Battle 360: USS Enterprise

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War Documentary hosted by Wally Kurth, published by History Channel in 2008 - English narration

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Battle 360 is the story of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The Enterprise held a pivotal place on the turbulent seas of World War II, engaging in some of modern combat's fiercest multi-front battles. Using the latest technology and cutting-edge computer graphic animation, Battle 360 brings viewers into the heart of the action in this series that charts the course of battle ships and their crew from first strike to last stand. For nearly a decade, the legendary World War II aircraft carrier USS Enterprise held a pivotal place on the turbulent seas of war, engaging in some of the fiercest multi-front battles ever witnessed in modern combat. The only carrier to be front and center in every major sea conflict in the Pacific, the Enterprise and her crew s battles were marked by by intense firepower, instinct and a 360-coordination between surface ships, the aircraft above, and the submarines below. In each episode using incredible CGI visualizations, BATTLE 360 follows the Enterprise and its men through another conflict of WWII as they fight off the enemy from the air, sea, and underwater as the Enterprise battles its way to victory. Relive some of the most exciting World War II battles with all 10 episodes of this HISTORY CHANNEL hit series. Produced by Flight 33 Productions for A&E / History Television Networks

[edit] Call to Duty

When World War II started, the U.S.S. Enterprise had been in service for six years; however, the crew aboard where very young, and very inexperienced in battle. But it got its start in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
It's December 7, 1941, and returning from a top-secret mission, Enterprise and its air groups embark on the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the early weeks of WWII, as America suffers one defeat after another, the Enterprise is one of the few shining lights, sinking enemy submarines, hitting the Japanese Navy in the Marshall Islands, and supporting the famous Doolittle Raid.

[edit] Vengeance at Midway

The biggest battle in the Pacific Theater, in which the Japanese main battle fleet attempts to destroy the American base on Midway Island. A Japanese victory here would have crippled America's chances in the war and America sends its three biggest carriers to defend the base. Of course, it's those three carriers that the Japanese admiral wants to sink.
In one of the most famous naval battles in history Enterprise and sister carriers Yorktown and Hornet, turn the tide of the Pacific War. In just a few violent days in the waters off Midway Island, the American carrier fleet defeats the Japanese Navy, and the Enterprise helps secure one of America's first victories in WWII.

[edit] Jaws of the Enemy

The Americans go on the offensive attacking Guadalcanal. Initially the victory is overwhelming, but the Japanese counter-attack results in the first direct hit the Enterprise had suffered.
In the summer of 1942, the American Navy is finally on the offensive. The first strike is in the Solomon Islands, North of Australia. Enterprise supports the first American Invasion of WWII as U.S. Marines storm ashore at Guadalcanal. The Japanese strike back with a vengeance and in a brutal slugfest in the Eastern Solomons, the Enterprise suffers its worst battle damage yet.

[edit] Bloody Santa Cruz

The Solomon Islands campaign continues. The damaged Enterprise is still outnumbered, but at least it received an upgrade in its AA capability. But will it be enough as the Japanese send a massive strike force to retake Guadalcanal?
Part two of the deadly saga of the Solomons plays out at the Santa Cruz Islands, the Enterprise loses sister ship USS Hornet and suffers dozens of casualties with bombings to the deck. When the smoke clears, the Enterprise is the only American carrier left in the Pacific.

[edit] Enterprise Versus Japan

After the loss of the U.S.S. Hornet, the U.S.S. Enterprise is the only battle ready carrier left in the Pacific theater, but first she needs repairs. Meanwhile, Japan is planning one massive push to remove American troops from Guadalcanal.
November 1942, and for the crew aboard USS Enterprise the war has never been more personal. "The Big E" is the only battle-ready American carrier left in the Pacific and when the Japanese Navy tries to retake Guadalcanal, it's the Enterprise that destroys their transports, battleships and destroyers in Iron Bottom Sound.

[edit] The Grey Ghost

After surviving near-fatal damage, twice, the U.S.S. Enterprise has earned the nickname The Grey Ghost, but it is the Japanese that strike at night crippling the U.S.S. Chicago and it is Enterprise that needs to race to the rescue. After the latest overhaul of the U.S.S. Enterprise, the most experienced ship in the fleet gets to use these new weapons right away in the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.
The USS Enterprise becomes the first ship to receive the Presidential Unit Citation, the highest award any American vessel can achieve. It's half-time in the carrier war for the Pacific, as Enterprise heads home for a major refit. With a new crew of "Citizen Sailors" aboard, and new technology, "The Grey Ghost" returns to the battleground and in the bloody Gilberts Invasion, launching the first night air operations ever flown from an American carrier.

[edit] Hammer of Hell

As American forces march across the Pacific capturing Japanese islands, the latest battle takes place in Truk Lagoon and the U.S.S. Enterprise gets to use its latest upgrades to make history. But now instead of the Enterprise being the only battle ready carrier, she's leading a massive force. However, she's also about to take on one of the largest Japanese naval bases.
As 1944 begins, USS Enterprise and the Carrier Task Forces pummel through enemy bases at Kwajalein and Truk Lagoon, as the Japanese make a desperate stand in the Marshall Islands. From the Marshalls, the Enterprise sets a course for New Guinea and supports the invasion of Hollandia during Operation Persecution.

[edit] D-Day in the Pacific

America's island hoping strategy has put Japan itself nearly within striking distance. But this means Japan is desparate and willing to do anything to stop American forces. This episode focuses on Battle of the Philippine Sea, which featured roughly 1700 planes on both sides making it the largest aircraft carrier battle in history.
While the allies storm France, on the far side of the world American forces hit Saipan in the Marianas Island. The Enterprise supports one of the largest and most deadly battles of the Pacific War, nearly wiping out Japanese naval airpower in the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot," devastating enemy surface forces in the Philippine Sea.

[edit] Battle of Leyte Gulf

Another record is broken, this time the largest navel battle in history. On the other hand, it is a bit anti-climactic, as by this time the Japanese navy was reduced to a shadow of its former self. But Japan does have one last trick up its sleeve.
USS Enterprise and its escort ships and submarines engage in the largest sea battle ever. In a series of ferocious surface and air firefights the Japanese Navy is totally diminished in the last great naval engagement in World History. With the enemy fleet in chaos, the Enterprise and the American carrier force clear the way for an American invasion of the Philippines and set the course for the road to Tokyo.

[edit] The Empire's Last Stand

After two massive victories, America sets its sites on Japan and the end of the war. But Japan unleashes the only weapon it has left: Kamikazes.
In the winter of 1945, the Enterprise hits Luzon, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and Iwo Jima. The Big E also debuts a brand new night air-group from her flight deck. But as the U.S. Navy closes in on Okinawa and the Japanese homeland, the Empire lets loose a merciless weapon, the Kamikaze. Sailors and Marines on Enterprise now face the horror of deadly suicide attackers as the allies tighten the grip on Japan and secure victory in the Pacific.

[edit] The Making of Battle 360

Battle 360 Bonus Scenes and making of look at the creation of the CGI effects, featuring a large number of additional scenes not contained in the original broadcast. Viewers experience intense fire from the land, air and sea through ground-breaking production techniques, including state-of-the-art video game graphics mixed with archival footage to reanimate the heart-pounding WWII battles. The sphere of war is dissected and explained, with footage of Japanese planes diving into the sea, crashing into the decks of vessels that made up the fleet of which the "big E" was a part, and the larger strategy of the battle for the Pacific.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L5.1
Video Bitrate: 3 345 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1920x1080
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 23.976
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 54 min
Number Of Parts: 11
Part Size: 1.41 GB
Source: BluRay
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