BOOTLEG FILES 748: “The Battle of China” (1944 documentary in the “Why We Fight” series).
LAST SEEN: On YouTube.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: On public domain labels.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: It never had a copyright, so anyone can make a crummy dupe.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Condemned to public domain hell.
In 1942, the U.S. government commissioned Oscar-winning filmmaker Frank Capra to create a series of films that would explain the nation’s involvement and goals for World War II to both the American public and the servicemembers being sent into battle. The “Why We Fight” films became a seven-part series that primarily focused on the threats that Nazi Germany posed to the U.S. and to its British and Soviet allies.