World War 2 Documentary


War Stories Truth is more exciting than Fiction

War movies are the ultimate in action cinema. Like most males everywhere, I like them … make that, love them. There isn’t a war movie I haven’t seen … dating way, way back to “All Quiet on the Western Front,” one of the earliest “talking” movies.

With rare exception, war films are packed with exciting action sequences … high drama … good guys and bad guys … lots of explosions … even compelling story lines.

Think back to WWII and American film companies made movies that painted our adversaries – the Nazis, the Italians and the Japanese – in the worst possible way. There was a patriotic fervor evident in every one of these films, many of which starred John Wayne who was then at the very height of his popularity.

My favorite war movie, based on fact and featuring an international all-star cast was “The Longest Day,” a film based on a real event – June 6, 1944, the allied invasion of France at Normandy. A long, but interesting film, it is as much documentary as it is entertainment. And, while I also like “Where Eagles Dare,” a purely fictional war film that starred Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, it is the film based on fact that I truly appreciate.

That is why I enjoy subscribing to a programming provider service. I get – and enjoy – access to well over 200 channels, including The History Channel and The Military Channel. There are no fictional accounts of any war presented on these networks. What viewers are able to see (and that includes me) is documentary coverage of the actual events as they took place more than sixty years ago.

Tune in and you can see the evil Adolf Hitler standing triumphantly in front of the Eiffel Tower shortly after his army had overrun and defeated the French army.  The humiliation felt by ordinary French citizens is clearly etched in their faces as German troops march triumphantly past them down the city’s main boulevard.

Other recent documentaries have chronicled the remarkable bravery of WWII Medal of Honor winners, as related by the men who won the medals, along with actual film footage from the battles in which they participated.

The fact is that Hollywood does a good job of re-creating actual battles … makes them seem exciting and real – and I enjoy those films – but there is nothing that compares to actual footage of a battle as it occurred, shot by a brave and unarmed photographer, either in Europe or in the Pacific.

Fortunately, my programming provider gives me the access I crave – to networks that feed my passion. I’m grateful for that.

By: Frank Bilotta

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 World War 2 Facts No Comments

John McCreary World War II Stories 1

OBITUARY. John McCrea McCreary, Lt. Col., RA, Rtd., died in his home in Rectortown, Va. ___June 3, 2009; three days before the anniversary of D-Day. John landed in Normandy as part of General Pattons never publicized secret weapon, his 3rd Cavalry and other reconnaissance units. Ranging the countryside in scattered, constantly in-touch-with-the-enemy small groups, these rovers and probers were the first sure proof in village after village that the Liberation was happening and was real. Lightly armored and highly mobile, these armored car groups deliberately and continuously harassed the German lines. Patton always knew where the Germans were because reconnaissance units like John’s were never out of contact with the enemy. Bypassing the struggles and dramas in Paris itself, these were the units that linked up with the guerilla Maqui to the south and east of the capital to keep the war of movement in motion. En passant John acquired the Legion of Merit plus three purple hearts. Having made it through France John was captured in Germany on the wrong side of the Saar River during a two day, on foot recon behind enemy lines. He wound up as Kommandant of his own prison camp. As the German war machine imploded in rear guard chaos, his prison guards had quietly surrendered to their Allied prisoners.* Later in Korea. Arriving early with the independent 6th Tank Battalion, he survived the bitter retreat to, and defense of the Pusan perimeter, and the triumphant, advance back up

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Sunday, November 21st, 2010 World War 2 Facts 17 Comments

Changi Museum: Inspiring Stories From the Second World War

The unique Changi Museum is an important museum that that reflects the history of Singapore during World War II.

The Changi Museum that can be explored today was relocated on 15 February 2001. The museum was formally positioned in the Old Changi Prison Chapel and Museum which was built in 1988. The relocation of the museum took place as a result of the expansion programme of the Changi Prison.

The new Changi Museum was opened for public viewing by Trade and Industry Minister BG George Yeo. This exceptional national museum is devoted to those who lived and sacrificed their lives in Changi and the whole of Singapore during the Second World War. Therefore, it is an unmatched place for those keen on discovering the many inspiring and heroic stories during the war times.

This inspiring museum houses numerous paintings, pictures, documents and many other mementos that were donated by past Prisoners-of-War also known as POWs.
At the ‘entrance gallery’, visitors are given a clear idea on life in Changi prior to the war. Further down, visitors will come across special tools and a material, other artefacts, belongings of POW’s, used during the times of the war. Most artefacts that can be viewed in the many showcases at the museum are significant donations of several key organisations, POWs and their relatives.

To learn about the many interesting facts on the war and how it all took place, visitors can have a look at the story boards. Special quotes and sayings by POWs and war experts are also displayed on these story boards.

Visitors can choose from the many different types of tours available at the Changi Museum. For example, the museum offers in-house tours, Audio tours, Changi WWII and Battlefield Tour, Changi World War II or even Customised Tours.

There are many Singapore hotels that offer easy access to the famous and intriguing Changi Museum. For instance, travellers can stay at the well appointed Copthorne Orchid Hotel Singapore and experience comfort, warm hospitality and professional service at its best.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 World War 2 Facts No Comments

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