Hitler's Mega Plane

In 2012, Italian divers discovered the wreck of the biggest aircraft in WWII, Messerschmidt "Gigant", off the coast of Sardinia. None of Hitler's mega planes survived the war, and no other wreck has ever been found 70 years after the disaster. This film takes us on a thrilling search for traces of the wreck and its victims.
Thomas StaehlerOliver HalmburgerZDF
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English [CC]
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SpikeReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsSad Inconsequential History of an Inconsequential Craft
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The Gigant - a glider designed for an invasion that never happened, could barely, even with as much assistance as technology then permitted, make it into the air, and once there proved so slow and so cumbersome and uncontrollable that its pilots flew in constant fear, knowing that they could not survive in a hostile airspace by either speed or defense as their plane provided neither.

I give the film 3 stars for telling its story through the eyes and experiences of real people rather than trumped up leaders. Beyond the sad tales of those who survived that brutal war, the film has little more to say than this: The film's barely stated premise is that Hitler's obsession with military gigantism, expressed in tanks and tank destroyers that were too large to be transported to the battlefield, also extended to aircraft too large to fly.
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Cartoon loverReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2021
2.0 out of 5 starsInteresting and yet disappointing
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As other have noted.....very little time is spent discussing the aircraft and most of it is the story of finding the wreckage of one off Sardinia, Italy. The Gigant was an interesting aircraft - built of fabric covered tubular steel, it began life as a glider before 6 engines were added. It was slow and an easy target - however, it was capable of carrying a pretty heavy load and it may of been the first cargo aircraft with clamshell doors, which made carrying vehicles and artillery possible. But as I said - very little time is spent on the plane and more is spent talking about people who witnessed the crash of this aircraft, lost a relative, or the finding of the wreckage - compelling to be sue, but probably not what is expected given the title. So I'd give it 2 stars - I'd give it 2.5 if possible since it isn't good but isn't all that bad either.
p51d007Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsGood documentary on an interesting aircraft
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Germany had some really whacky aircraft during the leadup and during the war.
As for this one, I pray they leave it alone and protect it from scavengers. I don't care
which side of the war a person was on, if you went down "with your ship" so to speak,
it should always be treated as a WAR GRAVE and not disturbed.
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SpencerReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsWaste of time.
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So little time was spent on the plane itself. Got tired of the toothless Italian drunk and the daughter of some insignificant German soldier that she doesn't remember. The diver, the Russian front where none of these aircraft were used..... Zzzzzzzz.
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BeeftronReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsFAR more real history than expected - quite well done!
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Really, this is a touching tribute to the men who served aboard a specific ME 323. Quite enough technical details to satisfy those interested in military history or the war birds of WWII, with solid historical details of a specific battle earned thru real documentation - well presented alongside actual 1st hand accounts from surviving witnesses.
Varday W. CampbellReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsGigant: Largest WWll plane, and those whose fate intertwined with it.
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Interesting story of the first true heavy capacity cargo plane, it's history of design, uses, and the fate of some of its passengers. The story does talk about the lives and fate of the German Soldiers, it does not glorify anything the Nazi party did but shows them as soldiers who had families. In all of my readings of World War ll, I have no recollection of hearing about he Gigant or it's contribution to the war effort.
TJ EurekaReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsDisappointed
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didn't like that the show never talked about the plane. Sad about the people that crashed in the plane, but how about the rest of the story?
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Kevin from IllinoisReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsMust watch for people who like WWII documentaries
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This documentary is excellent. It is just one small story / part of WWII. I watch many WWII documentaries but I had never heard of these planes or this story before. It takes place almost entirely on / around a small Italian Island "La Maddalena" that I had never heard of before. I mention that because the documentary doesn't do a very good job of showing where this island is until late in the show.
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