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Material from the Korean War that has been obscured for decades is examined in these two episodes from the Secrets of War series from the History Channel. The first program, "Behind the Bamboo Curtain," examines the complicated dealings among three dictators (Stalin of the Soviet Union, Mao of China, and Kim of North Korea) that led to the Korean War. Telegrams that passed between the leaders have been unearthed in Russian archives, and they provide valuable insight into the machinations that unleashed the North Korean invasion of South Korea and prompted the United States and its allies to respond with force. The second program, "Stalin's Secret Air War," follows a similar theme, using documents discovered in the Kremlin archives to prove that American pilots engaging in dogfights over the skies of Korea were actually doing battle with Soviet pilots flying Soviet planes. Veterans of the conflict also provide insight, and the American and Russian vets leave no doubt that the two superpowers did indeed tangle in a very violent air war. The research and commentary in both programs is presented in a dramatic and engaging manner. --Robert J. McNamara
  • Genre: Documentaries
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  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 104 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1998
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 15, 2001
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