WWII Submarine Warfare in World War II: Silent Victory (2-DVD)

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Format:  DVD  (2 Discs)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
  • Released: April 13, 2010
  • Originally Released: 2010
  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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.

Product Description:

History books, of course, have covered the "Pacific Theater" of World War II ad infinitum, paying exhaustive attention to such pivotal events as the Battle of Midway and the Battle of Santa Cruz. But what of the submarine action that transpired beneath the waves at the same time' As issued by the Timeless Media Group, the documentary program SILENT VICTORY: SUBMARINE WARFARE IN WWII pointedly argues that such seldom-discussed events were even more vital in turning the tide of history against the imperialist Japanese than the feats of aviators. The submarines, it suggests, subversively managed to cripple Japan by severing its resupply and industry lines and thus preventing refortification of its garrisons. As a direct result, the U.S.A.F. managed to completely obliterate Japan's merchant fleet. In building this argument, SILENT VICTORY draws on such elements as archival footage of naval battles, interviews with WWII veterans (including submariners), a detailed chronicle of torpedo and submarine evolution over the course of the Second World War, and much more. As an added bonus, the package also includes the documentary DEVIL BOAT; THE SAGA OF PT 658, the chronicle of a cadre of Portland, Oregon PT Boat veterans as they attempt to restore a PT Boat with three 1,200hp Packard engines, over 60 years after World War II.

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  • Sales Rank: 7,890
  • UPC: 011301633859
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