- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: April 13, 2010
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Timeless Media Group
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Interview with Jesse Da Silva, one of 9 survivors aboard the USS Tang, sunk by a faulty torpedo
Description by OLDIES.com:
After the devastating losses to America's Pacific Fleet in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Imperial Navy ruled supreme in the vast Pacific Ocean. In time, the Pacific Fleet was able to rebuild to take on the Japanese. Much of the publicity went to the aircraft carriers and the Naval Aviators who flew from their decks. Yet, as important as the carriers were, the most significant naval warships in actually prosecuting the war toiled in almost complete obsurity. While battles like those that occurred at Midway, Santa Cruz and Leyte Gulf grabbed the headlines, the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force quietly went about the task of isolating Japan. The submarine fleet crippled Japan's industry and prevented re-supply and reinforcement of Japanese island garrisons by virtually destroying her merchant fleet.
Silent Victory includes rare archival footage of epic naval battles and exclusive veteran interviews, covering the submarine war from the declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare after Pearl Harbor to Japan's unconditional surrender in Tokyo Bay.
Devil Boat follows a group of Portland, Oregon PT Boat veterans as they attempt to resurrect a PT boat from the ravages of time and neglect, sixty years after the war's end. Their aim was to restore PT 658 to its original state, complete with armaments and the original compliment of three 1,200 horsepower Packard engines.
With the restoration on the Willamette River as backdrop, Devil Boat takes you on an up-close-and-personal journey into the history of the PT boat, as told through the WWII PT Boat veterans' thrilling tales and rare archival footage of the origins, development and deployment of the Mosquito Squadrons.
The restoration of PT 658 was a daunting task. It is not an ordinary boat, but then, these are not ordinary men, and their memories of combat on the high seas illustrate just how special these boats and their crews were.
The two programs in this documentary set travel back to the first half of the 1940s, for a re-examination of the military events that immediately followed the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Historically speaking, U.S. naval fliers and aircraft carriers received the most credit for pioneer ing the Allied Victory in the Pacific, at battles such as Leyte Gulf, Santa Cruz and Midway. But the documentaries in this set suggest that the Allied vessels of the Pacific Fleet Submarine force were the true heroes that succeeded at isolating Japan - by destroying its merchant fleet, handicapping its industrial base and making reinforcement and re-supply next to impossible. The first program in the set, SILENT VICTOY, provides a systematic overview of the submarine war from Pearl Harbor through Japan's surrender, while the second, DEVIL BOAT, follows the journey of a group of Oregon PT boat vets as they attempt to resurrect and restore a vintage PT 658 to its original condition.