Submarines: The Silent Service in World War II
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The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed most of America's Pacific Fleet. Untouched were America's submarines. They would inflict catastrophic losses on the Japanese in World War II.
Featured on this DVD are five rare U.S. Navy films made in the WWII era including a full COLOR film showcasing the capabilities that led to America's triumph in the Pacific war. Watch a rare, silent newsreel of the recovery of the USS Squalus and its crew after a diving accident.
See recruits train for action in the pre-war silent service, and watch rare FULL COLOR WWII combat footage as U.S. fleet boats enter Japanese home waters, operating with impunity and sinking everything in sight.
Also featured is a film showing one of the great triumphs of the anti-submarine war in the Atlantic: the capture of the Nazi U-505 at sea.
The DVD concludes with a showcase of post-war developments including the launch of the nuclear Nautilus.
Digitally remastered and restored from original 16mm prints, many of these films have never been available to the public, and some have only recently been declassified. Please note, due to their age and rarity, image and sound quality can vary.
All films are black and white and COLOR. Running time: 90 minutes.
IMPORTANT: This DVD is presented in the DVD-R format. It may not be compatible with older DVD players. Please check your DVD player's manual for more information.
From the Contributor
First in a series of exciting documentary films gleaned from government, industry and U.S. Navy archives, Submarines: The Silent Service in WWII contains five exciting films and some shorter bonus material.
Major titles include: Take Her Down, Service in Submarines, Submarine War Story, The Silent Service and Now it Can Be Told: Capture of the U-Boat U-505
The DVDs in the Periscope Films Submarine series include:
Volume 1: The Silent Service in WWII (WWII Fleet Boats)
Volume 2: The Nuclear Pioneers (Nautilus, Triton and Tunny)
Volume 3: The Cold War Below (Grayback SSG, Polaris SSBNs and missile era)
Volume 4: The Cutting Edge (History of Polaris submarines)
Volume 5: Anti-Submarine Warfare
Volume 6: The Deep Horizon (DSRVs, SeaLab and Submersibles)
Volume 7: Submarines, Frogmen and Divers (Frogmen, UDTs and more)
Volume 8: Submarine Down! (Diving bells and escape trunks).
All volumes feature top quality transfers from original 16mm films, many of which have been restored and digitally remastered. DVDs always feature at least 90 minutes of material. All titles are available on Amazon.comSee all Editorial Reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
You'll see the exciting capture of an actual German U-boat and it's recovery. View the rescue and recovery of the USS Squalus and it's crew. Hear accounts from Japanese regarding the massive damage inflected by our pig boats after they attacked Pearl Harbor. I highly recommend this DVD to everyone. You're library just isn't complete until you own this one.
Bob Prater, USS Remora (SS-487)
Dad's boat was reported missing in action for 10 days during the course of his second combat patrol but after repeated questioning from the family about it, all he would ever say was, "I knew exactly where I was", and the subject was dropped without another word. Now I have a feel for why he was the way he was about his time in combat.
An excellent film that leaves you wanting to know even more about the Silent Service.