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Silent Wings - The American Glider Pilots of WWII

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From the early race to build gliders to the D-Day invasion at Normandy and Nazi Germany's final surrender, Silent Wings - The American Glider Pilots of WWII narrated by Hal Holbrook, reveals the critical role gliders played in World War II offensives. Through rare archival footage and photographs, the film places the audience right at the center of the action in the dangerous world of the American glider pilot.

During WWII, 6000 young Americans volunteered to fly large unarmed cargo gliders into battle. For these glider pilots every mission was do-or-die. It was their task to repeatedly risk their lives landing the men and tools of war deep within enemy-held territory, often in complete darkness, using only a stopwatch to navigate.

Thousands of lives were saved and battles won because of their efforts. In fact, one pilot interviewed said - the 'G' in their emblem didn't stand for glider; it stood for 'guts'.

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"These courageous men are finally receiving the recognition they deserve." --Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (NY)

"History buffs and WWII aficionados will be enthralled by the in-depth treatment of this neglected subject." --E.G., Video Business

"Gives viewers an exciting look at a little-known part of American history." --Betty Jo Tucker, "ReelTalkReviews.com"

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  • Actors: Hal Holbrook
  • Directors: Robert Child
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Inecom Entertainment Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JCE816
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2007
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This documentary covers a subject that has not been told in it`s own light.

Well worth watching. I learned many things I was unaware of and I pride myself on being knowledgeable in WWII History. Yet I still find more every time I get a new DVD or Book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David M. Nolan on May 14, 2007
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They all volunteered - to serve in a branch of the service that no longer exists. They knew they were to be pilots on a one-way mission. Fly them in and then grab a rifle and join the infantry. That was the lot of a Glider Pilot. The G on their wings surely stood for "Guts"

Watch this exciting tape and you will certainly want to tip your hat to the few living veterans of this extrodinary branch of the Army Air Corp.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Doug E. Wilber on August 5, 2007
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A month ago a man in my late father's platoon set me the DVD "Silent Wings" the story of American glider pilots during World War II. Since this man, Bill Shorter and my Dad Charles Wilber were glider riders I found this nearly 2-hour documentary very informative and a pleasure to watch. Many Americans don't realize that the gliders were an important and dangerous part of the American airborne forces during that war. Using interviews with both German and American glider pilots along with great insite by reporters Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney the DVD was excellant. It not only showed American glider action but also German glider assualts. I recommend this documentary for not only WWII buffs but anyone interested in history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on August 21, 2011
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WWII was the only war in which gliders were used in combat on a large scale. For a variety of reasons (mostly the practicality of helicopters) these aircraft are no longer needed but for a time they represented one of the best ways for delivering troops behind enemy lines and the ONLY way to deliver light artillery and other "heavy" equipment needed by airborne troops.

This documentary inlcudes archival footage not just of US operations but also German operations which shaped American interest in the glider as a weapon. There are also interviews with glider pilots who served during many of the campaigns in Europe and elsewhere. A great film and well-worth watching.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Preston on May 12, 2007
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I did not know the full history of the glider pilots. Now I do, and I am impressed and awed by their unselfishness and heroics. Everyone interested in WWII should see this documentary.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Burke on July 14, 2007
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When my graduating grandson (heading for college) asked me about "gliders" in wartime for an essay on WWII, my interest in anything that flies answered some of his questions, and to reinforce it, I got him the copy of Silent Wings and that gave him a better documented story; bravery, heroism, victory and tragedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on November 9, 2011
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I'd had no idea of how much the glider pilots had contributed to the war - this DVD was very educational. It included some history about the glider program, early problems, and training.
I liked the interviews with various surviving glider pilots, Walter Cronkite, and Andy Rooney.
About the DVD itself:
Presented in the 16 X 9 format (with subtitles!). Almost two hours long.
Quality of the source material was sometimes limited to old 16mm film, but that was expected.
Bottom line: Highly Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. LaRue on May 5, 2013
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I had heard about the use of gliders in the invasion on D day, but had no idea how extensive these operaions were, nor of the absolute bravery of the men who flew them. To fly a defenseless glider into battle, survive the crash landing, join up with the infantry and fight your way back to the rear where you got set up to do it all again takes courage that is exceptional. The narrative by Uncle Walter of the CBS News team is an added plus.
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