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Silent wings: American glider pilots of WWII.

Child, Robert, 1963- (Added Author). Holbrook, Hal. (Added Author). Cronkite, Walter. (Added Author). Rooney, Andrew A. (Added Author).

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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 113 min.)) : sound, color.
  • Publisher: [United States] : Janson Media : 2007.

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Restrictions on Access Note: Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note: Narrator: Hal Holbrook ; featuring Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney.
Summary, etc.: From the early race to build gliders to the D-Day invasion at Normandy and Nazi Germany's final surrender, Silent Wings - The American Glider Pilots of WWII narrated by Hal Holbrook, reveals the critical role gliders played in World War II offensives. Through rare archival footage and photographs, the film places the audience right at the center of the action in the dangerous world of the American glider pilot. During WWII, 6000 young Americans volunteered to fly large unarmed cargo gliders into battle. For these glider pilots every mission was do-or-die. It was their task to repeatedly risk their lives landing the men and tools of war deep within enemy-held territory, often in complete darkness. Thousands of lives were saved and battles won because of their efforts. In fact, one pilot interviewed said - the 'G' in their emblem didn't stand for glider; it stood for 'guts'.
Target Audience Note: Not rated.
System Details Note: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: United States. Army. Glider Infantry Regiment, 401st.
World War, 1939-1945 > Aerial operations.
Gliding and soaring.
Combat survival.

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