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Sky 3D uncovers long-lost 3D film from Second World War

Newly discovered photos and film footage shows Second World War-era soldiers soldiering in specially filmed 3D, to be shown in May on Sky 3D.

They're often portrayed in films as two-dimensional villains, but the Nazis were in fact fans of 3D. Newly discovered photos and film footage shows Second World War-era soldiers soldiering in specially filmed 3D, to be shown in May on Sky 3D.

WWII in 3D will be shown on Sky's 3D channel in May. The documentary will include film and photographs of Nazi soldiers, Allied troops and civilians in 3D, including a German army training film discovered in a museum vault.

The film, entitled Die Flakschiesslehre (Anti-Aircraft Firing Instructions), was produced in 1943 and is the only known live-action footage of the Third Reich with a third dimension. The stereoscopic film was lost in the archives of the Imperial War Museum until it was discovered recently -- most precipitous timing, as 3D becomes the latest premium-priced home-cinema sensation.

3D colour photos of occupied France are also included. While we're always a little guilty about being interested in films and documentaries about war, it's fascinating to see the past brought to life in unexpected ways, whether it's in colour or 3D footage.

The documentary shows just how long 3D has been with us. Yet it's only just finding its way into homes as manufacturers such as Sony, LG, Samsung and Panasonic attempt to sell us 3D televisions. Sky 3D provides something to watch on your tri-dee telly, alongside 3D Blu-ray discs of cinema releases such as Avatar and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Need tips on sorting out your 3D home setup? WWII in 3D also includes a two-dimensional film in which the Nazis explain how to project in 3D. If only they'd spent more time watching movies and less time being thoroughly evil.