1942. We have the privilege of showing you the war as it looked to LBJ during his Australian trip. He shot some or most of this film—he is in a few of the scenes—and it includes aerial views from the cockpit of a plane, flight crews scrambling to get in the air, soldiers and civilians at camp, wounded in the hospital, and, finally, an informal review of the men. The film is silent, and quite dark in places, but rarely do you get to see history with this level of intimacy.
Adding to the story of this extraordinary film is that, according to Robert Caro, LBJ lost the camera itself and some of his film when the plane he was supposed to have been on was shot down over Lae, New Guinea.
Lady Bird Johnson’s Home Movie #7: Australia 1942. Public domain.
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