World War II

Constructing the Type 21 | Nazi Mega Weapons: Hitler's Killer Subs Part 4

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To quickly construct the Type 21 U-boat, Admiral Doentiz found Otto Merker - a mass production manufacturer. Soon, staged production spread across northern Germany and an additional facility called the Valentin bunker was constructed to house the entire production process.

Underwater Suicide Missions: The Kaiten | Nazi Mega Weapons: Axis Weapon - The Kamikaze

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Learn about the Japanese suicide submarines. The Japanese naval engineers developed this revolutionary suicide weapon, known as the Kaiten, from an existing torpedo known as the type 93. It had over one and half tonnes of explosives in its war head. Historian Tosh Minohara explores the island of Ozushima where the Japanese developed this revolutionary weapon and trained the pilots to drive them. The first ever Kaiten attack sinks the fuel supply ship USS Mississinewa.

Growing Up | Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: The War

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Sam Hynes discusses the excitement of joining up and the opportunity to be somebody more exciting then the kid you were.

Injustice at Home | The Japanese-American Experience of the World War II Era

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As part of Washington's Kip Tokuda Memorial Civil Liberties Public Education Program, which strives to educate the public regarding the history and the lessons of the World War II exclusion, removal, and detention of persons of Japanese ancestry, KSPS Public Television and Eastern Washington educators Starla Fey, Leslie Heffernan, and Morgen Larsen have produced Injustice at Home: the Japanese American experience of the World War II Era. 

This educational resource--five educational videos and an inquiry-based unit of study--will help students understand Executive Order 9066 and the resulting internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the failure of political leadership to protect constitutional rights, the military experience of Japanese-Americans during WWII, and examples of discrimination and racial prejudice the Japanese-American community faced before, during and after WWII. 

In addition, sudents will analyze the short and long term emotional effects on those who are incarcerated, identify the challenges that people living outside of the exclusion zone faced, examine how some Japanese Americans showed their loyalty during the period of incarceration, and learn about brave individuals who stood up for Japanese Americans during this time.

Leadership | Segment 7

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Demand for punchcard equipment increases & the Endicott plant employs 7,000. 1939 also marks Watson's 25th anniversary with IBM & company presence at the World Fair. Watson has tea with Hitler and accepts a medal from the German government.

The Holocaust | Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: The War

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Ray Leopold, Burnett Miller, Dwain Luce and others discuss the horror of the Holocaust and how it haunts them still.

Equal Protection | Crash Course Government and Politics

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In this episode, we discuss the most important part of the Constitution-the Fourteenth Amendment. In particular, we discuss the "equal protection" clause and how it relates to our civil rights. We've discussed in previous episodes civil liberties, or our protections from the government, but civil rights are different as they involve how some groups of citizens are able to treat other groups (usually minorities) under existing laws.

Fly Girls - Video Clips of the B-29

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Learn about the B-29, its takeoff, and flight, from American Experience: "Fly Girls."

How WWII Created Godzilla & Mecha Robots | Origin of Everything

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Underneath the surface of fearsome monsters we can see that Godzilla is closely linked to the fears of atomic radiation and mecha robots emerged from the extremely rapid industrialization of Japan during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Assassination Attempt of Hitler | Nazi Mega Weapons: The Wolf's Lair

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Learn how Hitler's own military turn against him. Hitler's isolation from the war led to terrible decisions and defeats for the Nazis. A secret network of sympathizers plotted his downfall and among them is Claus Von Stauffenburg. He devises a bomb with a silent timed fuse called a pencil detonator. When the opportunity comes he takes the bomb, inside a briefcase to the Wolf's Lair and leaves it in a meeting room with Hitler and many senior Nazis.

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