Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Divide and Conquer was the third of Col. Frank Capra's government-ordained Why We Fight series. Using newsreel footage and animated maps, Capra delineates Hitler's strategy in overtaking Europe. We watch as the Nazis occupy Denmark and Norway, push back the British Army, and force France into a humiliating surrender. The film ends on a hopeful note, observing that while Hitler has all of Europe in his thrall, both Britain and the United States are still in the game. Designed primarily to enlighten military audiences, Divide and Conquer was also released to civilian theaters, and in recent years has become a mainstay of such cable services as A&E and the History Channel.
war, Nazism, conflict