This is the epic story of how World War I changed the face of battle forever. This war was a war of firsts , a transitional war from old style hand-to-hand combat with small guns and fixed bayonets and cavalry charges to high-tech weaponry that are still features of present-day armed conflicts. Firsts include aerial bombardment of cities, epic tank battles, fight for control of the skies, development of submarines, chemical and bunker warfare. Troops who were bunkered down in vast trenches became overwhelmed by powerful, new weapons including tanks, WMDs, submarines and the first blitz. World War I had horrible consequences 15 million died and 20 million were injured. Through experts, eyewitness testimony, riveting archive and special recreations seamlessly blended into an archival background, each episode features the story of one of these weapons. This mini-series event will bring the legendary, unrecorded events of World War I to life to create a seamless account of how people born into a simpler age learned to deal with the future shock of rapid technological advances driven by the engine of total war.
An in-depth look at history s most infamous leader
Together for the first time on DVD, this collection of films provides a unique insight into the life of the most infamous leader in history: Adolf Hitler.
From his rise to power to his demise, rare archive footage and extracts from his own diaries combine to create a fascinating portrayal of the terrible face of Nazi Germany's awesome military power.
Hitler: A Profile - 3 Discs
A documentary that explores one of history's most simultaneously repulsive and fascinating characters, Hitler: A Profile provides a study of the German dictator from his rise to power to his death.
Hitler in his Own Words - 2 Discs.
Rare archive footage and authentic dialogue taken directly from the writings, speeches and private conversations of Nazi Germany's revered Führer reveal the lies, treachery, hypocrisy and the sheer terror of that point in time. These films provide a disturbing, captivating and unsettling milestone of recent military and political history.
Triumph of the Will - 1 Disc
Leni Riefenstahl's legendary propaganda documentary of the Third Reich's 1934 Nuremberg Party Rally. The original intention was to document the early days of the Third Reich for future generations to look back on, but in reality the film shows how the Nazi state drew in the masses through propaganda and documents Adolf Hitler's unique and terrifying ability to entice crowds by the very power of his words.
They aim to take over the countryside surrounding the towns and cities, and block the main supply route, the Kunduz-Baghlan road, which services coalition troops across Afghanistan. Award-winning Afghan reporter Najibullah Quraishi spent 10 days with the Central Group of fighters, known to be among the most dangerous and fanatical factions involved in the war, with Chechens, Arabs and other foreign fighters in their ranks and with close links to Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. He captures their leisure time, training and bomb-making. He even joins them as they conduct an operation to attack tanks and convoys on the road.
Against the Odds introduces real-life bands of brothers who exhibited unparalleled bravery, solidarity and endurance on the battlefield to come out on top in a fight against impossible odds. Reliving battles from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, these are true stories of the harsh realities of war, as told by the veterans who survived to tell them.
For commandos, getting to work has always been a problem. Helicopter pilots on the Air Forces Special Ops team make it easy. Part daredevil and part surgeon, they can fly their rigs fifty feet off the ground, under radio silence in the dead of night. The black choppers they fly are unmarked and have engaged in some of the most highly classified acts of sabotage ever carried out. From the tragic Desert One mission to covert actions in Cuba, Bosnia and the Gulf War, we fly and fight with the men of Air Force Special Operations. Along the way, we follow todays ˜Night Riders as they train for their next covert mission.
The definitive story of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On April 25th, 1915, at the height of WWI, ANZAC troops were ordered to land along the Gallipoli coastline, which was later named ANZAC Cove. A navigational error meant that the Turks had the advantage, and tragically the campaign was an unmitigated disaster. Over three years, Australia lost almost 9,000 men and New Zealand twice as many. It seems hard to imagine what those soldiers went through, but listen to their stories, which have been immortalised in print as well as voice recordings, and you can't help but notice the constant threads of friendship, bravery, sacrifice and of course, fear. It is in listening or reading these stories that we are reminded of just how much the ANZACS suffered, and sacrificed, to ensure the safety of Australia and New Zealand from invasion and attack. Many other battles have followed that fateful day in Gallipoli, but WWI sets itself apart in that barely a family was touched, in some way, by the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops.
This illuminating new documentary uncovers the logistics behind the Entebbe hostage rescue operation of June 1976 when Air France Flight 139 was hijacked by Palestinian and German terrorists and flown to Uganda.
With gripping re-enactments and exclusive first-person accounts from commandos, strategists and covert intelligence gatherers, the film goes inside the assault staging areas and deadly firefights that made the seemingly impossible happen.
It was the first enemy man of war captured in battle on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since 1815. This programme tells the story of the U-505 from its days as a powerhouse of the German fleet, to its incarnation as a ˜bad luck boat, to its final journey to The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
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Backyard to Battlefield explores the path inventors and independent contractors take in their garages, basements, dormitories and laboratories as they create and construct amazing gadgets, vehicles and equipment, all of which they hope will be used by the US armed forces in the future
In frank interview footage we see the imposed difficulties faced by Palestinian residents “ from endless checkpoints that turn a twenty minute walk home into a two-hour ordeal to unwarranted water restrictions in the height of summer. Battle for the Holy Land also features unique footage shot by local residents for a true insight into life on the West Bank once the press cameras have stopped rolling.
A four-man team of U.S. Special Forces Operatives arrives in South Africa one week before the ˜poachers moon, a hotbed of poaching activity because the rhino is particularly vulnerable due to illumination from the full moon. South Africa is home to 90 percent of the worlds rhinos. Each year, nearly 700 rhinos are killed and over 290 were decimated in 2013. The situation is worsening and park rangers and security forces are desperate for help.
Together, Animal Planet and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger track the lives of Louisianans living in the aftermath of the largest offshore oil spill in American history.
Relive Nazi Germany s military attack on an unsuspecting world.
When Nazi Germany unleashed its military might on an unsuspecting world, a new word was introduced into the lexicon of warfare: Blitzkrieg, or the lightning war .
In three short years nearly all of Europe fell before the horrifying power of Hitler s seemingly unstoppable Blitzkrieg. This remarkable three-part series follows the relentless vigour of Nazi Germany as it racked up one unstoppable victory after another.
Including a full-length feature documentary, accompanied by a comprehensive and informative compendium of facts from this dark period of history, Blitzkrieg: The Lightning War reveals the incredible might of Hitler s army.
Witness Stalin s bloody and ruthless reign of terror.
This is the incredibly powerful story of the Stalin years. It is based on rarely seen archival footage, contemporary diaries and documents and personal memoirs, as well as interviews with relatives and those people who survived the Gulag labour camps and World War II. It follows the events from Stalin s rise to power, his association with Hitler and the Soviet involvement in the Second World War right through to his death.
First regarded as a visionary, it soon became apparent that Stalin was a capricious, ruthless tyrant who would arrange for the removal of anyone he thought was opposing him. For nearly 30 years, he maintained power without challenge by manipulating his people through propaganda, state sponsored lies and terror.
In this tremendously moving and at times graphic, harrowing and shocking documentary, we witness the suffering and sacrifices of the people of the Soviet Union and discover what led to the death of millions of Soviet citizens during the Great Patriotic War.
Hosted by former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, this 10-hour program features never-before-seen Russian images, once-secret documents, and leading Russian historians to explore Russia from 1924 through 1953.
This film recounts the extraordinary experiences of five boys who found themselves underage, under fire and growing into men as they fought their way across World War IIs most brutal battlefields.
This is a 3 Disc DVD about when Britain was at War in World War 1.
Carrier: Arsenal of the Sea explores both the military and human dimensions of Americas aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, as she makes her journey from the shipyard where she was built to her new home port. It is a trip that takes the ship and her crew down the eastern coast of the Americas, through the majestic Straits of Magellan and then back north to finally arrive in San Diego, California after fifty-eight days at sea. This documentary follows the course of the voyage and gives us a unique opportunity to meet the folks, see the technology and witness the operations that make a Nimitz Class carrier tick.
Hear the story of the voyage of the carrier Carl Vinson from San Francisco to Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and into the Persian Gulf, where the ship and crew participate in the enforcement of the U.N. ˜no fly zone below the 32nd parallel. Extraordinary images are combined with the stories of the people on board the Vinson - the pilots, on- and under-deck personnel, and officers.
The men and women of the special activities division are rarely seen or heard. But, behind closed doors, down darkened hallways, inside secret laboratories¦ the deepest, most closely-guarded technology is developed and deployed. The Central Intelligence Agency was formed in 1947, in the early days of the Cold War, to collect intelligence, conduct counter-intelligence and carry out covert actions “ called Black Operations. The diversity of training for CIA recruits rivals that of elite military units. Not only do they learn how to assess threat types, collect intelligence and plant devices, they also master paramilitary skills. Now, in CIA Black Ops former CIA operatives shed light on some of the CIAs blackest operations. The CIA Special Activities Division conducts secret anti-terror missions, killing terrorists and assisting in clandestine operations worldwide, and while a few have revealed details about secret CIA operations and tactics, most will continue to remain hidden in the shadowy world of Black Operations
This programme will use the construction of a new carrier as its story backbone and theme of exposure to give the audience an understanding of these remarkable ships and the weapons that they carry. This special captures a carrier being built as it films the Ronald Reagan under construction. Then, we move to a full, new carrier being put to the test as we watch the Harry S. Truman in action.
Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day saw 156,000 Allied troops storm the beaches of Normandy on the morning of June 6, 1944. Victory would strike an almighty blow in the war against the Nazis in Europe. Retreat was not an option, and defeat was simply unthinkable. This documentary series from HISTORY recounts the invasion of Normandy by blending combat footage, interviews with the soldiers who fought the battle and commentary from expert historians. The series covers the strategy, planning and buildup to the invasion, as well as the battle itself and the weeks of fighting after the landings that led to the Allied breakout and the liberation of France. Witness the heroism of men plunging into the onslaught of war, forging success out of tragic miscalculations and sheer terror. And experience the harrowing, front-line fighting that filled too many graves for the world to ever forget.
Taking over three years to plan, life for the survivors was never quite the same again after 6 June 1944. With testimonies from the UK, the US, the Commonwealth and Germany, The Shortest Day documents the meticulous planning leading up to the worlds biggest amphibious invasion, the terror and triumph of the landings and the bitterness of the fighting in the days that followed.
Experience the true stories behind one of history s most significant days. Get to the heart of one of history s most momentous and significant days with three documentaries that take an unflinching look at the events of June 6, 1944 a date that will live on forever as the moment the tide of war in Europe turned forever: D-Day. When 156,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in the early hours of that June day, success was anything but assured. The success of the Normandy landings the largest amphibious invasion ever attempted at the time signalled the beginning of the end for Hitler and Nazi Germany, giving the Allies a firm foothold on the continent from which to press on towards the German homeland. This collection of awe-inspiring documentaries goes back to that decisive day to reveal the truth behind the legends. Using battlefield footage and the moving testimony of troops from both sides of the battlelines, one of the 20th century s defining days is brought to life as never before.
Filmed in the midst of battle on the front-line at great risk to the cameraman, this silent film caused a sensation on its release in 1917. Now, in this special documentary, Dan Snow tells the story of that battle, using the newly restored film to cast a fresh light on these dramatic events.
It was an all-or-nothing proposition, one where turning back was impossible and failure unthinkable. But there was no guarantee of success and when the D-Day invasion was planned, the Allied commanders thought of every possible way to stack the odds in their favour. One of the most audacious of these plans involved the creation of a shadow force, one with virtually no troops or firepower whose success would not rely on the firing of a shot. OPERATION BODYGUARD: D-DAY DECEPTION talks with military experts and historians to tell the complete tale of the phantom invasion of Pas de Calais, where Hitler came to believe that the Allied forces would land. See archival footage of the fake armies and dummy landing craft that supported this ruse and examine the carefully planted false intelligence that gave the story credence.
Only once during the forty-five-year-long Cold War did the United States and the Soviet Union come within a breath of total nuclear war. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 both countries reached the highest state of military readiness short of war. For the United States, those preparations were known as DEFCON 2 . DEFCON 2: Cuban Missile Crisis looks back at the Cuban Missile Crisis with the first comprehensive telling of the crisis from the perspective of those who were on its front lines. Sergei Khruschchev, who was privy to his fathers private thoughts, has agreed to participate, as have a number of high-level intelligence officers, reconnaissance pilots, senior U.S. and Soviet military officials and staffers. Internationally-known spy writer Tom Clancy will provide his own insights into this defining moment in world history.
These incidents led the US government to develop a full-time counter-terrorism unit. Delta Forces Tier 1 training in the US military is among the hardest training in the world, where there is only a five percent pass rate of the already very capable soldiers selected. Delta Forces primary tasks are counter-terrorism, direct action and national intervention operations, although it is an extremely versatile group capable of conducting many types of clandestine missions, including, but not limited to, hostage rescues and raids. They are Delta Force and their missions are some of the blackest operations in history. Now, former operators reveal never-before-told details about ˜The Unit.
This is where trench warfare began, flourished and died in just four short years. Soon, these historic trenches will be paved over by motorways and housing developments. But before the bulldozers arrive, a team of archaeologists have just 10 days to find and save the weapons, tools and bones left behind on one of the bloodiest battlefields of the Great War. Digging up the Trenches is a two-hour special that reveals each stage of trench warfare by focusing on the remarkable finds made by this unique excavation. As each rifle and artefact is unearthed, dramatic re-enactments show how these tools and weapons were used by soldiers 90 years ago. We see how men fired sniper rifles, reeled from artillery and destroyed enemy machine-gun nests. The result is a glimpse into how trenches helped define the progress of the entire war, starting as shallow rifle pits and evolving to become vast underground fortresses housing thousands of men.
Perhaps no one will ever know the extent of what went on within its ranks. Included within this remarkable set are two programmes that shed light on some of the most incredible stories that arose from one of history s deadliest regimes: these are the Secrets of the Third Reich. Messiah of The Power of Darkness Unknown paths connect Berlin - the headquarters of Hitler s Nazi Party - to the mysterious Shambhala: a mythical kingdom that is known in Buddhism as the Pure Land . According to legend no mere mortals dwell in Shambhala, only powerful creatures of the ancient Aryan race, which rose from the dead. Hitler believed in the reality of this mythical world and wished to gain support from its leaders. Could he have formed his theory of a master race based on this ancient tradition? UFOs of the Third Reich In 1947, U.S. Admiral Byrd stood before Congress to explain why his fleet withdrew from their Antarctic mission. He announced that the expedition was attacked by strange flying saucers, which surfaced from under the water and moved with great speed, bringing heavy losses to the expedition team. Who or what was actually responsible for chasing out the American expedition? Is it really true that German scientists had been developing a type of flying-disc machine?
Documentary that examines the German siege of Leningrad during World War II. The siege lasted from 1941 to 1944 and caused the deaths of over half a million people. The documentary aims to bring to life the story of individuals caught up in the siege and features extracts from the diaries of a 16-year-old boy and the tale of a man who played a key role in creating the 'Road of Life', a passage through which vital supplies could be smuggled into the encircled city.
In this fascinating collection of programmes exploring four of the most infamous figures from World War II, we detail the lives of the men whose names will forever be associated with the Nazi Party. Using rare archive footage made available for the first time on DVD and expert analysis, we ll assess the role these men played in World War II as Hitler s closest allies. From the Führer s right hand man and leader of the SS Heinrich Himmler, to the man many saw as Hitler s successor Hermann Goering, these four programmes shed light on some of the darkest characters in recent history. Martin Bormann, a master of political intrigue, was known as the shadow behind the Führer s back, while Rudolf Hess a close associate of Hitler fled to England on May 10, 1941 and later died in mysterious circumstances. We ll unwrap the mystery and intrigue that still surrounds Hitler s henchmen and piece together what happened to them once the war had ended. Join Discovery as we provide an in-depth portrayal of the World War II Angels of Death.
Flashback: The First World War is a remarkable collection of two-minute documentaries that tell the real stories with the real film, of a conflict that would change the world forever. Produced from the extraordinary archives of Imperial War Museums, this original and powerful compilation of mini-documentaries will allow viewers of all ages to experience and discover what our grandparents and great-grandparents lived through between 1914 to 1918.
From the day Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated on 28 June 1914, to the Armistice on 11 November 1918, this unique bite-size film history also includes the forgotten stories of the war, from the family who woke up to a Zeppelin in their garden, to the miner from County Durham who won a Victoria Cross.
Flashback The Golden Age of Motor Racing is an absorbing and fast-paced journey through time. This unique collection of mini-documentaries takes speed-hungry viewers from motor sports earliest moments on film to the glorious technicolour era of James Hunt and Niki Lauda. We look back and enjoy the sight and furious sound of Mercedes-Benzs pre-war monsters, Formula 1s first-ever World Championship Grand Prix, and the duels between Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio that made both mens names synonymous with motor sports golden age. British drivers Graham Hill and Jim Clark dominated motor racing during the 1960s - both in Europes F1 races and at the Indianapolis 500 - before colour advertising and rocket-shaped cars provided the perfect platform for Jackie Stewart in the early 1970s. Enjoy watching history in the making - at high speed.
This unique collection of 2-minute documentaries presents 50 of the most significant events in modern British history, from London's first commercial film premiere in 1896 to the outpouring of love that greeted the Queen Mother on her 100th birthday in 2000. Rediscover the people and the events that shaped the nation: from the heroic journey by Captain Scott and his men to find the South Pole in 1912 to the scenes of jubilation that marked the end of WWII. See poignant film of British soldiers celebrating Christmas in the trenches in 1914 and relive Edward VIII's abdication. Witness the glory of Bannister's 4-minute mile in 1954 and the tragedy of the Munich Air Disaster in 1958 when the country lost the Busby Babes. Celebrate the meteoric rise of The Beatles, Margaret Thatcher making history and Princess Diana's emergence as a national icon. Witness these and many more critical moments in British history, as this amazing bite-size collection brings the past to life as never before.
In this remarkable collection of bitesize mini-docs, the ghosts of the golden age of golf come flooding vividly back to life. Rescued from the film archives of Britain and the USA, these unique snapshots of golf's historic moments are the crown jewels of the game, glimpses of yesterday's heroes.
At the end of the Second World War, ten thousand prisoners of war waited for liberation by the advancing Russian Red Army.
The Nazis dashed these hopes and forced the prisoners to march out of Stalag Luft III in the dead of winter toward the centre of the collapsing Third Reich.
This is an extraordinary story of endurance through the eyes of Robert Buckham of West Vancouver. Buckham was a bomber pilot and artist who produced countless sketches and watercolours of prison life, and chronicled the march itself.
Turkish soldiers, aided by their German allies, dug in to defend their homeland. For nine months opposing armies attacked and counter-attacked in a fierce struggle that challenged not only the soldiers endurance, but also their humanity. They battled with each other, with disease, with the harsh climate and terrain, and with the horrific sights of warfare. Despite their hardships, the soldiers went on with unprecedented dignity, courage and tenacity. They captured their experiences in thousands of diaries, letters and photographs, and this incredible programme, narrated by Jeremy Irons and Sam Neil, tells their story through their own words. Filmmaker Tolga Örnek explains Gallipoli from all sides to show that bravery, mastership and endurance were not the province of one country alone. No matter the uniform, war is still hell.
For decades, these Apaches had resisted the advance of pioneers and other threats to their traditional way of life, fighting attempts by the federal government to confine them to reservations. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film is a search to separate myth from reality; a search for an understanding of the people who once ruled much of the American Southwest and of those with whom they came into conflict. It is the story of a tragic collision of two civilisations, each with dramatically different views of the world and startlingly different views of each other. And it is the story of Geronimo, the Apache leader who fought the longest, becoming one of the most famous, feared, and misunderstood Indian warriors in our history.
Drawing on interviews with leading voices on both sides of the gun regulation debate, Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA goes inside one of Americas greatest divides to illuminate how the NRA reinvented itself from a group of gun enthusiasts and sportsmen with minimal political focus, to a powerful lobbying force opposing any perceived infringement of the constitutional right to bear arms. Filmmaker Michael Kirk (United States of Secrets, Losing Iraq) traces the emergence of one of the NRAs top leaders, Wayne LaPierre, and explores how LaPierre has activated the groups influential base in the wake of mass shootings. FRONTLINE sits down with Congressional leaders, present and former White House officials, Vice President Joe Biden and gun-rights and gun-control advocates. The film also features firsthand accounts from family members of mass shooting victims, including Newtown.
This collection of four incredible programmes brings an entirely new dimension to history documentaries, taking the viewer from the farthest reaches of deep space to the very bottom of the ocean, all in crystal clear high-definition 3D. See history come alive before your eyes in ways that until now have been impossible, using the latest groundbreaking and impressive 3D technology.
Recent research has uncovered new sources giving us a clearer picture of Hitlers Wehrmacht than ever before. The Wehrmacht is an incredible series which brings to light previously unseen top secret files that provide answers to questions that have been asked since the fall of the Third Reich offering a unique glimpse into the dark world of the German military elite. Produced by German broadcaster ZDF, Hitler and the Nazi High Command combines dramatic reconstructions, interviews with past members of the Wehrmacht and superb archive footage whilst simultaneously examining the lives of six of Hitler s most famous cohorts.
The true story of der Führer's angels of death.
Produced by German broadcaster ZDF, this remarkable collection of films explores the life of Adolf Hitler and the men who aided him in his rise to power and serviced the infernal machinery of the Third Reich.
With the use of newly discovered archive footage and interviews with surviving family members and Nazi insiders, these fascinating programmes attempt to draw historical psychograms of Hitler's closest colleagues, offering in-depth personal and political profiles of the men who would stop at nothing in order to serve their Führer.
What kind of men were they? What drove them to serve such a deadly regime with enthusiasm and devotion? How did their careers unfold and what was their final fate?
This fascinating DVD collection answers all these burning questions by examining the lives of eight of Hitler's most famous cohorts.
Using newly discovered film clips and sound recordings from international archives, these films provide the viewer with a revealing portrait of Hitler and his most willing executors , making it a must-watch for anyone interested in military history and World War II.
Disc 1: Goebbels & Goering
Disc 2: Hess & Himmler
Disc 3: Doenitz & Speer