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    Thread for mainly new high def remastered WWII footage and discussion


    Lets start off with the sinking of the HMS Barham





    On the afternoon of 25 November 1941, the 1st Battle Squadron, Barham, Queen Elizabeth, and Valiant, with an escort of eight destroyers, departed Alexandria to cover the 7th and 15th Cruiser Squadrons as they hunted for Italian convoys in the Central Mediterranean.[86] The following morning, the German submarine U-331, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Diedrich von Tiesenhausen, detected the faint engine noises of the British ships and moved to intercept. By the afternoon the submarine and the 1st Battle Squadron were on reciprocal courses and von Tiesenhausen ordered his boat to battle stations around 16:00. An ASDIC operator aboard one of the leading destroyers, Jervis, detected the submarine at 16:18 at an estimated range of 900–1,100 yards (820–1,010 m), but the contact was disregarded as it subtended an angle between 40 and 60 degrees wide, far larger than a submarine. U-331 thus passed through the screen and was only in a position to fire her torpedoes after the leading ship, Queen Elizabeth, had passed her by and the second ship, Barham, was closing rapidly. Von Tiesenhausen ordered all four bow torpedo tubes fired at a range of 375 metres (410 yd) at 16:25. Possibly due to her closeness to Valiant's bow wave and discharging the torpedoes, the boat's conning tower broached the surface and was fruitlessly engaged by one of the battleship's "pom-pom"s at a range of about 30 yards (27 m). The boat dived out of control after she broached, reaching an indicated depth of 265 metres (869 ft), well below her design depth rating of 150 metres (490 ft), before she stabilised without any damage. U-331 was not attacked by the escorting destroyers and reached port on 3 December. Von Tiesenhausen was not certain of the results of his attack and radioed that he had hit a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship with one torpedo.[87]

    There was no time for evasive action, and three of the four torpedoes struck amidships so closely together as to throw up a single massive water column. Barham quickly capsized to port and was lying on her side when a massive magazine explosion occurred about four minutes after she was torpedoed and sank her. The Board of Enquiry into the sinking ascribed the final magazine explosion to a fire in the 4-inch magazines outboard of the main 15-inch magazines, which would have then spread to and detonated the contents of the main magazines.[88] Due to the speed at which she sank, 862 officers and ratings were killed,[53][89] including two who died of their wounds after being rescued. The destroyer Hotspur rescued some 337 survivors, including Vice-Admiral Henry Pridham-Wippell and the pair who later died of their wounds, while the Australian destroyer Nizam reportedly rescued some 150 men.[90][Note 6] Captain Geoffrey Cooke went down with his ship.[93] The sinking was captured on film by a cameraman from Pathé News, aboard Valiant.[94]


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Barham_(04)#Sinking

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    Another one from the Neural Networks channel

    UK Newsreel from 3rd September 1939

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      Cologne, March 1945

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      • Rev J
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        I've been to that cathedral. At the tourist shops you can get postcards of the city in ruins and that is the only building still standing.

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      Colorized post war nuclear tests

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        #5
        Himmler talking about the extermination of the Jews to the SS in Poland at 4:15 in this video

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          Manilla February 1945, skip to 1:15 for fly over of the city, and desctruction

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            #7
            Flyover of Shipwrecks at Guadacanal, July 1943

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              Newsreel footage of US bombing of Burma in 1944

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                Bismarck vs the HMS Hood





                The Battle of the Denmark Strait was a naval engagement on 24 May 1941 in the Second World War, between ships of the Royal Navy and the Kriegsmarine. The British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood fought the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, which were attempting to break out into the North Atlantic to attack Allied merchant shipping (Operation Rheinübung).

                Less than 10 minutes after the British opened fire, a shell from Bismarck struck Hood near her aft ammunition magazines. Soon afterwards, Hood exploded and sank within three minutes, with the loss of all but three of her crew. Prince of Wales continued to exchange fire with Bismarck but suffered serious malfunctions in her main armament. The British battleship had only been completed in late March 1941, and used new quadruple gun turrets that were unreliable. Prince of Wales soon broke off the engagement.[1]

                The battle was considered a tactical victory for the Germans but its impact was short-lived. The damage done to Bismarck's forward fuel tanks forced the abandonment of the breakout and an attempt to escape to dry dock facilities in occupied France, producing an operational victory for the British.[1] Incensed by the loss of Hood, a large British force pursued Bismarck resulting in her loss three days later.

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                  Newsreel of the bombing of Hamburg, 1943

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                    #11
                    Here is one. Japanese attacking port Darwin in Australia. Love the way the announcer speaks. Very dramatic, and it is really when that sort of thing happens.

                     

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                      British Newsreel on the Bombing of Dresden

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                      • Beach Ball Bitch
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                        Loved the end. Hitler will have to look for a substitute for the substitute

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                      Here is something you might not have known about. Balloon bombs from japan, the6 hit Canada quite a bit, but it was kept from th3 public as not to create a panic.
                      Here is an article about it here, regarding Canada.
                      https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/01/12/...-saskatchewan/

                      below is a program about them.
                       

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