NOVA: Bombing Hitler's Dams DVD - AV Item

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In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in history, destroying two gigantic dams in Germany's industrial heartland with a revolutionary bouncing bomb invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis. Now, NOVA re-creates the extreme engineering challenges faced by Wallis and the pilots.

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Features:

  • Length: 120 minutes on 1 Disc
  • Stereo: Yes
  • Color: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 1
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Production Year: 2011
  • Country of Origin: United States

AV Benefits:

Why the AV version? Because it provides additional usage options for PBS videos. AV versions come with limited performance rights so they can be shown in classrooms, at PTA meetings, during after school programs, and transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or on a single campus. They also can be enjoyed in admission-free public screenings, which also makes them ideal for use by library patrons and businesses involved in community clubs and organizations.
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Product Description

Features:

  • Length: 120 minutes on 1 Disc
  • Stereo: Yes
  • Color: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 1
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Production Year: 2011
  • Country of Origin: United States

Description

  • Get inside the mind of the genius behind one of the most unconventional weapons of WWII.

    In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in history--destroying two gigantic dams in Germany's industrial heartland and cutting the water supply to arms factories--with a revolutionary bouncing bomb invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis. Wallis and the pilots of 617 Squadron--a lively mix of Britons, Australians, Americans, and Canadians--were hailed as heroes and dealt a mighty blow to the German war machine.

    Now, NOVA re-creates the extreme engineering challenges faced by Wallis and the pilots with the aid of spectacular experiments. Each represents a technical challenge that the Dambusters had to solve to make their mission a success. A crack team of experts--from dam engineers to explosives specialists--will step into the shoes of the Dambusters and attempt to overcome each obstacle in turn. They will adapt a vintage DC4 to carry a bomb the size of an oil drum; train to drop it from a dangerously low altitude in pitch darkness; get it to bounce over obstacles and onto the target; and finally, at a test site in Canada with a 1:6 scale model of one of the German dams, try to repeat history.

    This DVD features...
    - Descriptive Video for the Visually Impaired, and
    - Subtitles in English (SDH)