Opening Pandora's Box
Phrases Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories behind Them
We might know what it means to be 'under the aegis', but what was the aegis? In this A–Z of classical allusion, Ferdie Addis has gathered together words and phrases, such as chimera, Croesus, hoi polloi and lotus eaters, that so enrich modern English, and he tells of their weird and wonderful origins in ancient history and Greek and Roman mythology.
The Usual Suspects
and Other Cliches
Cliches: over-used, abused, and often derided at by school teachers – or are they valuable linguistic shorthand, summing up in a few words what otherwise would take twenty? In this A–Z, lexicographer Betty Kirkpatrick explains the stories behind and the usage of more than 1,500 phrases, old and new, from what is 'essentially a lawless part of the English language'. First published as The Dictionary of Cliches in 1996. Second edition.
What Hitler's Butler Said
As Adolf Hitler's valet and adjutant from 1934 to 1943, Karl Wilhelm Krause was one of the most important witnesses to Hitler's close circle during the Third Reich. Fifty years on, Krause tells his story, with archive film of the people and events he describes. German soundtrack with English voice-over translation. Two DVDs; running time approx. 88 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.
Desert Rats 1940–1942
The successes achieved by British forces in the Libyan desert provided the first major land victories of the war, giving a much-needed boost to morale and the first signs of a turning of the tide. These three documentary films, produced by official War Office and Army film units shortly after the events, describe the North African campaign against the Italians and Germans, focusing on the strategic port of Tobruk. World War II from Primary Sources series. 1 DVD 60min
The First World War
The Battle of Mons was the first engagement for the British Expeditionary Force, meeting the German Army on the Belgian-French border in August 1914. Despite performing well they were forced into a withdrawal through the sprawling industrial area around Mons, in the face of superior German numbers. This feature-length documentary visits key locations in France and Belgium to tell the story of the BEF from arrival in France to the perilous retreat from the battle. 1 DVD 90min
The Red Baron
The True Story of Manfred von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen was the leading ace of the First World War and helped to develop effective new aerial combat tactics while leading his Jagdgeschwader 1 fighter unit. This documentary includes original wartime footage, a revealing assessment of the controversial circumstances of his death and bonus galleries of archive photographs. DVD.
The German Wehrmacht
Winter War on the Northern and Eastern Front
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Along with chapters on combat missions and conditions on the Northern, Eastern and Western fronts, this film covers topics including Stalingrad, North Africa, air combat and motorcycle troop missions. One DVD; running time approx 60 minutes.