This 2-DVD set contains Volumes 1 and 2 of the first great long running television series dealing with the Armed Forces and the World Wars.
As the Korean conflict raged in the early 1950's, the U.S. Army felt the need to produce a "weekly television report to the nation on the activities of the Army at home and overseas." Produced by the Signal Corps Pictorial Center, these episodes combined actual wartime newsreels with Hollywood footage to create a comprehensive review of U.S. military history. A proud and oft-times poetic piece of cold-war propaganda, this series revels in America's military and technical prowess, and glories in her unparalleled fire-power and new-found nuclear might.
1) The Blue Badge of Infantry - Pt. 1: The inspiring story of the guts and grit of the 1st Infantry Division, widely known as The Big Red One is portrayed.
2) The Blue Badge of Infantry - Pt 2: The 29th Infantry cuts through Nazi defenses before capturing the German V2 Rocket Division.
3) The Blue Badge of Infantry - Pt 3: In the battle for the Pacific, the 41st Infantry Division pushes from island to island on its way to Tokyo.
4) The Blue Badge of Infantry - Pt 4: The 30th Infantry Division fights its way from Normandy, across France and Holland, and finally into Germany.
5) The Blue Badge of Infantry - Pt 5: The 42nd Infantry Division, made up of National Guard troops from New York, endure the freezing Battle of the Bulge.
6) The Blue Badge of Infantry - Pt 6: The brave paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division drop behind enemy lines in Normandy to secure a beachhead for the D-Day landing to follow.
7) An Army Moves: This segment explores the logistics of moving men and munitions on the battlefield, spanning the horse-drawn days preceding World War I to the chopper-ferried battles in Korea.
8) Combat Medic: An efficient blood supply network and skilled Mobile Army Surgical Hospital personnel in Korea yielded a survival rate for wounded soldiers approaching 95 percent.
1) D-Day: An unparalleled armada of men and munitions are assembled for a bold cross-channel invasion to begin the Allied assault on Hitler's empire.
2) General George S. Patton: After defeating Rommel in North Africa, Patton leads the 3rd Army on a bold offensive through Nazi Europe. Narrated by Ronald Reagan
3) King of Battle: Five thousand soldiers died in thirty minutes when Pickett charged the Union artillery at Gettysburg. As the big guns get bigger, their death tolls rise.
4) Special Forces: The training and tactics of guerrilla fighters in non-conventional warfare are spotlighted in this segment. Hosted by Henry Fonda
5) History of the U.S. Cavalry: After thousands of years of martial service, the war-weary horse is finally replaced by tanks and choppers in hard-charging U.S. Cavalry regiments.
6) Many Roads to Glory: Heroic examples of the men and machines who worked for the Army Transportation Corps during the war years are depicted.
7) The Role of Armor: The evolution from sluggish iron behemoths to lightning fast assault machines is traced.
8) World War II Battlefields: A look at how the battlefields of Europe have been rebuilt in the 10 years between the war and the broadcast of this series.