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ZOOM World War II
     
$9.95 (Win95/98 Only) (Retail) (WWIIPR)
$4.95 (Win95/98 Only) (Jewel Case) (WWIIPJ)

FlagTower

Reference/World History

Ratings:

4 stars from CD-ROM Today

Experience the Battlefields of WWII

World War II involved conflict on every continent, with massive battles raging on land, in the air and at sea. More than 60 countries took part, over 55 million people died, and it affected the lives of three-quarters of the world's population. FlagTower's two-disc interactive documentary tells the dramatic story of this fight for freedom, and the price that was paid to overthrow tyranny. You can either follow the narrative in each theater of war, or compare different events around the world that were happening at the same time. Or you can even sit back and watch the whole story as a seamless documentary presentations. Key events and stories can be viewed in greater depth, giving you a richly-detailed portrayal of a world caught in the grip of cataclysmic events. Examine details of soldiers, politicians, posters, films, heroes, villains, weapons, aircraft, ships, military units and countless other facets of the war. View them on screen or print them out for further study. And you can even hear some of the speeches and songs that evoked the spirit of the times.

A Wealth of Authentic Sights and Sounds

Get ready for a remarkable "televisual" journey through World War II. An interactive experience filled with the most powerful sights and sounds you can imagine. See the heroic storming of Normandy's beaches Follow Hitler's dramatic ascent to power. Hear the haunting voice of a holocaust survivor ask, "Why did they do this?" And witness the entire spectrum of emotion in the civilians and soldiers whose lives were changed forever by this war.

We've searched the world's great archives to assemble a remarkably rich collection of authentic photos and film clips, radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, interviews and eyewitness accounts. Immediately, you'll be caught up in these powerful sights and sounds, and in the unique, interactive, documentary style in which they are presented. Highly informative narratives underscore the drama of the events.

The intuitive, easy-to-use interface puts every aspect of the war right in front of you. Immerse yourself in a riveting, chronological account of the war's major events. Focus on the same time period in different theatres of war. Hear one of the world's great historians, Professor Norman Stone, analyze the rise and fall of Nazism. View an incredibly moving treatment of the Holocaust. Pause to study a battlefield map. You can even print in color, the map, or other text and images, from the supplemental screens, for leisurely study, or school reports.

Includes 2 CD-ROMS. 6 full hours of authentic sights and sounds, including over 40 minutes of rare film footage, 2,000 photographs and more than 100 battle maps.

  • Witness the terrifying war machines that devastated the world
  • Hear historic radio broadcasts from the war zone
  • Listen to eyewitness accounts of people who fought the battles

Requirements: Minimum - A multimedia PC with a 486SC 33 MHz processor with dual speed CD-ROM drive and 8 MB of memory. Recommended - A multimedia PC with a 486DX 50MHz (or higher) processor, dual speed CD-ROM drive and 8MB of memory. 4MB of available hard disk space, 256 color display, Microsoft Windows 95 or 98, mouse required, headphones or speakers.

Does not work on Windows XP.

Reviews:

CD-ROM Today, February 1996

"A good documentary can be a powerful tool for teaching history. A parade of images supported by eyewitness testimony and compelling narration impart a sense of immediacy to events otherwise beyond our experience. In these three discs FlagTower Multimedia has succeeded in combining the drama of a documentary with the interactive nature of CD-ROM."

The two-disc World War II is the most content-heavy of the three, featuring more than 40 minutes of film footage, six hours of commentary, 100 maps and 2,000 pictures. From the main menu you can access The Story of WWII (a full-length documentary) or Theaters of War (to explore individual segments). Among the best of the latter is a poignant slide show narrated by Holocaust survivors, and a presentation by Norman Stone, professor of modern history at Oxford University, that puts the events of World War II into historical perspective."

"Each of these titles is handsome, authoritative, and compelling. They are not, however, encyclopedias. Their content is strictly audio/visual; there's no text copy of the narration, for example, so it can't be printed or pasted into a word processing document. This limits the programs' usefulness as a research tool or a homework aid."


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