US Naval War College Website

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Thanks to the former Academic Dean of the US Naval War College, Captain Howard Burdick (Ret), here’s a link to the US Naval College website: www.usnwc.edu

Photograph (c) 2008 by Onne van der Wal Photography, Inc. Used with permission.

There are any number of informative articles in the Naval War College Review, and one in particular, Asymmetric Warfare at Sea, gives a great outline of the starting positions of the US and Japan prior to WWII in addition to a detailed recount of  the Naval Battles off Guadalcanal, 1942–1943.

I was fortunate to meet with Howard on the ms Rotterdam en route to Lima, Peru, and we discussed a number of the points I bring up in my military lectures: Click Here

Thanks Howard!!!!

WWII: The Complete History

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WWII: The Complete History is an interesting second tier compilation of significant events of World War II. The format of short segments, basically chronologically presented is fine and is actually somewhat welcome in being brief; each in a manner a “short story.” The actual footage helps in giving a sense of place and circumstance, but there are many “repeat” sections used to fill in spots as the narrative goes on. There is a distinct bias in the perspective taken, which is very much from an American point of view.

Victory at Sea (1954)

A video reference:

Victory at Sea, a 26-episode series on World War II, represented one of the most ambitious documentary undertakings of early network television. The series premiered on the last Sunday of October 1952, and subsequent episodes played each Sunday afternoon through May 1953. Each half-hour installment dealt with some aspect of World War II naval warfare and highlighted each of the sea war’s major campaigns. That drama was enhanced by the program’s sententious voice-over narration and by Richard Rogers’s stirring musical score.

The World at War (30th Anniversary Edition) (1974)

 

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More than 30 years after its initial broadcast, THE WORLD AT WAR remains the definitive visual history of World War II. Narrated by Academy Award winner Laurence Olivier and digitally re-mastered for DVD, this is epic history at its absolute best.

Unsurpassed in depth and scope, its 26 hour-long programs feature an extraordinary collection of newsreel, propaganda, and home-movie footage drawn from the archives of 18 nations, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress, that present an unvarnished perspective of the war’s pivotal events. Penetrating interviews with eyewitness participants–from Hitler’s secretary to Alger Hiss to ordinary citizens who stood outside the battle lines–add spine-tingling, first-hand accounts to an already unforgettable viewing experience.

Informative and unbiased, THE WORLD AT WAR is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an International Emmy Award, The National Television Critic’s Award for Best Documentary, and knighthood for its creator, Sir Jeremy Isaacs.