History Classics-Hero Ships (2011)
|For nearly a hundred years, these steel, grey-skinned battlewagons have fought off everything from Al Qaeda to dive-bombing Kamikazes. Some returned from the hell of war to become major tourist attractions for new generations. Others continue to patrol the world's trouble-spots in America's latest war. |
History Classics: Hero Ships profiles the complete combat history and evolving technology of a single American ship, often through multiple conflicts. These are the battleships, destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarines, and specialized ships that belong in the warship hall of fame. Archival footage and interviews are punctuated by all-access inspections of the ship's "battle stations," conducted by young, active Navy sailors. The series lets us understand the role of each weapon and technology, the dramas that unfolded in different rooms during the heat of battle, and the unique traditions and stories of each vessel.
These ships represent everything that stirs patriotism and reawakens respect for the United States Navy. The stories of the valiant missions, the brave crews that manned them and the indispensable role they played in the defense of the United States will make you stand up and cheer.
Editor's NoteAs produced for and originally aired on cable's History Channel, the thirteen documentaries in this box set collectively examine the history and evolution of American marine vessels, including battleships, destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarines, and more, over the course of such conflicts as World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The programs combine such elements as interviews with experts, archival footage, and on-camera inspections of onboard battle stations conducted by U.S.N. enlistees. They also focus on three key areas thematically: the story of individual vessels, the often dramatic circumstances that transpired in them during heated battles, and the roles that various technologies and weapons played in the conflicts discussed.