AUP Films Archive
France ’44: The Encirclement at Nancy
Published on: February 19, 2020
Army University Press presents “France 44: The Encirclement at Nancy.” This World War II documentary film focuses on XII Corps’ crossing of the Moselle River as part of the Lorraine Campaign in September 1944. It includes lessons from current U.S. Army doctrine, specifically encirclement operations and tactics as well as passage of lines.
At daylight on 13 September, Combat Command A of the 4th Armored Division passed through the 80th Infantry Division’s bridgehead near Dieulouard initiating the encirclement at Nancy. The film begins with a discussion of the disposition of American and German forces in the Lorraine region of France in early September 1944.
It also offers an in-depth analysis of the region’s terrain and topography and how it limited the avenues of approach utilized by XII Corps during the campaign. The film then covers CCA’s and CCB’s actions on 13 and 14 September, the fight for Luneville, and the German Fifth Panzer Army’s counterattack near Arracourt.
At 48 minutes in length, this film is full of historical footage and photographs, virtual terrain, animated maps, and digitally-created doctrine graphics.
France ’44: Wet Gap Crossings at Nancy
Published on: December 3, 2019
Over a week-long period in September 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton’s Third Army attempted to cross an assault force at several points across the Moselle River to establish a bridgehead and then encircle three German Army divisions in the city of Nancy, France.
With a plan that closely followed U.S. river crossing doctrine, Third Army’s XII Corps executed a wet gap crossing south of the town of Nancy with the 35th Infantry Division as the bridgehead force and 4th Armored Division as the breakout force. As planned, the successful wet-gap crossing opened the southern route to Nancy and allowed the 80th Infantry Division to initiate a similar crossing north of the city. The establishment of multiple bridgeheads enabled Patton’s Third Army to return to what had made it successful during its advance across France—mobility. At 50 minutes, this film is full of historical footage and photographs, digitally-enhanced maps, and current wet gap crossing doctrine.
OIF: The Drive to Baghdad
Published on: October 8, 2019
Army University Press presents part one of the OIF series, “OIF: The Drive to Baghdad.” This documentary addresses the opening stages of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in March and April 2003, and includes lessons from current U.S. Army doctrine.
On 19 March 2003, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, authorizing the use of armed force to overthrow Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein. U.S. Central Command had been working non-stop since 9/11 on a plan to eliminate Saddam Hussein’s regime. The film begins in Summer 2002 with U.S. Central Command’s plans for the possible invasion of Iraq and the creation of the Coalition Forces Land Component Command as the main ground command for the planned invasion. The film then covers the crossing of the berm, the seizure of Tallil Air Base, the battle for As Samawah, the fight for An Najaf, and the movement through the Karbala Gap. The film ends on 2 April with V Corps and I Marine Expeditionary Force preparing to move to the next objective on the way to Baghdad. The Soldiers of V Corps had advanced over 300 kilometers into Iraq in 11 days, fought both regular and irregular Iraqi forces, withstood sandstorms, and lost comrades.
At 50 minutes in length, this film is full of historical footage and photographs, virtual terrain, animated maps, and one-on-one interviews with Veterans of the conflict.
Korea: Twin Tunnels
Published on: June 7, 2019
Army University Press presents Korea: Twin Tunnels. This documentary addresses how the United States Army of 1950 fought in the Korean peninsula, while accentuating doctrine pertinent to today’s U.S. Army.
The end of the Second World War resulted in the dismantling of the Japanese Empire. As a territory of that empire, Korea witnessed the arrival of American and Soviet troops. The eventual deterioration of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union wrecked the planned emergence of a unified Korea. Instead, two separate nations emerged—placing the opposing governments on a trajectory towards conflict.
Following the North Korean invasion of South Korea, United States Army and United Nations forces helped the Republic of Korea fight for its existence. Under the U.S. Eighth Army, allied forces repulsed the North Korean invasion in June of 1950. After advancing deep into North Korea, the forces allied with South Korea withdrew in wake of Chinese intervention in late-1950. Under the command of General Matthew B. Ridgway, allied forces attempted to regain the offensive—resulting in the battle at the Twin Tunnels.
To view the Stalingrad series chronologically watch the videos in this order:
- The Campaign
- The Grain Elevator
- The Battle for the Martenvoskii Shop
- The Commissar's House
Stalingrad: The Grain Elevator
Published on: March 7, 2019
Concluding its four-part series on the Battle of Stalingrad, Army University Press is proud to present Stalingrad: The Grain Elevator. This film highlights the conflict between the German Sixth Army and the Soviet 62nd Army in Southern Stalingrad during September 1942. The battle for Stalingrad devolved into a desperate street-by-street struggle for survival, as exemplified by the week-long confrontation for a massive grain elevator located near the Volga River. Our documentary examines this tactical fight while highlighting doctrinal concepts such as the importance of key terrain, the impact of leading from the front, and the inherent dangers of unit linkups.
Stalingrad: The Campaign
Published on: January 2, 2019
Army University Press in association with the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate presents an overview of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in its documentary film, Stalingrad: The Campaign. Opening with Operation Case Blue in 1942, this documentary covers the German advance east and its eventual culmination. The film concludes with the Soviet counterattack, Operation Uranus, and the surrender of the German Sixth Army in February 1943. This film also highlights current U.S. Army doctrine as it relates to large scale combat operations, most notably in offensive operations, counterattacks, lines of communication, and sustainment of tempo.
Stalingrad: The Commissar's House
Published on: September 12, 2018
Using the German and Soviet struggle in the city of Stalingrad as a template, Stalingrad: The Commissar’s House examines the challenges that armies face when operating in dense urban terrain. Located along the cliffs of the Volga River, the Barrikady Factory was a sprawling production complex which had been wrecked during the German advance into the city. Situated in this area, the Commissar’s House was an administrative building that became a Soviet strongpoint in the fight for the factory district. From a doctrinal perspective, this film concentrates on the role of armored vehicles and the use of reserves in dense urban terrain.
Stalingrad: The Battle for the Martenovskii Shop
Published on: July 19, 2018
Army University Press presents the first in a new series of documentaries that examine battles through the lens of current U.S. Army doctrine. Stalingrad: The Battle for the Martenovskii Shop analyzes the fight for the Red October Factory in Stalingrad focusing specifically on a heavily defended area known as the Martenovskii Shop. The doctrinal insights emphasize large scale combat operations and references FM 3-0 along with other doctrinal publications to both educate and inform its viewers.