History Specials, World War II CollectionClosed Captioning
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HISTORY surveys the unpredictability, fear, horror and heroism of the greatest war of the 20th century in this comprehensive collection. Five programs detail the epic battle, from stunning aerial missions 30,000 feet in the air, to one of the most complex regimes of recent history, the Nazis, and the three Russian brothers who helped 1,200 men, women and children escape them, as well as the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines whose courage, quick thinking and sacrifice helped pave the way to Allied victory.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoWWII: The Air War||The untold story of the American 8th Air Force's bloody battle to defeat the German Luftwaffe in the months leading up to D-Day. Told through the gripping, first person accounts of three American airmen and Stars & Stripes reporter Andy Rooney, this special showcases breathtaking aerial combat--original, color footage, never before seen by most Americans--of the B-17s Flying Fortresses, P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs on missions such as Regensburg, Schweinfurt and Berlin. Never-before-seen 8mm footage of the airmen on the bases, the devastation in Germany, and the Luftwaffe perspective is also highlighted. Flying 25,000 feet above the earth in oxygen-devoid air, and temperatures as low as 50 below zero, the 8th Air Force fought a war unlike anything ever before experienced. By the end, they would suffer more than 26,000 combat deaths--more than the US Marines lost in all of World War II. Narrated by Emmy® nominated actor, Rob Lowe.||1:27:07||$3.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoThird Reich: The Rise||A unique perspective on the rise of Nazi Germany and how millions of people were so vulnerable to fascism, told through rare and never-before-seen amateur films shot by the Germans who were there.||1:27:15||$3.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoThird Reich: Third Fall||How did the Germans experience the Allied victory in WWII? Rarely-and never-before-seen amateur films recount the catastrophic downfall of the Third Reich through the eyes of the people who lived it: the Germans themselves.||1:27:16||$3.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoUnsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor||America's myth makers don't like to look into defeats for their heroes. The disaster at Pearl Harbor was such a national humiliation that its chroniclers didn't care to remind the home front of its dead and ravaged. And never mind how hard and how well many of them had fought back, mostly unseen and unhonored. This program repays a debt long outstanding. The special shows that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was so overwhelming in its surprise and force that almost every United States soldier, sailor or Marine that rallied himself to resist it made himself part of a doomed and heroic last stand. It describes how badly these unsung heroes were let down by luck, fate and bureaucracy, shining even brighter light on their valor. The gripping special takes the viewer to the actual locations where unsung heroes fought and died, with live blow-by-blow accounts of the tragedy. The viewer visits the ambushed airfields where a whole air force died on the ground, the string of mooring quays still in place holding the ghosts of sunken battleships, the greatest of the American memorials above the annihilated Arizona ... and the forgotten memorial where the Utah and her crew died with honor. The thundering details of the doomed and epic run for the sea of the Nevada, and the horrific entombment and rescue of sailors in the capsized Oklahoma come out of the mouths of the men who lived that terrible day.||44:21||$3.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Bielski Brothers||During the darkest hours of World War II, three Russian brothers achieved the impossible: they transformed persecution and violence into an incredible tale of affirmation and survival. While living in the Soviet Republic of Belorussia, brothers Tuvia, Asael and Zus Bielski fled to the woods to escape the Nazis. There they built an elaborate village for rescued Jews, a forest safe haven that included a bakery, communal bath, synagogue, and even a theater company. Although they mounted guerrilla attacks against the enemy, their priority was saving their people, often stating that they'd rather save one old Jewish woman than kill ten Nazis. The Bielskis saved 1,200 men, women, and children easily the largest rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II but until now their story has gone largely untold. HISTORY unveils in The Bielski Brothers this amazing tale of Jewish resistance and through interviews with Bielski Brigade survivors in the United States, Israel, and Great Britain, recognizes three of the greatest heroes of the Holocaust.||45:10||$3.99||View in iTunes|
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I enjoyed this series tremendously. I hope History Specials has several follow ups. This was actual footage that is the undisputed teacher showing exactly what this great nation called The United States of America requires to keep our people safe, free, caring and generous. Someone said in our history books, quote, Freedom Is Not Free, unquote, all Americans must be willing to fight and sadly die to keep America the greatest nation in the Universe as she is, Free and with Liberty. Our USA Constitution I believe was written with the guidence and helping hand of God. If you like none altered stories of WWII you will love these episodes. Some parts of the footage show disturbing scenes, be cautous with the little ones being exposed to the death parts of the video.
Thank you History Specials,
The Third Reich episodes were tasteless
and I regret spending money on them. Take perfectly good historical footage, and ruin it with "edgy cuts", totally unnecessary foley/melodramatic narration, and Silent Hill filters. Any one of those would've been bad enough, but tolerable. All three, though? Really? Wow.
Pretty great in my opinion….
I love the Third Reich Rise/Fall episodes the most. So much in fact that I downloaded the episodes free on YouTube…get it? They are interesting and informative, but occasionally a little too melodramatic.
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- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: Nov 07, 2011
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