Archives of War - Three Volume Set [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Archives of War: Volume 3 - World War II - The Battles
This video is part three of a six-volume set of films that chronicles the story of the great wars of the 20th century, and the role that the United States played in them. This volume features some of the definitive battles of World War II, and the turning points they represented in the fight between the Axis and Allied Powers. The viewer goes, via live vintage newsreels, to the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of the war. One can witness the Battle of Britain, the success of the Allied forces at the Battle of Stalingrad, the campaign against Rommel's Afrika Corps, D-Day at Normandy, U.S. naval victories in the Pacific, and U.S. and Chinese forces training in India. Of interest also are the shots of women factory workers building bombs on the home front, and U.S. Army nurses in training, then wading ashore for service in the Pacific islands. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Archives of War: Volume 2 - World War II - The Leaders
This film is the second part in a six-part series on the history of American involvement in wars of the 20th century. Using only vintage newsreels for a touchstone, this installment focuses attention on the leaders of the various nations involved in World War II. There are clips of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Emperor Hirohito, the representatives of the Axis powers. The viewer also sees clips from speeches by Allied leaders Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Presented in its entirety, is Roosevelt's speech to the joint sessions of Congress regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor, "a date which will live in infamy." ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Archives of War: Volume 1 - World War I and the Interwar Years
This is part one of a six-part series that chronicles the history of the wars of the 20th century in which the United States has played a part. Most of the material is presented through vintage black-and-white newsreels, which add an air of immediacy to the information imparted. There is also a presentation of a silent film production from the 1920s, which shows the horrors of trench warfare. The Battle of Ypres is presented at length, and relates the story of the three horrific battles fought near the Belgian town of Ypres. The volume also covers the phenomenon of war neurosis, the rise of the Nazi party, the Spanish Civil War, and the Sino-Japanese War. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

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