Muhammad Ali the boxer was also an Olympic Gold medalist and the first to win the linear heavyweight title three times. Muhammad Ali the star was a jive-talking showman who had reporters eating out of his hands, always wondering what he was going to say next. Muhammad Ali the humanitarian gave cause to his countrymen to find their place in the world. Ali grew up in Louisville, Kentucky as Cassius Clay Jr, and started boxing at an early age. Working on his fitness he’d run beside the school bus rather than catch it, and spar under an old cedar tree in his front yard. He took up boxing so that he would be ready if he ever caught up with the thieves who stole a treasured bicycle. But boxing became so much more to him than just a way to get revenge or defend himself.
Tiger Woods' talent began to show at an astonishingly early age, having had a golf club put in his hand at just three years old by his parents, who clearly had lofty ambitions for their young son. He managed to not only reach those heights but exceed them, and regularly names his father as one of his mentors and guiding lights. Winning the Junior World Championships six times, Woods, at fifteen, became the youngest ever Junior Amateur Champion.
Zinedine Zidane loves football. Even after a stellar career spanning 20 years, he admits to still being in the thrall of the game he started playing as a disadvantaged youth In Marseilles, France. In many ways his childhood helped him prepare for the pressures of the world game. It taught him to dream; and to not give up on that dream when the going got tough. However, it also provided him with his Achilles heel – his quick temper, which seemed out of character with the normally docile young player. He seemed unable to back down after being provoked, which eventually lead to him earning the dubious honor of becoming the first player to be sent off during extra time in a World Cup Final.
Trace 76 years in the life of a seasoned politician who enjoyed long tenures as a member and Chairman of both the House Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees. He has crafted laws relating to budget, crime, violence against women and tax relief. Yet, controversies remain on his resume. Now Joe faces the biggest race of his life as he battles for the White House, becoming the Comeback King.
For Kapitaen zur See and Fuehrer der U-boote Karl Doenitz the outbreak of war between Germany and the United Kingdom in September 1939 found the submarine arm of the Kriegsmarine unready for conflict. Nevertheless, Doenitz's 'Grey Wolves' were still able to inflict substantial losses on vessels carrying Britain's lifeblood.
The first six months of 1942 saw the war assume a truly global dimension with the entry of the United States into the conflict. For the U-boat arm, the heavy coastal traffic off the eastern seaboard of the U.S. provided such a fertile hunting ground that the high number of vessels sunk led this period to be christened by the submarine crews as the 'second happy time'.
As the period 1942-45 sees the massive growth in daylight bombing raids by the United States, the German fighter wings are increasingly diverted to oppose these developing new tactics in the process and with the planes themselves being continuously upgraded.
Due to Hitler's belief that the days of large paratrooper operations had passed, the Green Devils were transformed into an elite ground force taking part in the operations in North Africa, Italy, and Normandy, and in the retreat back to Germany.
The effectiveness of its artillery arm was one of the dominating features of the German army on the battlefields of the Western Front in World War I. The expertise and technology that had made it so effective in that conflict werer never lost, so the ground was already laid for the rapid expansion of artillery of all types for the new Wehrmacht.
From 1940 until war's end, German industry produced a plethora of self-propelled weapons for the german Army. This unique compilation of combat footage of tank destroyers and self-propelled artillery allows the viewer to gain insight into the variety and importance of such weapons to the German Army.
In order to keep up with the demands of warfare, soldiers and engineers were educated partly with training films. This program contains footage of 2 German Army training films from late 1943 and mid 1944. Produced for the benefit of German personnel, this may be the only footage of this type to survive the war.