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Operation Crossbow (2011)

59 min | Documentary

The heroic tales of World War II are legendary, but Operation Crossbow is a little known story that deserves to join the hall of fame: how the Allies used 3D photos to thwart the Nazis' weapons of mass destruction before they could ...See moreThe heroic tales of World War II are legendary, but Operation Crossbow is a little known story that deserves to join the hall of fame: how the Allies used 3D photos to thwart the Nazis' weapons of mass destruction before they could obliterate Britain. This film brings together the heroic Spitfire pilots who took the photographs and the brilliant minds of RAF Medmenham that made sense of the jigsaw of clues hidden in the photos. Hitler was pumping a fortune into his new-fangled V weapons in the hope they could win him the war. But Medmenham had a secret weapon of its own, a simple stereoscope which brought to life every contour of the enemy landscape in perfect 3D. The devil was truly in the detail and, together with extraordinary personal testimonies, the film uses modern computer graphics on the original wartime photographs to show just how the photo interpreters were able to uncover Hitler's nastiest secrets. See less
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John Leo Dutton (as John Dutton)
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May 15, 2011 (United Kingdom)

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Samantha Bond
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Dino A. Brugioni
Himself - Senior CIA Analyst, Ret. Himself - Senior CIA Analyst, Ret.   See fewer
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Elizabeth Hick
Herself - Photographic Interpreter, RAF Medmenham Herself - Photographic Interpreter, RAF Medmenham   See fewer
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Robert S. Ehlers
Himself - US Air Force Intelligence, Ret. (as Col. Robert S. Ehlers) Himself - US Air Force Intelligence, Ret. (as Col. Robert S. Ehlers)   See fewer
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Jimmy Taylor
Himself - Reconnaissance Pilot Himself - Reconnaissance Pilot   See fewer
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Allan Williams
Himself - Researcher. Edinburgh University Himself - Researcher. Edinburgh University   See fewer
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Mike Mockford
Himself - Photo Interpreter (as Wing Commander Mike Mockford) Himself - Photo Interpreter (as Wing Commander Mike Mockford)   See fewer
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Chris Halsall
Himself - Intelligence Corps, Ret. (as Major Chris Halsall) Himself - Intelligence Corps, Ret. (as Major Chris Halsall)   See fewer
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John S. Blyth
Himself - Reconnaissance Pilot Himself - Reconnaissance Pilot   See fewer
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Geoffrey Stone
Himself - Photographic Interpreter, RAF Medmenham Himself - Photographic Interpreter, RAF Medmenham   See fewer
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Roy M. Stanley
Himself - US Air Force Intelligence, Ret. (as Col. Roy M. Stanley) Himself - US Air Force Intelligence, Ret. (as Col. Roy M. Stanley)   See fewer
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Christian Mühldorfer-Vogt
Himself - Peenemünde Museum (as Christian Muhldorfer-Vogt) Himself - Peenemünde Museum (as Christian Muhldorfer-Vogt)   See fewer
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John Bell
Himself - Bomb Aimer Himself - Bomb Aimer   See fewer
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Eugene Black
Himself - Mittelbau-Dora Inmate Himself - Mittelbau-Dora Inmate   See fewer
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Margaret Hurley
Herself - Photographic Interpreter, RAF Medmenham Herself - Photographic Interpreter, RAF Medmenham   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 24 votes