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The True Glory: The Western Front in World War 2 Documentary – Part 6 (1945) – footage

1945 www.amazon.com Watch the full film: thefilmarchived.blogspot.com The Germans had been preparing a massive counter-attack in the West since the Allied breakout from Normandy. The plan called Wacht am Rhein (“Watch on the Rhine”) was to attack through the Ardennes and swing North to Antwerp, splitting the American and British armies. The attack started on December 16 in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge. Defending the Ardennes were troops of the US First Army. Initial successes in bad weather, which gave them cover from the Allied air forces, resulted in German penetration of over 50 miles (80 km) to within less than 10 miles (16 km) of the Meuse river. However, having been taken by surprise, the Allies regrouped and the Germans were stopped by a combined air and land counterattack which eventually pushed them back to their starting points by January 25, 1945. The Germans launched a second, smaller offensive (Nordwind) into Alsace on New Year’s Day, 1945. Aiming to recapture Strasbourg, the Germans attacked the 6th Army Group at multiple points. Because Allied lines had become severely stretched in response to the crisis in the Ardennes, holding and throwing back the Nordwind offensive was a costly affair that lasted almost four weeks. The culmination of Allied counter-attacks restored the front line to the area of the German border and collapsed the Colmar Pocket. In January 1945 the German bridgehead over the river Roer between Heinsberg and Roermond was

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The True Glory: The Western Front in World War 2 Documentary – Part 5 (1945)

1945 www.amazon.com Watch the full film: thefilmarchived.blogspot.com The British Field-Marshal Montgomery persuaded Allied High Command to launch a bold attack, Operation Market Garden which he hoped would get the Allies across the Rhine and create the narrow-front he favoured. Paratroopers would fly in from England and take bridges over the main rivers of the German-occupied Netherlands in three main cities, Eindhoven, Nijmegen, and Arnhem. British XXX Corps would punch through the German lines along the Maas-Schelde Kanal and link up with American paratroopers in Eindhoven. If all went well XXX Corps would advance into Germany without any remaining major obstacles. XXX Corps was able to link up with six of the seven paratrooper-held bridges, but was unable to link up with the troops near the bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem. The result was the near-destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division. These events were summarised by Lieutenant-General Frederick Browning as “a bridge too far”. The offensive ended with Arnhem in German hands and the Allies holding an extended salient from the Belgian border to the area between Nijmegen and Arnhem. Fighting on the Western front seemed to stabilize, and the Allied advance stalled in front of the Siegfried Line (Westwall) and the southern reaches of the Rhine. Starting in early September, the Americans began slow and bloody fighting through the Hurtgen Forest (“Passchendaele with tree bursts”—Hemingway) to breach the Line. The
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A Radar meteorology book, 1959. A cloud Identification book, 1959, 3rd ed. 1966. One mention of small contrails. 4 books on the History of WW2 and Jet aircraft. Contrails are seen in the 1940 painting. I missed another 1940 painting with contrails and fighter prop planes. So, some kind of small real contrail existed in 1940. Nothing in the Radar book, “Cloud Seeding” and “ID’ing” is there. In the 1940′s history Look carefully at the text and dates. Compare the facts to the “1944 Contrail”. The idea of Bi-Planes making 100 mile and longer “contrails” seem unlikely.

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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 World War 2 Facts 28 Comments

The True Glory: The Western Front in World War 2 Documentary – Part 4 (1945)

1945 www.amazon.com Watch the full film: thefilmarchived.blogspot.com On June 6, 1944, the Allies began Operation Overlord (also known as “D-Day”) — the long-awaited liberation of France. The deception plans, Operation Fortitude and Operation Bodyguard, had the Germans convinced that the invasion would occur at the Pas-de-Calais, while the real target was Normandy. Following two months of slow fighting in hedgerow country, Operation Cobra allowed the Americans to break out at the western end of the lodgement. Soon after, the Allies were racing across France. They circled around and trapped 250000 Germans in the Falaise pocket. As had so often happened on the Eastern Front Hitler refused to allow a strategic withdrawal until it was too late. 100000 Germans managed to escape through the Falaise Gap but they left behind most of their equipment and 150000 were taken prisoner. The Allies had been arguing about whether to advance on a broad-front or a narrow-front from before D-Day. If the British had broken out of the Normandy bridge-head around Caen when they launched Operation Goodwood and pushed along the coast, facts on the ground might have turned the argument in favour of a narrow front. However, as the breakout took place during Operation Cobra at the western end of the bridge-head, the 21st Army Group that included the British and Canadian forces swung east through Belgium, the Netherlands, and Northern Germany, while the US Twelfth Army Group advanced to their south
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The True Glory: The Western Front in World War 2 Documentary – Part 7 (1945)

1945 www.amazon.com Watch the full film: thefilmarchived.blogspot.com Once the Allies had crossed the Rhine, the British fanned out Northeast towards Hamburg crossing the river Elbe and on towards Denmark and the Baltic. British and Canadian paratroopers reached the Baltic city of Wismar just ahead of Soviet forces on May 2. The US Ninth Army, which had remained under British command since the battle of the Bulge went south as the northern pincer of the Ruhr encirclement. The US 12th Army Group fanned out, the First Army went north as the southern pincer of the Ruhr encirclement. On April 4 the encirclement was completed and the Ninth Army reverted to the command of Bradley’s 12th Army Group. German Army Group B commanded by Field Marshal Walther Model was trapped in the Ruhr Pocket and 300000 soldiers became POWs. The Ninth and First American armies then turned east and pushed to the Elbe River by mid-April. During the push east, the cities of Frankfurt am Main, Kassel, Magdeburg, Halle, and Leipzig were strongly defended by ad hoc German garrisons made up of regular troops, Flak units, Volkssturm, and armed Nazi Party auxiliaries. Generals Eisenhower and Bradley concluded that pushing beyond the Elbe made no sense since eastern Germany was destined in any case to be occupied by the Red Army. The Ninth and First Armies stopped along the Elbe and Mulde Rivers, making contact with Soviet forces near the River Elbe in late April. US Third Army had fanned out to the East

i made this video just for fun in about 20 minutes. this video is about the invasion of the Normandy, France (which is called Operation Neptune) and especially about the fightings at Omaha and Utah Beach under the codename Operation Overlord. It’s not simply a frag movie or somethin because i tried to implement some real facts and i tried to make it a bit more serious than a game normally is. The games are: “Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30″ “Call of Duty 2″ The Song is: Gamma Ray – Strange World I think it fits with the movie (lyrics and timing)
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Thursday, November 25th, 2010 World War 2 Facts 26 Comments

Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Most Notorious Double Agent of World War II by Ben Macintyre

There are so many heroes (and cads and villains) in our history. If there was anyone with the qualities of all three, it could only be Eddie Chapman. He was basically a British conman, who asked the German if he could work for them (because he was in their custody), and they readily agreed. He was taken to France where the trainers taught him the latest spying techniques. He soaked in all the knowledge like a good student. Both the British and the Germans were worried that the other country had a superior spy network; Eddie Chapman took advantage of the situation.

Returned For a Top Secret Mission

 

Eddie Chapman returned to London for a top secret mission, but the parachute jump was bungled, forcing him to turn to the nearest policeman and thus began his career as a double agent. It doesn’t happen often that the same story inspires two writers at the same (for two books). Basically, he was just a professional criminal who worked as a double agent for both Germans and the British. The spy drama of his life is a classic one where everything present in the spying world existed, complete with beautiful blondes, cyanide capsules, invisible inks and secret codes. His life was full of adventures and it seemed he craved for more.

Vanished For the Next Six Years

 

In the beginning of his career, Eddie Chapman was thrown out of the British Army (absent without leave) and then he started pursuing a flashy lifestyle with an element of glamour in it. One crime led to another and his crimes caught up with him in 1939, when Scotland Yard zeroed in on him. He was on a holiday with Betty on island of Jersey, when he saw the police approaching. He jumped through a glass window and Betty was unable to see him for the next six years.

Earlier Accounts Were Not Complete

 

MI5 issued false identification papers to Eddie Chapman, and so did the Germans. He also published hi story titled The Eddie Chapman Story in 1954, but the version was heavily censored and the readers concluded he only worked for the Germans (the fact that he also worked for MI5 was completely ignored in The Eddie Chapman Story). The next edition of the book appeared in 1966, but even this was not the complete account of Eddie Chapman’s life. Eddie Chapman died in 1997, though he was not notorious anymore at that time. His file was declassified by the MI5 in 2001, and about 1700 pages of information came out in the public domain. Two journalists, Ben Macintyre and Nicholas Booth felt this was the chance to create a popular book, and two books were born.

The Psychology behind the Man

 

Ben Macintyre is graceful writer, as he writes clearly and presents a more fluent account of the life of Eddie Chapman. To some extent, he is also skeptical and is not taken in easily by Eddie Chapman’s words. Moreover, he is largely interested in the psychology of the man Eddie was and emotions he might have gone through.

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 World War 2 Facts No Comments

The True Glory: The Western Front in World War 2 Documentary – Part 8 (1945)

1945 www.amazon.com Watch the full film: thefilmarchived.blogspot.com While the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces represented a resounding success of the Western Allies and the Soviet Union, the path to this outcome was influenced by the strategic decisions of both sides. In retrospect, it is clear that particular factors and choices strongly affected the pace and course of the campaign on the Western Front. * The Allied deception as to where the D-Day landings would take place was very successful, with the majority of the German command convinced the landings would take place at Calais. For their part, the Germans underestimated Allied willingness to risk an amphibious assault over a route longer than the shortest path across the English Channel. While the Allies meticulously planned the landings, they failed to assess the countryside immediately beyond the beaches, which resulted in the Germans very successfully using the hedgerow country (Bocage) as a system of natural defensive works that took the Allies two months to clear at a staggering cost in infantry casualties. Historians have also asserted the US Army should have landed on the eastern end of the Normandy beaches and formed the northern wing of Allied forces in Northwest Europe. The primary argument in support of this is that the mobility of American forces could have been better used in the more open terrain and most direct route to Berlin that the northern approach offered. As it was, the pre
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Friday, November 19th, 2010 World War 2 Facts No Comments

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