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If you're a hardcore history buff, prepare to be seriously intrigued by this TV-on-DVD documentary set....
Acorn Media / 653 Minutes / 2011 / Unrated / Street Date: November 6, 2012
If you've spent time watching WWII documentaries on basic cable stations, there might not be anything within the walls of Narrow Escapes of WWII that truly surprises or informs in any major capacity. This 2011 series delves deep into events that may have only been marginal bulletpoints in larger, more expansive war docs - the siege of Kohima, Operation Pedestal - but speaking as an armchair war buff, this set pretty much provided battle info I already had at least a slight background with.
That doesn't mean, however, that Narrow Escapes of WWII doesn't completely suck you in from the get-go. Like so many grand war documentaries, if you find yourself intrigued by the exploits in the first moments of the debut episode here, you can pretty much guarantee that you'll succumb to the rest of this TV-on-DVD set. There may be redundancy here, and this compilation perhaps isn't the kind of thing you'll watch more than once, but all reservations aside, I consumed the box set hungrily over the course of a week and a half.
• "The Amiens Raid"
• "The Doolittle Raid"
• "Wingate and the Chindits"
• "The Black Battalion"
• "Lucky Laycock's Escape from Crete"
• "Manstein Holds the Line"
• "The Siege of Kohima"
• "Roy Urquhart's Escape from Arnhem"
• "Morshed Holds Tobruk"
• "Evacuation in the Baltic"
• "Moore's March"
• "Operation Pedestal"
• "Breakout through Hell's Gate"