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Hist. Chan. July 14
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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2002 - 05:12 PM UTC
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@ 1500 Silent Service
The Boats of WWII

Meet the U.S. Navy submariners of WWII--hunters who lived under the sea in cramped and claustrophobic quarters as they stalked their victims. We'll see how Navy designers struggled to achieve a submarine design that ultimately proved to be the best underwater craft to fight in the war. Included are stories of the Squalus, whose crew was the first to be rescued from a disastrous sinking, and the Argonaut, the largest submarine built until the advent of nuclear subs in the 1950s. TV G

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The Captains of WWII

They were self-reliant individualists who forged a deadly team, and the initiative of individual submarine captains proved instrumental in the American victory in the Pacific. We'll see how trendsetters like Dudley Morton and Richard O'Kane brought new ideas to submarine warfare, showing that aggressive strategies, like surface running, were the best way to sink the most enemy ships. Sam Dealey, a submarine captain known as "The Destroyer Killer", is also featured. TV G

@ 1700 Silent Service
The Torpedoes of WWII

Only a few weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy experienced a failure of critical technology--the torpedoes that armed its fleet of submarines were defective. The ensuing debacle ranks as one of the great near disasters of WWII. We'll see how the exigencies of war clashed with entrenched bureaucracies and egos of the naval ordnance establishment. After two years of frustration the submariners prevailed and with effective weapons went on to achieve remarkable results. TV G

@ 1800 Silent Service
Attack Plans of WWII

Examines the evolution of the strategy and tactics used by U.S. submarines in the war against Japan. Conceived as scouts for the surface fleet, the fleet of boats of the "silent service" found their true calling as heirs to the commerce-raiders of the American Revolution and Civil War. By embracing the once-condemned practice of "unrestricted submarine warfare", these stealthy predators of the deep virtually swept the Pacific of Japanese maritime shipping. TV G

@ 2000 repeats @ 0000 The Color of War
The Price of War

Even as WWII raged on, another, more desperate, battle was being waged just behind the front lines...a battle to save lives. The victories and losses of this crusade are the stories of the price of war. The fact that so many servicemen lived to tell the tale is a testament to the brave medical personnel who fought daily against death. WWII comes alive through a moving tapestry of letters, diaries, color film and photographs unearthed from archives and personal collections. Peter Coyote narrates. TV 14

@ 2100 repeats @ 0100 Tiger Attack
Developed from a desperate need to turn the tide of war in his favor, Adolf Hitler became personally involved in the Tiger Tank, one of history's finest armored fighting vehicles. It was big, it was bad, and fit the Nazi ideal of a weapon. With detailed color reenactments and interviews, we enter the world of the Tiger and its crews that fought on every major battlefront of WWII. Told from the German soldier's point of view, the program is produced in association with the Imperial War Museum, London. TV G
Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2002 - 09:53 AM UTC
the show on the Tiger was great, much better than the stuff told with an American slant. the British and Germans usually tell better combat stories.
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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2002 - 10:07 AM UTC
Another British production I saw that was really good was The Third Reich: In Colour. All the films used in the production are colour film. I found it useful reference for German uniform colours.