DVD Missions That Changed the War Tex Hill Flying Tigers 4 DVD set as seen on Military Channel - Other Titles in series include Doolittle Raiders & Gunther Rall TV GUIDE EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS FOR MISSIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAR – THE FLYING TIGERS Episode One: “Unlikely Mercenaries” Flying Tiger Triple Ace David Lee “Tex” Hill was born on the Korean Peninsula in 1915, just three years after the last Chinese dynasty had fallen and China’s first republic had been established. In a series of exclusive interviews, Tex recalls how the Chinese/Japanese war that began in 1937 gave rise to the American Volunteer Group – the legendary Flying Tigers - and the events that put his life on an intersecting course with those of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek and the legendary Claire Chennault. Episode Two: “Flying Tigers” In China’s most desperate hour, Chiang Kai-shek turns to the United States for help. The Japanese are bombing Chinese population centers mercilessly. China’s decimated air force is powerless to stop them. Chiang dispatches his American consultant – former U.S. Army Air Corps officer Claire L. Chennault - to obtain the airplanes and pilots needed to defend China. Tex Hill resigns his Navy Commission and volunteers. Episode Three: “ From Mercenaries to Allies” In August 1941, the first American Volunteer Group pilots and 100 lend-lease P-40 Warhawks released by the British began arriving at Kyedaw Field at Toungoo in Burma. Employing Chennault’s brilliant tactics, they rack up big scores against the numerically superior Japanese . The press back home takes notice and dubs the AVG, “The Flying Tigers”. December 7, 1941 the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. . Now it is America’s war as well as China’s. Tex Hill and the rest of the Tigers would soon be reclassified from mercenaries to allies. Episode Four: “ Battle at The Salween - A Mission That Changed the War” In April,1942, the Japanese captured the western terminus of the Burma Road, China’s vital lifeline. Its vaunted 56th armored division, The Red Dragons, turned eastward toward the Chinese wartime capital of Chunking. Its last obstacle is the mile deep gorge of the Salween River. If Chunking and China fall, nearly half of Japan’s Army – 3/4 of a million men – will be free to turn to India, Malaysia and ultimately, Australia. The Allies would lose the only practical base for launching attacks against the Japanese home islands. Only Tex Hill and the Flying Tigers have a chance to stop them.
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