Category Archives: Video

Time-lapse Video of WWII ‘Hardest Day’ During Battle of Britain

I have read a lot about the Battle of Britain and of the Hardest Day. I liked how this is visually depicted in this 15:04 video. The video was uploaded to YouTube in April of 2019 by The Operations Room. I have watched a few of their productions now and they are consistently good.

Given all that the RAF faced during the Battle of Britain, they were able to stand up well against the Luftwaffe.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 430 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Instrumental Music on YouTube: Gustav Holst- The Planets, Full Suite

(See my other Music related posts) – I came across this 49:14 video a few weeks ago. It was uploaded to YouTube in April of 2014 by Gwen Ronkartz. The video includes:

  1. 0:00 Mars
  2. 7:27 Venus
  3. 14:52 Mercury
  4. 18:39 Jupiter
  5. 26:11 Saturn
  6. 35:26 Uranus
  7. 41:12 Neptune

The music is performed by a variety of artists. Check the YouTube site for a complete list. It is all instrumental with some calm enough for easy listening, but most is a little energetic for that category.

Instrumental Music on YouTube: Dvořák Symphony No 9 “New World” Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker

(See my other Music related posts) – I came across this a few days ago. This 53:59 video was uploaded to YouTube in April of 2013 by 1Furtwangler.

The recording was made in 1991. It is the Dvořák – Symohony No. 9 in E minor op. 95 “From The New World” Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by Sergiu Celibidache. This piece includes:

  1. Adagio – Allegro molto
  2. Largo
  3. Scherzo. Molto vivace
  4. Allegro con fuoco

 

Instrumental Music on YouTube: ‘Rise of R’lyeh’

(See my other Music related posts) – I like instrumental music. This piece ‘Rise of R’lyeh’ is a little different. It is a combination of instrumental and choral. It is also dark and definitely appropriate for Horror.

The 04:39 video was uploaded to YouTube in April of 2019 by the composer Graham Plowman. I first saw this on the Aethereal Engineer bog. I don’t think I can categorize it as ‘Easy Listening’. 

Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Thank You Soldiers”

(See my other Music related posts) – I came across “Thank You soldiers” a while back and thought it would be appropriate for this Memorial Day. It isn’t the normal instrumental music I post. I thought that the current and former service personnel would appreciate this. The 03:03 video was uploaded to YouTube in November of 2009 by msouders37.

This song is sung by the 3rd grade class of Tussing Elementary

 

Dunkirk from the German Perspective

I came across this 20:53 video a few days ago. It was uploaded to YouTube in December of 2019 by The Armchair Historian. They have a very good selection of history videos. 

I think it gives a very visual depiction of the battle of Dunkirk. Looking at it from the German perspective makes one see it a little differently.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 400 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

77 Years Ago the ‘Dambusters’ Took Flight

It was 77 years ago today that 19 Avro Lancasters of 617 Squadron RAF took off from Scampton in the UK. Their mission, Operation Chastise, was to breach the dams of the Ruhr valley in Germany. These bombers and crew became known as the ‘Dambusters’.

The video above was uploaded to YouTube in May of 2019 by The Operations Room. I enjoy their videos. I have posted about them before.

The planes were to fly only a little over 800 miles round trip. To give you some perspective, that is like traveling round trip from Austin, TX to New Orleans, LA. They were to fly low, at about 60 feet for much of the flight. As they approached their targets the 60-foot altitude was critical. The bombers would release their cylindrical bombs and let them bounce across the water. They were to bounce over the torpedo nets, then impact the dam.

Some question the strategic value of the mission. It was a major publicity victory for the British. The attack destroyed two hydroelectric power stations and damaged others. Factories and mines in the valley were also damaged or destroyed. An estimated 1,600 civilians died. The Germans committed to a rapid repair program. Production did not return to normal until September.

The repair effort did commit a large number of workers to the repair efforts. The German military also reinforced the Ruhr valley with many more antiaircraft installations.

 

Further Reading / Listening

  1. Dambusters pilot Les Munro dies – Operation Chastise
  2. The Dambusters
  3. World War II: Operation Chastise
  4. Operation Chastise
  5. The Dambusters and the Möhne Dam
  6. OPERATION CHASTISE – THE DAM BUSTERS
  7. Video – Dambusters Declassified Documentary
  8. History Extra Podcast 4/25/13 – Britain’s Last Dambuster
  9. History Extra Podcast 9/19/2019 – Max Hastings on the Dambusters

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 400 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Rey’s theme, from the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

(See my other Music  & Star Wars related posts) – I don’t listen to a lot of music. Most of what I listen to is instrumental. I came across this arrangement of seven songs a few weeks ago. It is only 08:16 long and was uploaded to YouTube in November of 2016 by Jorah the Andal.

If you like Star Wars you may want to listen.