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Now Playing - October Features
G.I. Training & War Dogs NEW
8th P-51s & Pilots in Action
Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt
M-3 Half Track Tank Destroyers
The Last Bomb - B-29s & P-51s over Japan
WW2 Carrier Flight Deck Crew Training
USN Hit & Run Attacks on North Vietnam
Thompson Submachine Gun Operation

World War 2 G.I. Training NEW

*How to Swim in 10 Easy Lessons Swimming with a full pack and their M1 in adverse conditions could be a life saver for a G.I.. Learn how to do it "The Army Way."
* War Dogs Dogs were a G.I.'s "Best Friend" in numerous ways - including saving lives. See them in action, performing a wide variety of roles. Dogs often did jobs G.I.s couldn't do.
* Finishing School Select U.S. Army Ranger Units received specialized amphibious landing training. They put it to good use on D-Day at Pointe du Hoc, where they went ashore on a narrow beach & scaled massive cliffs.
8th Air Force P-51s & their Pilots in Action
The inspiration for this original documentary is a silent 8th Air Force information film showing 8th AF P-51 gun camera film shot in the snow covered Winter of 1944-1945, with brief unit IDs for each pilot. We've restored the video, added sound effects from real P-51s and included photos of most of the featured pilots with additional info and pictures of their Mustangs. You'll see film from legendary aces like "Kit" Carson & his P-51 "Nooky Booky IV" & many more. Includes exciting air to air & air to ground attack film from the 35th, 55th, 78th, 357th, 364th, 379th & 479th Fighter Groups.
Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt
This truly remarkable step-by-step training film shows how a ground support crew of fifty men could assemble a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, unpowered hand tools, and pieces of the shipping crate it came in. We're talking nothing more than hammers, wrenches and bicycle pumps! You'll also get a unique look at the inner workings of the big Jug as it is literally bolted together by field personnel.
M3 Motor Gun Carriage Half Track Tank Destroyers at Camp Hood TX
The Army's first motorized tank destroyer, featured here, was the “T12/M3 Gun Motor Carriage,” a modified M-3 half track with a 75mm M1897A4 gun mounted in the rear, an adaptation of the quick firing “French 75.” The idea of such a thinly armored vehicle facing armored tanks may seem insane today, but the Army's tank destroyer doctrine at the time was “shoot and scoot,” where fast moving anti-tank vehicles would harry the advance of enemy armor, shooting from covered positions, quickly retreating,
The Last Bomb - B-29s & P-51s Over Japan
"The Last Bomb" vividly documents one of the almost forgotten chapters of World War II: the long range B-29 Superfortress bombing raids on Japan. I've done a scene by scene restoration of this classic film. Launched from hard won Pacific islands, these missions were over 3,000 miles round trip and could take 12 hours or more to complete. As an added bonus, there's plenty of spectacular gun camera footage taken by escorting P-51 Mustangs ranging over southern Japan seeking targets of opportunity in the air and on the deck.
Flight Deck Crews: Landing & Re-Spotting World War 2 Carrier Planes
During the battle of Midway, when American dive bombers caught the Japanese carriers Akagi and Kaga with decks full of refueling and re-arming planes, the resulting catastrophe for the IJN was a turning point in World War II. This unique film 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. As a bonus, you'll see GM FM-1 "Wildcats" and Grumman TBF "Avengers" up close, handled expertly on the tiny deck of a "jeep" escort sized training carrier
U.S. Navy Hit & Run Gunfire Strikes on North Vietnam
This classified US Navy report made during the Vietnam War, “Surface Strikes,” tells the fascinating, and now largely forgotten story of 7th Fleet hit run surface attacks conducted by destroyers and cruisers, close to the shores of North Vietnam in support of Operations Linebacker 1 & 2 starting in April 1972 through January 1973. The overall objective was to to disrupt enemy lines of communication in support of ongoing air strikes. In addition to interdicting supply ships, Navy Task Forces of up to 14 ships conducted high speed gunfire attacks, often at night, against troop concentrations, AAA & Sam missile sites, supply depots, command & control centers, munitions factories and more
Principles of Operation of the Thompson Submachine Gun
This segment is from the definitive film series on the Thompson produced by the Army Signal Corps in 1942-43 to train troops in the use of this outstanding weapon. A thorough explanation of the inner workings of the Thompson delivered through a live tear down, with supplemental animation. You’ll learn how all the parts function together in this very innovative design
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