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Cold War, Hot War: Boomers, Carriers, ASW & Lasers & more – The Post World War 2 US Navy on High Alert The United States Navy in Vietnam DVD American Armored Combat Power 1941-1960
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Cold War, Hot War -- Boomers & Carriers, ASW, Lasers & more – Post World War 2 US Navy on High Alert NEW!!

Six Color Films

* Man and the FBN: The US Navy deploys its first nuclear Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (

USS George Washington (SSBN-598) –the lead ship of US Navy's first class of Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines - was the first operational nuclear-powered strategic multi-missile under water launch capable submarine in the World. With 16 Polaris A-1 missiles which had a range of 1,000 miles it entered service in December 1959 and conducted the first active patrol November 1960-January 1961. This fascinating film shows the story in graphic detail of the development, construction, testing and deployment of both the revolutionary new subs and their missiles.

* Destroyermen (1960s,Color,15:00) This is a rare up close and personal look at daily life aboard US Navy destroyers on duty with the 6th fleet in the Mediterranean in the early 1960s. Featured ships include USS Bordelon (DD-881), USS Strong (DD-758), and USS Gearing (DD-710). You'll see a wide range of activities including a submarine alert, gunfire drill including shots inside the 5. gun turret, engine room operations, refueling at sea, and liberty ashore in Athens, Greece. A memorable color snap snapshot of a bygone era.

* Tracking the Threat: Anti Submarine Warfare at the Height of the Cold War This is an amazing time capsule that could have come right out of the pages of Tom Clancey's classic thriller, “The Hunt for the Red October.” In this memorable recreation, a US Navy Carrier Task Force detects and tracks a Soviet sub in the North Atlantic. You'll see all aspects of the operation from the high tech Tactical Command Centers aboard the Carrier USS America and Destroyer USS Spruance (DDG-111), to P-3 Orion turbo props out of Keflavik Iceland and carrier launched S-3 Vikings dropping and monitoring sonobuoy fields, to Destroyers deploying towed arrays

* Laser Weapons for the Fleet The Vietnam War posed a new challenge for American attack aircraft: how to deliver payloads with great precision against hotly defended targets like bridges in North Vietnam without exposing planes & crews to withering AAA fire during traditional low altitude dive bombing runs. The answer was a new generation of “smart” weapons systems employing laser beams, TV transmission or a combination of both. This report focus on the development, evolution and deployment of laser based systems by both Navy Air and Marine Corps ground units. The film covers the basics of applied laser technology and the evolution and deployment of laser weapons systems from shoulder mounted laser designators to advanced systems like those on A-6Es Intruder bombers

* Sea Mine Warfare (1968,26:00,Color) Sea mines are one of the oldest naval weapons system still in use for very good reasons: they're relatively cheap, easy to deploy and perform a a wide variety of important functions including blockading harbors, destroying ships at sea, blocking sea lanes and psychological warfare. This comprehensive film gives a short history of the development of both sea mine technology and the mine sweepers used to detect and destroy them from the mid nineteenth century, through World War 1 and 2, with a detailed case study of their role in delaying the the landings at Wonsan in the Korean war, plus more modern deployments. You'll learn about the various kinds of mines including contact, pressure sensitive, acoustic and more and their tactical and strategic uses. You'll also see the various counter measure used by mine sweepers to detect &n explode mines, featuring USN sweepers Pinnacle (MSO 462), Sagacity (MSO 469) Agile (MSO 421) and Ozark (MCS 2) in action. This is an inside view of a widely used but little known technology you wont see anywhere else.

* The U.S. Navy from Vietnam to the 21st Century This is an excellent broad stroke report on the evolution of U.S. Navy strategic doctrine and deployment from the Vietnam war through Operation Desert Storm. You'll see how the Navy adapted to the unique challenges presented by the Vietnam War, followed by post war down sizing and then dramatic growth under the Reagan administration's “600 Ship Navy.” Of particular interest are the evolving role of aircraft carriers, the rebirth of the battleship and the introduction of a new generation of smart weapons like the Tomahawk cruise missile, used extensively in the Gulf War

River Patrol: US Navy Mekong River Delta Operations The Delta was a hot zone in the war against well organized Viet Cong insurgents, immortalized by the film "Apocalypse Now." This beautifully photographed film is the real thing -- a "slice of life" documentary showing daily operations aboard the base ship Harnett County and exciting action on PBR river patrols & Huey helicopter gunship ground support missions.

The Grumman A-6E Intruder: Any Weather, Any Time The A6-E, the definitive version of the Navy's A6 Intruder attack bomber with upgraded navigation and attack systems, Naval and Marine corps commanders give detailed examples of how the aircraft was used in a wide variety of roles including close air support strikes coordinated with ground troops and long range all weather bombing missions supplemented by copious film footage of air action in the field.

Your United States Navy in Action in Vietnam Narrated by NBC News legend Chet Huntley This wide ranging color documentary gives a overview of USN activities during the Vietnam War, including carrier based air strikes, river patrols, Marine amphibious landings, base construction by Sea Bees, reconnaissance, direct gunfire support from warships and more. Great color footage of air, sea & land operations.

Beans Bullets & Black Oil Narrated by Academy Award winner Henry Fonda. This is a rare overview of amazingly complex USN logistical support operations in Vietnam. Includes ship to ship transfer of supplies at sea, helicopter transfers, depot operations, specialized ship construction, life aboard a supply ship & more.

NATOPS Flight Manual for Grumman Navy Model A-6A, B, KA-6D & A-6E "Intruder." 968 pages in black and white print with color graphic highlights in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format.

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.
The US Navy Bombers DVD World War 2 Resistance Fighters DVD Primary Flight Training with the Boeing/Stearman PT-13 -17 N2S Kaydet 2 DVD Set with 2 flight manuals
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Photo of Black Cat PBY  Navy bombers on a night mission against Japanese shipping in the Pacific during World War 2. World War 2 Resistance Fighters DVD photos Photo of a Navy Stearman N2s Kaydet primary flight trainer taken during World War 2.
* Black Cat PBY Exclusive new edition the big twin engined Catalina's super long range, capacity to lug bombs and radar, and ability to loiter for hours hunting convoys made it an ideal naval night attack bomber.
* Torpedo Attack: High Altitude High Speed NEW Learn all about World War 2 torpedo plane attacks.
* Introduction to Dive Bombing Hit the target the Navy way!
* Flying the TBF The Grumman TBF/TBM "Avenger" Torpedo Bomber. The Avenger was a tough and accurate bomber that had a reputation for bringing it's crew home
* 117 page Grumman TBF/TBM pilot's manual in .pdf file format.
* The Brewster SB2A-4 "Buccaneer" Scout/Dive Bomber Was it really "the worst aircraft of World War II?"
* Introduction to Dive Bombing An informative training film, produced by the Department of the Navy.
* Deploying Aerial Mines You'll learn the basics of Aerial mine laying, including strategy and tactics.
* 66 page Douglas SBD3 "Dauntless" dive bomber pilot's manual in .pdf file format. This aircraft delivered decisive strikes against Japanese carrires at Midway.

World War 2 Resistance Fighters - three videos NEW!

School For Danger (Aka "Now It Can Be Told") Restored Audio & Video. This is one the most exciting World War 2 espionage films you'll see -- and it's based on actual events. What makes it unique is that virtually all of the characters play themselves performing the roles they executed during World War 2 -- from British secret agents to French Resistance fighters to special mission RAF pilots and operational commanders. Produced by the RAF, this remarkable film on British S.O.E.(Special Operations Executive) wartime espionage operations, including sabotage and intelligence gathering, in occupied France was shot on location after the Liberation.

Denmark Fights for Freedom (10:00, B&W,1944) Restored Audio & Video. What if an entire nation stayed home & refused to show up at work to fight an enemy occupation? You'll see that & much more in this dramatic documentary film, surreptitiously shot during the German occupation of Denmark. It's an inspirational story of how an entire nation pulled together to fight oppression, through acts of sabotage and mass demonstrations. Inspirational!

The Battle for Paris (12:00, B&W,1944) Restored Audio & Video. As the Allies closed the ring on Paris in the Summer of 1944, most of German occupation forces left the city to meet them. The French Resistance leaped into action to take the city, using a combination of smuggled weapons, hunting rifles and captured enemy equipment. What follows is a dramatic "you are there" front row seat on resistance fighters battling German troops i(including a Panther Tank) on the boulevards of the capital, all filmed as it happened by citizen cameraman. Action packed!

2 DVD Set (3 Hours, B&W, 1944-45)
Nine films featuring the Stearman N2S: Flying Sense * Before You Fly * Your First Flight (Parts 1&2) * Attitudes of Flight * Taxiing & Take-Offs * Landings * Race Track Patterns (Parts 1&2) These films lay a fine ground work for primary flight skills This series of basic flight training films was produced and directed for the US Navy by actor and Hollywood legend Robert "Bob" Taylor a lieutenant in the USNR and an active flight instructor during the War. You'll learn everything from ground school chalk talks on the theory of aeronautics and flight to hands on throttle, stick, and rudder training on turns, banks, trimming, climbs, stalls approaches and much more. Now comes with two Stearman pilot's manuals!
The F4U Corsair DVD Boeing B-29 Superforts Go to War DVD Vol. 1 Boeing B-29 Superforts Go to War DVD Volume 2
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Color photo taken during World War 2 of  Vought F4U Corsairs in flight World War 2 color photos of Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers and their crews and North American P-51 Mustangs fighters operating from Tinian and Saipan  against Japan in World War 2,  as shown in the films The Last Bomb and Saipan Superforts World War 2 color photo of Boeing B-29 Superfortress taxiing in after a mission.
The F4U DVD
* How to Fly the F4U
Learn to fly the fastest and most powerful carrier fighter of World War II
* Offensive Fighter Tactics Color (Full length, unedited)
Learn the tactics US Navy fighter pilot's developed during the first two years of the War against the nimble Japanese Zero. This vintage pilot training film covers everything from situational awareness to one-on-one dog fights and squadron tactics.
* Hook Down, Wheels Down: The Story of the US Navy's Aircraft Carriers
Produced by the Department of the Navy to celebrate the first 50 years of carrier based aviation, with an emphasis on World War II. Along with some great Navy action, the highlight of the film are the numerous interviews with famous naval aviators, including John Thach on inventing the "Thatch Weave."
* The Saga of the Franklin
See the gallant officers and men of the carrier Franklin overcame incredible battle damage to save their ship. Plus rare and informative color footage of late war F4U Corsair carrier ops.
* 64 page F4U Corsair pilot's manual


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* Boeing B-29 Superfortress Flight Procedures and Combat Crew
Functioning Thorough pilot's view introduction to the premier heavy bomber of World War II -- faster than a Zero, with remote controlled gun turrets & a pressurized cabin.
* The Last Bomb Rare late war color film documents all aspects of a XXI Bomber Command long distance B-29 daylight strike at 12,000' on Tokyo.
* Saipan Superforts
Newly discovered color footage of Saipan's 73rd Bomb Wing. Pulse pounding B-29 action plus memorable pin up nose art.
* Air War Against Japan: XXI Bomber Command
A concise history of XXI Bomber Bomber Command's strategic B-29 campaign against the Japanese home islands. Both day and night B-29 actions.
* B-29s Over Dixie
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ascinating look inside the huge B-29 production facility built from scratch in Marrietta, Georgia.
* Target Invisible Remarkable documentary on how airborne radar was used for navigation and bombing on B-29 night strikes against Japan.
* Target Tokyo Follow the men of the 21st Bomber Command and their B-29 Super Fortresses from their training base in Grand Island, Nebraska, to the newly built air base at Saipan and right into the first 3,000 mile raid on Tokyo
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92 page Boeing B-29 Superfortress pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, charts, procedures & more.
The B-29 DVD Volume 2
* B-29s Over North Korea: The 19th Bomb Group Attacks Bridges Near Sinanju The highlight of the film shows an early morning briefing for 19th Bomb Group (28th, 30th and 98th Bomb Squadrons) at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. Reminiscent a scene from the World War 2 classic "Target for Today," the briefing is for mission against the all important rail bridges near Sinaju Station, North Korea and the port of Nampo, as part of the preparation for the Inchon landings and the breakout from the Pusan perimeter. And as a special bonus, we've added "19th BG Color Nose Art Scrap Book," a collection of remarkable Kodachrome slides taken of Korean War 19th BG B-29s
* B-29 Flight Engineer Excellent B-29 footage here, showing the aircraft in detail, inside and out. Systems management on the very complex (and often unreliable) B-29 was a critical function.
*The Last Bomb Outtakes Reel From the vaults of the National Archives comes a newly discovered reel of outtakes, expanded scenes, and new footage from the Academy Award winning World War 2 B-29 classic, "The Last Bomb." And there's a big bonus for fighter fans. The section of the original film that shows P-51 Mustang squadrons ranging over the Japanese mainland seeking targets of opportunity is significantly expanded and in very good condition, yielding some of the most exciting color gun camera footage we have seen from World War 2.
* Birth of the B-29 was produced during World War 2 to introduce the American public to the fabulous new Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The film shows how the war against Japan necessitated the development of a super long range bomber that could strike the Japanese Empire from distant bases in Japan, India, and the Marianas Islands. A highlight of the film focuses on a tour of a giant B-29 plant, showing all aspects of production.
* Air Strikes Against Japan
was produced after the War using archival footage, complimented with additional maps and graphics. It gives a clear overall picture of the Allied air offensive against the Japanese home islands.
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How NOT to Fly the B-29 12 pages in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format. This neat little booklet is part of a series that was produced by the Army Air Corps to alert pilots to the causes and possible solutions for recent stateside B-29 accidents.
* B-29 Pilots' and Flight Engineers' Training manual (51-126-6) 12/15/1945 194 pages with color highlights in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format. The final and definitive flight manual for the B-29 produced during World War 2. Extensive documentation includes charts, diagrams and performance index.
* Flight Operating Instructions USAF Model YB-29J Aircraft 125 pages with color highlights in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format. The YB-29J was a short series of 6 aircraft produced by Boeing to test upgraded engines and other enhancements designed to improve B-29 performance and reliability.





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