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Green Devils: German Paratrooper Elite 1942-1945
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.
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.
Seemingly present whenever German combat cameramen were filming, armored cars and half tracks were as vital to the German war machine as the Panzers. This program covers all these vehicles and includes rare footage of the late war Puma armored car in Normandy.
This film covers the role of the Messerschmitt BF-109 and the introduction of the Focke Wolf FW-190 as the latter demonstrates its superiority over the Spitfire Mark 5 in missions over France and the English Channel.
This film covers combat operations from North Africa through to northern Norway and the Atlantic approaches to the battle of Stalingrad, as Germany emerges as the power with the world's most effective bomber force.
Why did the German Church embrace Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party? And what was a good German, a deeply religious and spiritual man, to do about it? Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer openly challenged his church to stand with the Jews in their time of greatest need. And he eventually joined to plots to kill Hitler. Extensive research in the US and Europe brings to life this amazing story of moral courage. Extraordinary archival footage is interwoven with interviews with friends, family students of Bonhoeffer, leading historians and theologians. The words of Bonhoeffer are read by actor Klaus Maria Brandauer.
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.
The Green Devils were the paratrooper arm of the Luftwaffe. This program deals with their evolution, from their formation in 1933 to their important role in the invasion of the west in 1940 and in particular that of Crete in 1941.