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Subject: History

World War II Series

A series of award-winning documentaries that tell significant stories of WW II, many that only now can be told. Programs available on 15 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 15-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail
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In the Emperor's Name (Japanese Midget Submarines)

"Highly Recommended. This is a fascinating account of Japanese midget submarine attacks during WW II; first as part of the attack on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; then during an attack on May 31 - June 1, 1942, in Sydney Harbor, Australia, hoping to sink the U.S.S. Chicago and H.M.A.S. Canberra. Intelligent in its retelling, this excellent documentary blends rare archival footage with true-to-life reenactment." -National Media Review
Many people don't realize the Japanese Navy used midget submarines during its surprise attack on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; then on May 31 - June 1, 1942, another sneak attack was planned in Sydney Harbor, Australia, with designs to sink the USS Chicago and HMAS Canberra. Crews of these small craft faced almost certain death; so the Japanese knew they could assign only the bravest and most committed of their sailors to command and navigate the vessels. After appropriately setting the stage by explaining the mindset of the Japanese Naval warriors, who in their hearts and minds embodied the honor, obsession, and chivalry of the Samurai tradition during World War II, this riveting documentary, written by William Bemister and expertly narrated by Robert Beatty, tells the true story of these attacks by following the life of Kian Matsuo, a Japanese Naval officer steeped in the tradition of Bushido, the way of the warrior, whose Shinto faith taught that the Samurai who died in battle became demigods in the afterlife. Here, through rare archival footage and real-life reenactments, we witness this gripping underwater account; we observe factual testimonies from military personnel involved during the Sydney Harbor attack, which led to the sinking of the converted ferry HMAS Kuttabul, killing 21 sailors, and the suicide scuttling of two of the midget subs, underscoring the Japanese sailors' unquestionable obedience to Emperor Hirohito. Produced by Trans World Intl. 00/09DE JSCA 60 min.
Note: Reenactments in the documentary are based on the book Australia Under Siege: Japanese Submarine Raiders 1942 - A Maritime Mystery by Steven Corruthers.
Also See: USS Indianapolis: Ship of Doom; A History of Great Ships 1 & 2

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