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The Fighting Lady/Carrier Ops DVD Air Reconnaissance, Combat Counter- Intelligence, Camouflage & Espionage in World War 2 Advanced Flight Training with the North American AT-6,SNJ DVD
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Color photo of Navy pilots scrambling to their planes on the deck of The Fighting Lady aircraft carrier during World War 2. Scenes from Air Reconnaissance, Combat Counter- Intelligence, Camouflage & Espionage in World War 2 Color photo of a North American AT-6 SNJ Texan Advanced training airplane.
* The Fighting Lady New color print from archival footage The Fighting Lady follows the fictional career of an Essex Class aircraft carrier from the Marcus Islands through the "Mariana's Turkey Shoot" and much more. All of the footage is real. A true classic.
* Flight Deck Crews: Landing & Re-Spotting Aircraft
* Flight Deck Crews: Catapulting from an Aircraft Carrier
These two unique films offer a rare look (in color) at how US Navy carrier flight deck crews were trained to quickly land, park, fuel & re-arm incoming and relaunch aircraft.
* 76 page F4F/FM2 Wildcat pilot's manual in.pdf file format with photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more

Air Reconnaissance, Combat Counter- Intelligence, Camouflage & Espionage in World War 2
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Air Reconnaissance and Observation: Roles, Capabilities and Limitations Airborne intelligence gathering was an essential aid to land and sea combat operations in World War 2 This film was produced by the Army Signal Corps as an introduction for Airborne Observers, including visual reporting, photographic and artillery spotting. Their activities are shown in detail. Skills that had to be developed included navigation, map orientation, radio communications, target identification, photography and gunnery.

Combat Counter-Intelligence Narrated by Hollywood legend Lloyd BridgesThis film opens with a 1940s version of “Spygate.” A scout surreptitiously films from the stands a quarterback's little “tells” that give away the play he is about to run. The scout's team, who is an underdog, uses this intelligence to win their next game against him. The lesson for World War 2 Servicemen: “We must avoid “giveaways!'” The film then segues to a series of engrossing dramatized examples of US infantrymen in both World Wars doing just that.

Camouflage (This film is a treasure. It's one of the best examples of the theory and practice of the art of camouflaging military targets from air observation & attack that you'll find anywhere, presented in a highly entertaining Disney style full color animation supplemented by live action film. Hosted by “Yehudi the Chameleon,” the action is centered around a P-39 Airacobra base in the Pacific and is chocked full of useful information & “how-tos.”

Private SNAFU: Spies! If bumbling Private SNAFU sounds like Bugs Bunny in this entertaining short, it's because it's the legendary voice of Mel Blanc, who did Bugs and many other cartoon characters. The inept Private SNAFU appeared in a series of cartoons showing G.I.s what NOT to do in a variety of situations – in this case, keeping military secrets.

Sucker Bait “Loose lips sick ships,” was a warning seen everywhere during World War 2 in America. In this highly dramatic film, starring Richard Carlson with Donna Reed, Barry Nelson and Esther Williams, unfortunately that comes true. The framework of the film is a lecture to a freshman class for spies in Germany who will soon be sent to the USA. As the cynical, sardonic instructor says, “Here is an incident to illustrate how our enemies talk, think and are criminally careless.” The mission in the case study is to discover convoy sailing times & routes so U-Boats can sink them.

Don't Talk! ) his film was part of MGMs “Crime Does Not Pay'” series showing FBI agents at work. In this case, the G-Men are called in to investigate an explosion at an important defense plant. You'll see them use then state of the art photographic, forensic and chemical analysis to hunt down the perpetrators, in this case a German espionage ring centered around intelligence gathered by Beulah, a waitress in “The Elite Cafe,” where plant workers congregate.

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The Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit (1944,B&W, 21:00) One of the most common questions I've been asked about the World War 2 aviation training films like the ones on this DVD is ”Who made these?” The answer is the subject this fascinating report, “The Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit.” A massive Hollywood studio in Culver City California was turned over solely for producing these training and information films, staffed by experienced men & women enlisted into the Army from all the trades necessary to produce a top flight motion picture. You'll see writers, actors directors, editors, set designers, props, sound technicians, carpenters, sculptors, wardrobe designers & tailors, cartoon animators, special effects wizards, air & ground cinematographers, a motor pool for on location shooting trips, miniature model production, a full orchestra and more, going about their highly specialized tasks.

Nine Advanced Flight Training films featuring the AT6/SNJ
Preflight Walk Around * Takeoffs, Approaches & Landings * Small Fields * Cross Winds * Emergencies * Wingovers & Chandelles * Wingover Rolls * Barrel Rolls * Formation Flying A great overview for any pilot in training! Probably the most produced "Advanced Trainer" in history, used by both the US Air Corps (AT-6) and the Navy (SNJ) and by many other nations as the Harvard.
And a 44 page AT6/SNJ/Harvard pilots manual in .pdf file formatwith photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
P-51 Mustangs Go To War DVD The US Army Air Force in World War 2: Behind the Scenes V`1 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress DVD w Free Memphis Belle DVD
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World War 2 photos of North American P-51D Mustangs. Pictures from the US Army Air Force in World War 2 Behind the Scenes Volume 1 Photo of a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress heavy bomber on the runway in World War 2.
P-51 Mustangs Go to War DVD
* Flight Characteristics of the North American P-51 "Mustang"
Learn how to fly"the Cadillac of the Sky," widely considered the best all around piston engined fighter of WW 2.
* The 354th Fighter Group "Mustang Pioneers" Color Scrapbook Rare color film footage of the legendary 354 Fighter Group, with over 700 Kills, the highest scoring American unit in Europe. You'll see great aces like Eagleston and Carr at work and at play. Amazing color gun camera film!
* Fight for the Sky 8th Air Force fighters strike deep into Germany -- exciting air to air and air-to-ground gun camera footage!
* A Day with the A-36s Rare color film of an A-36 (P-51 ground attack version) squadron in action in Sicily. Incredible cockpit combat views of dive bombing plus captured He 111s, FW-190s, Ju 88s, and a Macchi 202 "Folgore."
* Air Attacks Against Italy More exciting "from the cockpit" views of A-36 bombing and strafing attacks near Rome in 1944. Nonstop action!
* Luftwaffe Finis Color Newly discovered color footage of top Luftwaffe leaders and pilots taken as they fell into Allied hands. Startlingly realistic color film of Herman Goering, Adolf Galland, Hans Ulrich Rudel and many more. Captured Me 262. FW 190, more.
* 130 page North American P-51D's pilot's manual

The US Army Air Force in World War 2: Behind the Scenes Volume 1

Four exciting films with two hours of digitally restored sound & video in excellent condition!

* Photographic Intelligence for Bombardment Aviation Top secret & never shown to the public, this picture is an amazing time capsule from World War 2. Starring screen legend Alan Ladd (Shane, This Gun for Hire) it's like a real life detective story, seen only by Air Intelligence trainees. “Smitty,” an American Captain in photo analysis stationed in a misty Scottish castle, becomes obsessed with a photo recon picture taken over Hamburg, Germany, that has anomalies he just can't explain. The story of how he solves this riddle using persistence, insight and World War 2 High Tech (including “Stereo Vision”) is a fascinating tale.

* Ditch and Live in a B-17 Produced for the eyes of Allied aircrews only. Ditching was a fact of life for stricken aircraft, from the frozen white tops of the North Sea to the Shark infested waters of the South Pacific. "Lt. Reynolds.” played by veteran actor Arthur Kennedy (Lawrence of Arabia), is copilot on a B-17 that ditches at sea. He's survives by pure luck, but the rest of the crew is lost due to a lack of preparation. When he gets his own ship, Reynolds vows that his crew will thoroughly trained in B-17 ditching.

* Learn & Live: Pilot Heaven Pilot deaths during training were all too frequent in World War 2, a grim fact that was kept from the public, but was a matter of grave concern to the Army Air Corps. Shown only to pilots, this wonderful film is a unique combination of an entertaining, sometimes surreal storyline, with practical nuts and bolts safety training.

* Bonus: Carl Sandburg's “Bomber” This dramatic film was produced and shown to defense plant workers, lauding and encouraging their important work. Three time Pulitzer Prize winning poet & biographer Carl Sandburg wrote the script for this stirring tribute to a marvelous aircraft, the B-26 medium bomber, and to the men & women who built them in the Martin's Marietta Georgia plant.


How to Fly the Boeing B-17 DVD
Produced as a set by Boeing Aircraft.
* Part 1:Ground Operations
* Part 2 Flight Operations
* Part 3: Emergency Operations
* Part 4: The Induction system
* B-17F 25 Hour Inspection

* 109 page Boeing B-17 pilot's manual
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The Memphis Belle (Technicolor )
The film chronicles the 25th mission of the Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle, flying deep into Germany to strike the all important U-boat submarine pens at Wilhemshaven. This is the original wartime documentary, written and directed by legendary Academy Award winner William Wyler.
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B-17E 25 Hour Inspection "The Crew Chief"
This is a fascinating B-17 maintenance film, aimed at the B-17 crew chief.  
* 500 page B-17 mechanic's manual
This manual is known as the "B-17 Bible" for good reason. Mechanics and ground crew used it every day for servicing and assembly of the big Flying Fortress.  Armaments, engines, instruments, electrical systems, bomb loading, fuselage assembly, landing gear -- that's just a small portion of what is covered in over 500 pages of charts, illustrations, tables and detailed instructions.

B-24 Liberators Go to War DVD Paratroopers! 82nd &101st Airborne Divisions 1942-70 2 DVD set American Armored Combat Power 1941-1960
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Photo of crew members of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber War Cloud, 98th Bomb Group, based  in Benghazi, Libya, taken shortly before the Ploesti Raid in World War 2. Scenes from Paratroopers! Photos of tanks & armored vehicles and their crews in action
* The 98th Bomb Group: Liberators Over Africa (1943, B&W, 27:00) New Exclusive Recently discovered footage shows Medal of Honor winner Col. John R. "Killer " Kane and the men of the 98th Bomb Group in the Summer of 1943, shortly before the heroic, costly Ploesti mission, at their desert base in Benghasi/Benina, Libya. There's an unexpected gem too. Soon after the Axis surrender in Tunisia, 9th combat cameraman Jim Bray hitched a ride on a  B-24 and filmed all the major North African targets the 98th had hit from the air, from El Alemein to Tunis. 
* Liberators Over Europe, 1942-45 New  From Ploesti to Berlin, you'll discover memorable Liberator scenes not not found anywhere else, including pulse pounding air attacks. You'll see B-24 crews up close too along with their ships.
* 1st Air Division  Bombing Highlights 1944-45 New Ball turret gunners were given 16mm cameras and told to film what they saw on bombing missions over the Third Reich.You'll see raids on Berlin, Luneberg, the U-Boat pens at Bremen, Muenster, Ingolstadt, Regensburg, Dresden and many more cities.
Bonus  Captured Luftwaffe film shows the downing of 15 US bombers, one at a time, by FW 190 fighters.


Nine restored films in a 2 DVD set

*The 82nd Airborne Division (1948)
*82nd Airborne – The All American Division
*Bastogne
*The 101st Airborne Reborn
*The Screaming Eagles in Vietnam 1965-66
*Exercise Arctic Night
*The Parachute Rigger
*Exercise Swift Strike
*The Airborne Soldier

American Armored Combat Power 1941-1960
Seven films & two training manuals NEW
* Armored Combat Power Starts with a concise history of armored combat from chariots & medieval body armor through the introduction of tanks in World War 1, Blitzkrieg in World War 2 and the Korean War. Then you'll learn about the cold war armored arsenal including M47 and M-48 tanks, M84 heavy mortar carriers, M42 40mm antiaircraft vehicles and self propelled 105mm, 155mm & 8' self propelled artillery and then see them in a dramatic (& explosive!) live fire exercise at Fort Knox Kentucky. You'll learn about the roles, weapons and composition of the basic elements of an armored including tank, armored infantry, scout, and armored infantry platoons and self propelled artillery
* Seek, Strike & Destroy: The Camp Hood Tank Destroyer Training School (1943, B&W,10:00) The film begins with rare footage of Gen. A.D. Bruce open in the brand new tank destroyer training facility at the just completed Camp (later Fort) Hood army base, near Killeen,TX. The Army's first tank destroyer, which is featured here, was the “T12/M3 Gun Motor Carriage,” a modified M-3 half track with a 75mm M1897A4 gun mounted in the rear, which was a a adaptation of the quick firing “French 75.”
* Tank Destroyer 3" Gun Motor Carriage M10 The M10 was the much more advanced successes to the half track T12/M3. Based on a M4 Sherman Tank chassis, it mounted a high velocity 3' (90mm) gun, which, like the German 88, was an adaptation of an anti-aircraft gun.
* Ordnance Repairs & Field Expedients for Tracked Vehicles This is a treasure trove of inside, down & dirty info on how tanks and other armored vehicles were kept rolling & overcame a multitude of obstacles in the field during World War 2.'"Field Expedients' were 'Anything you can do think of to keep your vehicle rolling.' in other words, it's a show case of good American Know How solving problems in novel and innovative ways.
* American Armored Force You'll see a strategic tactical analysis of the use of tanks armor in the Korean War from the the initial attack by the North through cessation of hostilities Next there's a discussion of the role and of tanks in modern warfare including how armor and infantry work in concert during an advance.
* Deployment of a Tank Company Team for Night Attack This is a fascinating look at planning and deployment of an armored force for a night attack at company platoon level.
Birth of a Tank:The M48 (1955,28:00,B&W) The M48 was the first American battle tank designed & built entirely after the end of World War 2. As such it incorporated lessons learn in Europe and in Korea where United Nations forces encountered Soviet Armor for the first time. This very thorough documentary covers all elements of development from initial needs assessment, design, testing systems & prototypes through introduction & training.

Two bonus World War 2 manuals
* Tank Destroyer Field Manual: Tank Destroyer Drill and Crew Drill for the M10, T70 (1943 -187 pages in Adobe Acrobat .PDF file format.) Commands, placing weapons, mechanical training, combat formations, crew duties & more.
* Tactical Employment of Tank Destroyer Platoon Self Propelled (1944 - 83 pages in Adobe Acrobat .PDF file format.) Scope, equipment, missions, movements, positions in readiness, reconnaissance, "the fire fight" & much more.



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