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War Classics Volume 15: Air Force Stories

Documentary, War
War Classics Volume 15: Air Force Stories
0-96009-40399-7
Synopsis
A global conflict lasting from 1939-1945, World War II was the greatest and most destructive war in history. Massive battles took place in Europe, Asia, Africa, and even the far-flung islands of the Pacific. More than 17 million military men of various warring nations perished during the conflict, and approximately 57 million civilians died as war casualties or were murdered in acts of genocide, such as occurred in Nazi death camps.

In the end, WWII had strained the financial resources of major nations so much so, they teetered on the brink of collapse. As the dust settled, these nations began the arduous process of rebuilding and starting anew—the memory of hard-fought battles and lives lost never to be forgotten.

AIR FORCE STORIES
The United States Air Force has been known by several names, from being called the Aviation Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1912, through four name changes, and finally to the United States Air Force in 1947. No matter what it's been called though, it has been a boon for military strategy and power since it was first used in warfare. This series of short movies begins at "The Beginning," the Air Force's earliest days, when flight was experimental and gliders were the norm. In 1908, the Wright brothers agreed to help. By World War I, heroic flyers such as Captain Eddie Rickenbacker of the Air Service aided in supporting the efforts of the U. S. Army, particularly in France. By the time World War II began in 1939, the Air Force had perfected air-to-air refueling and had designed planes specifically for fighting and military transport. Soon it gained an equal footing with the Army and Navy. It joined the spectacular battles between the Allies and the Axis, daring even daylight bombings. Watch the historical footage as planes make devastating raids on Ploesti and other important sites, and help to bring victory in Europe. Follow the fly-boys to the Asian Theatre and the end of the war. Finally, see Truman create "A New Air Force" in 1947.

THE BEGINNING, 1898–1930
AFTER THE WAR, 1918–1923
STRUGGLE FOR RECOGNITION, 1923–1930
THE AIR WAR STARTS, 1939–DEC. 7, 1941
DRAWING THE BATTLELINES
THE AAF FIGHTS BACK, APRIL–JULY 1942
THE TIDE TURNS, JUNE–DEC. 1942
NORTH AFRICA, NOV. 1942–MAY 1943
GLOBAL OPERATIONS, 1943
EXPANDING AIR POWER, JUNE 1943
SCHWEINFURT AND REGENSBURG, AUG. 17, 1943
TWO YEARS OF WAR
MAXIMUM EFFORT, OCT. 9, 1943
ROAD TO ROME, SEPT. 1943–JUNE 1944
PRELUDE TO INVASION, JAN.–JUNE 1944
PLOESTI, MAR.–AUG. 1944
SUPERFORT, AUG. 1943–JUNE 1944
VICTORY IN EUROPE, JUNE 1944–MAY 1945
RETREAT AND ADVANCE, JUNE 1944–MAR. 1945
AIR WAR AGAINST JAPAN, OCT. 1944–AUG. 1945
A NEW AIR FORCE, 1945–1947

Not Rated - Violence / Available in Canada
Special Feature(s)
  • Digitally Remastered