Special Operations during World War 2
Three unique films on one DVD
of Enemy Airmen
B&W, 30:00) From the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency.This fascinating film was produced during World War 2 to train
American "AIOs" (Air Intelligence Officers) in
techniques for interrogating captured enemy airmen, gathering vital
intelligence. You'll get a look inside an AIO training school, where
candidates learn a variety of interrogation methods, the importance of thoroughly familiarizing yourself with
existing intelligence about enemy units and weapons, and observe mock
interrogations that are critiqued by the class. Then you'll see a
series of re-creations of field interrogations that are conducted by real
AIO servicemen in the native languages of captured pilots with
English subtitles. See how each interrogator's approach is modified
for the typical national characteristics of captured German, Italian
and Japanese pilots and aircrew, while still being aware of each individual's personality and how it could be
exploited. (An AIO had to think fast on his feet.) You'll also see
how agents were planted in prison camps to glean information,
"parties" were held to loosen tongues and more.
Marauders and the 88th Fighter Squadron in Burma
(1944, B&W, 26:00) This dramatic film contains all known footage
of Merill's Marauder's 5307th
Composite Unit (provisional) secret deep
penetration mission behind Japanese lines through the Burmese jungle
to capture the airfield at Myitkyina. Almost unique among such film records, it was shot and is narrated by Sgt David
L. Quaid, the combat cameraman who participated in the operation,
giving an eyewitness perspective. Supplied solely by air drops, the
Marauders, the fore-bearers of today's 75th Rangers, fought through
unbelievable mountain terrain and rampant disease, engaging the enemy
in fierce fire fights along the way.(For a detailed description of the Marauder's amazing
mission, read this Wikipedia
article.). The last third of the film is an up close look at 88th Fighter Squadron P-40
dive bombers flying out of the captured Myitkyina airfield, supplying
very close air support for the Marauder's assault on the town itself.
Highlights include distinctive skull marked P-40Fs, with
pilots & support crews, unique from the cockpit views of P-40
dive bombing runs and 88th FS armorers custom
fitting 250 pound Navy HE depth charges with fins & detonators
for use against jungle fortifications. Parts of the original film
were damaged when dropped into a drainage ditch in transit from the
battlefield. We have digitally restored those sections.
Dropping Agents and Supplies into Nazi Occupied Europe
(1950, B&W, 15:00) From the Archives of the Central Intelligence
Agency. This special operation was too secret to be revealed during
World War II. Specially modified B-24 bombers of the 492nd &
801st Bomb Groups flew up to 40-50 high risk missions on moonlit nights over
Nazi occupied Europe, dropping agents and supplies to 300,000
Resistance members. The operation was run by the O.S.S.
"Carpetbagger" group out of an airfield at Harrington,
England. You'll see B-24 operations as well as a detailed look at the
huge, well camouflaged supply facility at nearby Holme. Highlights
include O.S.S mission planning and flight operations briefing sessions and
a very detailed account of how different kinds of weapons,
ammunition and other essentials were packed in custom containers and
loaded onto B-24s for parachute drop.
Our DVDs are produced in the NTSC video format for full screen playback on your TV using your home DVD player. NTSC format countries include the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan. Our DVDs are not "region limited." We have received reports from the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia that our DVDs will also play on PAL & SECAM format home DVD players when they are connected to PAL & SECAM standard TVs via video out, s-vhs, component or HDMI connectors. (Do not use the "Antenna" or "cable/coaxial" connection to your TV.)
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