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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'.
As the son of a Gliderman (not a pilot) my Dads life was in their hands and after 3 Glider landing if you can call a Glider landing any short of a crash landing he came home safe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barefoot Kimo
Very good and much needed telling of important part of history; though disappointed the main topic of story, the gliders et al, were diluted by other large amounts of surrounding... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. John C. Pellosie, Jr.
Good information on a topic rarely covered in historical text books or moviesPublished 2 months ago by whackamole
If you think this video is great.You should read the book "Silent Wings" Authored by Gerard M. Devlin. The reason is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sideslip
EXCELLENT MY FIRST HUSBAND WAS A GLIDER PILOT IN WWII UNFORTUNATELY HE DIED BEFORE THIS WAS MADE, BUT I KNOW HE WOULD HAVE LOVED IT. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karen A. Campbell
A well done overview of a forgotten group of brave men who persevered despite losses to get the job done. Cronkite's comments were particularly interesting.Published 3 months ago by Peter Lento