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Through interviews with veterans, historians and ethicists from all the countries engaged in World War II, this AMERICAN EXPERIENCE recounts the story of the Anglo-American bombing campaign against Germany, exploring the moral conundrums imposed by the reality of the war.
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This is one of the few films which accurately portray both sides of the WWII conflict, and unrestrained saturation bombing, in relation to its moral issues. This film also contains a fair amount of unseen footage of the decimation allied bombing caused in the heart of Germany during the conclusion of the war.
The film presents the issues, from all sides of the conflict, fairly balancing the horrors of bombing as a terror weapon, against the horrifying losses on all sides of the WWII conflict.
It shows the avowed strategies of the British to use bombing, as a terror device, against the Germans, to compel them to overthrow the Third Reich. However, it also points out that The U.S. Eighth Air Force, commanded by Jimmy Doolitle, remained vocifersously opposed to bombing civilian populations. Gen. Doolitle ordered his pilots to avoid civilian targets, whenever possible, to concentrate on reducing Germany's industrial capabilities to wage war.
This is one of the few WWII documentaries which exposes the shocking losses, not only of the allies, but, of the civilian populations in Europe (an estimate 20 million civilians lost their lives in the war). It is also one of the few films to point out that the Russians, in their drive to Berlin, lost over 200,000 troops.
Notwithstanding the violence in our Modern world, it is hard to comprehend the destruction, and tragic loss of life that the WWII conflict imposed on all of us, without viewing the realities depcited in honest and balanced documentaries.
This film explores the ethical and moral considerations with which Doolittle, Eisenhower, and other Allied commanders conducted the air campaign against Germany, balancing the use of air power as a terror weapon against the Germans, against the immense losses the Nazis were inflicting on the Allies and the rest of the world.
This film is non-judgmental, either for, or against, any side in the conflict. It allows the viewere to make their own moral conclusions as to what occurred, and, permits the viewer to judge our leaders for themselves.
I highly recommend this film to any student of WWI and WWII history.
This documentary does a good job of showing the trail of decisions that led to the early US bomber strategy of precision bombing, which it turns out, wasn't as precise as we were once led to believe. But, eventually bombing had to become part of a larger scale strategy of victory. This meant diverting bomber resources to supporting ground troops and theater level strategies, which diluted the initial mission of US bombing campaigns. Then, toward the end of the war, Nazi Germany was clearly beaten, yet fought on. At this point US bomber command was assigned the task of breaking German morale, and this meant saturation bombing of German cities. Some historians believe that the US crossed a moral line when this order came down. The effect? The 1000 plane raid on Berlin, the fire-bombing of Dresden, and then, on the other side of the world, the fire bombng of Tokyo...where an estimated 100,000 civilians died.
The WWII era might of the US bomber initiative, from its weak and tenuous beginnings to the end of the war where the US air forces dominated the skies over Europe and struck blows that did, in my opinion cross moral lines, yet, apparently had to be crossed in order to bring the war in Europe to a close.
In my opinion, this documetary does a good job of portraying these moral and ethical dilemmas in the face of war, cost to the USA, and its need to focus its efforts on Japan.
The footage is good. I liked the archival footage that was used in conjunction with the program, though, of course, I'd seen much of this and footage like it in other shows and documentaries.
In my view, this was very good. 4 stars.
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