CTVA US Documentary - "Victory at Sea" (NBC) (1952-53) WWII  Documentary series

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Victory at Sea (1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
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NBC Project 20 production
in association with Republic pictures
for
NBC (Sundays)
Executive Producer Robert Sarnoff
Produced by and Conceived by Henry Salomon
in co-operation with the United States Navy
Co-ordinator Robert W. Sarnoff
Technical advisor Captain Walter Karig U.S.N.
Edited by Isaac Kleinerman
Directed by M.Clay Adams
Written by Henry Salomon with Richard Hansen based on the multivolume
"History of United States Naval Operations in World War II"
by Samuel Eliot Morison

US World War II  Documentary series 1952-53 26 episodes x 30 min bw

Narrated by Leonard Graves

Premise:
A series of 26 Dramatic and Authentic films about Sea Warfare 1939-43 produced by NBC
and the U.S. Navy with the assistance of the Admiralty and the Air Ministry,
and using film obtained from both allied and enemy sources.
Films introduced by Michael Lewis, Professor of History at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
The musical score composed by Richard Rodgers, and played by the National Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Robert Russell Bennett.

Victory At Sea Theme Song   -  Victory at Sea - A Symphonic Scenario

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NBC Sundays (26Oct52-26Apr53)

1.01 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): DESIGN FOR WAR
26Oct52 NBC
 Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1941
The opening episode in this story of naval conflict in World War II covers the
anti-U Boat campaign from 1939-41.

1.02 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): THE PACIFIC BOILS OVER
02Nov52 NBC
 Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
Synopsis:
The attack on Pearl Harbor and actual bombardment scenes
including those filmed by the Japanese are shown. [RF]

1.03 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): SEALING THE BREACH
09Nov52 NBC
 Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1941-1943
The epic struggle against submarine warfare in the Battle of the Atlantic,
after the attack on Pearl Harbour when the United States came into the war.

1.04 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): MIDWAY IS EAST
23Nov53 NBC
 Japanese victories & the Midway Battle.
 The battle for the Midway Islands after the Philippines fell was one of the most decisive battles in
naval history. Here you see how this great operation stemmed the Japanese advance in the Pacific.

1.05 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): MEDITERRANEAN MOSAIC
30Nov52 NBC
Malta and Gibraltar
 Synopsis 1:
Britain holds out against the Italian Navy and the German Air Force
in the Mediterranean. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The British defence of the Mediterranean and the gallant stand of Malta and Gibraltar,
the vital key-points of the battle.

1.06 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): GUADALCANAL
07Dec52 NBC
 Episode at Guadalcanal
The start of the American combined-operations offensive against the Japanese.

1.07 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): RINGS AROUND RABAUL
14Dec52 NBC
 Struggle for the Solomon Islands.
How the Allies smashed Rabaul, the naval base which gave the Japanese a stranglehold on the Pacific.

1.08 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): MARE NOSTRUM
21Dec52 NBC
 Mediterranean Command, 1940-1942
British sea and air power in the battle for control of the Mediterranean, and the start
of the Eighth Army's advance in the Western Desert.

1.09 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): SEA AND SAND
28Dec52 NBC
 Invasion of North Africa, 1942-1943
 The first great Anglo-American combined operation of the war-the allied landings in North Africa,
which led to the destruction of the Afrika Korps and the freeing of a continent from the Axis

1.10 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): BENEATH THE SOUTHERN CROSS
04Jan53 NBC
 War in the South Atlantic.
The allied victories in the South Atlantic, including the Royal Navy's sinking of a
German surface raider, and the scuttling of the Graf Spee.

1.11[--] Victory at Sea (documentary): MAGNETIC NORTH
11Jan53 NBC
 War from Murmansk to Alaska
The bitter fight against the enemy and the Arctic weather, including the first British
Commando raids in Norway and the heroic journeys of our convoys to Russia.

1.12 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): THE CONQUEST OF MICRONESIA
18Jan53 NBC (rerun 10Jul60)
 Narrated by Leonard Graves
 Fast-carrier warfare in the Pacific--Gilberts and Marshalls
Strategic Islands in the Central Pacific are captured from the Japanese. [RF]

1.13 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): MELANESIAN NIGHTMARE
25Jan53 NBC Sun
 Produced by Henry Salomon
Written by Henry Salomon & Richard Hanser
Directed by M. Clay Adams
 New Guinea Campaign
The New Guinea campaign by British Commonwealth and U.S troops under General
MacArthur, picturing the 1300-mile advance along the northern coast of New
Guinea toward the Philippines. [RF]

1.14 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): ROMAN RENAISSANCE
01Feb53 NBC
 Sicily and the Italian campaign.
A look at the Italian campaign for the liberation
of Rome during World War II.

1.15 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): D-DAY
08Feb53 NBC
 Produced by Henry Salomon
Written by Henry Salomon & Richard Hanser
Directed by M. Clay Adams
 Normandy, June 6, 1944
An overall picture of operation D-Day from the Allied leaders'
decision to invade Normandy and the subsequent buildup of men
and material, to the final beach landings which signaled the
beginning of Hitler's downfall. [RF]

1.16 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): KILLERS AND THE KILLED
15Feb53 NBC
Narrated by Leonard Graves
Victory in the Atlantic, 1943-1945
Synopsis:
For the first time since the War of 1812, an American ship captures
an enemy man-of-war on the high seas. [RF]

1.17 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): THE TURKEY SHOOT
22Feb53 NBC Sun
 Produced by Henry Salomon
Written by Henry Salomon & Richard Hanser
Directed by M. Clay Adams
 Conquest of the Marianas - the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Guam
- all Japanese strongholds. Recapture of Guam.

Synopsis 3:
After bitter fighting, the Japanese held island of Guam is recaptured
by the United States and turned into one of the biggest supply bases
in the Pacific. Incidental music by Richard Rodgers. [RF]

1.18 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): TWO IF BY SEA
01Mar53 NBC Sun
 Produced by Henry Salomon
Written by Henry Salomon & Richard Hanser
Directed by M. Clay Adams
 Ground fighting in the pacific to capture Peleliu and Angaur in the Palau islands
The Allies engage in savage ground fighting at the Peleliu and Angaur in the Palau Islands,
which were considered vital to the Allied reconquest of the Philippines. [RF]
*Note: On the current Survivor in Palau tv series many of the planes and
ships are shown from that war. [RF]

1.19 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): THE BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF
08Mar53 NBC
 The Japanese Navy's last desperate attempt to halt the American advance across
the Pacific and its final destruction in the biggest naval battle in history.

1.20 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): RETURN OF THE ALLIES
15Mar53 NBC
 Produced by Henry Salomon
Written by Henry Salomon & Richard Hanser
Directed by M. Clay Adams
 Liberation of the Philippines
Synopsis:
Attempting to reconquer the Philippines, the Allies engage in rugged ground
fighting at Luzon. Macarthur redeems his historic promise [RF]

1.21 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): FULL FATHOM FIVE
22Mar53 NBC
 U.S. submarines, 1941-1945
The story of the successful submarine campaign against Japanese shipping in the Pacific

1.22 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): THE FATE OF EUROPE
29Mar53 NBC Sun (rebroadcast 11Jun61)
  The collapse of Hitler's war machine in Europe.
The Russian Black Sea fleet is also seen in action off Sebastopol
The advance of the Allied Forces following the invasion of Southern
France is shown. [RF]

1.23 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): TARGET SURIBACHI
05Apr53 NBC Sun (rebroadcast 18Jun61)
 Iwo Jima
  The Allied Forces preparing to attack the strategic island of Iwo Jima
find themselves caught in the middle of a typhoon. [RF]

1.24 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): THE ROAD TO MANDALAY
12Apr53 NBC
 China, Burma, India, and Indian Ocean
Summary:
The victorious Japanese Army chops up China, absorbs Siam and cuts the Burma Road. [RF]

1.25 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): SUICIDE FOR GLORY
19Apr53 NBC
 Place:  Okinawa
The conquest of Okinawa in the teeth of Kamikaze suicide aircraft

1.26 [--] Victory at Sea (documentary): DESIGN FOR PEACE
(final episode)
26Apr53 NBC
 Surrender of Japan & aftermath of war
The dropping of the first atomic bomb and Japan's subsequent surrender bring the war to an end.

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