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4.0 out of 5 stars Sherman's March, 14 Sept. 2009
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C. W. Bradbury (England) - See all my reviews
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War is always a pityless affair, in which one tribe/nation attempts to enforce it's will on another, by the systematic application of extreme violence. From the earliest clashes between Stone Age clans, to the Red Army's sack of Berlin, the methods used have always been the same; wholesale murder, destruction by fire, looting and rape; the simple purpose of which is to instill absolute terror in the hearts of the enemy population. To demonstrate clearly to all involved that resistance is futile; and that the wisest policy is surrender. This 94min DVD chronicle's one such grim episode in America's own history; during which Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman led a 60,000 strong Union army "from Atlanta to the sea", with the destruction of the Confederate heartland as their sole objective.

In a 'campaign' lasting just 100 days the agricultural/industrial strength of the Old South was destroyed, as Sherman's men "made Georgia howl!", by the simple method of burning everything needed to maintain human life. Towns, villages and farms along with the livestock and crops were looted, burned and destroyed, railway tracks were torn up, bridges blown up; in an relentless orgy of devastation from which the Old South never recovered.

Today, such actions, if committed by the eventual losers in a conflict; are considered war crimes, but the Roman Gen. Fabius would have understood, as would the RAF's Bomber Harris, or the Soviet Union's Gen. Zhukov. Sherman 'won' his campaign, losing only 600 men in the course of his 650 mile march; which broke the Confederacy's will to continue the struggle, and finally brought the American Civil War to an end. Today, along with his maxim that "War is Hell!", he is remembered in history as "the father of modern, total war.".Sherman's March [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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4.0 out of 5 stars War is all hell!!!!!, 14 May 2011
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B. D. Compton "Gettysburg" (Johannesburg,South Africa) - See all my reviews
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I do not usually like many of the History Channel productions, but seeing Mr Bradbury's of England review of September 2009(which was an excellently written review), i decided to purchase this film and see 'Georgia Howl' as i am a fanatical Civil War follower and have most films on the subject both factual and fictional as well as many books.

This production was well presented, unlike some History Channel productions and 'Shermans March'
was one part of the Civil War that i had not studied in detail. It is mentioned and gone into in some depth in the best of all Civil War documentaries being Ken Burns 'The American Civil War' but this production deals with it in depth and utilizes many historians comments(I would have liked to have seen Shellby Foote's comments, who wrote the best factual books on the American Civil War).

Mr Bradbury comments on the fact that Bomber Harris(whose 1000 bomber raid that destroyed and killed over 50,000 people of the beautiful city of Leipzig would have understood Sherman's tactics, i belief not to be correct. The difference between Sherman and Bomber Harris was that Sherman felt that his swathe through the Confederate Heartland would bring an early end to the war by breaking the ordinary Southerners spirit and its capacity to wage war, which it did to a certain extent as it destroyed the infrastructure of the South to wage war, while Bomber Harris bombed a city that was historically beautiful, had no strategic value to the German War effort and did nothing to reduce the morale of the ordinary German people. Bomber Harris should have been tried for crimes against humanity.

Sherman's problem was that he had to live off the land and while he did not want to destroy the many lovely mansions, it was obvious that he could not control some of troops and commanders that felt filled with revenge for the appalling conditions of their troops in the Southern Prisoner of War Camps they came across.This was often due to the fact that the South did not have the resources to hold so may prisoners and the Yankees had stopped the exchanging of Prisoners of War in 1863, which placed an awful burden on the South(Some Northern Prisoner of War Camps were not much better and they had far more resources). Obviously, even Sherman took a blind eye to the sacking and burning of the State Capital of South Carolina 'Columbia', being the state that started the cesession. However, he did not order this destruction, his main aim was to find forage for his 60,000 strong army and destroy the South's capacity and will to wage war and in this he succeeded admirably.

Yes, he is still hated in the South, i have been all over Georgia and their are still people who speak of him with loathing and the 'Yankees' in general and today when they hold big festivals the Confederate Flag is held in huge numbers by both Black and White as the 'Yankees' destroyed not just the bad things like slavery(which would have died a natural death as mechanisation progressed) but a culture of many good qualities.
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