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Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom: WWII in Europe

PA educators and JROTC click here to pay (prices at bottom of page)

Film Summary

This film is an ambitious effort to not only track the important U.S. military campaigns in Europe, but to provide students with an historical backdrop to the events leading up to the war, going back to Germany’s humiliating defeat in World War I, the world-wide Great Depression and Germany’s efforts to rearm and expand its power and influence throughout Europe.

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, the piecemeal Nazi Invasion and occupation of Europe and North Africa and Germany’s attempt to invade and conquer the Soviet Union are thoroughly examined, along with the formation of the Allied forces and their leaders, England’s Winston Churchill, American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Soviet Union ’s Joseph Stalin.

U.S. Army and Air Corps veterans provide first-hand recollections of the campaigns they fought, from the landing in Sicily, to liberating Italy, the full invasion of the European Continent at Normandy on D-Day, to the liberation of France. The failed Allied campaigns in Belgium and Holland are also discussed in addition to the nearly successful German counterattack in the Ardennes Forest in December 1944, better known as “The Battle of the Bulge.”

The Allied discovery of the Nazi concentration camps and Gen. George S. Patton’s race to cross the Rhine River to capture Berlin are also highlighted, along with comments and recollections of veterans who took part in the final victory and occupation of Germany.

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The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is pleased to offer a DVD of this film free to all PA educators and JROTC programs, however we request a fee for shipping and handling. One film is $6.95, two films $8.95, three films $10.95, four films $12.95 and five films $14.95.  All out of state educators receive a discount, paying $12 per film. For non-educators, we request a fee of $15 to cover the cost of production, duplication and delivery. Order now>>

Lesson Plans

This film is accompanied by lesson plans designed for both General population lesson plans and JROTC programs. Each has a slightly different format; educators should feel free to review both and determine which format they prefer for their individual classes. 

The General population lesson plans are available in either a two- or five-day plan. Again, educators are encouraged to review and select the amount of time they would like to dedicate to this topic.

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