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Tag: World War II

History Buffs: Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan. The episodes first aired in 2001 on HBO. The series …

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Neil Halloran: The Fallen of World War II

An animated data-driven documentary about war and peace, The Fallen of World War II looks at the human cost of the second World War and sizes up the numbers to other wars in history, including trends in recent conflicts.  

Vox: How America became a superpower

With over 800 military bases around the globe, the US is easily the most powerful nation on earth. But it wasn’t always this way. The US once played an insignificant role in global affairs. In this 8-minute video, Vox explores its transformation.  

Military History Visualized: Why the Japanese Air Forces failed in World War 2

Short overview on the major shortcomings of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Air Arm and the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) in World War 2. Taking a look at the initial situation and the various errors committed by its leadership.  

Military History Visualized: Why did the German Aces have so many Air Kills?

When it comes to World War 2 many people often cite the high kill numbers of German and Japanese Pilots. The problem is they usually try to use these numbers to make various points on how effective the Axis forces were, well, there are many problems with this. Luckily the third most successful German ace …

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Smithsonian Channel: How Was Hitler’s Enigma Machine Cracked?

During WWII, an elite team of British codebreakers, including Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, were tasked with cracking one of the most complex secret communication systems in existence: Hitler’s Enigma.  

Smithsonian Channel: Unearthed Eyewitness Reports of Hitler’s Final Days

After WWII, Nuremberg judge Michael Musmanno set out to quash rumors that Hitler was secretly still alive. This footage is part of a series of fascinating, unearthed video interviews he conducted with the last people to see the Fuhrer alive.  

University of California: The Nazis Next Door: How America Became A Safe Haven For Hitler’s Men

) In his book “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became A Safe Haven For Hitler’s Men,” Eric Lichtblau investigates a trove of newly discovered documents which bring to light an unknown era post WWII. He discusses how Nazis were protected by the U.S. government to become spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers. …

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Institute of Physics: Oppenheimer and the bomb: panel discussion

Tom Morton-Smith’s new play Oppenheimer explores physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer’s scientific leadership of the Manhattan Project, which secretly developed the atomic bomb, changing both the face of science and global geopolitics forever. In this panel discussion, which took place on 24 January 2015 at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon Avon, in …

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GCMarshallFoundation: World War II Myths, Misconceptions and Surprises

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war at Pearl Harbor, eminent historians Gerhard Weinberg, William Hitchcock and Mark Stoler discuss popular perceptions of the war and recent research that challenges many of them. They present new insights into the personalities and events of that time.  

University of Edinburgh: Jim Al-Khalili | Alan Turing: Legacy of a Code Breaker

From cryptanalysis and the cracking of the German Enigma Code during the Second World War to his work on artificial intelligence, Alan Turing was without doubt one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. An extraordinarily gifted mathematician, he is rightly regarded as the father of computer science having set in place the formal …

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The Rescued Film Project: Undeveloped World War II Film Discovered

The Rescued Film Project discovers and processes 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago. Filmed By: Tucker Debevec Audio Engineer: Eric Bower Original Music: Mark Doubleday Second Camera: Eric Bower Edited by: Levi Bettwieser  

Andrew Roberts: Why Hitler Lost the War | German Strategic Mistakes in WWII

Dr. Andrew Roberts is a historian and journalist. In this lecture at the US Army War College, he outlines some reasons to why Hitler lost world war II.  

Robert Weiner: The Origins of World War II

Robert Weiner, Jones Professor of History, lectures on “The Origins of World War II” as part of Lafayette College’s Alumni Summer College. Lecture hosted by Lafayette College.