Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII

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Join narrator Hal Holbrook as he examines the crucial role that gliders played in World War II offensives in this documentary that follows the history of the glider from the race to master the sky to the beaches of Normandy and Germany's last stand. In order to emerge victorious in battle, it was crucial that pilots be able to deliver weapons and munitions deep into enemy territory. Unarmed cargo gliders provided the ideal means of accomplishing this lofty goal, and the 6,000 American volunteers who volunteered ...
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Join narrator Hal Holbrook as he examines the crucial role that gliders played in World War II offensives in this documentary that follows the history of the glider from the race to master the sky to the beaches of Normandy and Germany's last stand. In order to emerge victorious in battle, it was crucial that pilots be able to deliver weapons and munitions deep into enemy territory. Unarmed cargo gliders provided the ideal means of accomplishing this lofty goal, and the 6,000 American volunteers who volunteered to pilot these vehicles would repeatedly risk their lives flying in the hostile territory under the most treacherous conditions. Frequently carrying out their missions in the dead of night, these brave souls would take to the skies with no motor to propel them, no landmarks to guide them, and no parachutes to ensure their safety.
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Special Features

Virtual Visit to the Silent Wings museum; Interview with writer/director Robert Child; Selected Inecom documentary trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • UPC: 646032040692
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Janson Media
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hal Holbrook Voice Only
Walter Cronkite Participant
Andy Rooney Participant
Technical Credits
Robert Child Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII
1. Opening Prelude [3:34]
2. Attack on Fortress Eben Emael [3:30]
3. Germany's Glider Program [1:25]
4. America Responds - The Rise of General Hap Arnold [4:18]
5. Flying in a WWII Glider [5:24]
6. The Invasion of Crete [6:34]
7. A Glider Force Second to None [3:44]
8. Attack on Pearl Harbor [3:16]
9. War Reporters Enlist [7:09]
10. Doubts About the Glider Program [2:19]
11. The Invasion of Sicily [11:05]
12. The St. Louis Glider Crash [4:39]
13. The North Carolina Glider Demonstration [3:49]
14. Mission to Burma [7:06]
15. Normandy - Operation Overlord [13:54]
16. The Invasion of Southern France - Operation Anvil [3:00]
17. The Invasion of Holland - Operation Market Garden [8:59]
18. End the War in '44 [2:05]
19. Battle of the Bulge - Bastogne [3:44]
20. The Invasion of Germany - Operation Varsity [5:59]
21. The Battle of Burp Gun Corner [1:26]
22. Heroic Legacy [3:28]
23. Glider Pilot Reunion and Recognition [3:15]
24. Closing Credits [:48]
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Disc #1 -- Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII
   Play Program
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Virtual Visit to the Silent Wings Museum
      Interview With Writer/Director Robert Child
      Selected Inecom Documentary Trailers
         World War 1 - American Legacy
         Blood and Oil - The Middle East in World War I
         Horses of Gettsyburg - Civil War Minutes IV
      Audio Options
         DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
         Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
         Dolby Digital 2.0
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
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