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A multimedia collection from Countertop Software includes three new titles.

First is "The Complete WWII Collection," comprising five CD-ROM's. Without question, World War II was one of the greatest conflicts in history, involving millions of soldiers, sailors and airmen, from all over the world in the first truly mechanized global war. No amount of CD's can tell us all about that conflict, but to present a balanced reference and entertainment collection, each of these five CD'S was selected to communicate some of the essential elements of the war.

Disk 1, "History of World War II," includes a narrated chronology covering the major battles. Each entry includes dramatic photographs and original film footage. There is a section on the causes of the war, biographies of major political and military leaders, full screen photos of major U.S. combat ships and aircraft, and, finally, the holocaust.

Disk 2, "U.S. Combat Units Official Records," contains detailed reports of troop actions and movements-24 volumes worth-from the Army Center of Military History. It is loaded with recently declassified information. This CD provides in excellent source of information for the hard-core researcher. Disk 3, "WWII Shootout," is a interactive trivia game that will test your knowledge of this great conflict. More than 500 questions cover both heaters of the war, Pacific and European.

Disk 4, "Air Warrior II," provides dog fighting simulations--one-on-one aerial combat in 35 different World War I and II aircraft, flying more than 300 missions. You can play or even challenge others on line.

Disk 5, "Warbirds," is a complete drawing program with editing tools and more than 1,000 general-purpose, clip-art images from dozens of libraries, for your creative side.

System Requirements: Pentium 16 MHz or better, Windows 95 or 98, DirectX, 32 MB of hard-drive space, 4X CD-ROM, SVGA monitor, high-color VESA 2.0 compliant PCI video card with 2 MB of video RAM, Sound Blaster, joystick (supports Thrustmaster CH capability).

The second collection is "The Complete History of America's Wars"-a five-CD set that covers U.S. military history from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm.

Each of the CDs covers a different period of time. Disk 1 covers the Revolutionary War, the Quasi War, the Tripolitan War, the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. Disk 2 focuses on the Civil War, including hundreds of photographs, multimedia presentations of every major battle, and a collection of biographies of more than 400 Union and Confederate generals.

Disk 3 covers the Korean expedition of 1871, the Spanish-American War, the 1900 Boxer Rebellion and World War I. Disk 4 describes World War II, including all major battles, with biographical sketches of military and political leaders of the era. Disk 5 focuses primarily on Korea and Vietnam, but also treats Lebanon, the Dominican Republic and Desert Storm.

System Requirements: Mac & PC compatible, Windows 95 or 98, Pentium, 16 MB RAM.

The third collection is "A World of Aviation." On Disk 1 is "History of Aviation," including the Hindenburg, the Spruce Goose and the planes of World War II. You can view 60 video clips and more than 600 still photographs. Disk 2 is a screensaver set of "Warbirds"-22 aviation images for your personal use.

Disk 3, "Wings of Silver," has you flying in the cockpits of the Air Force's hottest aircraft-from the F-117 Nighthawk to the B-2 bomber-with full-color animation, graphs and narration. Disk 4, "Combat Jets," is a drawing and editing program with 1,000 clip-art images and special effects. A sound-effects database includes clips of fly-by's, air raids, machine guns, explosions and anti-aircraft fire.

Disk 5 contains "iF-16," the latest flight sim from Imagic. The F-16 Falcon is equally challenging for the beginner or the experienced sim pilot. It includes plenty of detailed missions and campaigns, plus the ability to dogfight up to 16 other players via network or Internet.

System Requirements: Mac and PC compatible ("Wings of Silver," "History of Aviation" and "Warbirds"), PC ("iF-16" and "Combat Jets" only), Pentium 16 MHz or better, Windows 95 or 98, 32 MB hard-drive space, DirectX, 4X CD-ROM, SVGA monitor, High-Color VESA 2.0 compliant PCI video card with 2 MB video RAM, Sound Blaster, joystick (supports Thrustmaster CH capability).

Dr. David LL. Silbergeld is a member of the Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Division of the National Defense Industrial Association.
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Title Annotation:world war II on CD
Author:Silbergeld, David LL.
Publication:National Defense
Article Type:Evaluation
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2001
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