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21.

The Fall & Rise of the Dreadnought

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Objectives of the program include: comprehend why the battleship has gone in and out of favor as the capital ship of the U.S. Navy, learn why the formidable dreadnought was not a major weapon in World War I, know of the battleship's unique advantages, discover why the real battleship war took place in the Pacific during World War II, find out what role the battlewagon played in the Korean and Vietnam wars, learn why the cruiser currently supplants the dreadnought as the capital ship, and become aware that the battleship has certain advantages that are still valuable even in the nuclear age.
Online
1990
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Interview With Henry Cabot Lodge, 1979 [electronic resource]

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Henry Cabot Lodge was a United States Senator from Massachusetts, and Ambassador to South Vietnam from 1963 -1964. He viewed South Vietnam's president Ngo Dinh Diem as an ineffective leader, and tacitly supported the coup that overthrew him. Mr. Lodge discusses the circumstances of his appointment as Ambassador, and his impressions of Vietnam prior to going. He recounts the advice and instruction he received from other advisers, especially regarding Diem, and details his role in the events surrounding the coup. He describes Diem's personality and his own view of the war after the coup.
Online
1983
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Interview With Harry McPherson, 1981 [electronic resource]

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Harry McPherson served as Special Counsel to LBJ from 1965 to 1969 and was Johnson's chief speechwriter from 1966 to 1969. McPherson begins the interview by recalling the conflicted mood at the White House following the Tet Offensive. The optimism found in military cables and official information clashed with televised images showing the nation that the war was resulting in massive loss of human life and that a prisoner could be shot at point-blank range. He also talks about the concerns LBJ had that the Vietnam War might escalate into a world war and that the goal was not to destroy North Vietnam but rather to keep them contained and not overthrow the government in South Vietnam. He ends the interview with a personal sketch of President Johnson, a complex and tragic figure.
Online
1983
24.

The Big Picture: Military District of Washington

This classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series covers military activities in the nation's capital for what might be called the visitors' view of Washington. Viewers will see the most famous of all military units in Washington-the 3rd Infantry Regiment, whose origins go all the way back to the Revolutionary War. The stories of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the ceremonial color guards at historic Mount Vernon, and the famed caparisoned horses at Fort Myer will be told. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration also shows the men going into actions on the guns, the tankers of the 3rd Infantry rolling past the Pentagon, and the men of the 2nd Battalion moving to strategic positions as designated in Plan Able.
Online
2011; 2008
25.

The Civil War [electronic resource]

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An epic documentary bringing life to America's most destructive - and defining - conflict. Here is the saga of celebrated generals and the ordinary soldiers. A heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one again.
Online
2002; 1989
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Vietnam: America's Conflict

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"Be an eyewitness to the conflict that divided our nation and changed the very fabric of society. This collection of harrowing and compelling footage traces the evolution of this conflict from a regional military engagement to an ever-expanding war that ultimately spanned three U.S. Presidents. From strategic political move to the immediacy of jungle warfare and the weapons with which the war was waged, Vietnam: America's Conflict captures the sweep of history and the agony of a generation."--Publisher's website.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
27.

War Letters: Stories of Courage, Longing and Sacrifice

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In every American conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, American military men and women have captured the horror, pathos and intensity of battle by writing letters home. Collecting 50,000 war letters, using the most compelling and enlightening of the missives and newly discovered home movies, this tells the story of American wars from the viewpoint of the men and women on the frontlines and those who waited at home.
DVD
2002; 2001
Clemons (Stacks)
28.

The Last Legion

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In 460 A.D. Aurelius Antonius finds himself recalled to Rome and is assigned the Commander of new Caesar, Romulus Augustus' retinue of personal bodyguards. Romulus is destined to be crowned the last emperor of Rome. His reign lasts for one day and ends with Rome being run over by the savage Goths. In the resulting invasion, most of Aurelius's men are killed and the young Caesar is captured and imprisoned in the forbidding Isle of Capri. Aurelius, with the very few legionnaires left him, undertakes a rescue mission, with the assistance of a mysterious Byzantine warrior, who turns out to be a beautiful, very lethal woman named Mira. Against impossible odds, Romulus Augustus is rescued. But, with the Roman legions having just sworn allegiance to the Goths, the one remaining hope lies in [...]
DVD
2007; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Battlefield Britain: From Boudicca to the Battle of Britain

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Britain is a country that has been forged by centuries of warfare. Eight epic installments cover nearly 2,000 years of British history, charting key battles which could have gone either way, and did much to shape the nation that Britain is today.
DVD
2005; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
30.

Background to China's Communist Revolution

This program traces the rise of nationalism in China under the Kuomintang leadership of Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek, and the emergence of the Communist Chinese Party under Mao Zedong. The causes of China's political stability are explored from the declining years of the Qing dynasty through to the Wuchang Uprising, the White Terror and the infamous Long March.
Online
2017; 2015
31.

The Yanks Are Coming

Royal dynasties began to fall as the European grew tired of the endless years of war. America entered World War I in 1917, turning the tide for the Allied Forces. Victory was declared in 1918 with Germany agreeing to the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
Online
2017; 2014
32.

This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)

American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
Online
2018; 2017
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Warfront '68

From Saigon, four leading correspondents discuss Vietnam's battles on this NET Journal—Warfront '68 program. Participating in this National Educational Television production are Robert Shaplen of The New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Arnett of the Associated Press, William Tuohy of the Los Angeles Times, and R.W. Apple, Jr. of the New York Times. A.H. Perlmutter, the program's executive producter, acts as a moderator.
Online
2017; 1968
34.

Defence in Depth

Historian Peter Barton concentrates on the second phase of the battle, from the middle of July to the middle of September 1916. Barton reveals how an Allied advance on objectives which should have lasted days and weeks took months and resulted in yet more carnage on the Somme battlefield.Whilst British tactics were unvarying, that of their German enemy evolved using the changing landscape of the battlefield. The slowness of the Allied advance during this period Barton explains by the emergence of new German tactics—defense in depth.
Online
2017; 2016
35.

The Korean War

In June 1950, North Korean troops invaded South Korea, igniting the Korean War. This documentary feature remarkable battlefield and combat footage of offensives at Pork Chop Hill, the Choisin Reservoir, Heartbreak Ridge and more.
Online
2017; 2003
36.

The Big Picture: The New First Team

In this classic episode of the U.S. Army’s The Big Picture series, the history of the First Cavalry Division is chronicled in World War II and Korea. Subsequent scenes highlight the need—and eventual development—of a different kind of fighting force: the First Cavalry Division Airmobile. Featuring footage provided by the National Archives and Records Administration, this historical recording examines how one airmobile division provided four times the airlift of an infantry division and had the ability to put 1/3 of its 16,000 fighting men into the air at a time with their equipment.
Online
2012; 2008
37.

San Juan de Puerto Rico, United States: Spain’s Bulwark in the Caribbean

Between the 15th and 19th centuries, a series of defensive structures was built at this strategic point in the Caribbean Sea to protect the city and the Bay of San Juan. They represent a fine display of European military architecture adapted to harbor sites in the Western Hemisphere.
Online
2017; 2001
38.

The Valley of Death

June 1914, Europe was in the midst of an idealic summer. The nations of Europe were joined together by webs of trade and capital. Their royal houses linked by bonds of family and marriage. Global trade was at an all time high. The prospect of all an all out European war was unthinkable, pundits said. No one saw the catastrophe coming, until it came. World War I - The War to End All Wars.
Online
2017; 2014
39.

Russia in Afghanistan

In 1979, the Soviets had ill-suited uniforms and inferior fighting tactics, and found it impossible to defeat the popular Afghan guerrilla army. They had underestimated their enemy and lacked the forces to win.
Online
2017; 2003
40.

Atomic Vets

The story of the veterans who witnessed secret atomic testing and how their decades-long struggle for recognition affects soldiers today. This story is a coproduction with our friends at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting.
Online
2017; 2016