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WORLD history videos

This is one of my favorite sports movies: a fictitious event occurring during WWII when an allied POW soccer (football) team is organized to play against the Germans in Paris. John Huston directed this thought-provoking and entertaining film. The moral dilemma that Colby finds himself is probably all too real. And how he deals with is brilliant!  

No, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day - instead it commemorates the Battle of Puebla - fought on May 5, 1862 against invading French forces. Ignacio Zaragosa led the day - and Mexico saw victory and eventually expelled France from Mexico! Viva Mexico libre!

Luther's dramatic address at the Diet of Worms in the Holy Roman Empire in May of 1521. He may not have said "Here I stand..." but the gist of what he actually said in May of 1521 was ultimately profound for Roman Catholicism and what would become Protestantism. Not to mention the future unified Germany! But that's another 350 years away!

A fascinating documentary about the rise of the Mongols, with Temujin leading the way. The Mongols were a lot of things - not the least of which, bloodthirsty. But along with that desire for pasturelands and empire, was a sense of egalitarianism and tolerance. 

An account of the Americans on D-Day, June 6, 1944: the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Arguably this is one of the most important dates in recent history and so much of that invasion was based on skill, deception and ultimately a fortuitous day during the landing - not too sunny, the seas not too choppy, etc...  WARNING- GRAPHIC CONTENT. WATCH WITH DISCRETION!  

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