1. Oil Enters the Fray

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    • Globe Trekker - Isolated Islands VOD

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      In this programme host Zay Harding travels to two beautiful archipelagos of isolated islands, one in the Pacific and the other in the Atlantic. First he explores the very rarely visited Marshall Islands, some of the world’s remotest islands of all, way out in the middle of the vast Pacific ocean. Subsequently, he heads on to the Atlantic coast of South America, to check out the fascinating former Dutch colonies of Curacao and Bonaire. Bizarrely, when he first flies in to the Marshall Islands, Zay has to pass through a US military airport on Kwajalein atoll, which is part of a high security ballistic missile test site. Swiftly ushered off the military base, Zay catches a boat to the adjacent island of Ebeye, to dive the wreck of a WWII battleship that sank here as a result of damaged sustained during the USA’s controversial post-war atomic bomb tests on nearby Bikini atoll. Attracted by the chance of working at the US military base on Kwajalein, thousands of Marshall Islanders have moved to the tiny island of Ebeye; now hugely overcrowded, it’s been given the unflattering nickname ‘the slum of the Pacific’. Zay watches the local baseball team playing in the only open space on Ebeye big enough for the game – the rubbish dump. Flying on to Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands, Zay visits a project set up to preserve and promote traditional Marshallese canoe-building and navigational skills. Zay learns how local sailors have the ability to navigate towards far-flung islands by reading signs from the ocean swells. Marshallese sailing canoes are the fastest in the Pacific, and Zay joins in a dramatic impromptu race, battered by fierce Pacific winds. At Majuro dock, Zay meets up with WWII enthusiast Matt Holly, boarding a dive boat to cross 80 miles of open ocean to the small and extremely remote Mili atoll. Guns, planes, and other wreckage from the WWII Japanese base on Mili, bombed by the Americans, can still be seen strewn around the island. Zay finishes his tour diving a remarkably intact US B25 bomber that crashed in the lagoon during one of the many bombing raids. Moving on to the Atlantic coast of South America, Zay starts his journey through the Dutch Antilles in Curacao’s capital Willemstad. Here he visits the beautiful synagogue, built in the 1730s, which is the oldest in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. Elsewhere, much of the town’s old colonial Dutch architecture is being restored, and Zay checks out one of the most attractive restoration projects. On the site of the town’s former slave market, Zay visits a disturbing museum that documents the brutal history of the transatlantic slave trade. After sampling the island’s famous ‘Blue Curacao’ orange-flavoured liqueur, Zay heads on to the nearby island of Bonaire. Here there are huge natural salt deposits, which were worked by slaves until the 19th century, and are still a major commercial business today. Zay checks out some very simple ‘slave huts’ here, which are said to have been used by the slaves to shelter from the worst of the midday sun, as the sunlight was so bright against the white salt deposits that it otherwise caused many of the slaves to go blind. Elsewhere on the island, the marine environment is well preserved, and the offshore coral reef has some of the Caribbean’s best diving. Above water, Zay kayaks in the island’s dense mangrove swamps, which provide a pristine habitat for much of the island’s wildlife. The island’s parrot population has plummeted in recent decades, as wild parrots have been illegally captured for the pet trade. Zay ends his trip visiting two wildlife refuges - one housing former pet parrots in preparation for release back into the wild, and another caring for hundreds of donkeys, the offspring of donkeys who once worked in the island’s salt mines and were then abandoned. The future of Bonaire’s wildlife, it seems, is in good hands.

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      • Japanese Firebombing

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        • The Eye of the Beholder

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          Two German soldiers find a comrade who has deserted. Starring Ross Willett Peter McGlynn Samuel Wood Producers Tri Doan David Lion Mitchell McIlvaine Gianmarco Speciale Writer/Director Tobin Sanson Director of Photography David Lion Editor Jeffrey Parker Kent Production Designer Mitchell McIlvaine

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          • Dunkeswell War Stories - Memory Bank: Cecil Lane

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            Cecil Lane worked as a builder in the Hemyock area during World War II. Here he talks about the building work needed near the base and how his life changed as a result of the Americans. See the full story at DunkeswellWarStories.com

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            • B-17 History in the Sky Jeremy Desel KHOU pkg

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              Finding a functioning B-17 Flying Fortress is very rare, let alone getting to fly in one. On this flight we get to ride along with Douglas Kinant, a WW2 vet who used to fix the B-17 as a army air corp mechanic. When he steps into the open-air observation port during the flight the look on his face is pure joy! Also meet an man who for the first time is re-living, in person, the stories his long deceased father used to tell him. Stories about flying in the B-17 during World War II.

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              • P-51 Mustang "Wee Willy II" Taxi Out At The Palm Springs Air Museum March 15 2014

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                P-51 Mustang "Wee Willy II" Taxi Out At The Palm Springs Air Museum March 15 2014. A P-51D "Wee Willy II" was originally sold as surplus at McClellan Air Force Base in 1958. It crashed in 1979 at the Reno Air Races and has since been restored and has it's home base in Chino California.

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                • TBM Avenger At The Palm Springs Air Museum

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                  The new model Avenger was actually first introduced to the public by Grumman Aircraft on December 7, 1941 as Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan. By early 1942 the first 100 were delivered to the United States Navy. Watch as this 1900hp engine fires up and the wings are extended on this huge airplane. Very Cool!

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                  • WWII Guns- Axis and Allies guns like MG40, M1A, Garand, Goryunov, MG42...etc

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                    Firearms Guide 4th Edition on DVD presents most famous guns of World War II...both axis and allies machine guns, sniper rifles, assault rifles, submachine guns, pistols and revolvers. They are presented with all tech specs, features and tons of hi-res color pictures. Check it out here: www.FirearmsGuide.com

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                    • MacArthur's Promise

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                      Put the big guns up front, or so the saying goes. The music on this video represents the three battle scenes from Suite #20, the most recent suite (as of this writing). In concept, the battle and composition acsend, suspend and attack. The composition is written supposedly in the atonic style of the 40s (just a touch) and thus forms the basis for a musical play or soundtrack emulating WWII. Listen to the battleship sounds. The three titles here are March To High Seas, Man All Battle Stations and The Battle Of Leyte Gulf. Google this battle to grasp the enormity of its essense. Of course, this video, while it does convey the concept, does no justice to the composition. The flagmen up front are supposed to be battleships at night sending Moris code to each other. But these images were not available on the internet at the time when this collage was slapped together. Anyway, I think a creative productions engineer could do great justice with this one, given a good base contribution by a helpful filmmaker. Of course, any effort of any kind should be able to escort this poor production to the grave. Yet, in the same vain, because of the magnitude of this particular concept, I think many professionals will jump in to produce higher and higher interpretations on this classic theatrical theme.

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