This extraordinary film tells the remarkable story of the entire Corps of Discovery”not just the two famous Captains, but the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clarks African-American slave, and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son. Journey with them all, across a breath-taking landscape in an unforgettable experience that explores both the history”and promise”of America.
Gunslingers delves into six of the most unforgettable outlaws and lawmen of the American frontier. Big stunts, enhanced dramatic scenes, engaging expert insights and a wealth of stunning locations bring to life the stories of outlaw icon Butch Cassidy, Deadwood sheriff Seth Bullock, Dodge City lawman Bat Masterson, rough and tumble bank robber Bill Doolin, church-going assassin Deacon Jim Miller and frontier marshal Bass Reeves, whose unbelievable story inspired the Lone Ranger. Gunslingers resurrects the true grit of the Old West like no other series.
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.
Uncover the lives and legacies of Ancient Egypt s female rulers. Join Discovery for a remarkable look into the lives and legacies of the women pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. From Nefertiti, who some scholars believe briefly ruled before the accession of Tutankhamun, to Hatshepsut generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, learn about the female rulers of one of the ancient world s greatest dynasties. Of course no exploration of the women who ruled Egypt would be complete without an insight into the life of the most famous Empress of them all, the legendary Cleopatra. Traditionally she has been painted as a cruel voluptuary, but through dramatic reconstruction and breathtaking footage of various Roman and Egyptian sites, Discovery tells the true story of the Egyptian Queen.
Today, Christianity is the largest religion in the world, with over two billion followers. Author and distinguished history professor Jonathan Phillips takes a 12,000-mile personal journey through seven countries in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East to bring this rich history to life. Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine is both an entertaining and enlightening six-hour journey, full of sights and sounds that capture the essence of Christianitys early history and its incredible triumph against all odds.
Over the course of his long career, Wright designed over 800 buildings, including such revolutionary structures as the Guggenheim Museum, the Johnson Wax Building, Fallingwater, Unity Temple and Taliesin. Wright's buildings and his ideas changed the way Americans live, work and see the world around them. Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural achievements were often overshadowed by the turbulence of his melodramatic life. In 92 years, he fathered seven children, married three times and was almost constantly embroiled in scandal. Some hated him, some loved him, but in the end, few could deny that he was the most important architect in America “ and perhaps the world. With exquisite live cinematography, fascinating interviews and rare archival footage, this riveting film brings Wright's unforgettable story to life.
This is the story of Lee de Forest, a clergymans flamboyant son, who invented the audition tube; Edwin Howard Armstrong, a brilliant, withdrawn inventor who pioneered FM technology; and David Sarnoff, a hard-driving Russian immigrant who created the most powerful communications company on earth. Against the backdrop of radios œGolden Age?, this fascinating backstage drama tells the history of radio through archival photographs, newsreels of the period, interviews with such well-known radio personalities as Garrison Keillor, sports commentator Red Barber, radio dramatist Norman Corwin and broadcast historian Erik Barnouw.
Voices of The First World War is a remarkable collection of films that tell the real and often heartbreaking stories of the worst conflict the world has ever seen.
Produced and sourced from original interviews and film of Imperial War Museums, this unique documentary project allows viewers of all ages to discover the moments and share the experiences that changed the world. Volume One features personal eyewitness accounts by the men and women who were there, from the first soldiers to arrive in France who would soon find themselves knee-deep in mud , to the survivors of the first air raids in Britain s history.
1. MARCHING TO WAR
2. OVER BY CHRISTMAS
3. WEAPONS OF WAR
4. SILVER CIGAR IN THE SKY
5. KNEE-DEEP IN MUD
6. DEADLY MIST
7. THE BOMB GIRLS
8. FIRST DAY OF THE SOMME
9. ANIMALS IN WAR
10. THE FIRST TANKS
JACKIE ROBINSON rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s colour line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak outagainst the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press and even teammates who had once celebrated him for “turning the other cheek”. After baseball, he was a widely read newspaper columnist, divisive political activist and tireless advocate for civil rights,who later struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body and a new generation of leaders set a more militant course for the civil rights movement.
Featuring intimate and revealing interviews with his family and rarely seen photographs and film footage, this two-part, four-hour documentary tells the extraordinary story of an American icon whose lifelong battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements. “Jackie Robinson”, Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.”
Unique stories told by the men and women who lived through the First World War.
The combination of rare archive footage and oral testimony recorded by the Imperial War Museum creates a poignant and unique documentary that links the forgotten voices of an entire generation of First World War survivors, with stunning film from the time.
It is an intimate audio-visual experience in which the matter-of-fact recollections convey not just the sheer humdrum ordinariness of the Great War: the mud, the rain, the relentless loss of life and the pointless routine of attrition, but also the extraordinary bravery, spirit and sacrifice.
Voices of The First World War tells the complete story of the war, from mobilisation to Armistice, through the eyes and voices of the men and women who lived through it. From the British Tommy fighting in the trenches to the Land Girls helping to feed them; from the flying aces risking their lives in the air, to the women working in the dangerous munitions factories.
Quite simply, this is a must-have for anyone interested in the First World War.
An official Imperial War Museum film
Featuring stunning footage, rarely seen before.
Features genuine oral testimony from people who fought during the war
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In 1936, nine working-class boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and America by storm when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships – psychological, physical and economic – to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast, but Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers. The boys’ unexpected victory, and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, inspired America, a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression. The Boys of ’36 recounts their remarkable journey.
Outlaws of the West includes real-life notorious legends such as Jesse James, Wyatt Earp and Bonnie and Clyde, along with other unforgettable villains and figures such as General Armstrong Custer. Vivid re-enactments are framed with expert commentary and little-known facts to re-create these legendary figures and the time in which they lived. With gunfights and manhunts, outlaws and gentlemen and the fastest guns in the West, witness the frontier’s bravest and rowdiest icons as they make their place in history in an epic battle for justice and survival.
There have been eleven British Prime Ministers since 1952 but only one Queen Elizabeth II. Diamond Decades tells the story of the changing face of Britain, from the 50s to the present day, all under the watchful eye of The Queen. Through turbulent times, tragedy and celebration, The Queen has been ever present; a tower of stability and strength. Each episode features rare and previously unseen archive film, both of the Royal Family and of the pivotal events in British and world history. Decade by decade this remarkable series celebrates the extraordinary reign of Elizabeth II. History has known no monarch like her.
Journey back to the dawn of modern warfare. From the muddy bomb craters and barbed wire of no-man s-land to the horror of the trenches and the mass-slaughter of a generation, World War I remains history s most tragic and poignant conflict. Sparked by the assassination of an archduke, The Great War of 1914-18 sucked country after country into the fighting until much of Europe, the Middle East and the world beyond became a grim theatre of devastation. This collection really brings the horror of war to life. From the first dogfighters, the Red Baron and the infamous airships all the way to The Battle of The Somme, Jutland and the final day of fighting, a combination of interviews, dramatic re-enactments and incredible archive footage tells some of the most defining and compelling stories of The Great War. Features 11 fascinating documentaries on 6 DVDs
With just over 20 years separating the two most cataclysmic conflicts of the twentieth century - WWI and WWII - many historians argue that they were not separate wars, but one bloody continuum that first gripped the people of Europe but eventually spread across the entire globe. And so it happens that the most iconic figures of WWII, the household names that we associate with either battlefield glory or murderous fascism, were themselves caught up in both conflicts - mired first in the trenches at Ypres and the Somme and then years later, often on the very same ground, in the Battle of the Bulge or the invasion of Normandy. Adolf Hitler. Benito Mussolini. George S. Patton. Charles de Gaulle. Douglas MacArthur. Before they were giants, they were infantrymen and privates in the "war to end all wars." This is the story of these devastating three decades of war, through the eyes of the men who were forged in the trenches and came to command a world on the brink of disaster.
New Reasons to Remember the Past. The Wall Street Journal. Adolf Hitler. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Benito Mussolini. Winston Churchill. Charles de Gaulle. George Patton. Before they were the giants of WWII, they were infantrymen and privates in WWI, the war to end all wars. THE WORLD WARS from HISTORYTM brings you the story of the devastating three decades of 20th-century world war through the eyes of the men whose characters were forged in the trenches before they commanded a world on the brink of disaster. See how, from Ypres and the Somme to the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Normandy, the iconic figures of WWII became synonymous with either battlefield glory or murderous fascism.
The History Channel presents an in-depth exploration of the Vietnam War. Footage covering every aspect of the war has been unearthed from the vaults, and the vintage news reports from the era make for particularly fascinating viewing. Also included is some expert summary and analysis from a variety of commentators and experts on Vietnam. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This definitive 4 DVD collection, hosted by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, explores the dramatic rise and decline of British naval power over the last 500 years. Discover how the Royal Navy was created during the reign of King Henry VIII, travel with Sir Francis Drake aboard his famous ship Golden Hinde in 1577, admire Admiral Nelson s triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and learn why so many illustrious ships were decommissioned at the end of the Falklands War
Offering a new perspective on history unique high resolution images show World War II as never seen before This series offers an unprecedented viewpoint of famous battles in Europe during WWII, using recently unearthed reconnaissance photos that were taken during the actual battles. For over 60 years these photographs have remained lost, or forgotten...until now. For the first time these original high-resolution images allow the viewer to track the battle, step by step from the air. Individual stories of courage and heroism can be placed in the exact location where they took place. Using cutting edge technology, unique archive film, re-enactments and extraordinary interviews with the men who were there The Lost Evidence offers a new perspective on history. FEATURING Alamein Battle Of Britain Battle Of The Bulge Breakout From Normandy Crossing The Rhine Operation Market Garden Stalingrad The Liberation of Paris
WWII s most ferocious attacks, climactic battles and ultimate victories vividly come to life. Volume two of this series will continue to recount the moments of key battles in the European and Pacific theatres through the use of recently unearthed photos that were taken from high above the killing grounds. Aerial reconnaissance aircraft captured images of the desperate action below, now these original high-resolution images have been layered over a three dimensional contour map creating a unique perspective on the battle. For over 60 years these photographs have remained lost, or forgotten....until now.
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.
From Custer’s Last Stand and the Battle of Little Big Horn to the gunfight at the OK Corral and the death of Jesse James, this is a history of the West like no other. Tony Robinson’s Wild West uses exclusive, never-before-seen 3D stereoscopic photographs to expose the untold story of the Wild West, and reveal the true stories of the men and women who tamed the American wilderness. This three-part documentary charts the fifty-year period that began at the end of the American Civil War in 1865, when all the western territories in America were opened up to be exploited. Throughout the series, Tony, a huge fan of western movies, investigates the clashes between the Native American tribes and pioneers, namely the famous ‘Last Stand’ of General Custer at Little Big Horn. He examines the infamous western bandits, including Butch Cassidy and Jesse James – often glorified in Hollywood’s latter-day spaghetti westerns – to find out if the films he grew up with relate to the reality of the Old West. Finally, Tony looks at how the West was won, focusing on the pioneers that capitalised on the opportunities of the West, one of which was the renowned Buffalo Bill, the world’s first global superstar.
In 1914, the young men of a Scottish village left their homes to fight in the trenches. Few would ever return. In this touching film, Neil Oliver will reveal how the recruitment of a new weapon by the Germans, a ‘machine gun’, wiped out an entire generation of young Scots. He’ll discover first-hand the killing power of this machine and the impact it had, not only on a single community but also on scores of lives throughout Europe, and how it changed the art of warfare forever.
The Great War Begins encapsulates the human stories at the heart of the outbreak of war. Each vignette has been chosen because it reveals the human impact of war. Through these films we’ll see how the Great War touched and transformed the lives of millions of people: from heroic servicemen engaged in terrifying battles to painstaking technicians revolutionising the communication systems, and from an aspiring author contributing on the home front to the surprising impact on Britain’s royal family. This programme, presented by leading broadcasters and academics, brings to life and commemorates a conflict that is receding, all too fast, in our collective memory.
TITANIC: Untold Stories are the gripping personal accounts of the people and the tragedy.
World War II impacted the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world, yet it was the decisions of a few powerful leaders that arguably shaped the outcome of the bloodiest war in history. From Hitler, who was responsible for initiating the conflict; to Churchill, the man who took Britain to war as Nazi forces started to take Europe by force; Hitler s close ally Mussolini; and Roosevelt, who brought America into the war in 1941, we look back at the men whose decisions meant the difference between life and death for millions of innocent civilians. Archive footage that has rarely been seen in the past 70 years, expert analysis and previously unseen footage shape an in-depth portrait of four men who perhaps did more to influence the path World War II took than any other. These are the Wartime Leaders of World War II.
Beneath the surface of Pearl Harbor lies Japan s ultimate killing machine. NOVA dives beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace provocative new clues to one of the most tragic events of World War II the sinking of the USS Arizona where more than 1,000 crew members perished in the greatest loss of life in United States naval history. For decades, it has been thought that a bomb dropped by a Japanese aircraft sank the Arizona. But the discovery of a group of Japanese midget subs in and around Pearl Harbor has raised questions about the battleship s final hours. In this programme, NOVA s team of expert investigators journeys to the seafloor to explore the wreckage of the most mysterious of these subs. Did this mini-sub and its two-person crew make it into Pearl Harbor and fire torpedoes at the Arizona? NOVA pursues this puzzle with unprecedented access to the remains of the Arizona and other unique evidence, including aerial photos taken by Japanese aircraft and moving testimonials from U.S. and Japanese veterans. KILLER SUBS IN PEARL HARBOR is a gripping investigation into the possibility that these tiny but lethal mini-subs may have played a crucial and previously unsuspected part in the tragic events of that Day of Infamy.
The Battle of Jutland in 1916 was the one great showdown of the war. Although it ended indecisively, the German Fleet returned to its harbours never to pose a serious threat again. Much attention was given to submarine technology and the German blockade of Britain nearly succeeded in forcing victory. The aircraft carrier's first deck landing in 1917 was a major breakthrough but it was to play no significant role in the conflict.
Perhaps no figure in Russian history is better known than Joseph Stalin. A highly controversial character, Stalin was a member of the powerful 'Big Three' during World War II as Russia played a major role in repelling the Nazi invasion of Europe. As leader of Russia his policies had a drastic impact on the people he ruled and almost 60 years after his death attitudes towards him in Russia are mixed; some view Stalin as a tyrant whose policies caused the death of millions, while others regard him as a capable leader. But what was Stalin really like and what was his legacy to Russia? This fascinating collection of programmes, produced by Russian Television, provides a remarkable insight into his life. Hear from Stalin's granddaughter about what he was like in private, learn the story of Stalin's particularly troubled upbringing, discover the influential role he played in the development of the infamous Soviet film industry and hear the truth behind the plots to take his life, including the German reconnaissance mission of 1944.
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.
Exploring early Japan, China and India, this series journeys into the technological past that shaped our world. Travel back in time to understand the motivations behind early solutions and inventions. Much of the science and technology we consider to be "modern" was created by civilisations long ago. Japan What the ancient Japanese knew helps explain the industrial marvel of the second largest economic power in the world. China Ancient Chinese researchers harnessed the power of the Earth, wind, water and fire to provide emperors with practical solutions for ruling empires. Many inventions such as movable type and the multistage rocket are creations of ancient Chinese scientists. India Few know how profoundly India has shaped the modern world. As it turns out, the key to many major scientific and technological innovations of the present and it may be of the future lie hidden in the untold story of what the ancient Indians knew.
A year in the life of the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary. Meet The Sloths uncovers everything you need to know about these thoughtful and cute arboreal animals, charting a year in the life of five slow-moving residents of the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, a refuge dedicated to saving orphaned or injured sloths. Filmmaker Lucy Cooke headed to the sanctuary to follow the stories of these loveable and distinctive creatures, and has captured a unique insight into the lives of these very secretive animals. The stories demonstrate the difficulty in caring for sloths, and include the moving tale of baby sloth twins fighting for survival; an injured and sexually frustrated ex-lothario sloth called, naturally, Randy; and the oldest living sloth in captivity that has lived to the ripe old age of 20-years-old. Spending a year in their company, Lucy watches as an unlikely soap opera of love, loss and lust develops and learns first-hand that while they may be slow on their feet, a sloth s life is anything but uneventful
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The story of life in Britain during World War II. Home Front Britain is a showcase six-part documentary series produced by Discovery Channel in association with the British Film Institute. It tells the story of World War II on the Home Front through a rare collection of Ministry of Information wartime films. Presented by the much loved actor Jim Carter (Red Ridings, Cranford, Shakespeare In Love) each episode takes the viewer through the films whilst providing historical context anecdotes and wartime information. In addition Jim travels to some of the famous British landmarks which featured in these films and which became synonymous with the Home Front war effort. Home Front Britain is a fascinating, informative and nostalgic blend of Ministry of Information films interwoven with Jim Carter's guiding commentary and is a truly timeless historical insight which provides a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the most treasured gems in the nation's cultural archives.
To lead, to fight and to die. Warriors of the old world ranged from soldiers, mercenaries and assassins to zealots, commoners and scholars. They fought battles for Emperors, Kings, Queens, fanatics and Generals. Some murdered for greed, honour and fame. Others killed for religion, vengeance or just pure enjoyment. Whatever the cause, they were pawns, the tools of conquest and brutal suppression in a time before guns and machines of mass destruction made their form of warfare obsolete. From the sand-swept-landscape of Mesopotamia to pristine Scandinavia, Ancient Warriors visits the ancient world to learn about noteworthy and notorious men who slashed and pummeled their way into history.
When history was really horrible. Fresh, innovative, entertaining and revelatory, Bloody Britain combines strong historical research and storytelling with hands-on historical experiments (such as building and firing a trebuchet), an entertaining but extremely passionate presenter and atmospheric and innovative animation. Action and information-packed, each show is a fascinating and at times squeamish journey through some of Britain s most gruesome and awful, but momentous, historical events. In each episode of Bloody Britain Rory McGrath examines a key event from British history. Whether it s battles, rebellions, wars, plagues, social unrest, betrayal, executions, injustice or mass insanity, we ll concentrate on the mad, sad and bad moments from our past. In short, we ll zoom in on when the past was truly horrible and ask why, when and how these events came to be part of our history.
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.