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75 Years of WWII (2014/A&E/Lionsgate/History Channel DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Episodes: B+

It's been 75 years since WWII. The History Channel takes a look back in time, but not though the eyes of historians but through the eyes of the soldiers who survived through it in 75 Years Of WWII. D-Day, one of the largest invasion forces that ever occurred in history, how and where the soldiers landed, their objectives, the cost of lives, what went wrong and the courage of those who went forward to secure an American victory. The Battle of Bloody Santa Cruz retells of lost of the USS Hornet and how the Enterprise survived and eventually lead to the biggest naval battle with the Japanese and US navel fleets. And finally this program takes a look into Ultimate WWII weapons that changed the course of war and modern warfare.

There are soldiers who would have said differently, that history is written by the survivors. While generals, leaders would say "for victory!", "for honor!", "for glory!", or "for home and country!"... soldiers who were fighting in the field or drowning at sea where just trying to survive. They remember those who were their brothers and those that fell behind, and that they were the lucky ones. In their war, the war was all around them, air, sea and land, and if there was a hell on Earth they were in it. There were first person stories from the few soldiers that survived the first landing in Normandy, pilots and gunners that fought and protected the Enterprise, as they shared their version of the story.

History documentary take a first hand account from survivors or WWII, soldiers, paratroopers, pilots, marines and even one German trooper. Along with archived footage, 3-D animation recreation, they show the battle tactics, strategies, struggles, loses and cost for victory. And show what the difference between heroes in the stories and real life are, so that we would never forget those men who gave the last full measure of devotion.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 sound are average, but watchable. There are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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