Save your money
Dr Jerry Hill | Virginia | 12/28/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you are looking for some decent *narration* on WWII special operations, this is a fair *audio* track. But for a DVD this is a very poor and tired rendition of primarily foreign special operations during WWII overlaid on old conventional force war footage. At one point the narration was covering saboteurs in France while showing footage of the USS Arizona burning at Pearl Harbor! The narration seems factually adequate, covering a number of WWII foreign special operations, but the video includes virtually no footage of foreign or US Special Forces (USSF). The little footage present is primarily still photos that are displayed for a few seconds with narration that is rarely about the particular photo. Much of the commentary on USSF was based upon the Vietnam experience and the problems suffered by USSF because of the lack of understanding of unconventional forces by conventional commanders. In fact, it seems that the very small portion on USSF was added early in the DVD simply to allow the makers of the DVD to claim the disk included a history of the Green Berets. Following that pathetic check-in-the-block, the narration turned to WWII effectively disrupting any sense of chronology. Much better buy: the National Geographic "Inside Special Forces". That DVD is up to date and "the real deal".
I am a retired US Army Special Forces officer."
John Pemberton | 03/26/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This video is not new and is not representative of good documentary work on the history of special forces. This video is a poor compilation of footage of different special forces. Save your money and watch the History Channel."