Online Videos: Black Cat PBYs, WW2 Machine Guns Attack, Galland, Rudel & the Boys

Zeno=92s Warbird Video Drive-In Big April 2009 Newsletter
Hello World War 2 plane fans ---
You=92re invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In
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for this month=92s Spring full house of WW2 combat documentary films
playing over the Internet.
Just like the day we opened on July 15, 1997, all the World War II
aircraft videos on our site are showing for free, for your viewing
pleasure.
Now showing =93At the Matinee=94 at Zeno's Drive-In
The Story of the Black Cat PBYs. New revised edition with restored
print. Exclusive: The identities of the previously undisclosed secret
PBY base shown in this film and the names of the men who flew from it
are now revealed for the first time in this new release. What was that
mysterious plane swooping down out of the night sky on unsuspecting
Japanese ships and bases, hundreds of miles from any known American
airstrip? The answer was, as you'll see in this good humored,
affectionate film, the slow, ungainly, but deadly "Black Cat" PBY. One
of the least known stories of the war in the Pacific, these black
painted PBY "VPB" ('Patrol Bombing") squadrons spread destruction and
chaos far out of proportion to their relatively small numbers.
Employment of Heavy Machine Guns in the Attack NEW In the popular
mind, the machine gun is usually thought of as a supremely effective
defensive weapon. This film shows tactics that can be used to make it
a potent part of offensive operations. The featured weapon in the film
is the Browning M-1917 water-cooled .30 caliber "heavy" machine gun,
perhaps selected with the idea that if the big Browning could be
lugged forward in an offensive, anything could be. (There is a good
reason why those machine gunners are big, strong fellows) The film
covers all aspects of offensive machine gun tactics through live
action and illustrations, including enfilade and defilade fire, moving
and placing your weapon in relation to the line of advance, and using
a machine gun for indirect support fire. You'll also get a look at how
a heavy machine gun platoon was organized and the different ways the
Browning could be set up for different missions.
Luftwaffe Finis This original documentary is composed of recently
discovered color film of top Luftwaffe leaders and pilots taken as
they fell into Allied hands at the end of World War II. See
Reichsmarschall Herman Goering, commander of Luftwaffe fighter forces
Adolf Galland, Stuka pilot & tank buster supreme Hans Rudel and many
more. Captured aircraft are shown as well, including an Me 262, the
first jet fighter, and an FW 190. These color images make history come
alive.
Bombers Over North Africa. This is a rare look at early war US Air
Operations in North Africa. B-25 and B-17 bombers of the 321st and
97th Bomb Group help cut off Rommel's retreat from Tunisia. Part of
the "North West African Strategic Air Force," these groups were
initially tasked with preventing men and material from reaching the
Afrika Korps, and later with preventing them from escaping. The
missions for the day of this film were to strike from bases in Algeria
at the junction at Manouba, near Tunis, and the air field at Sidi
Ahmed, near Bizerte, where a large number of extremely valuable JU 52
transports were based, a key element in German evacuation plans.
(Ironically, the 321st would soon occupy Sidi Ahmed as their new base
for the Sicilian campaign. Perhaps most memorably, this film is
notable for it's extended "up close and personal" look at the men of
the 97th & 321st BGs. You'll see real pre mission and after action
debriefing sessions with the men who flew them, including a B-17
crew's account of an FW 190 shoot down and the water ditching of a
heavily damaged B-25.
The Memphis Belle The film chronicles the 25th mission of the Boeing
B-17 Memphis Belle, flying deep into Germany to strike the all-
important U-boat submarine pens at Wilhemshaven. This is the original
wartime documentary, written and directed by legendary Academy Award
winner William Wyler. If this film looks and sounds familiar, it's
because this is the same production crew that brought you another
wonderful classic, "Thunderbolt!." (Don't confuse this "original"
Memphis Belle with the well intentionally but flawed Hollywood fluff
piece produced in the 1990s. You'll see Capt. Robert Morgan and the
men of the B-17 "Memphis Belle," 324th Squadron, 91st BG, going about
their deadly business in rare Technicolor footage. The mission shown
in the film is both routine and climactic, because 25 missions
completed meant the crew could rotate out of combat. (Too many never
made it to 25 missions. Bomber losses were high.) It's a measure of
both the times and the men who flew these planes that several of the
Belle's crew signed on for more missions, finishing the War flying
B-29s against Japan.
If you haven't stopped by Zeno's Drive-In before, we also show 1940-45
vintage WWII Army & Navy films and pilot=92s manuals on how to fly the
F4U, F6F, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-61, TBF/TBM, AT-6/SNJ, B-17,
B-24, B-25, A-20, A-26, B-26, B-29, and Stearman N2S. Alert! =96 Alert!
There=92s been an F-86 jet sighted over Zeno=92s Drive-In!
That's over 16 hours of rockin' World War II props for free viewing
over the Internet!
Check Six!!
Zeno
Zeno=92s Warbird Video Drive-In /World War II Aviation Videos.
Celebrating 11 years on the Internet 1997-2009
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PS If you have any concerns about using the RealNetworks RealPlayer to
watch our videos, I recommend using the =93RealAlternative=94 media player
instead. It will play RealVideo files just fine, is independently
produced, a small download, and has none of the purported vices of
RealNetwork=92s RealPlayer. You can download the RealAlternative player
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