Infocus: World War II - Turning Points [3 Discs] [DVD]

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ABC News: Lifting the Fog - The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
In 1945, the United States ushered in a new era of warfare when, near the close of World War II, they dropped atomic weapons on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At the time, some questioned the wisdom and the necessity of such a drastic act, and nearly sixty years later historians and military scholars continue to debate this issue. Lifting The Fog -- The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a documentary (produced by the staff of ABC News) in which experts on World War II and nuclear physics weigh in with their opinions on this issue, alongside re-enactments of the meetings between president Harry S. Truman and his advisors which led to the fateful decision, based on Truman's own notes. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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 4 - The Cold War
This volume of the six-part series covering the history of wars of the 20th century focuses attention on the development of the Cold War. The longest war of the 20th century, this battle of ideologies features the fear-based standoff between the world superpowers, the U.S.S.R., and the United States. Each country was engaged in an effort to extend its sphere of influence, with the Communist model of the Soviet State versus the American version of democracy. Using live newsreel footage to tell the story, the film shows clips of some of the momentous events of the era. These include the Communist takeover of China, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the "red scare" in America, including the McCarthy hearings and fallout shelter drills. ~ 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

Allies at War
The leadership and military expertise of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles De Gaulle proved invaluable to the Allied cause during World War II, but while these three men were fighting for the same side, the relationship between them was not always cheery. De Gaulle admired Churchill, but didn't get along with him especially well, while both Churchill and Roosevelt had a passionate dislike of De Gaulle. Allies at War is a documentary which examines the often strained relationships between these three men, and how they were able to set aside their differences for the good of humanity. Allies at War is narrated by Brian Dennehy. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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