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.
Last Boat to Normandy
D-Day Landings – The Veterans' Accounts
For this film, the camera crew joins a band of D-Day veterans as they make the journey across the channel to revisit the Normandy beaches, pay respects to their fallen comrades, and share their memories of the D-Day landings and the fierce fighting of 6 June 1944. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
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.
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.
Great Authors: Charles Dickens
Three DVD Set
This BBC box set explores Charles Dickens’s colourful life and work in three films: a drama-documentary presented by Dickens’s biographer, Peter Ackroyd; a dramatized narration of A Christmas Carol and a 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield, the most autobiographical of the novels, starring Bob Hoskins and Daniel Radcliffe. 3 DVDs total duration 8 hrs 30 min.
Britain from the Air
Exploring Britain's architectural, industrial and spiritual heritage, this set of three documentaries on DVD uses spectacular, high-definition aerial photography to see the most important cathedrals, abbeys and churches, historic mills, harbours and bridges, domestic buildings and masterpieces by architects such as Wren, Vanbrugh and Adam from the air. The films are from the producers of the BBC's Wainwright Walks and narrated by Richard Mervyn. 3 DVDs: running time 52 minutes each. Slipcased.
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
Hitler Triumphant June 1940
Hitler's War Machine
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.
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 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
Make Do and Mend
A Yesteryear Scrapbook
Recycling bones, patching up bomb-damaged buildings, fashioning a new hat out of an old trilby or collecting saucepans to make Spitfires... Pathe news items got across the wartime government's message to 'make do and mend' and popular songs took up the theme: this CD includes George Formby's I Did What I Could With My Gas Mask and Arthur Askey's The Thing-Ummy-Bob as well as a public service broadcast on saving bathwater. DVD.
The 1066 Hastings Campaign
The English campaign of 1066 involved three critical battles – the Viking victory at Fulford, near York, and defeat five days later at Stamford Bridge, and William of Normandy's decisive victory at Hastings – with the defending King Harold Godwinson force marching his men up and down the country to repel the invaders. DVD. Running time 80 minutes.
1809 to Salamanca
Following the winter retreat to Corunna in 1809, Wellington's crack rifle regiment (Sharpe's famous 'green jackets') fought the French back and forth across the Iberian Peninsula taking part in a number of actions, including the River Côa, Bussaco Ridge, Fuentes de Oñoro, Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz. Shot on location in Spain and Portugal, this documentary tells the story of the regiment up to the key battle at Salamanca in July 1812. 1 DVD 105mins
German Fighter Squadrons
After a brief survey of the development of the Luftwaffe after 1918, this film examines Luftwaffe strategy, the attack on Poland in 1939, and the role of the German fighter squadrons as defence against the Allied strategic bombing offensive. 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.
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.
The German Wehrmacht
Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Tank Defence
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. Among the topics covered in this film are the development of the tank and the wartime experience of armoured units on the Western and Eastern fronts, including Operation Barbarossa. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
The German Wehrmacht: Main Front Lines on the Eastern Front
Main Front Lines on the 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. Beginning with a chapter on the origins of the Wehrmacht, this film deals mainly with tank warfare in the East, but also with Cossack associations and maritime distress and transport squadrons of the Luftwaffe. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
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.