Film of the Month


Twin Tunnels

Korea: Twin Tunnels

Published on: June 7, 2019

The end of the Second World War resulted in the dismantling of the Japanese Empire. As a territory of that empire, Korea witnessed the arrival of American and Soviet troops. The eventual deterioration of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union wrecked the planned emergence of a unified Korea. Instead, two separate nations emerged—placing the opposing governments on a trajectory towards conflict.

Following the North Korean invasion of South Korea, United States Army and United Nations forces helped the Republic of Korea fight for its existence. Under the U.S. Eighth Army, allied forces repulsed the North Korean invasion in June of 1950. After advancing deep into North Korea, the forces allied with South Korea withdrew in wake of Chinese intervention in late-1950. Under the command of General Matthew B. Ridgway, allied forces attempted to regain the offensive—resulting in the battle at the Twin Tunnels.

New Films


The Decision for Torch

Published on: March 25, 2022


On 8 November, 1942, US and UK forces began landing troops in Western North Africa. Known as Operation Torch, this was the first major combined operation conducted by these two allies. It marked the beginning of a series of amphibious landings that would eventually culminate in a return to continental Europe with Operation Overlord in 1944.

“The Decision for Torch” is a short film that begins with the overwhelming challenges the allies faced as they joined forces in 1942. It then highlights the events and decision points that lead them to decide to land in North Africa that year. This film supports the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations of the US Army Command and General Staff College.

General Cota: A Commanders Visualization

Published on: February 25, 2022


“General Cota: A Commanders Visualization” is a short film highlighting General Norman “Dutch” Cota’s rise to division command. It offers a short biography on General Cota’s life before embracing his experience in amphibious operations amidst the Second World War. The film builds to the precarious situation at the Hurtgen Forest, and ends just prior to the defeat of the 28th Infantry Division. “General Cota: A Commanders Visualization” was created to support the Department of Command and Leadership at the US Army Command and General Staff College.



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The Citizen Soldier

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The First Forty Days in Korea

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The Turning of the Tide

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The United Nations Offensive

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Chinese Reds Enter the Korean War

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Chinese Reds Enter the Korean War

Mission Statements


The Army University Press Films Team creates documentary films designed to teach current U.S. Army doctrine using historical case studies. By integrating archival film and historical photographs into the film, along with virtual terrain, visual graphics, and animated maps the films are both educational and entertaining. The AUP documentaries make doctrine more accessible, understandable, and enjoyable for professional development at all levels. AUP Films works in conjunction with the Combined Arms Center, Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, Army University, Army Centers of Excellence, and other Professional Military Education programs to select relevant doctrine and historical topics as the basis for its documentary films.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


1. Due to COVID-19 archival research is limited, which caused the Films Team to coordinate with those whom already had the textual and visual materials necessary for the production of our films.

2. The members of the Films Team work with the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, appropriate Army Centers of Excellence, and Army University in order to determine what doctrine will be highlighted in a film.  A historical battle, operation, or campaign is then selected as the lens through which the doctrine is viewed.  Our goal is to make films that are both educational and entertaining.   

3. The stills and motion pictures used in our films come from archives, libraries, museums, collections, and personal donations.  AUP Films acquires these resources through archival research trips and from digital collections.  We often collaborate with the National Archives, Presidential Libraries, the US Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, and the Combined Arms Research Library at Ft. Leavenworth. Additionally, we use personal images and film when granted permission by the owner.

4. We are currently researching topics ranging from the American War for Independence to the Global War on Terror.  We are working on films discussing the battle for Okinawa, operations in the Burma during World War II, the lead-up to Operation Torch, and a series of films highlighting battles memorialized by the streamers attached to the U.S. Army Flag. The first film of this series will be on the battles at Saratoga during the Revolutionary War.