There’s no shortage of riveting and educational military/war-related documentaries this month on WNED-TV leading up to Memorial Day. Here’s five of the can’t-miss programs:
Tuesday, May 14 at 8 p.m.
Service, the film, portrays the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. We see the horrific traumas they faced, their invisible as well as physical injuries and all their challenges in receiving benefits and care. We follow them through the large and small accomplishments they work mightily to achieve.
Tuesday, May 21 at 8 p.m.
In June 1944, a secret U.S. Army unit went into action in Normandy. The weapons they deployed were decidedly unusual: hundreds of inflatable tanks and a one-of-a-kind collection of sound effects records. Their mission was to use bluff, deception, and trickery to save lives. Many were artists, some of who would become famous, including a budding fashion designer named Bill Blass. They painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique visual record of their journey. The story of what these men accomplished was hushed up by the Pentagon for more than forty years.
After seven years of effort, and interviews with more than 20 veterans, the
documentary that tells their story is coming to WNED-TV on May 21 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 at 10 p.m.
(on ThinkBright & Well / WORLD TV)
A feature documentary and first person chronicle, is an honest and often painful look at the shadow war casts long after the guns have fallen silent, and at how the Vietnam War in particular continues to occupy an unsettled place in the American psyche.
20th Century Battlefields: Vietnam
This program takes a look at the conduct of the war in Vietnam, covering the Tet Offensive of 1968, in particular the fighting at Saigon and Khe Sanh, but the main focus is on the Battle of Hue.
“1812 on the Niagara Frontier” explores some of the sites around the Niagara region dedicated to preserving and presenting this history of the War of 1812 to the public. From cannon firings and musket demonstrations, to interactive museums and costumed reenactments; 1812 on the Niagara Frontier captures the passion each of these unique locations brings to the history of the War of 1812.