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.
ATTACK! THE BATTLE FOR NEW BRITAIN
Preparing an aggressive three-tiered mission to recoup Japanese-occupied New Britain, U.S. soldiers join Allied forces in a calculated assault after enduring a punishing training period. The attack is arduous, bloody, and laden with casualties, but it is an important victory for the Allies.
Consisting entirely of authentic WWII footage, Frank Capra's Attack! Battle for New Britain gives you an inside look at the preparations, the battle, and the everyday heroes who bravely fought to free New Britain from the Japanese.
COMBAT AMERICA WWII
Narrated by film legend Clark Gable, this fascinating WWII documentary draws upon genuine archival footage, historical photographs, personal memoirs, and insightful expert interviews to recount the dangerous but necessary European and South Pacific missions. These are the tragic and triumphant stories of the Allied soldiers who fought on the front lines and the airmen whose battles unfolded in a largely untested battleground: wide-open sky.
HERE IS GERMANY
An unprecedented WWII documentary, Here Is Germany takes its focus off Allied forces and turns its attention to Germany—a beautiful country populated by a hard-working and prosperous people. From Friedrich the Great to Adolph Hitler, Germany's political figures, government, military, and war history are thoughtfully examined.
PRIVATE SNAFU (11 WAR CARTOONS)
Created and directed by Frank Capra, largely written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, voiced by Mel Blanc (of Bugs Bunny fame), and sketched by legendary cartoonists like Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, Warner Bros.' Private Snafu made its animated debut in 1943 as an entertaining way to educate Allied soldiers about what not to do in times of war.
Loaded with satire, slap-stick humor, and 1940's risqué, Private Snafu was ahead of its time, and today, the series is a valuable reflection of the period and of wartime propaganda.