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Target for Today: The Story
Produced by The War Department, First Motion Picture Unit, Army Air Forces in 1944, this video is a documentary film billed as being filmed by United States Army Air Force, all while under fire. The film was directed by William Keighley and documents the October raids made by the Eighth Air Force on targets in Anklam, Marienburg and Gdynia in Poland, all industrial centers for the Nazi war machine.
The raids were made by B-17 and B-24 heavy bombers. General Hap Arnold called the series of attacks "the greatest strike ever" against the Germans. According to Arnold, they delivered a death blow to German aircraft production and signaled the beginning of the end for the Luftwaffe.
The documentary details all the events surrounding these three air raids from the planning stages , to briefing, preparation, and then details the brutal aerial battles waged at 30,000 feet.
This DVD has a runtime of approximately 1 hour 33 minutes.
Here are some sample images from the DVD
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