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History Channel Ultimate Collections - World War II
     

History Channel Ultimate Collections - World War II

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Director: Don Horan, Jonathan Martin, Joseph Lapolla

Cast: Jack Perkins

 
This edition of Biography, the long running documentary series from A&E, explores the life of General Douglas MacArthur. The son of a Union army hero during the Civil War (they are the only father and son to win the Congressional Medal of Honor) he graduated from West Point in 1903. In World War I he commanded a brigade in combat in France where he earned a

Overview

This edition of Biography, the long running documentary series from A&E, explores the life of General Douglas MacArthur. The son of a Union army hero during the Civil War (they are the only father and son to win the Congressional Medal of Honor) he graduated from West Point in 1903. In World War I he commanded a brigade in combat in France where he earned a reputation for bravery. In July 1941 he was named commander of U.S. forces in the Far East; overwhelmed by the Japanese after Pearl Harbor, he was ordered to leave his forces on Bataan peninsula and go to Australia. From 1942 to 1945, as commander of the Southwest Pacific area, MacArthur organized an island-hopping offensive that resulted in the return of U.S. forces to the Philippines in October 1944. As supreme commander of the Allied powers, he presided over the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. As military governor of Japan. On the outbreak of the Korean War in July 1950, he became commander of United Nations forces in Korea. When Chinese forces began fighting alongside the North Koreans in November 1950, he forcefully advocated an extension of the war into China. This led to conflict with President Harry Truman, who relieved MacArthur from command on April 11, 1951. ~ John Patrick Sheehan

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2006
UPC:
0733961762808
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Time:
14:52:00

Special Features

Bonus Blunders: The Battle of the Bulge, A Bridge Too Far, The Bomb Plot to Kill Hitler, and The Scattering of Convoy PQ17; Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- World War II: The War in Europe, Pt. 1
1. WWII Begins [13:33]
2. Invasion of Europe's Mainland [11:42]
3. The Final Battle of Germany [11:18]
4. Mediterranean in Jeopardy [7:33]
5. Rommel Takes Toburk [4:57]
6. Masters of the North African Shore [9:52]
1. Hitler Holds Fast [8:32]
2. A Fresh Assault [4:43]
3. The Allies Look to Spring [7:34]
4. Operation Overload Begins [5:08]
5. Prepare for Normandy [14:12]
6. Victory Within Reach [3:27]
Disc #2 -- World War II: The War in Europe, Pt. 2
1. In Full Pursuit [8:46]
2. The Allied Drive Continues [4:59]
3. Poised at Germany's Frontier [6:38]
4. Air Power As a Potent Weapon [8:03]
5. The Bomber Offensive Is Under Way [5:37]
6. No Roof on the Fortress [8:52]
1. Hitler Buys Time [8:45]
2. St. Vith and Bastogne Must Hold [5:27]
3. The Outcome Is Assured [6:10]
4. Germany's Fanatic Offensive [8:48]
5. Eisenhower Refocuses on the Rhine [5:32]
6. The Final Weeks [8:13]
Disc #3 -- World War II: The War in the Pacific, Pt. 1
1. Betio Island [8:55]
2. Towards the Philippines [4:58]
3. Marianas Islands [7:12]
4. Port Moresby [9:03]
5. Escape From Burma [4:28]
6. MacArthur's Move [8:51]
1. Victory at Midway [8:20]
2. Leap Frogging [6:38]
3. Saipan [6:13]
4. Into the Jungle [7:17]
5. Caves of Peleliu [6:21]
6. All Is Lost [8:43]
Disc #4 -- World War II: The War in the Pacific, Pt. 2
1. Batan Death March [7:25]
2. Island Captures [6:55]
3. Through Manilla [6:03]
4. The End Is Near [7:55]
5. Sweeping the Island [5:49]
6. The Final Fighting [8:53]
1. The Young Halsey [6:52]
2. Leading the Saratoga [8:54]
3. Aggressive Spirit [6:14]
4. Battle in Darkness [5:01]
5. Halsey's Armada [8:27]
6. Final Battles [10:21]
Disc #5 -- General Douglas MacArthur: Return of a Legend
1. Introduction [3:01]
2. Childhood [7:56]
3. A Name in History [10:17]
4. During War [6:55]
5. Japan Surrenders [7:35]
6. In Command [8:44]
Disc #6 -- Okinawa: The Final Battle
1. Staggering Numbers [:01]
2. Final Stepping Stone [1:06]
3. Calm Before the Storm [8:21]
4. The Shuri Line [11:04]
5. Kamikaze Attacks [6:35]
6. Lessons to Be Learned [6:41]
Disc #7 -- Empires of Industry: War Planes of World War II
1. Life During Peacetime [:01]
2. The Stuff of Legend [3:48]
3. The Flying Fortress [6:56]
4. Faster and Deadlier [12:20]
5. The Ironworks [7:46]
6. Empty and Idle [9:11]
Disc #8 -- Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial
1. International Military Tribunal [8:06]
2. The Accused [3:20]
3. The Evidence [10:35]
4. Naked Aggression [6:13]
5. Special Action Groups [7:26]
6. Judgement [10:25]
Disc #9 -- Great Blunders of World War II, Pt. 1
1. Britain Resists [1:47]
2. A Devastating Campaign [10:07]
3. The Dunkirk Pocket [5:30]
4. Britain Stands [3:42]
1. Ultimate Miscalculation [3:14]
2. Choosing Sides [6:10]
3. On the Brink [4:16]
4. America Enters the War [7:16]
1. Taking Shelter [1:17]
2. Terror Bombing [9:56]
3. Air Battles [3:46]
4. The Blitz [6:02]
1. Fatally Flawed [1:37]
2. A Formidable Force [4:22]
3. Dive Bombing [7:25]
4. A Turning Tide [7:40]
Disc #10 -- Great Blunders of World War II, Pt. 2
1. Fight for Dominance [1:45]
2. Plan of Attack [6:21]
3. Code Name Magic [6:50]
4. Turning Point [6:03]
1. Bushido Code [5:26]
2. Operation Sho [7:24]
3. Okinawa's Lesson [3:44]
4. Defending the Homeland [4:20]
1. Turning Point [1:00]
2. Road to Destruction [4:39]
3. Cut-Off [6:15]
4. Surrender [9:05]
1. Missed Opportunity [1:38]
2. Crossing the Channel [6:15]
3. Operation Sea Lion [7:22]
4. RAF Strikes Back [5:46]

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History Channel Ultimate Collections - World War II 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ManWalking More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this "History Channel Ultimate Collections - World War II" compendium of offerings from the History Channel. I think they could have selected much better episodes to represent the "ultimate" collection. The two volumes devoted to blunders of WWII were good, but I thought that the rest of the selections were below par compared to what I have seen aired on the History Channel over the years. Quite a letdown.