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Great Fighting Machines of WWII

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Get a Close-Up Look at Three of World War II's Greatest Fighting Machines: Fighters, Bombers & Tanks - Disc 1: Allied Fighters - Gripping action footage of battle scenes, together with interviews and commentary, recreate the incredible experience of Allied fighter planes in action. See them all: from the awesome Spitfires, which won the Battle of Britain, and the Mustangs which escorted bomber assaults over Germany, to the Lightnings and Corsairs which dominated the Pacific. Disc 2: Axis Fighters - Archival film footage puts you in the cockpit of such superb fighters as the ME-109, FW-190 and Zero as they do battle in the skies over Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. See unique action footage of the first jets and rocket fighters deployed by Germany near the end of the war. Disc 3: Allied Bombers - Flying Fortresses, Lancasters, Marauders, Liberators, Superfortresses and many others carried out massive bombing raids over German and Japanese targets. See for yourself why strategic bombing was such a deadly game for both sides. Disc 4: Axis Bombers - German, Italian and Japanese bomber forces, veterans of earlier campaigns in Spain and China took a heavy toll on the allies before the tide turned. Watch the dive-bombing Stukas, HG-111s and torpedo-carrying "Vals" which introduced a new form of terrifying modern warfare. Disc 5: Allied Tanks - Reeling from the first German Panzer attacks, the Allies quickly produced fighting machines that turned the tide. Shattered by the Nazi armored assaults, the Allies had to re-equip their Armies and re-think their tactics. This video shows all the major tanks of the Western and Eastern Fronts in action, T-34's, Shermans, Churchills, and many more. Tanks and other armored fighting vehicles were the decisive weapons which brought the Third Reich and Japanese Empire to their knees. Allied Armor takes you to the front lines in North Africa, Normandy, Italy, and Russia. Disc 6: Axis Tanks - Here are the Panzers and Tigers of the Nazi Blitzkrieg that spearheaded Hitler's forces across most of Europe to the gates of Moscow. The German Panzers swept through Poland, Holland, Belgium, France, North Africa the Balkans and Russia in the early stages of WWII. Even after defeats at El Alamein, Stalingrad and Kursk, the Panzer divisions continued to hold Allied victory at bay until the bitter end. Axis Armor puts you right into the front line with film coverage of the Panzers in action. Also includes the fascinating equipment of the Japanese and Italian armies. Produced in cooperation with Britain's Imperial War Museum and United State National Archives with written commentary by military expert Bruce Quarrie.

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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MMGVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jeremy Mccormick on September 10, 2005
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The set of vehicles covered by this boxed set is too broad, making for only skimpy overviews of the well-known primary fighting vehicles. Instead of focusing on a few key ones, the series covers many of them, from multiple countries, sometimes ten or more in a single episode. This means that coverage of individual models is often less than 5 minutes apiece. Many of these vehicles are models from the early 1930's and were rapidly phased-out after 1939. These precursors should not have been given as much time.

For instance, the Axis tank coverage does not focus on the core German models, e.g. Mark II-IV, Panther and Tiger. These alone would provide more than enough interesting material for an hour-long episode on Axis tanks. Instead, it gives a typically shallow overview of too many vehicles, like all the German tank models and every insignificant and outdated Italian tank, of which there were many. It doesn't make any sense to devote equal (and short!) time segments to the Tiger and a light Italian tank model that was rarely used in battle. Similarly, the Allied tank episode covers way too many vehicles from too many countries and gives extremely short shrift to the T-34, which was (by far) the primary fighting tank of the Russians and a real key to their victory on the Eastern Front.

The plane episodes are marginally better but suffer from the same problem of too many airplanes covered with little detail about each one.

There is zero coverage of naval vehicles.

Also, this set just isn't worth the money. It has 6 discs, but each DVD only has a single, one hour episode. This is a total ripoff price-wise. At this length, all the episodes could have fit on two DVDs, and the set would cost half as much.
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This is a great set of DVD's. The narration is well spoken and understood. The musical score is well placed and subtle. While I'm a fan of ground assaults (the 2 DVD's on Allied and Axis tanks), it was the first 4 DVD's that made this collection worth it's weight. Each DVD attempts to introduce you to the aircraft in the order they were developed in the 40's, but there is some deviation (since nations introduced different fighters at almost the same time period during the war). There is a brief description of power plants, armament, and squadrons of note for each type of aircraft, all the while showing dogfighting and aerial photography of the planes. Expect about 3-4 minutes devoted to each aircraft.

The video footage is both in color and B&W, but mostly in the later. If you are any level of video historian in WWII, then you will have seem some of this footage before, but probably not in such a compact volume. The DVD menus are easy to navigate and the musical score for them in on par with the music in each video. This is a great addition to the collection of any WWII historian or aircraft fanatic.
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Very good documentary. But they didn't put soviet fighters in the "Volume 1: Allied & Axis Fighters".
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