockheed Medium Transport
  9. C-54 Douglas Heavy Transport
  10. C-53 and C-47 Douglas Medium Transport
  11. A-28 Lockheed Light Bomber
101 min (1942) Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines.
U.S. Navy Identification - WEFT and Warships
(for U.S. Navy)
  1. PBY Catalina
  2. SBD Dauntless
  3. F4U Corsair
  4. F4F Wildcat
  5. PB2Y Coronado
  6. VBF Avenger
  7. F2A Brewster
  8. PBO Lockheed
  9. SB2A Brewster
  10. OS2U Kingfisher
  11. SB2U Vindicator
  12. (unknown title (part 12))
  13. (unknown title (part 13))
73 min (1942) Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines.
US Navy Identification 3-Point System Warships
(for US Navy)
  1. Cruiser (introductory)
  2. Wichita Class
  3. Astoria Class
  4. Portland Class
  5. Northampton Class
  6. Pensaeola Class
  7. Brooklyn Class
  8. Ohama Class
  9. Carriers (introductory)
  10. Yorktown Class
  11. Wasp Class
  12. Ranger Class
  13. Long Island Class
  14. Lexington Class
  15. Destroyers (introductory)
  16. Warrington
  17. Porter
  18. Mayo
  19. Sims
  20. Benham
  21. Blue
  22. Fanning
  23. McCall
  24. Farragut
  25. Four-Stacker
  26. Hutchins Class
  27. Fletcher Class
  28. Mahan Class
  29. Atlanta Class Carrier
  30. Cleveland Class
  31. Saratoga Class Carrier
  32. Eric Class Auxiliary
  33. Terror Class
  34. Curtis Class
  35. Prairie Fulton Class
  36. Holland Class
  37. Washington Class
135 min. (1943) The runtime only represents what Disney contributed to this series as a whole, not per individual title. Small fragments of this series can be found on Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines.
Beechcraft Maintenance and Repair
(Beech Aircraft Corp., U.S. Army)
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-11:Landing Gear
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-11:Wheels and Brakes
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-11:Flight and Controls
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-11:General Instructions
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-11:Engine Changes
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-10:Landing Gear
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-10:Wheels and Brakes
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-10:Flight and Controls
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-10:General Instructions
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-10:Engine Changes
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-7:Landing Gear
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-7:Wheels and Brakes
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-7:Flight and Controls
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-7:General Instructions
  • . Service, Inspection and Maintenance of the AT-7:Engine Changes
  • . Aircraft Wood Repair [Repairs of Wood Aircraft]: Small Scarf Patch and Doubler Patch
  • . Aircraft Wood Repair [Repairs of Wood Aircraft]:Stiffener Patch
  • . Aircraft Wood Repair [Repairs of Wood Aircraft]: Leading Edge Repairs
  • . Aircraft Wood Repair [Repairs of Wood Aircraft]: Bulkhead Repair
359 min. (1943) Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines.
Minneapolis Honeywell Project
(U.S. Army)
  • Theory of the C-1 Auto Pilot part 1:Basic Principles
  • Theory of the C-1 Auto Pilot part 1:Control System
  • Operation of the C-1 Auto Pilot:Setting up for Fight
  • Operation of the C-1 Auto Pilot:Setting up for Bombing
  • Maintenance and servicing of the C-1 Auto Pilot: Servo Motor
  • Maintenance and servicing of the C-1 Auto Pilot: Flight Gyro
  • Maintenance and servicing of the C-1 Auto Pilot: The Amplifier
  • Maintenance and servicing of the C-1 Auto Pilot: The Directional Stabilizer
  • Maintenance and servicing of the C-1 Auto Pilot: Ground Check and Trouble Shooting
  • Electronic Control system of the C-1 Auto Pilot:Basic Electricity as Applied to Electronic Control system
  • Electronic Control system of the C-1 Auto Pilot:Basic Electronics as Applied to Electronic Control system
121 min. (1943) Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines.
Rules of the Nautical Road
(for U.S. Navy)
  1. The Halifax Incident
  2. Introduction. Parts 1 and 2
  3. Lights, Running and Anchor
  4. City of Rome Incident
  5. Towing Lights
  6. Lights: Vessels Being Towed
  7. Special Lights
  8. Quiz on Lights and Day Signals
  9. Visual Day Signals
  10. Whistle Signals for Approaching Steam Vessels
  11. Meeting Steam Vessels
  12. The McCormick-Maru Incident (aka The McCormick-Yoshido Maru Incident)
  13. Meeting at Night
  14. Overtaking Situation
  15. The Varanger-Dora Weems Incident
  16. The Taurus-Gulf Trade Incident
  17. Overtaking at Night
  18. Crossing Steam Vessels
  19. The El Isleo-Eastern Glade Incident
  20. The Svea-Newport Incident
  21. Crossing at Night
  22. Rules in Fog. Parts 1 and 2
  23. Empress of Ireland-Storstad Incident
  24. Special Circumstances
  25. The Beaver-Selja Incident
  26. Special Steering and Sailing Rules
6 of 6 min
22 of 22 min.
 ? of 17 min.
 ? of 5 min.
 ? of 7 min.
 ? of 10 min.
 ? of 28 min.
 ? of 14 min.
 ? of 13 min.
 ? of 17 min.
? of 17 min.
 ? of 4 min.
 ? of 20 min.
? of 15 min
? of 5 min
? of 3 min
? of 15 min
? of 15 min
? of 5 min
5 of 5 min
 ? of 19 min.
 ? of 16 min.
 ? of 5 min
? of 14 min.
? of 5 min
 ? of 14 min.
(1942)
(1942)
(1942)
(1942)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
(1943)
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(1943)
Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines.
Glider Training
(U.S. Army)
  1. Structure and Aerodynamics
  2. Flying Operations
  3. Instruments
  4. Air Works
17 of 23 min (1943) The runtime represents this series as whole rather than per individual title.
The Mark 13-Modification I Aerial Torpedo (for U.S. Navy)
  1. Mechanical Operation
  2. Depth Control Mechanism
  3. War Head Attachment
  4. The Gyro Mechanism, Part 1
  5. The Gyro Mechanism, Part 2
  6. Gyroscopic Creep and Precession in Torpedoes
121 min. (1943) The runtime only represents what Disney contributed to this series as a whole, not per individual title.
*High Level Precision Bombing [Colonel Garland Project]
(for U.S. Army)
  1. The Bombing Computers
  2. Combat Bombing Procedures
61 min. (1943) The runtime only represents what Disney contributed to this series as a whole, not per individual title. The names given in Shale's book are incorrect.
Basic Maintenance of Primary Training Airplanes [Aeronca Project]
(U.S. Army, Aeronca Aircaraft Corp.)
  1. Preflight and Daily Inspections
  2. Landing Gear, Wheels and Brakes
  3. Propeller and Power Plant
  4. Light Controls and Control Surfaces
  5. Engine Change
112 min. (1943) The runtime only represents what Disney contributed to this series as a whole, not per individual title.
Carrier Rendezvous and Breakup
(U.S. Navy)
  1. Aircraft Rendezvous
  2. Aircraft Formation Brakeup
44 min. (1943) The runtime only represents what Disney contributed to this series as a whole, not per individual title.
Automotive Electricity for Military Vehicles
(U.S. Army) (1944)
  1. Principles of Automotive Electrical Circuits
  2. Principles of the Operation Generator
  3. Principles of the Starting Motor
  4. The Ignition Circuit
  5. Principles of Operation of the Generator Regulator
  6. Principles of Operation of the Automotive Magneto
 ? of 13 min
 ? of 13 min
 ? of 14 min
 ? of 11 min
 ? of 12 min
? of 14 min
(1944) The runtime of 13 minutes that Disney contributed cannot be attributed to each individual title. Principles of the Starting Motor can be found at archive.org.
Fundamentals of Artillery Weapons (for U.S. Army)
  1. Types and Components of Cannon
  2. 'Types and Components of Carriages
3? of 28 min
3? of 19 min
(1944) Shale's book only lists the Disney material combined, but it is likely both films contained animation.
Theory of Simplex and Phantom Circuits
(for U.S. Army)
  1. Balanced conditions
  2. Unbalanced conditions
 ? of 32 min (1944)
(1944)
The runtime in Shale's book seems to be of both films combined.
The complete series can be found atarchive.org.
Tuning Transmitters
(for U.S. Army)
  1. Setting Frequency
  2. Amplifier and Antenna Tuning'
 ? of 16 min
 ? of 20 min
(1944)
(1944)
Shale's book does not list these as a series and thus the runtime of the Disney animation is given as 20 min. in total.
Job
(for U.S. Army)
  1. Your Job in Germany
2 of 11 min (1944) Companion film to Our Job in Japan which had no Disney involvement but which was co-created by Frank Capra.
Your Job in Germany
Burma Campaign
(for U.S. Army)
  1. The Stilwell Road
8 of 50 min (1945) Burma Campaign was a series of three films but The Stilwell Road was the only film Disney contributed to. It can be found at Archive.org.
Basic Map Reading
(for U.S. Army)
  1. Conventional Signs
  2. Elevation, Distance and Grid
  3. Direction, Orientation, and Location With Compass
  4. Direction, Orientation, and Location Without a Compass
  5. Photos and Photomaps
 ? of 19 min
? of 27 in.
 ? of 34 min
? of 22 min
 ? of 22 min.
(1945)
(1945)
(1945)
(1945)
(1945)
The Disney material in these films totals 16 minutes but Shale's book does not say how that total distributes over the 5 films.

One-Shots

Film Title runtime Date Notes
Four Methods of Flush Riveting
(for NFB)
10 min 1942 Entirely animated but the film was not created with the aim to entertain, but demonstrate use of tools. It can be found on Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines.
Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
(for NFB)
21 min 1942 This film includes a comic animation segment which is also known as Stop that Tank! running 3 minutes. It can be found on Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines.
Aircraft Carrier Landing Signals
(for U.S. Navy)
15 of ? min 1942
Aircraft Carrier Mat Approaches and Landings
(for U.S. Navy)
14 of ? min 1942
Protection against Chemical Warfare
(for U.S. Navy)
9 of ? min 1942
Approaches and Landings
(for U.S. Navy)
17 of ? min 1942
The Aleutian Islands [A.D.C. Project]
(U.S. Army)
2 of 45 min 1943 This film may be the same as Report from the Aleutians
The Evasive Action
(U.S. Army)
2 of ? min 1943 This film is not in Shale's book but a short clip of it can be found on Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines. It includes both animation and live-action.
Ice formation on Aircraft
(for U.S. Army)
48 min 1943 This film is not in Shale's book, but an edited reissue print.
Air Transport Command
(U.S. Army)
10 of ? min. 1943
Aircraft Carrier Landing Qualifications
(U.S. Navy)
10 of ? min. 1943
British Torpedo Plane Tatics
(for U.S. Navy)
11 min. 1943 The film's total runtime is given rather than the Disney material alone. This film was originally supposed to be 17 minutes but was cut down for some reason.
Fast Company
(for U.S. Army)
1 of x min. 1943 This film was not released, but was co-produced with Frank Capra
Substitution and Conversion
(for U.S. Army)
20 of ? min. 1943 Project 6021
Carburetion, Basic Principles
(for U.S. Army)
12 of 27 min 1944
Battle of Cape Gloucester
(for U.S Army)
3 of 58 min. 1944 Also known as Attack! Battle of New Britain, which can be found online.
Howitzer, 105 mm M2A I and Carriage M2, Principles of Operation (U.S. Army) 6 of min? 1944
Operation and Maintenance of the Electronic Turbo Supercharger' (U.S. Army) 39 min 1944 Runtime of the film in whole rather than Disney's material.
Two Down and One to Go (U.S. Army) 1 of 9 min. 1944 Shale's book erroneously gives the runtime as 17 minutes. The film is shorter.
Attack in the Pacific (for O. W. I.) 15 of 52 min 1944
Air Brakes, Principles of operation
(for U.S. Army)
9 of 25 min. 1944 This film can be found at The Internet Archive but is a reissue print from 1967, as the runtime of the 1967 version is intact to the original 1944 version.
It's Your War, Too
(for U.S. Army)
1 of 9 min 1944
The Case of the Tremendous Trifle
(for U.S. Army)
2 of 20 min 1944
Electric Brakes Principles of Operation
(for U.S. Army)
2 of 13 min 1944
Ward Care of Psychotic Patients (U.S. Army) 29 of 41 min 1944
Dental Health
(for U.S. Army)
8 of 22 min 1945 Army number 8-2096.
On to Tokyo
(for U.S. Army)
7 of 17 min 1945

DVD releases

Some of these propaganda and training films can be found uncut and uncensored on

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