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* RapePillageandBurn: The Japanese Imperial Army did this to the Chinese city of Nanking. Needless to say, it is meant to evoke disgust and hatred of the enemy.

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* RapePillageandBurn: The Japanese Imperial Army did this to the Chinese city then-capital of Nanking. Needless to say, it is meant to evoke disgust and hatred of the enemy.


* ''Film/PreludeToWar''



* ''Film/PreludeToWar''

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* ''Film/PreludeToWar''


** In the same vein, the Axis nation cried that their lands were overcrowded -- even as they awarded mothers for bearing vast numbers of children. They also howled about how they had no raw materials, that they were the have-nots and the democracies was the haves -- even as they were building the greatest war machines the world had ever known, with Nazi Germany in particular spending $80 billion(!!!) on rearmaments. Again, Huston describes this dramatically...
--->"The Nazis alone assembled a striking force of 30 panzer divisions, 70 motorized divisions, 140 infantry divisions, plus the Luftwaffe, the world's largest air force -- and they had no raw materials. Think of the bread, the automobiles, all the good things of life that the German, Italian and Japanese leaders might have given their people if they had spent this money for ''peace'' instead of war. You know what billions we are now spending to match their military force. No. No, these arguments were all smokescreens. When war came, the democracies proved to be the have-nots, and our enemies the haves."


-->''(on Austria)'' "The assertion that it is the intention of the German Reich to coerce the Austrian state is absurd."\\

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-->''(on --->''(on Austria)'' "The assertion that it is the intention of the German Reich to coerce the Austrian state is absurd."\\



--->''(on Denmark)'' "We have concluded a non-aggression pact with Denmark."\\

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--->''(on ---->''(on Denmark)'' "We have concluded a non-aggression pact with Denmark."\\



--> '''Hull''': I have never seen a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions, on a scale so huge that I never imagined that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them.

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--> ---> '''Hull''': I have never seen a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions, on a scale so huge that I never imagined that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them.


* BlatantLies: The Axis nations used these intentionally, as a preliminary step to conquest, propaganda designed to confuse, divide and soften up their victims and thus make them easier to attack when the time comes. This is visually represented by a radio tower, whose broadcast waves have the word "Lies" emanating out, while Walter Huston narrates dramatically ...

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* BlatantLies: The Axis nations used these intentionally, as a preliminary step to conquest, propaganda designed to confuse, divide and soften up their victims and thus make them easier to attack when the time comes. came. This is visually represented by a radio tower, whose broadcast waves have the word "Lies" emanating out, while Walter Huston narrates dramatically ...the process dramatically...
-->"Put them on the defensive! Scream you're abused! Shout you're oppressed! The world's wrong, you're right! If you shriek loud enough and often enough, they'll believe you. Above all, use their free press and their free speech to destroy them."
** In the same vein, the Axis nation cried that their lands were overcrowded -- even as they awarded mothers for bearing vast numbers of children. They also howled about how they had no raw materials, that they were the have-nots and the democracies was the haves -- even as they were building the greatest war machines the world had ever known, with Nazi Germany in particular spending $80 billion(!!!) on rearmaments. Again, Huston describes this dramatically...
--->"The Nazis alone assembled a striking force of 30 panzer divisions, 70 motorized divisions, 140 infantry divisions, plus the Luftwaffe, the world's largest air force -- and they had no raw materials. Think of the bread, the automobiles, all the good things of life that the German, Italian and Japanese leaders might have given their people if they had spent this money for ''peace'' instead of war. You know what billions we are now spending to match their military force. No. No, these arguments were all smokescreens. When war came, the democracies proved to be the have-nots, and our enemies the haves."



** In ''War Comes to America'', a Japanese delegation hands American Secretary of State Hull a document accusing the United States of a litany of aggressions against Germany, Japan, and Italy. Hull recalls how he skimmed the document and called the Japanese delegation out on this trope:
--> '''Cordell Hull''': I have never seen a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions, on a scale so huge that I never imagined that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them.

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** In ''War Comes to America'', at the very moment Pearl Harbor was being attacked, a Japanese delegation hands American Secretary of State Hull a document accusing the United States of a litany of aggressions against Germany, Japan, and Italy.Italy, and ordered the country to desist. Hull recalls how he skimmed the document and called the Japanese delegation out on this trope:
--> '''Cordell Hull''': '''Hull''': I have never seen a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions, on a scale so huge that I never imagined that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them.

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* DatedHistory:
** The Tanaka Memorial was widely believed to be real in the 30s and 40s, and the films portray it as such, but it is now commonly believed to be a forgery. On the other hand, Japan did basically follow its scheme.
** Admiral Yamamoto's claim that Japan would dictate peace to the US in the White House was seen as a jingoistic boast in the US (and the admiral is misquoted to that effect), but we now know Yamamoto was actually warning against starting a war with the United States, because the US would never be willing to make peace unless terms were dictated to them in the White House (i.e. unless they were totally conquered, which everyone in Japan knew was completely beyond Japanese capabilities.).


* BewareTheSillyOnes: In ''Prelude to War'', the narrator warns that while the militaristic displays and bombastic rhetoric of the Axis powers may seem ridiculous, their intents are deadly serious.



* BlatantLies: The Axis nations used these intentionally, as a preliminary step to conquest, propaganda designed to confuse, divide and soften up their victims and thus make them easier to attack when the time comes. This is visually represented by a radio tower, whose broadcast waves have the word "Lies" emanating out, while, as seen in ''Prelude to War'', Walter Huston narrates dramatically ...
-->"Put them on the defensive! Scream you're abused! Shout you're oppressed! The world is wrong, you are right! If you shriek it loud enough and often enough, they'll believe you. Above all, use their free press and free speech to destroy them."
** Also in ''Prelude to War'': After the Lytton Report, which condemned the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, Japanese delegate Matsuoka's statement to the League of Nations is shown.
--> '''Yosuke Matsuoka''': It is a matter of common knowledge that Japan's policy is fundamentally inspired by a genuine desire to guarantee peace in the Far East and to contribute to the maintenance of peace throughout the world.

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* BlatantLies: The Axis nations used these intentionally, as a preliminary step to conquest, propaganda designed to confuse, divide and soften up their victims and thus make them easier to attack when the time comes. This is visually represented by a radio tower, whose broadcast waves have the word "Lies" emanating out, while, as seen in ''Prelude to War'', while Walter Huston narrates dramatically ...
-->"Put them on the defensive! Scream you're abused! Shout you're oppressed! The world is wrong, you are right! If you shriek it loud enough and often enough, they'll believe you. Above all, use their free press and free speech to destroy them."
** Also in ''Prelude to War'': After the Lytton Report, which condemned the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, Japanese delegate Matsuoka's statement to the League of Nations is shown.
--> '''Yosuke Matsuoka''': It is a matter of common knowledge that Japan's policy is fundamentally inspired by a genuine desire to guarantee peace in the Far East and to contribute to the maintenance of peace throughout the world.
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* BookBurning: A RealLife Nazi book burning is shown in "Prelude to War".
* CassandraTruth: In ''Prelude to War'', Italy invades Ethiopia in the years before World War II. Haile Selassie, the Emperor of Ethiopia, gives a speech to the League of Nations saying that if they do not stop the aggression now, the West will perish. As the film notes, the League of Nations is unwilling to listen to Selassie and use force to stop Italy, just as it hadn't intervened in Manchuria, allowing World War II to happen.



* RuleOfThree: "They say trouble always comes in threes", says Walter Huston in "Prelude to War", as the film shows pictures of Hitler, Hirohito, and Mussolini.



* TakeOverTheWorld: An animation in ''Prelude to War'' shows the world divided into a half controlled by Japan, and a half controlled by Nazi Germany, and posits that this is the Axis' overall plan.



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* ''Film/PreludeToWar''


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* ''Film/TheBattleOfRussia''

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* EmpathyDollShot: A broken doll is shown on a windowsill during "The Battle of Russia". Followed up by an actual dead child.
* EnemyMine: The United States and the USSR in real life, of course, but especially noticeable in ''The Battle of Russia'', where the USSR's struggle against Germany is glowingly endorsed.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A couple of shots of weeping teenaged girls, whom Huston describes as "young girls...young no longer", is how "The Battle of Russia" gets across to viewers that the German soldiers were raping young Russian girls as they invaded in 1941.
* HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection: ''The Battle of Russia'' shows the determination and strength of the Soviet Union, America's loyal ally. Not at all indicative of the coming Cold War, the C-word isn't dropped once.



* ThatRussianSquatDance: Seen, naturally, during "The Battle of Russia", during the part of the montage depicting life in Ukraine.



* WarriorPrince: ''The battle of Russia'' starts out by listing off historic instances of Russia fighting off foreign invaders. This list starts with Alexander Nevsky defeating The Teutonic Knights at The Battle on the Ice.

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Not to be confused with Euegene Jarecki's 2015 documentary feature about the US military-industrial complex.


-->"Put them on the defensive! Scream your abused! Shout your oppressed! The world is wrong, you are right! If you shriek it loud enough and often enough, they'll believe you. Above all, use their free press and free speech to destroy them."

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-->"Put them on the defensive! Scream your you're abused! Shout your you're oppressed! The world is wrong, you are right! If you shriek it loud enough and often enough, they'll believe you. Above all, use their free press and free speech to destroy them."


* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The basic set-up of ''Divide and Conquer''. In the opening of the film, Hitler is said to have made promises of peace or non-aggression pacts with various countries. As each is invaded by Germany, the audience is reminded of the promises Hitler had made mere months earlier, along with a message that the peoples of the attacked countries "will not forget."

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The basic set-up of ''Divide and Conquer''. In the opening of the film, Hitler is said to have made promises of peace or non-aggression pacts with various countries. As each is invaded by Germany, the audience is reminded of the promises Hitler had made mere months earlier, along with a message and that the peoples of the attacked invaded countries "will not forget."


''(on Czechoslovakia)'' "I have no further interest in the Czecho-Slovakian State, that is guaranteed. We want no Czechs."\\

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''(on Czechoslovakia)'' Czechoslovakia, after annexing the Sudetenland area)'' "I have no further interest in the Czecho-Slovakian State, that is guaranteed. We want no Czechs."\\


-->"Put them on the defensive! Scream your abused! Shout your oppressed! The world is wrong, you're right! If you shriek it loud enough and often enough, they'll believe you. Above all, use their free press and free speech to destroy them."

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-->"Put them on the defensive! Scream your abused! Shout your oppressed! The world is wrong, you're you are right! If you shriek it loud enough and often enough, they'll believe you. Above all, use their free press and free speech to destroy them."



*** In ''Divide and Conquer'', the same thing happens with Scandinavia and the Low Countries...

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*** In ''Divide and Conquer'', the same thing happens with Scandinavia and the Low Countries...Countries (and is preceded by a statement from Joseph Goebbels that stated Germany didn't want a war at all; it was Britain and France who caused all the trouble)...

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