Big Night [1996]

Experience the American Journey through our country's visual heritage in this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United States.From the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" television series, 1950-1975."Arctic Night," a film documentary made in icy Greenland. Exercise Arctic Night" was designed to provide training in extreme cold weather for paratroopers of the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Seven hundred men hit the silk and dropped onto the frozen ice of a bay near Greenland's Thule Air Base. The jump made history for the Airborne Infantry; it was the largest, and, in fact, the first tactical drop ever made this far north.An Army Signal Corps camera team of three sturdy volunteers braved temperatures of more than 40 degrees below zero to bring back the story for the TV audience. Host-narrator of the program, Master Sergeant Stu Queen joined the Airborne Unit at their home, Fort Bragg, N.C. and flew with them to report the story. Queen opens the program from Bragg, will be seen in the air with the troopers and, finally, wades through the drifts of the far north, for another firsthand THE BIG PICTURE account."Exercise Arctic Night" was filmed with the cooperation of the Royal Danish Government, on whose Greenland territory the drop was performed.This historical recording from the National Archives may contain variations in audio and video quality based on the limitations of the original source material.The content summary for this DVD is adapted from an historical description provided by the government agency or donor at the time of production release. This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

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