The Era of the World Wars class has come around again, and I am enjoying it more than ever. I often think that it is my interest in World War II that led to my teaching. In class, we are about to see the Blitzkrieg turn west. I want to show the students some of the footage from the Victory At Sea series. They are used to programs on the History Channel, color, glitzy and sometimes over-produced, but sometimes not very historic.
The Victory At Sea soundtracks are beautiful. The scores were composed by Broadway-greats Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett. They add so much to the drama of the footage and narration of the programs. I have them on CD's, and the covers are not nearly as vivid as the old LP covers.