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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...
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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
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • UPC: 733961762808
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Time: 14:52:00
  • Format: DVD

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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Menu

Disc #1 -- World War II: The War in Europe, Pt. 1
   The Greatest Conflict & North Africa: The Desert War - Play Program
   The Greatest Conflict & North Africa: The Desert War - Scene Selection
   Play Both Programs
   The Beachhead at Anzio & D-Day - Play Program
   The Beachhead at Anzio & D-Day - Scene Selection
Disc #2 -- World War II: The War in Europe, Pt. 2
   Pursuit to the Rhine & The Bomber Offensive - Play Program
   Pursuit to the Rhine & The Bomber Offensive - Scene Selection
   Play Both Programs
   The Battle of the Bulge & The Battle for Germany - Play Program
   The Battle of the Bulge & The Battle for Germany - Scene Selection
Disc #3 -- World War II: The War in the Pacific, Pt. 1
   Island Hopping & Jungle Warfare - Play Program
   Island Hopping & Jungle Warfare - Scene Selection
   Play Both Programs
   Air Wars & Bloody Ridges of Peleliu - Play Program
   Air Wars & Bloody Ridges of Peleliu - Scene Selection
Disc #4 -- World War II: The War in the Pacific, Pt. 2
   The Philippines & Okinawa - Play Program
   The Philippines & Okinawa - Scene Selection
   Play Both Programs
   Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey - Play
   Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey - Scene Selection
Disc #5 -- General Douglas MacArthur: Return of a Legend
   Play
   Chapters
Disc #6 -- Okinawa: The Final Battle
   Play
   Chapters
Disc #7 -- Empires of Industry: War Planes of World War II
   Play
   Chapters
Disc #8 -- Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial
   Play
   Chapters
Disc #9 -- Great Blunders of World War II, Pt. 1
   The German Blunder at Dunkirk
   Hitler's Declaration of War on the U.S.
   The Pilot Who Bombed London
   Hitler's Flying Blunders
   Scene Selection
      The German Blunder at Dunkirk
      Hitler's Declaration of War on the U.S.
      The Pilot Who Bombed London
      Hitler's Flying Blunders
   Bonus Episodes
      Battle of the Bulge
      Bridge Too Far
   Credits
Disc #10 -- Great Blunders of World War II, Pt. 2
   Japan's Mistakes at Midway
   The Failure of the Kamikaze
   Death at Stalingrad
   Operation Sea Lion
   Scene Selection
      Japan's Mistakes at Midway
      The Failure of the Kamikaze
      Death at Stalingrad
      Operation Sea Lion
   Bonus Episodes
      Bomb Plot to Kill Hitler
      The Scattering of Convoy PQ17
   Credits
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Up To History Channel Standards

    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.

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