S.O.S. Catastrophe: Spirit of Survival - The Hindenburg and Blitz Over Britain (1999)

Genres - History, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Social History, Vehicles & Transportation  |   Run Time - 45 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Betsy Boyd

S.O.S. Catastrophe: Spirit of Survival -- Hindenburg/Blitz Over Britain documents and discusses two tragedies of the early 1900s. Via archival footage and interviews, the program reconstructs the horror of the destruction of the Hindenburg and the bombing of London at the hands of Nazi Germany. The Hindenburg, an 830-foot-long dirigible, and a luxurious flying hotel for Nazi power players, crashed and burned at Lakehurst, NJ, on May 6th, 1937. Thirty-five people died in the flames. The 1940 German Blitz over London lasted months. Nazis dropped 36,000 bombs on Britain's capital, but ended up losing too many aircraft to achieve dominance in the war.

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aircraft, bomb, destruction, dirigible, Germany, hot-air-balloon