Century of Warfare: Britain Stands Alone - 1940-1941

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Inventions & Innovations, Biography  |   Run Time - 52 min.  |  
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This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. This program evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. No price for the sake of freedom was ever more dear than that paid in World War II. This episode tells the story of the British resolve to defy the German war machine. Standing along against Hitler's aggression, England and its leader, Winston Churchill, won the admiration of the Americans who came to their aid, first with supplies and arms, and then manpower. Archival film clips and photographs document the times, including the Battle at Dunkirk, when Hitler inexplicably drew back when victory was certain. His miscalculation gave the British the chance they needed to regroup and live to fight another day.

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warfare, war, armed-forces, weapons, battle [war], Britain, victory, world-war