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The Life, Times And Battles Of Great Britain's Most Distinguished Military Commander Of World War II! Over 3 Hours Packed Into 7 Documentaries On 1 Dual Layer All Regions DVD!
MONTY: IN LOVE AND WAR: THE LIFE OF FIELD MARSHAL VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN (1 HOUR 16 MINUTES, COLOR)
Incisive 1987 BBC documentary produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, written and by presented by Nigel Hamilton. History is written not only by the victors, its specifics are written by each victor individually. In many American treatments of the subject of World War II, Montgomery's contributions are acknowledged respectfully at best, quite grudgingly rather often and patronizingly at worst. This production seeks not to discount the many personal and professional shortcomings of this man who on many occasions infuriated his subordinates and his allies, far from it, it makes certain that they are underscored; nevertheless, it makes certain to secure the assertion that he was a brilliant military commander whose triumphs were well merited and whose criticisms of Allied strategy and operations were often prescient and largely quite correct. The British and ANZAC nations will find it quite satisfying to view this documentary give Monty his due; ironically Americans will enjoy it even more for the opportunity it provides to put this man and his contributions to the war effort in a new and fascinating light, while at the same time challenging the time-honored beliefs about the war in Europe that this documentary sets out to correct.
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE INVASION OF SICILY (22 Min., B&W)
Walter Cronkite narrates this classic episode of the landmark 1950s World War II and 20th century history TV documentary series which devotes its attention to the Allied Expeditionary Forces' invasion of Sicily by British forces lead by then General Montgomery and American forces lead by General Patton.
MEN IN CRISIS: ROMMEL VS. MONTGOMERY (23 Min, B&W)
Edmund O'Brien narrates an installment of the definitive "opponent vs opponent" documentary series which explores Rommel's decisive confrontation with British Field Marshal Montgomery in the aftermath of the successful Allied Invasion of Fortress Europe.
BATTLELINE: EL ALAMEIN | SICILY | BREAKOUT FROM NORMANDY | ARNHEM (21 MINUTES EACH, 1 HOUR 24 MINUTES TOTAL, B&W)
Four excellent episodes from the epic 1963 documentary series featuring an account from a soldier from each side of a particular battle, in this case chosen from among the major military milestones in Monty's wartime operations.