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The True Glory(1945)

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The film's title card reads: "The Governments of Great Britain and the United States of America present The True Glory." According to the New York Times review, this film was "conceived by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as the full film record of the European war." Although all contemporary reviews mention a spoken introduction by Eisenhower, the viewed print and the print in NARS do not include this introduction. According to the Time review, of the 1,400 cameramen who shot footage for the film, thirty-two were killed, sixteen were declared missing and 101 were wounded. The film ends with these lines from the prayer offered by Sir Francis Drake before he went out to fight the Spanish Armada: "O Lord God, who now givest to Thy servants to endeavor in a great matter. Grant to us also to know that it is not the beginning but the continuing of the same until it is thoroughly finished which yieldeth the true glory." The film won an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.