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DVD; The Great Generals

In this volume, we look at four American generals that led US forces in Europe during World War I and World War II.

John J. Pershing

Pershing commanded the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in Europe during World War I. Upon his return in 1919, Congress awarded him the title “General of the Armies of the United States,” previously accorded only to George Washington.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

During World War II, Eisenhower proved to be the outstanding general of the war. He was chosen to lead Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa, and as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, he oversaw Operation Overlord, the invasion of France. Eisenhower served as President of the US from 1953-1961.

Omar N. Bradley

During World War II, Bradley commanded the 12th Army Group, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under one field commander. His troops helped to liberate Paris and smashed the Nazi counter offensive in the Ardennes at the Battle of the Bulge.

George S. Patton

Patton commanded the 3rd Army following the Normandy invasion and played a crucial role during the Battle of the Bulge. A true icon of World War II, Patton earned the nickname “Blood and Guts” for his aggressiveness and zeal in combat.

B&W. Approx run time: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Special Features
None.
Product Details
Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Columbia River Ent.
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
Run Time: 107 minutes


DVD: The Last Voices of WWI

Horrors of World War I are relived as last survivors tell their tales in this new series

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The Last Voices of WWI is a unique and harrowing six-part documentary series featuring testimonials from more than 100 WWI veterans. This culmination of interviews captured over the last 15 years has been put together in one series for the first time, along with historic newsreel footage and dramatic reconstructions.

Winner of a Royal Television Society Documentary Award (2009), this breathtaking series is praised for providing a unique historical record of a lost generation. Read the rest of this entry »


Excerpt: War Ready: In My Father’s Shadow

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“The first week of school was difficult for me. I had to walk several long blocks from our house to the intersection of a main street. A military bus would stop and pick me up before heading to the top of Mount Kurokuyama, where the American school was located. When I walked to the bus stop in the morning, there were no adults or children out walking. I was the only one on the wide brick street. No one else came and waited for the bus. I stood all alone on the side walk.

In the distance I noticed large groups of uniformed Japanese school children on their way to school, staring at me while slowly crossing the street closer to the bus stop where I was standing alone, and they could have a better look at me.

By the middle of the week they walked to the bus stop, where they stood and stared at me for a long time without smiling, or moving, or speaking- which terrified me. No on had ever stared at me in that way. My mother taught me that it was very rude to stare. I perceived them as suspicious and threatening. I looked for a place to hide, but there was no hope for an escape; in front of me were two empty lots across the street, and behind me was a row of locked gates and doors.

The students never took off their eyes off me and never smiled, but the group moved toward me slowly until I was completely surrounded. I could not have escaped even if I had tried. Without showing any emotion and avoiding any eye contact, a group of students put their hands on me with great care, rubbing their hands back and forth on my arms, watching and feeling my skin. After touching me, the first group moved on, but behind them others took their place. Each student took a turn touching and rubbing my arms, but no one smiled, no one spoke, and no one looked at me directly. I was so terrified. I stood as still as a statue, staring at the ground while my heart nearly palpitated out of my chest. Finally, the last students moved on. I could not endure this every day. I wanted to run home and never leave the house. When I stood alone trying to decide whether to head home or go to school, the bus arrived. The door opened and I ran up to the stairs, sat down, and felt a rush of relief. I was too young and too frightened to know that people care for each other, even when they do not speak the same language. I realize now how kind and caring the students were to show their concern for me. They may also have been very curious about the American student. It was quite different with adults


Author: Dan Kurzman

No Greater Glory

The sinking of the Dorchester in the icy waters off Greenland shortly after midnight on February 3, 1942, was one of the worst sea disasters of World War II. It was also the occasion of an astounding feat of heroism—and faith.

As water gushed through a hole made by a German torpedo, four chaplains—members of different faiths but linked by bonds of friendship and devotion—moved quietly among the men onboard. Preaching bravery, the chaplains distributed life jackets, including their own. In the end, these four men went down with the ship, their arms linked in spiritual solidarity, their voices raised in prayer. In this spellbinding narrative, award-winning author and journalist Dan Kurzman tells the story of these heroes and the faith—in God and in country—that they shared.

They were about as different as four American clergymen could be. George Lansing Fox (Methodist), wounded and decorated in World War I, loved his family and his Vermont congregation—yet he re-enlisted as soon as he heard about Pearl Harbor. Rabbi Alex Goode was an athlete, an intellectual, and an adoring new father—yet he too knew, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, that he would serve. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), the son a famous radio evangelist, left for war begging his father to pray that he would never be a coward. Father John Washington (Catholic), a scrappy Irish street fighter, had dedicated himself to the church after a childhood brush with death. Chance brought the chaplains together at a Massachusetts training camp, but each was convinced that God had a reason for placing them together aboard the Dorchester. Read the rest of this entry »


Author: Robert Coram

august books 3John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever — the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country’s most legendary fighter aircraft — the F-15 and F-16. Still others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They know only half the story. Boyd, more than any other person, saved fighter aviation from the predations of the Strategic Air Command. His manual of fighter tactics changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights. He discovered a physical theory that forever altered the way fighter planes were designed. Later in life, he developed a theory of military strategy that has been adopted throughout the world and even applied to business models for maximizing efficiency. And in one of the most startling and unknown stories of modern military history, the Air Force fighter pilot taught the U.S. Marine Corps how to fight war on the ground.

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Announcement: DODDS Teacher Publishes Book

By Bill Hobbs

Winston Carter, legendary social studies teacher of our DoDDS World, has just published his long awaited book (“Guernica: The Wound in the Heart”) and it’s available on Amazon (www.Amazon.com) for $16 . Winston is one of the true scholars we saw (and worked with) in the DoDDS system, teaching in Frankfurt, Italy, and Nurnberg.  I am honored to be able to pass this word along.

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“Guernica: The Wound in the Heart”–The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 has long been forgotten by most people. Many believed this was the long anticipated struggle between fascism and communism with democracy caught in the crossfire. This book focuses on one of the most dramatic and tragic events of that conflict: the leveling of the sacred Basque town of Guernica on the late afternoon of 26 April 1937. Since then, historians have wrestled with the question of why the town was destroyed and by whom.   Read the rest of this entry »


Author Catherine (Cathy Boysen) Madison will discuss and sign copies of her new book:

The War Came Home with Him: A Daughter’s Memoir

 Wednesday, October 28, 2015

THIRD PLACE BOOKS: 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA. 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

KING’S BOOKS: 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA. 7 p.m.

Friday, October 30, 2015

ANOTHER READ THROUGH: 3932 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BRAZOS BOOKSTORE: 2421 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

THE TWIG BOOK SHOP: 306 Pearl Parkway, #106, San Antonio, TX. 6 p.m.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

During his years as a POW in North Korea, “Doc” Boysen endured hardships he never intended to pass along, especially to his family. Men who refused to eat starved; his children would clean their plates. Men who were weak died; his children would develop character. They would also learn to fear their father, the hero. In a memoir at once harrowing and painfully poignant, Catherine Madison tells the stories of two survivors of one man’s war: a father who withstood a prison camp’s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him.

Doc Boysen died fifty years after his ordeal, his POW experience concealed to the end in a hidden cache of documents. In The War Came Home with Him, Madison pieces together the horrible tale these papers told—of a young captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps captured in July 1950, beaten and forced to march without shoes or coat on icy trails through mountains to camps where North Korean and Chinese captors held him for more than three years. As the truth about her father’s past unfolds, Madison returns to a childhood troubled by his secret torment to consider, in a new light, the telling moments in their complex relationship. Read the rest of this entry »