Silent Wings - The American Glider Pilots of WWII reveals the critical role gliders played in World War II offensives. Thousands of lives were saved and battles won because of their efforts. This, free with Prime, war documentary features gliders from both sides of the battle.
I got this DVD because my dad worked on these gliders in WWII. He was with the Army Air Corp in the Pacific Theater. There is usually more information about gliders being used in the European Theater, and not a lot of people know that they were also used in the war against Japan. I was a little disappointed that the DVD didn't cover more about them being used in the Pacific, but it does tell a good story about their history, and how the gliders played an important part in helping to win WWII. It did take a lot of guts to pilot one of these things knowing that you had just one chance to make a decent landing. Overall a good DVD for any WWII history buff.
Great to see these old-timers reminisce ~ what an amazing generation of people. The lengths U.S. soldiers went to on the beach of Normandy to free France from Hitler/Nazi....Wow. I love what Andy Rooney says in the film, "When I am in France, and there is some smug young French cab driver who doesn't like Americans, I want to tell that young man that I know something that he should really know."
I was humbled when I learned about you hero's who put your lives on the line for us. Your odds of survival were so poor and the fear of what you must do must have been overwhelming at times. But your story, like so many of the greatest generation, was one of overcoming fear and giving all that you could for the sake of all of mankind. Thank you all for your sacrifices for us!
This is a great film that helps to fill the void in military history concerning the development and deployment of gliders during WWII. What is particularly interesting is the origins of the use of gliders by German forces at the beginning of the war and their role in the rapid movement of German forces through Belgium and France. Most of us probably know of the use of gliders in the Normandy invasion, but there is much more to learn in this film on the development of the U.S. glider program, and the film does a good job of informing us of glider development and use by our military forces. Hats off to the brave pioneers and pilots of the glider corps!
Simply awesome! My father was an Army CG-4A Glider Pilot and it was interesting to see what he must have gone through in the years before I was born. Walter Cronkite said it best, "..... they were remarkable people!" Yes, they were very special too .....
Excellent, informative, and exciting history of the American use of gliders in World War 2. Exceedingly well directed, this story has a real-world arc that even a well-trained writer would find difficult to exceed. Just tops! Note: although Walter Cronkite is listed as the film's "star" (and does his usual credible job as color man), in fact it is the actor Hal Holbrook, known for his cinematic ability and distinctive voice who handles the narration throughout the two-hour presentation, almost as memorable as his memorable solo portrayals of Mark Twain.
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. These pilots never got the recognition they deserve. Go 325 82nd Airborne