"Why We Fight" is an incredible overview of the events leading up to America's involvement in World War II. Master filmmaker Frank Capra was commissioned by the US Army to produce this documentary series to show the soldiers what they were fighting for - and what evils they were fighting against. With nearly seven hours of actual footage from WWII, "Why We Fight" adds a new dimension to the study of history - a dimension that books and photos cannot match.
Capra gives viewers a greater understanding of the issues, battles, heroes, and villains of WWII as told from America's perspective. The films in this series are as compelling as any war movie, but the battle-weary soldiers and civilians are not actors. The explosions and ensuing destruction are not the product of Hollywood special effects - they're real.
Far from perfect, "Why We Fight" stumbles over ideas like religious pluralism and FDR's New Deal. It's proof that history is not neutral - the bias of the teacher (in this case, Capra) shows through. As such, viewers will have their worldviews sharpened if they keep their minds engaged. Our hope in making this series available is that viewers will learn from the past so they can emulate the triumphs of past generations and avoid their mistakes.
Films in this collection:
|1)||Prelude to War (1942)|
Made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers and later released to the public as a rallying cry for support of the war.
|2)||The Nazis Strike (1943)|
Introduces Germany as a nation whose aggressive ambitions began in 1863 with Otto von Bismarck and with the Nazis as their latest incarnation.
|3)||Divide and Conquer (1943)|
Deals with the Nazi conquest of Western Europe in 1940 after the fall of Poland in 1939.
|4)||The Battle of Britain (1943)|
Concentrates on the German bombardment of the United Kingdom in anticipation of Operation Sea Lion, the planned Nazi invasion of Great Britain.
|5)||The Battle of Russia, parts 1 & 2 (1943)|
The film begins with an overview of previous failed attempts to conquer Russia: by the Teutonic Knights in 1242, by Charles XII of Sweden in 1704, by Napoleon I in 1812.
|6)||The Battle of China (1944)|
The invasion of China is explained in terms of the four-step plan for Japanese conquest: Manchuria for raw materials, China for manpower, the riches of the Indies and eastward to crush the United States.
|7)||War Comes to America (1945)|
The dire consequences for the United States of an Axis victory in Eurasia are spelled out.
- 4 Disc DVD Set
A great quote from Frank Capra...
"I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries."