The West Point Atlas of War
World War II: European Theater
Originally used to train cadets at the US Military Academy, the maps in this book were created by the Department of Military Art and Engineering and were first commercially published in 1959. The 62 detailed plans and accompanying commentaries describe troop deployments and movements in the key European and North African battles of the Second World War, from the German invasion of Poland in 1939 to the Allied offensive in Italy in 1945.
The Word at War
World War Two in 100 Phrases
From 'concentration camps' to 'Germanophobia', the authors' selection of words and phrases born of the Second World War (and some left over from the First) has been arranged chronologically to follow the course of the conflict through its linguistic inventions. In each of the 15 chapters, they explore the derivations and the stories behind the popular terms and phraseology of the period – in European and Axis nations as well as Britain and the USA.
12th Hitlerjugend Panzer Division
Formed of volunteers from the Hitler Youth, with officers and NCOs from the Leibstandarte, the Hitlerjugend SS Division quickly emerged as an elite formation. It moved to Normandy in the spring of 1944, was declared operational on 1 June, and a few days later was fighting to frustrate Montgomery's invasion plans. Running time approx 100 min. DVD.
The first in a series of Special Operations programmes, this DVD uses archive film and revisits the exact locations to tell the story of the 1941 joint operation to seize the German Würzburg radar system sited on the cliffs of Northern France at Bruneval. One DVD; running time approx 105 min.
Defensive Battles on the Western Front
From the Channel to the Ardennes 1942-1945
This DVD covers three battles involving panzer and heavy artillery in the West: Operation Cerberus, a spectacular operation by the German Kriegsmarine in the English Channel; the Dieppe Raid; and the last major German attack - the Ardennes offensive. One DVD, running time approx 58 min.
Japan's Secret Fleet
This documentary traces the evolution of the Japanese fleet from the aftermath of the Battle of Tsushima in 1905, through the Kongo, Fuso, Hyuga and Nagato classes of ships to the Yamato – the largest battleship in the world during the 1930s and 1940s. The two DVD set also includes three short films on the Japanese Imperial Navy, the War in the Pacific and the US Navy. 2 DVDs; running time 136 min.
German Battle Units
The first half of this documentary traces the development and organization of the German army from the Versailles Treaty to the introduction of conscription in 1935. The second half concentrates on the army's Barbarossa campaign in the east and the battle for Stalingrad. Running time: 55 minutes. This DVD is from a series that uses original German film footage, with English voice-overs, offering the opportunity to see elements of the Second World War from a contemporary German perspective.
German Main Battle Lines
Focusing on the home front, this documentary includes extraordinary colour footage of pre-war Nazi Germany, then examines the impact of the war on German civilian life, including public information film on rationing and blackout precautions, and ends with the catastrophic results of the Allied bombing raids of 1943/4. Running time: 55 minutes. This DVD is from a series that uses original German film footage, with English voice-overs, offering the opportunity to see elements of the Second World War from a contemporary German perspective.
Sea Warfare in the North Atlantic
With German U-Boats patrolling the Atlantic shipping lanes day and night, the fight to protect Allied supply convoys became paramount, and as both sides fought for the upper-hand, the sea battles reached epic proportions by 1943. This DVD tracks some of these titanic clashes between the Allied navies and the German submarines. One DVD; running time 55 min.
Balkans, Greece and Crete 1941
Hitler's War Machine
Hitler’s decision to intervene in the Mediterranean theatre provided further proof of German military superiority, as they were able to swiftly take control of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete in April and May of 1941. The footage on this disc shows the land, sea and airborne operations employed.
Hitler's War Machine: Hitler Triumphant June 1940
The Wochenschau newsreels had much to boast about in the summer of 1940, as the British had withdrawn from mainland Europe and Germany was ascendant on all fronts. Hitler was filmed strolling around Paris and returning to Berlin triumphantly as the conqueror of France.
Stuka: The Aircraft and the Aces
The Junkers Ju87, known as Stuka from the German Sturzkampfflugzeug ('dive bomber'), is one of the legendary planes of the Second World War, a symbol of the Third Reich's blitzkrieg. This DVD from Pen & Sword's World War II from Primary Sources series is a newsreel history of Luftwaffe operations throughout the war, with additional footage of veteran pilots' accounts and extracts from the original propaganda publications of the Luftwaffe. 1 DVD 60min
The Hard Fought Road to the East
German Grenadier and Tank Divisions
A series of victories and advances for the German Army in Europe in the first years of the Second World War were eventually halted in Russia – the struggle for Stalingrad being arguably the pivotal moment. This documentary shows original archive film of various units of the Wehrmacht throughout the conflict with commentary focused on the German experience of the war. Running time: approx 60 minutes.