D-Day: The Ultimate 70 Years Anniversary Box

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War Documentary hosted by Charles Durning and Terry MacDonald, published by Discovery Channel in 2014 - English narration

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In the pre-dawn hours on June 6, 1944, 160,000 troops prepared to land on the French coast of Normandy. This would become the decisive turning point in World War II in Europe. Although the war would not end for another year, D-Day was the beginning of the end. This special edition pays tribute to the fallen during D-Day and the days after. You will see an incredible visual report of the challenging and difficult Operation Overlord (D-Day), the first morning on the invasion beach Omaha Beach until the last days of heavy battle at Falaise. You also get a very personal account of the German and Allied soldiers. On the basis of often emotional and poignant diary reports, personal letters and many private films, they describe what they have experienced and how they coped with it. Two million men fought for more than 12 weeks that summer on the beaches and fields of Normandy, trying to overrun Hitler's massive "Atlantic Wall" and drive the Germans out of France. Four hundred thousand combatants died, some in hand-to-hand fighting. New research shows that the survival rate for a soldier on the invasion beaches was 25 percent. How is it possible that 50 percent of the men survived? These two documentaries tell a different story. A beautifully crafted, detailed reconstruction shows what happened on the beaches that day. In the first hour of the attack, one third of the American soldiers die. This battle will determine the further course of the war. Survivors talk about the factors that made it so difficult to conquer the coast. The animated images show it. See and feel what these young people had to endure as soldiers during a brutal and inhumane battle! For their memory!

[edit] D-Day: The Great Crusade (1994)

Discovery Channel's feature-length, highly acclaimed documentary film 'Normandy: The Great Crusade' offers one of the finest-ever accounts of D-Day and the battle for Normandy. The stories of the men and women whose lives were profoundly affected by the invasion and its aftermath are illustrated with never-before-seen home movies, snapshots, personal letters, vintage music and news broadcasts.
The scale of the campaign was truly awe-inspiring. The great armada, which took the Allied invasion force across the Channel, was the largest sea fleet the world had ever seen - in excess of 6,000 ships. Over twelve and a half weeks in the summer of 1944, two million men fought first on the beaches and then in the fields of Normandy. 100,000 were killed and a further 300,000 wounded.
"Normandy: The Great Crusade" provides a uniquely personal account of the battles and campaigns by bringing to life the personal letters and journals of those who fought -- and sometimes died -- on D-Day and in the weeks beyond. Here are the first hand accounts of British officers and men and American paratroopers and tank crews. Here too are the accounts of German soldiers manning the sea wall, Hitler Youth soldiers fighting around Caen and French civilians caught up and trapped in the fighting. Their vivid and unforgettable stories are illustrated by the pick of the front line combat footage, private photographs and even the radio broadcasts of the time, including Bob Hope commenting the invasion. Written and Directed by Christopher Koch ; A Presentation of Discovery Channel and Koch TV Productions Inc.

[edit] Surviving D-Day (2011)

'Surviving D Day' tells the epic story of the 12 hour battle that took place on June 6 1944, on Omaha beach in Normandy, France. Five years into World War II, the future of Europe hangs in the balance, as 34,000 US soldiers embark on a mission to launch the biggest attack ever from sea. This fascinating documentary, interviews the soldiers who fought at Omaha, recalling their experiences as they approached the shore line under intense cross fire. Using CGI graphics to recreate and illustrate what happened on D Day, the programme also explores the weaponry used in the first wave of the invasion.
Stunning graphics and 3-D environments portray the life-or-death reality of taking part in an operation that changed the course of history. Presenting a soldier's eye-view of the battle for Omaha Beach and beyond. "Surviving D-Day" blends compelling reconstruction and rare archive footage with magnetic interviews with those who were there. In a forensic breakdown of the battle, 'Surviving D Day' reveals how an individual's chances of seeing another fay depended on a bewildering array of factors. Some could be determined by personal choices. Most could not. What could a man do to raise the odds of survival?
Of the 1450 soldiers to arrive in the first wave that day, it is estimated that over one third of these men were casualties within the first hour. 'Surviving D Day', recognized by many experts as the best D-Day documentary ever, graphically details one of the biggest turning points in modern history, and tells the gripping story of the brave soldiers that gave their lives to liberate Western Europe. Written & Produced by Mark Hedgecoe ; Produced by Dangerous Films Ltd. in Association with Empire Media for Discovery Channel

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 2 250 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1000x576
Display Aspect Ratio: 1.736
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 448 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 6
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 1 h 27 min - 1 h 39 min
Number Of Parts: 2
Part Size: 1.60 GB - 1.64 GB
Source: DVD (Thanks to friemke@a.b.ftd)
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