HOT BLAST: Finding old videos of Fort (and Camp) McClellan
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If you're a history nerd, as I am, then you'll understand why finding a possible treasure trove of nearly 100-year-old video clips of Fort McClellan may be a big deal.

A few days ago while searching for something on the Web, I came across several videos related to Fort McClellan, which closed in 1999. One of them is an interesting piece on the WAC center that opened at the Army post in the 1950s. The other is on chemical warfare training at McClellan.

The real find, however, may be two World War I-era videos that purport to include sound-less footage of U.S. doughboys training for the Great War. From what I can tell, and from what a few people have told me, the videos do include lots of footage of McClellan back when it was Camp, not Fort, McClellan. (The descriptions mention McClellan, but just because something on YouTube says it's true doesn't make it so. Be wary.) Here's the first one. And here's the second one.

If this is indeed World War I-era video of McClellan (the base opened in 1917 after several years as a National Guard site) then it is the earliest McClellan video I've ever seen and dates back to the post's origins. It's quite a find. If you know anything about these videos -- or know of others -- drop me a note at

-- Phillip Tutor
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