This is a unique film in Disney Production's history. This film is essentially a propaganda film selling Major Alexander de Seversky's theories about the practical uses of long range strategic bombing. Using a combination of animation humorously telling about the development of air warfare, the film switches to the Major illustrating his ideas could win the war for the allies. Written by
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When Alexander de Seversky worried that he was unable to both speak and hit his marks simultaneously, director H.C. Potter reminded him of all that he had had to do from his flying days and told him, in a mock Russian accent, to "diwide the attention." Seversky loved that so much that it became a signal word when filming began; whenever shooting was about to begin, the crew would shout, "Diwide the attention!" See more »
The film claims the German's used air power to break through the Maginot line to conquer France. In reality, the German forces avoided directly engaging the Line and instead completely circumvented it. See more »
Today, a war is very different than the last European war was. Now air power is the dominant feature of military operations. Air power can fly directly to the vital centers of an opposing state and neutralize them. It can destroy the cities, it can wreck the aqueducts, it can knock out the lines of communication, it can destroy the food supplies, and make the people helpless to resist.
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Interesting and important documentary that helped turn the war effort.
This is the rarest of the rare. It's the one Disney film involving animation that has virtually disappeared. It is most absorbing and interesting and uses animation and a good narrative to clearly make a case for strategic bombing offensives to turn the tide of WW II. It was instrumental in this effort, causing both Churchill and Roosevelt to sit up and take notice. Major Alexander de Seversky's book on the subject is brought to the screen with first an amusing animated history of aviation and then live footage with Severesky himself speaking to the audience to explain his theory, helped with animated examples. It is all so clear and obvious from the present time perspective that it seems incredulous that the great statesmen of the time had to be won over to the tactic. The film earned an Oscar nom for Original Score, although this was nothing special, only adequate. Amazing it did not earn a nomination in the Documentary category as it was probably more important in its effect on WWII than anything else produced in the war years. Very worth seeking out - fascinating film.
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