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Collection of six war films. In 'Desert Commandos' (1967) a renegade band of five German commandos sets out across the African desert in an ambitious plot to assassinate the 'Big Three' Allied leaders - Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin - as they prepare to meet at the Casablanca Conference at the height of the Second World War. In 'Minesweeper' (1943) US Navy deserter Lieutenant Richard Houston (Richard Arlen) decides to take a chance and re-enlist following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. To avoid being identified, he assumes the alias 'Jim Smith' and is assigned to duty aboard a minesweeper charged with keeping the waterways clear. Throughout the numerous dangerous missions that follow, he lives with the added constant fear that his true identity will be discovered. In 'Go for Broke!' (1951) Van Johnson stars as Lieutenant Michael Grayson, a tall blond Texan with a negative attitude about working with what he calls 'Japs': the unique 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up entirely of Japanese-American volunteers that he has been assigned to lead. However, Grayson's misgivings and prejudices gradually evaporate as he sees his soldiers' heroic dedication to service in spite of America being at war with Japan. In 'Ski Troop Attack' (1960) a small band of Allied soldiers becomes stranded behind enemy lines in a freezing German forest while trying to carry out its mission of blowing up a strategically important train bridge spanning two mountains. Travelling on skis, the men must now do all they can to avoid detection while trying to gather intelligence about the German advance. In 'Manila, Open City' (1968), as Allied Forces are nearing the defeat of the Japanese Army in Manila, the Japanese Empire's soldiers begin attacking innocent civilians. A brutal month-long battle ensues. 'Three Came Home' (1950) is based on a true story about the imprisonment of Agnes Newton Keith (Claudette Colbert) in several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 1941 to the end of World War Two. Agnes and her young son face many difficulties after being separated from her husband.
War action drama based on real events in the Second World War. The film tells the story of the Pathfinders, a volunteer unit of American paratroopers who are given the deadly mission to parachute into Nazi-held territory 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion. The soldiers must then locate and mark strategic 'drop zones' and set up the top-secret navigation equipment needed to guide the primary airborne assault on D-Day, while concealing themselves from the enemy until the invasion gets underway.
Japanese World War II drama about a squadron of Kamikaze pilots fighting in the Pacific. The film follows the training and final moments in the lives of the young pilots as they bid farewell to their families and girlfriends and embark on their suicidal missions against the US Navy over the Pacific Ocean.
Gene Tierney, Bruce Cabot and George Sanders star in this early 1940s war drama set in a tiny, isolated British outpost in East Africa. Officers at the outpost enlist the help of Zia (Tierney), a mysterious and exotic woman living among the natives, in their bid to fend off an impending onslaught from Nazi soldiers.
War film about two American troops (Richard Devon and Ron Kennedy) stranded on a South Pacific island. The only survivors after a battle with the Japanese, alone and with little food, the men begin to turn on one another. Will they be able to join forces to survive their perilous situation?
Wartime drama starring Eric Flynn, Petra Davies and Francis De Wolff. In the small French town of Mereux there is a great deal of unease when a German garrison is stationed there in 1940. The local men quickly form a resistance group and mount an attack which goes horribly wrong, resulting in two of their members being captured, tortured and publicly executed. One of the dead men was the brother of Maria (Petra Davies), who, after his death, vows to exact revenge on the German officer responsible and so decides to help the French Resistance any way she can.
Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray star in this wartime aviation drama about the research trials which attempted to eliminate the dangerous phenomenon of pilot-blackout. The film, directed by Michael Curtiz ('Casablanca', 'Mildred Pierce'), was nominated for an Oscar for its camera work.
Wartime drama starring Dermot Walsh, Anton Rodgers, Maurice Kaufmann and Patrick McAlinney. When Major Roy Bell (Walsh) and his company are trapped by the advancing German army, Bell decides to embark on a dangerous mission to attempt to blow up a bridge which is of strategic importance to the enemy. However, the only resource available to him is a group of hapless army failures, drunks, thieves and deserters, but now they must rise to the challenge and prove themselves as heroes.
Rare archive colour footage of an RAF bombing raid on Berlin in the winter of 1943 - probably the most heavily defended target of them all and one that made terrible demands on the courage of the aircrew.
War drama based on real events about a group of American soldiers who, under the orders of their commander, find themselves trapped inside enemy territory. As they make their way home they face death and desperation in the fight to stay alive.
Vietnam action thriller following the brutal battles faced by a special US combat unit whose mission is to track down and kill the Viet Cong soldiers in one-on-one combat in the maze of tunnels hidden beneath the jungle of Vietnam.
1950 drama set in North Africa during the Second World War about a French girl, Lilli Marlene (Lisa Daniely), who happens to be the original subject on which the song of the same name is based. The song being a particular favourite of the Nazis, when they come to occupy the town where Lilli lives, they capture her and try to force her to sing it in German. Under duress she agrees, but only when the Nazis make threats towards her parents. Even though British troops are on their way, Lilli still has dangers left to face.
A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed.
Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan - known as Operation Valkyrie - these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside.
With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, von Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.
War epic telling the story of the coming-of-age of 18th century Kazak military strategist, Mansur (Kuno Becker) - later known as Ablai Khan. In the 18th century, the people of Kazakhstan are ruled by Mongolian invaders and divided by in-fighting. When Oraz (Jason Scott Lee) finds a baby boy who he believes is destined to unite the people, he trains him to be a fighter. Mansur goes on to become a mighty warrior and, along with his good friend, Erali (Jay Hernandez), attempts to unite the country's warring tribes and win back his nation's freedom.
DVD 1 - Combat America - '1st Lieutenant Clark Gable' provides the voice over for this World War II US Army Air forces Film that tells the story of the 351st Bombardment Group AAF. Amongst remarkable footage taken from the combat planes in action, 'Combat America' provides a rare portrait of the planes and men that flew them both working and at rest.
DVD 2 - The Sky Soldiers, Vietnam - It was 1965 and the first combat troops had arrived in Vietnam. This remarkable archive film tells the story of 173 Airborne Paratroops - The Sky Soldiers - from the perspective of a journalist, and shows a close up portrait of the soldiers carrying out everyday peaceful tasks, alongside combat footage of their battles.
DVD 3 - Canada At War, V Was For Victory - Using archive film footage from World War II, 'V was for Victory' tells the fascinating story of the Canadian Force's role in the liberation of occupied Europe. Featuring the Canadian Army's march into occupied Netherlands and Belgium, and the troops' capture of enemy ground in Germany, the film also shows Mackenzie King's 1945 re-election and the Canadian Navy's role in the pacific.
DVD 1 - Prelude to War - The Second World War is a record of one of the most destructive conflicts in human history, more than 46 million soldiers and civilians died. By far the largest number of those killed, whether in battle or behind enemy lines, were unknown by name or face except to those few who knew or loved them.
DVD 2 - Our Russian Front - Disregarding the Ribbentrop-Molotov Non Agression Pact signed by Germany and the USSR on 23rd August 1939, Hitler launched operation Barbarossa in June 1941, intending to invade and conquer USSR and unite German and Japanese forces against the Allies. Stalin mobilised every man, woman and child to defend their country and this is their story.
DVD 3 - The Nuremberg Trials - The Nuremberg trials was the was the world's first attempt to apply the rule of war to the excesses of war. Its tribunal judged 24 of the most egregious offenders of the losing side on charges of crimes against peace (i.e. waging 'a war of aggression'), war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Their names are enough to stir the heart and take the breath away. Their presence on the screen is nothing short of magical. These are the ultimate leading ladies, the ones who have charmed, dazzled, and thrilled. Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Ava Gardner, and Maureen O'Hara are all featured in this colossal collection of 17 movies starring icons of the silver screen.
As US soldiers occupied war-torn Afghanistan in 2002, a young Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar was arrested, along with his passengers, at a checkpoint for an alleged involvement in a Taliban rocket attack.
Confined to a solitary cell at Bagram, Dilawar was chained and exposed to continuous beatings and torture from the US soldiers. Five days after his arrest, Dilawar died.
Winner of the 2008 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi To The Dark Side is a searing insight into the modern-day role of torture and political corruption in the war on terror, from Abu Ghraih through to Guantanamo Bay.
The final part in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1945.
The first in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1939.
The second in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1940.
The third in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1941.
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