World War Two Horrors Of War (Box Set) (Three Discs)

Release Date: 23 September 2004 | Certificate: Exempt
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Disc 1 - Kamikaze: Named after the "divine wind" which had twice intervened to prevent invasion by the armies of Kublai Kahn in the 13th Century, the Kamikaze pilots symbolised the extreme lengths the Japanese Imperial forces were prepared to go to when faced with defeat. Opposed by the might of the American fleet, rebuilt after the surprise attack at Pearl Harbour, the Imperial seal of approval was given to suicide air attacks on the enemy stalking them in the Pacific. Honoured for its purity, suicide was shrouded in ceremony and mysticism, capturing the Samurai spirit. It took several military forms when Japan withdrew from the League of Nations after occupying Manchuria in 1931. Ramming techniques were perfected alongside the development of human bombs, bullets and torpedoes, as the suicide tactics struck terror into the hearts of men trying to survive - by men wishing to die. It was the suicide pilots, dubbed ¿black edged cherry blossoms¿ who were the most feared in this savage arena. Captured within this rare archive footage is the nightmare chaos of the Pacific War, the air thick with tracer bullets and belching smoke as the sea foamed with devastating destruction. Although the Banzai tactics eventually led to mass suicide amongst the Japanese and the gradual depletion of men and machines resulted in defeat - the American navy had been forced into retreat by the horrific onslaught. They and the rest of the world had witnessed the Samurai mentality, where a whole nation, from the Emperor downwards was honoured to die for their cause.

Disc 2 - Gestapo Hitler's Secret Police: The very name of Hitler's secret police has become synonymous with the rule of terror that, under Heinrich Himmler, first maintained and then extended the Fuhrer's iron grip on Germany and its people. Waging relentless war on political dissidents, disaffected citizens and religious minorities alike, the Gestapo's tactics of torture, interrogation and summary execution bolstered Hitler's crumbling regime to the last and established a reputation for brutality and oppression that would endure long after the last Gestapo commandment met his fate at the gallows.

Disc 3 - Hitler's Secret Weapon: As the Second World War progressed, the race for scientific intelligence, secrecy and detection brought a new dimension to warfare. The pilot-less flying bomb, or V1, emerged as the first of Hitler's new weapons, and for a brief but terrifying period rained death and destruction on the south of England until the RAF and antiaircraft gunners learnt to counter the terrible ¿Doodlebug¿. With Allies closing in from the West and the Eastern Front crumbling, Hitler realised Germany was losing the war and his response was to give top priority to the V2. Hitler pinned his hopes on this early rocket, but the V2 had come too late, draining Germany's resources and ultimately failing to alter the course of Hitler's war. Against the background of the famous campaigns which led to his eventual defeat, this DVD shows spectacular archive footage of Hitler's secret armoury as it was being developed, tested and finally used in anger.

Release Date: 23 September 2004
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification

Region 0
Language English
Screen Format 4:3
Running Time 175 Mins Approx

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