Firstly, it's pretty short (only 23 minutes) and it does tend to be something of a cheering platform for us Americans.
But it is pretty entertaining and at least gives a little bit of a background on two important battles in the Pacific (Midway and Guadalcanal).
There are a few interviews with both American AND Japanese pilots, and these interviews are the highlight of the program. They help to give a little more insight into the working conditions - and both the physical and the mental states - of the opposing sides.
This short documentary is an overview that is made more interesting by the interviews and narration. The original footage is well presented and the information is accurate. The conditions for Japanese pilots is addressed and one can but ask why they were treated the way they were by their own military. The US pilots used a 'teamwork' concept that was not used by the Japanese. Photos add dimension . . . they were 'young men.' Certainly worth the time and recommended for those who want a quick overview and for those who are familiar with WWII air combat. Remember that this is a simple overview with an added personal perspective.
watching gun camera film is nice even when its used in multiple times during the series. What sets this series of documentaries is the interviews with pilots from both sides of the conflict. Hearing their thoughts puts a human face to an otherwise faceless battle. Pilots battling each other were fighting for their lives, didn't have time to wonder about the pilot they were shooting down. Hearing their thoughts years after the war is what sets this group of documentaries apart from other films.
I am a big proponent of our military. I am a history buff of sorts when it comes to The Pacific Theatre inWWII. And I can't help but love this presentation; rather like a video classroom. I wish everyone could see this video: I wish everyone could understand the true meaning of sacrifice and victory. Go Navy.
A very good documentary with candid discussions about the great missions in the Pacific. The interviews with Foss and Sakai where very telling as you go see the life ending events still etched in their words. Most of the film footage has been seen before but the editing and commentary fit together well and much better than most films.
I love old war movies and WWII is my favorite, particularly the Pacific. This documentary movie is amazing, you are actually witnessing a history right in front of your eyes! I recommend this movie to all my friends.