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Run out of Germany by the Nazis, a small contingent of German Jewish intellectuals exacted the perfect revenge--returning to Europe as U.S. soldiers to defeat the enemy. Groundbreaking and unforgettable, THE RITCHIE BOYS is the never-before-told tale of a handful of German nationals who used their language and cultural knowledge to wage psychological warfare against the Nazis and to liberate Europe. Still sharp as octogenarians, The Ritchie Boys --a medley of hilariously unlikely soldiers--vividly recall their treacherous and heroic slog through World War II, from their training at Camp Ritchie, Maryland to the beaches of Normandy, from dark weeks spent in a German POW camp to D-Day ebullience. Now highly successful artists, businessmen, and professors, The Ritchie Boys laugh at their clumbsy fit within the U.S. military, cry at the horrors of war, and marvel at the unorthodox--but effective--forms of interrogation and subterfuge that helped them to defeat the Nazis.
Shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and widely acclaimed upon its release, THE RITCHIE BOYS mixes newsreels with razor-sharp interviews to spin a touchingly personal saga of men whose chutzpah, ingenuity, and playful camaraderie had a lasting effect on world history. A great human tale (San Francisco Chronicle), THE RITCHIE BOYS is a documentary of staggering importance.
DVD Features: Individual War Stories; Filmmaker Biography
excellent documentary. A very interesting look into WW2 intelligence training.Published 1 month ago by bern
My father was one of the Ritchie Boys. He died when I was 7. This documentary was an interesting glimpse into his past.Published 6 months ago by Barbara S Tang
Well done video about a small but important part of WW 2. Ft. Ritchie was closed by BRAC so the history will soon be difficult to locate......Published 12 months ago by Dolph Ramey
This was a really good documentary. The only thing I would have wished were different would be a little more attention paid to how the RBs served no ONE particular unit; as MI... Read morePublished 13 months ago by HeathenO
This DVD describes how Jews exiled from Germany and other Nazi-occupied territory came to the USA, joined the US Army and went back to aid our war effort. Important history.Published 18 months ago by RTA Rider