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Air Front - The Early Years '39-'42


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  • Actors: Air Front
  • Directors: John Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ARTSMAGIC
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002VRNIHC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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World War II perhaps saw the greatest advancement in air warfare of the 20th century. Conflict was now determined on the battlefield and in the air above, with both fighter aircraft and bombers playing a much larger role. In this program, the first in a series of three following the development of air assault, the conflict between Germany and Britain is examined before the US entered the fray.

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"Air Front: The Early Years '39-'42" is a DVD documenting the early years of WWII in the air in Europe. The video uses period film footage to show the story of the air war in the beginning years of WWII when air forces were having their pre-war ideas and aircraft tested in combat.

The DVD begins by giving a short amount of backstory to air combat, beginning in WWI and moving through the interwar period. It does a fair job of talking about both German and British (though not French, Italian or Soviet) preparations for war in the late 1930's. Briefly covers the German Luftwaffe's birth in the interwar years with aircraft that were clearly stop gap measures like the HE-51 and HS-123 biplanes as well as development that led to the modern types. Covered Britain's attempts to "catch up" by fielding the Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire.

It does an "okay" job of covering the course of WWII in the air during the first three years of war. The video makes several key mistakes - all too common ones. The DVD states that the Luftwaffe was designed exclusively for tactical bombing and neglected strategic bombing. This is simply untrue since the Germans developed blind bombing devices and techniques which are only useful in a strategic role. The DVD states that RAF Bomber Command was effectively bombing Germany early in the war when this is highly inaccurate since Britain's own Air Ministry looked at the problem of night bombing. The "Butt Report" showed that Bomber Command's efforts were almost completely useless since they rarely were able to get their bombs within even 50 miles of the target!

Well, I can't say the production quality of this video was really high.
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