World War II: The Aircraft Carriers - Full Documentary

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Since 1945 aircraft carriers have proved that they have an unrivaled ability to deliver massive firepower against the enemy, at the same time as possessing the traditional flexibility of a navel force.
Carriers and more particularly the aircraft they support have been subject to constant development. This color documentary traces that development from its very beginnings in the First World War.
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  1. CatSlave 56

    CatSlave 56

    일 전

    Interesting how you label American carrier tactics in the modern era "questionable" but you don't mention that Britain's claim to the Faulklin Islands is even more questionable holdover from the Colonial era. That is my only problem with this documentary except for the fact that the "tower" on American aircraft carriers are called an "island" not a tower.

  2. Allan Allan

    Allan Allan

    2 일 전

    nice footage low on content

  3. Nevets Legasi

    Nevets Legasi

    5 일 전

    at 45:02 what is that kid looking at?

  4. Palanthis


    11 일 전

    Jingoistic and biased.

  5. Joey Oliver

    Joey Oliver

    13 일 전

    @52:11 these would be F-14 Tomcats and F-111's. Not F-4 Phantoms. I really get tired of the "pro-British" airpower documentaries. The Jolly Brits have little knowledge of what air power really is... @52:35 the Tomcat that shotdown the Libyan MiG is in the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly Virginia

  6. Dean DeWitt

    Dean DeWitt

    16 일 전

    humm. The music down haus. The drums drove me nuts and killed this video for me other wise you would have had me the whole video

    • A Maggot

      A Maggot

      12 일 전

      A lot of the music sounds like Chinese knockoffs of Final Fantasy tracks.

  7. Mall Shopper

    Mall Shopper

    17 일 전

    As a Navy veteran, who served aboard a carrier I appreciate the documentary. I was fortunate to serve during a relatively peace time. Thank you to the men who served during WWII. Heros beyond heros.

  8. Gary Christenson

    Gary Christenson

    18 일 전

    Hey, dummies, aircraft carriers of WWII did not have angled flight decks like the one in your thumbnail! JHC, get your facts straight.

    • dennis walsh

      dennis walsh

      12 일 전

      Or jets on deck.

  9. Richard Cortez

    Richard Cortez

    18 일 전


  10. Klantvinder.com


    21 일 전

    Thumbnail is of USS enterprise. Build 20 years after ww2

    • t5grrr


      15 일 전

      Actually it was started ten years after WW2. Served longer than any ship in history.

    • Daniel Walker

      Daniel Walker

      19 일 전

      Yea the angled flight deck made me laugh. I clicked on this video thinking it probably had old footage and a terrible like ratio.

  11. Patriotic Porn

    Patriotic Porn

    23 일 전

    Does anyone know what type of aircraft @40:30? I have never seen that before.

  12. Adam White

    Adam White

    28 일 전

    Yeah those silly yanks and their super carriers... The envy of the world

  13. Adaster Dezaster

    Adaster Dezaster

    개월 전

    Stupid long intro

  14. Ben de Belazerde

    Ben de Belazerde

    개월 전

    Stupid war for the psychopats of the elite! 55.000.000 dead! Mass murderers!

  15. Rogério Pereira

    Rogério Pereira

    개월 전

    3 full minutes of bullshit before the propaganda (or so you say the documentary) starts.

  16. coinstalker Hunt Hard

    coinstalker Hunt Hard

    개월 전

    I can't get over this they're even smoking during a debriefing holyshit would that happen nowadays guys? What do you think

    • Khắc cảnh lê

      Khắc cảnh lê

      개월 전

      I think it's awesome. But I live in a country that still allows such personal freedoms.

  17. coinstalker Hunt Hard

    coinstalker Hunt Hard

    개월 전

    It's too bad I wasn't born so I could have lived that era I swear to God I would have fit in So Perfect on that ship in the Navy it's what I wanted to do when I was a kid and then I got too tall and then I took a left instead of taking a right and went down the wrong road and blew my chances so just saying for some reason I feel like I should have been born so I could have lived this era in the military

  18. coinstalker Hunt Hard

    coinstalker Hunt Hard

    개월 전

    It's so funny see him smoking at the dinner table on a Navy ship having a cigarette at the dinner table doesn't fly in my house no matter where you are you don't smoke when people are eating especially on a Navy ship that s*** today wouldn't happen I guarantee it in fact people that are full time in the military I'd say maybe 3% of them smoke cigarettes now comparatively to back in the day 90% of the men in the military smoke cigarettes and that's just a guess but I got a feeling I'm close

    • Eben Ramos

      Eben Ramos

      개월 전

      @Coinstalker Butt Hurt, is that you?

    • Khắc cảnh lê

      Khắc cảnh lê

      개월 전

      And look at the pathetic Soy boy weaklings we have as an excuse for men today. These guys faced death at age 19 for poverty wages, the current crop of "men" burst into tears when they hear a pronoun they don't agree with. People's attitude towards smoking today is just case in point. In my book, if your living moments away from being blown to a watery grave, light up wherever you can without starting a fire. Go for it.

  19. coinstalker Hunt Hard

    coinstalker Hunt Hard

    개월 전

    At 22 minutes and 9 seconds the airplane they talked about called the smj guess what kind of ironic those are my born birth given initials

  20. Douglas Hogg

    Douglas Hogg

    개월 전

    No carrier had a angled flight deck in WWII, or elevators on the sides.

    • Douglas Hogg

      Douglas Hogg

      27 일 전

      ziggster59 my mistake. Your right, it did have side elevators, but did not have an angled flight deck.....USS Antietam (CVA 36) which emerged in Dec. 1952 from the New York Naval Shipyard as America's first angled-deck aircraft carrier.

    • ziggster59


      27 일 전

      The USS Wasp CV 7 did, it was the first to have one.



    개월 전

    War is useless, no one wins, just broken hearts and lives..

    • Eben Ramos

      Eben Ramos

      개월 전

      Yeah, I know. Better to surrender quickly to work as slaves in labor camps.

  22. Nhu Nguyen

    Nhu Nguyen

    개월 전

    Now Chinazi look

  23. alvin richover

    alvin richover

    개월 전

    shows F-14 Tomcats whwn talking about F-111

    • TrashPanda -

      TrashPanda -

      개월 전

      Hey at least they're both variable geometry, swept wingers. Could be worse lol. That's probably what had them confused. That, and the lack of a proper editor.

  24. Rene Munoz

    Rene Munoz

    개월 전

    I’m a mechanic and when we work, we don’t wear shorts or shirts either. Lol

  25. David Hermanson

    David Hermanson

    개월 전

    Din Durbridge, the narrator is doing a fine imitation of Albus Dumbledore.

  26. Robert Houston

    Robert Houston

    개월 전

    I love how this commentator is talking about F-4 Phantoms and F-111 Ardvarks, but they are plainly showing an F-14 from the U.S. Navy, unless the Jolly Roger's suddenly changed to the Air Force.

  27. Cassivellaunus Honestus

    Cassivellaunus Honestus

    개월 전

    The U.S. replaced Britain as a global navy. If we should retreat from that roll someone else will take it up. The world is much better off if we keep that responsibility.

  28. Johnny Ray

    Johnny Ray

    개월 전

    You really need to address the double narrative. Two narratives fifteen seconds apart is really unprofessional. I can't watch this, despite extreme interest.

  29. Don Bryant

    Don Bryant

    개월 전

    The ship would still require fuel for its aircraft and all of the logistic requirements of the ship. Then we still have a stream of supply ships following these DOD Death Stars. Death Stars that have yet to be proven decisive in any recent or relevant conflict.

  30. jamesB McFerron

    jamesB McFerron

    개월 전

    lost me in the intro

  31. the occupier

    the occupier

    개월 전

    The footage is brilliant, the actual accuracy of the content is dreadful And since when was a Carriers Island called a fricking Tower 4 Harriers per CV in the Falkland's .. who wrote this garbage

  32. Logictech Man

    Logictech Man

    2 개월 전

    hell---ww2 has no jet engine on deck as yet

  33. Satan


    2 개월 전

    longest intro like fucling ever!!

  34. Robert Schilling

    Robert Schilling

    2 개월 전

    Everytime I watch a WW2 video. I get an itch to play HOI4.

  35. Petey


    2 개월 전

    imagine being assigned to a detail and doing it with your shirt off...in 2019 you'd get chewed out, even in theater.

    • Justin Reyes

      Justin Reyes

      개월 전

      V. Maxsurvan

    • Justin Reyes

      Justin Reyes

      개월 전

      MA a urban

    • Justin Reyes

      Justin Reyes

      개월 전


  36. Steven Mullens

    Steven Mullens

    2 개월 전

    It is ok need to get some of their facts right. Some of the dates were not right.👮‍♂️

  37. Toe Ray

    Toe Ray

    2 개월 전

    I get the narrator is British and all, but his pronunciation of Maryland as merry-land instead of mare-uh-lind is silly.

  38. Craig Manning

    Craig Manning

    2 개월 전

    Wild cat < Zero, Hell Cat > Zero.

  39. Johnnyc drums

    Johnnyc drums

    2 개월 전

    UYA-4 console at 44:15.

  40. Peter Northrup

    Peter Northrup

    2 개월 전

    It will be a whole new world if the USA loses 2 carriers in battle. A, 2 million dollar torpedo for 1 13 billion ford class carrier.

    • Nathan Peterson

      Nathan Peterson

      2 개월 전

      Not really the case.

  41. David Thompson

    David Thompson

    2 개월 전

    Again Brit carrier = innovation, USA carrier = controversy. Need to read history a bit more: In 1910, Eugene Burton Ely made the first successful unassisted airplane takeoff from the wooden deck of the USS Birmingham. In 1911 he made the first successful airplane landing on the USS Pennsylvania, the first ship to be equipped with a landing deck and arresting system.

  42. terrence gurnee

    terrence gurnee

    2 개월 전

    I was on Lexington 16 and Roosevelt!

    • Gogo Plata

      Gogo Plata

      개월 전

      terrence gurnee Thank you for serving back in the “real” navy shipmate. You guys had it a lot tougher than we did on CV-63.

    • SaiBandz_914


      2 개월 전

      terrence gurnee thank you for your service

  43. Mike Morgan

    Mike Morgan

    2 개월 전

    Bovine scat for the most part...

    • Mike Morgan

      Mike Morgan

      2 개월 전

      I'm not a fan of so-called "neocons" or the US being a global police force; but the narrator did hislevel best to ignore the reasons Western nations fight...

  44. Gary Christenson

    Gary Christenson

    2 개월 전

    This video is about WWII carriers -- and the thumbnail is of an angled-deck carrier built LONG after WWII??!! Duh

    • Robert Bonneau

      Robert Bonneau

      2 개월 전

      I put a piece of tape on my screen to cover it up.

  45. nachodadi


    2 개월 전

    24:10. The color footage, from the engine room, had me riveted.

  46. Edwin


    3 개월 전


  47. charles klein jr

    charles klein jr

    3 개월 전

    Early in the development of carriers was very interesting and they did the best they could with what they had, but how many planes are on the ocean floor? I can only imagine.

  48. 野良犬撮影隊 二大隊四中隊一区隊8番認識番号278331

    野良犬撮影隊 二大隊四中隊一区隊8番認識番号278331

    3 개월 전

    nice video!

  49. Lalo Lalo

    Lalo Lalo

    3 개월 전

    This is the period I wish I lived in... I know there were a lot of problems with economy and racism and Hitler's rise to power but I still wish I lived in this period... there was really something to fight for and people were seemed more together in America... ot was the golden age....

    • charles klein jr

      charles klein jr

      3 개월 전

      I absolutely agree.

  50. M McLaurin80

    M McLaurin80

    3 개월 전

    No love for Eugene Burton Ely then I guess.

  51. Second Thought

    Second Thought

    3 개월 전

    Man a 3 minute intro... bye.

  52. Paul K

    Paul K

    3 개월 전

    At 41:35 it shows a plane landing on an experimental rubber deck. Wheels up! Yes, it lands OK, but now what? How do you move it so other aircraft can land? The planners really didn't think this one through...LOL

  53. MaxSAgent86


    3 개월 전

    I like how the producers of this video, just happened to leave out the WHY of the carrier bombing Libya. After Muammar Gaddafi had trained terrorists who placed a bomb on a passenger plane that blew up over Lockerby Scotland and chicken shit France, that was busy sucking North African pricks, had refused to let the U.S. fly from a base in England, over frog-land. Now Frenchie is reaping the storm he sewed.

  54. bodasactra


    3 개월 전

    Shows the inner workings of a CV a bit more than most.

  55. broncoremy


    3 개월 전

    Wildly, flagrantly inaccurate. The narrator said that the Korean War started in 1949 at 39:30? Janson Media does the date 25 Jun 1950 mean anything to you? At 40:10 or so, only mention Skyraiders, but show Corsairs in addition to the Skyraiders. With respect to the strike on Libya, it was said that because US carriers are sovereign territory, the US could act unilaterally. Well, maybe those F111s that took off from England to make the strike didn't realize this and they snuck out of the UK before the Queen and Parliament could object. Horrible sight of the USS Franklin (CV-13). 1294 casualties with 807 sailors KIA from that inferno and its after effects.

  56. Russ Gallagher

    Russ Gallagher

    3 개월 전

    The Langley wasn't a "coal ship." She had been a "collier." That's what they were called.

    • Hs Hs

      Hs Hs

      3 개월 전

      You are correct. However, it's been a long time since regular folks thought about coal or colliers, so I can forgive the narrator for using a term everyone would understand. I recently discovered that a fork I've been using for digging potatoes is actually a coal fork, which I learned from a documentary on the Berlin Airlift, of all places.

  57. Russ Gallagher

    Russ Gallagher

    3 개월 전

    Why does the thumbnail show a post-war angled flight deck?

  58. Ron Matingly

    Ron Matingly

    3 개월 전

    Where's the "Harrier" 49:11

  59. Kent Nordland

    Kent Nordland

    3 개월 전

    Getting catapulted off an aircraft carrier is about as much fun you can have and still keep tour clothes on! I did it once, off the USS Randolph CVS 15. That was in 1960.

  60. Stephen Blackwell

    Stephen Blackwell

    3 개월 전

    Why didnt they use nuclear reactors instead of boiling water for power. Maybe it was the inner steam punk inside of the designers Or maybe it just took a bit to find which designs works best for these new type of capital ships

    • jimbotheassclown


      3 개월 전

      You know nuclear power is just control rods boiling water to run steam turbines right . LOL Nuclear power is Steam power . So is geothermal , Coal and natural gas power plants the world runs on steam power .🤣😂😅

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