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  • 4-4-43 “Film in 5”

    1943 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Dale Dye-April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japan’s most notorious prison camps. The prisoners were survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor, and the prison from which they escaped was surrounded by an impenetrable swamp and reputedly escape-proof.

  • The American St. Nick “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Tom Kane-It was 1944 in the small Luxembourg Town of Wiltz when a Christmas miracle happened thanks to soldiers of the American 28th Infantry Division.

  • D-Day Over Normandy “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by the New England Patriots Bill Belichick, the only 6-time Super Bowl-winning head coach in NFL history. The World War II Foundation hired one of France’s top aerial Drone camera companies to film some of the most iconic locations in Normandy from D-Day.

  • Above and Beyond “Film in 5”

    1943 | Films in 5 Minutes

    The Incredible Escape of Jewish-American B-17 Pilot Bruce Sundlun from Nazi-Occupied Europe in World War II. Narrated by Kara Sundlun.

  • A Promise to My Father “Film in 5”

    1939 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Re-trace the steps of Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter as he returns to Poland and Germany for the final time to look for items buried in 1939 in the basement of his old home in Plock, Poland as the German army advanced. Narrated by Tom Kane.

  • A Company of Heroes “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    They were the “other” Band of Brothers. A Company of Heroes features interviews with many of the men not focused on in the book “Band of Brothers” by Stephen Ambrose or in the television mini-series by the same name. Never before seen video and photos are also included in this film. Narrated by Tom Kane.

  • D-Day: The Price of Freedom “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Peter Kessler-Five D-Day veterans return to France decades after they landed on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Each has his own unique story, and they take us to the places where they fought and where the memories remain all too vivid, even to this very day.

  • Day of Days “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    They were the best the United States had to offer and on June 6, 1944, their nation sent them through the gates of Hell in Normandy, France. They fought inland and on Utah Beach and faced murderous MG-42 machine-gun fire, mortars, and artillery on Omaha Beach.

  • Doolittle’s Raiders “Film in 5”

    1942 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Many of the names of the 80 flyers who took part in the April 18, 1942 raid on Japan may not be familiar to most, but collectively they will always be known in history as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Narrated by Tom Kane.

  • Eagles of Mercy “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Inside the small church, the wounded wore both Allied and Axis uniforms and civilian clothing. The American medics, Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore of the 2nd battalion, 501st PIR, treated all who were brought into the 12th century Norman church, no matter whether they were friend or foe. Narrated by Tom Kane.

  • Battle of Peleliu “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    A “behind the scenes” tour with Pacific War historian Andy Giles on the island of Peleliu in the Pacific. Peleliu was the location of a fierce fight between the United States and Japan beginning in September 1944. Peleliu is called the most “well-preserved battlefield” in the world today.

  • 1st to Fight: Pacific War Marines “Film in 5”

    1942 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Jon Seda-1st to Fight: Pacific War Marines follows several Americans of the famed 1st Marine Division who took part in the United States’ first significant land offensive of World War II on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal. These same Marines then went on to fight in bloody battles at Cape Gloucester and Peleliu.

  • Grandpa’s War Story Goes #Viral “Film in 5”

    1942 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Liev Schreiber-Social Media is an essential tool in telling the real-life stories of World War II’s Greatest Generation. For Alaskan teenager Henry De Hoop, social platforms such as Facebook have proven to be an incredible resource in sharing his grandfather, James Schmidt’s story, with a global audience. After all, Jim Schmidt became a paratrooper at 14 years old!

  • Dick Winters: Hang Tough “Film in 5”

    1942 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Damian Lewis-Tells the story of the building and dedication of the Richard D. Winters Leadership monument in Normandy, France in June of 2012. The film focuses on the leader of World War II’s “Band of Brothers” and the leadership skills he possessed.

  • Journey Home to the USS Arizona “Film in 5”

    1941 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Matthew Broderick-We follow the family of USS Arizona survivor Raymond Haerry on a 5,000-mile journey as they return to Pearl Harbor to place their father’s ashes back aboard the great battleship.

  • Lifeline: Pearl Harbor’s Unknown Hero “Film in 5”

    1941 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Gary Sinise-Joe George is probably a name unfamiliar to almost every American, but on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, Joe George was every bit a hero in the opening moments of America’s violent entry into World War II.

  • D-Day at Pointe-du-Hoc “Films in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by David McCallum-The incredible story of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion, led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, who climbed and assaulted the 100-foot-high cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc on June 6, 1944, where 6 German cannons were supposed to be located.

  • Maggie’s War “Film in 5”

    1941 | Films in 5 Minutes

    We follow 82nd Airborne veteran James “Maggie” Megellas from Wisconsin to Europe where he fought in some of the most savage battles of World War II. “Maggie” is the most decorated officer in the history of the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Narrated by Tom Kane.

  • Omaha Beach: Honor and Sacrifice “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Tim McCarver-On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the green 29th Infantry Division faced some of the most brutal fighting on Omaha Beach.

  • Remember Pearl Harbor “Film in 5”

    1941 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Tom Selleck-The focus of this film is on the military and civilian survivors of Pearl Harbor, all of whom had totally different experiences on December 7, 1941.

  • Rommel: The Soldier, The Son and Hitler “Film in 5”

    1939 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Greg Kinnear-Germany’s most famous commander of World War II, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, had one fatal flaw: He always spoke his mind to Adolf Hitler. Rommel would pay for voicing the truth to his Fuhrer with his life.

  • Surrender on the USS Missouri “Film in 5”

    1945 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Country Music’s number one recording star, Luke Bryan-On September 2nd, 1945, World War II came to its official end aboard a legendary battleship anchored in Tokyo Bay.

  • Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944 “Films in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Jason Beghe-The story of the World War II massacre of 84 American soldiers in the Malmedy, Belgium area on December 17, 1944, during the opening days of the famous “Battle of the Bulge.”

  • The Portillo Expedition: Mystery on Bougainville Island “Films in 5”

    1943 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Gary Sinise-Follow a crew of explorers, led by legendary Chicago restaurateur Richard Portillo, to Bougainville, New Guinea to the northern Solomon Islands (Southwest Pacific) as they trek through dense jungle and deep mud to visit the remote site of the plane wreck of famed Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s crashed Betty Bomber.

  • War Journal: Rocky Gause “Film in 5”

    1942 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Chandler Massey with Kyle Chandler-War Journal tells the story of one of the most incredible escapes in World War II. Two Americans, both escapees of Bataan, Damon Gause from Corregidor as well who, in 1942, in a leaky 20-foot fishing boat, escaped and sailed from the Philippines to Australia and freedom. However, this incredible story didn’t end there…

  • Uncle Jack: Manhattan Project and Beyond “Film in 5”

    1942 | Films in 5 Minutes

    The Manhattan Project was an enormous undertaking that required the efforts of many of the world’s most brilliant intellectuals. One of those assigned to the project was my uncle John Edmund Gray, a University of Rhode Island graduate with a brilliant mind. Narrated by Tim Gray.

  • World War II: Saving the Reality “Film in 5”

    1933 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Narrated by Dan Aykroyd-From the Holocaust to the dropping of the Atomic bombs, this film tells the story of an individual who owned the largest private collection of World War II artifacts in the world, each item with its own individual story to tell!

  • Navy Heroes of Normandy “Film in 5”

    1944 | Films in 5 Minutes

    Chronicles the building and dedication of the first-ever United States Navy monument in Normandy, France. Dozens of interviews with Navy D-Day veterans are included. Narrated by Dug Joy.