Passed half year mark of not watching tv. Day by day the veterans of WWII dwindle & with them their wartime stories which is why i like watching WWII documentaries with veterans' accounts of the war.
I've watched a few documentaries on D-Day & 'Surviving D-Day' is the best. WWII history buffs know Omaha Beach Assault is the most gruesome. Men in first few waves are literally going to their deaths.
Surviving D-Day -87mins.
Acceptable quality for full screen. Opens in new window.
Watch the 1st 5 mins & you'll be compelled to watch till the end. American documentaries really know how to captivate the audience especially those non-enthusiasts. Why i consider Surviving D-Day the best so far:
- It ties in many D-Day factors in other documentaries into a fabulous episode
- Great music to keep the audience glued
- How breakfast decides who drowns when seasick (Wow! Is a revelation to me)
- Simple design flaw to detach parachute - Life or Death (New realization)
- Lack of Tank Support - Many DD Tanks sank due to huge waves (mentioned in other shows)
- Norman Cota (Great new piece of revelation to me)
Superb leadership. A Brigadier General lands on beach to rally demoralised & shell-shocked survivors. Leads men to charge MG-42 machine gun nest. I doubt such qualities exists in S'pore scholar generals. One need look no further how s'pore general turned ministers are out of touch with ground situation.
- Franz Gockle
Surviving german soldier at Omaha Beach. 1 of 2 in his platoon to survive. He can be seen in a few D-Day documentaries. He shot over 100,000 bullets with his MG-42 machine gun.
D-Day 6.6.1944 BBC Documentary
118mins. Acceptable quality for full screen.
British D-Day documentary. Worth a watch too though is not as 'entertaining' for non-enthusiasts.
D-Day 6.6.1944 Part 1 [All opens in new window]
D-Day 6.6.1944 Part 2
D-Day 6.6.1944 Part 3
D-Day 6.6.1944 Part 4
D-Day 6.6.1944 Part 5
My Other Fav WWII Documentaries: