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DATE: 1945

LENGTH: 15 min.

Educational & Instructional, Sound, Black & White

DIRECTOR: Uncredited

PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: Army Pictorial Service Signal Corps


Publicizes the discovery during World War II of DDT, the first effective industrially-produced insecticide. The film profiles the U.S. military’s use of the chemical against disease-carrying lice, mosquitoes, and flies. DDT was regarded as a revolutionary discovery that would not only help the allies win the war against “the fascists,” but also a larger “war against disease.”

Supplementary Materials

Stills from DDT: Weapon Against Disease

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