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3D Spies of WWII 

The story of British aerial military photographic reconnaissance and analysis using stereoscopic viewing techniques during World War II.





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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Narrator
John S. Blyth ...
Himself - Reconnaissance Pilot
Mike Mockford ...
Himself - Royal Air Force Wing Commander, Retired
Dino A. Brugioni ...
Himself - Senior C.I.A. Analyst, Retired
Joseph Maiolo ...
Himself - Historian, King's College London
Robert S. Ehlers ...
Himself - Historian, Angelo State University (as Col. Robert S. Ehlers)
Jimmy Taylor ...
Himself - Reconnaissance Pilot
Geoffrey Stone ...
Himself - Photo Interpreter, Royal Air Force, Medmenham
Chris Halsall ...
Himself - Intelligence Corps Officer, Retired (as Major Chris Halsall)
Elizabeth Hick ...
Herself - Photo Interpreter, Royal Air Force, Medmenham
Himself - Photo Interpreter, Royal Air Force, Medmenham
Margaret Hurley ...
Herself - Photo Interpreter Royal Air Force, Medmenham
Roy M. Stanley ...
Himself - United States Air Force Intelligence, Retired (as Col. Roy M. Stanley)
Christian Mühldorfer-Vogt ...
Himself - Historian, Peenemünde Museum (as Christian Muhldorfer-Vogt)
Eugene Black ...
Himself - Mittelbau-Dora Inmate


Nova looks at Allied efforts to spy on Hitler's weapons of mass destruction. It looks at how Allied intelligence examined over millions of photographs taken over German territory by specially converted high-flying spitfires and how photo interpreters used special stereoscopes to catch details that might have been missed. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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18 January 2012 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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A nice little film about some unsung heroes.
9 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"3D Spies of WWII" is a wonderful and fascinating look at a seldom discussed aspect of war--reconnaissance. Of course, you hear about soldiers dying, naval and air battles and the like but not the seemingly mundane behind the scenes work needed for the war effort. This film specifically focuses on a British unit whose job it was to take 3-D footage of German territory and, most importantly, interpret it so they'd understand exactly WHAT this data actually is. This sort of work was instrumental in three major projects talked about in the film: the dam busting on the Ruhr, gathering intel for D-Day and the German V-1 and V-2 rocket programs. And, for their efforts, these folks were instructed NOT to talk about their work!

This film kept my interest as well as my wife's. It was exceptionally well made and is well worth your time. My only other comment is that it was very, very sad that folks in charge of the Peenemunde site (which was responsible for the deaths of about 20,000 slave laborers) were never really punished as scientists like Von Braun were considered too important for future rocket programs!

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