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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A collection of documentaries about the First World War. From the onset of the Great War to the tragic final day on which over 13,000 men died, the films span the turbulent four-year period from 1914-1918 that saw over 40 million casualties and 20 million deaths.
A compelling look at the war on the Western and Eastern fronts. The Battle for Europe - Based on the acclaimed book Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, this superb collection is one of the most comprehensive reports ever produced on the war in Europe from an American perspective. The Battle of Russia - Franks Capra s The Battle of Russia is a fascinating look at the incredible story of the Russian army s role during the Second World War, from the Nazis initial march into Russian territory all the way to their eventual defeat at Stalingrad.
Charting the proud history of the Scottish Army. Ex-soldier and commando Ken Hames travels with the Royal Regiment of Scotland as they take their place in the front line in the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. As he joins the dayto- day life of these modern troops, he also looks back on the proud history of those men who fought in the Scottish Regiments before them. Chronicling the extraordinary stories of these regiments, from their first battles as part of a British army to their involvement in Northern Ireland, Ken shows how Scots forces played a huge part in the building of an empire on which the sun never set and helped Britain win two World Wars. Looking back on nearly 400 years of history, Scots at War features unique archive footage, paintings, heraldry and military artefacts, along with eyewitness testimonies from the soldiers and commanders who took part in the battles.
Battle of Atlantic & Battle of Britain - The battle of the Atlantic was a fight for Britain's survival. British Battles of World War II - Although British forces went into actin at the very outset of the second world war in 1939. Desert Battles of World War II - The desert wasteland of north Africa provided the setting for some of the toughest fighting of WWII.
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?
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.
Join Discovery as we go in search of The Secrets of the Egyptians and uncover the truth behind some of the world s oldest and most famous mysteries. This fascinating collection begins with an attempt to trace the woman who launched a thousand myths: the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. Renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass is on a mission to reveal the deepest secrets of Nefertiti s life, which still remain a mystery after 3,000 years. We then cover the life of Egyptian King Ramses II who ruled for 64 years, built on a scale unequalled by any ruler in history, bragged about his military prowess and was fond of listing the names of his two hundred children. As one of the most highly significant mummies of modern times, it was his remains that were sent to France for treatment, becoming the only mummy ever to leave Egypt. We reveal what secrets his remains revealed after thousands of years. Finally, we cover the women pharaohs whose names are legendary: Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut. All were icons of beguiling beauty and supreme power, their command rivalling that of the mightiest male rulers in history. Today, in spectacular finds in the famed Temple of Karnak and across the Nile in the Necropolis at Thebes, archaeologists have uncovered a major power source of these well-known women rulers in a previously little-known cult.
Never was so much owed by so many to so few. Winston Churchill, August 1940. The summer of 1940 will forever be remembered as a defining period when the pilots the RAF took on the thunderous assault of the German Luftwaffe and won. It is a gripping story of defiance against the brute force of the Nazi war machine and came to reflect Britains attitude of grit and determination in the face of adversity. This unique DVD collection provides a blow-by-blow account of the desperately close-run conflict that was the death or glory battle fought in the skies over England. It also tells the story of The Blitz when Hitler, having failed to destroy the threat of the RAF, tried to bomb Britain into submission. It was a ghastly few months when London was attacked on 57consecutive nights and 15 other cities suffered extensive damage. 41,000 British civilians lost their lives between 7th September 1940 and 28th May 1941 when air raid sirens, evacuations and underground bomb shelters were commonplace. But Britain could take it and out of the ashes of destroyed cities came a unified nation with a determination not to give in to the forces of evil.
Uncover the dark truths behind the Nazi regime.
A fascinating insight into warfare technology of the past, present and future.
The machines and weapons designed to fight the heavy metal wars of the 21st Century now face a grim challenge: they must adapt or die.
Today, the armies of the world operate in low burn guerilla conflict often in urban environments where civilian casualties must be avoided at all costs. Are today s enemies gaining ground against the cutting-edge military might of the West? And how can the designers and manufacturers of 21st Century War Machines counter these ever growing threats?
In this compelling series, renowned military analyst Simon Pearson provides a fascinating insight into warfare technology past, present and future. He expertly guides us through the origins of main battle tanks, attack helicopters, missiles, fighter and bomber aircraft and artillery right through to today s state-of-theart digital battlefield .
We hear from the makers and users of the military technology whilst also investigating the history and the future of man and machine in combat. Supported by spectacular action-packed footage and intricate 3D computer-generated imagery, 21st Century War Machines poses and answers many questions on this extremely topical and important subject and is a must have for anyone interested in military history.
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.
Once the calculated brutality of the Roman Army had conquered and assimilated a foreign land into its empire, the export of Roman philosophies of art, architecture, medicine and urban planning would continue to influence that land for centuries and even millennia to come. By exporting both the glorious achievements and inevitable contradictions of their own society throughout the world, Rome lived on from Syria to Spain, England to Israel, its glories and its vices, its grandeur and tragedy. From its beginnings in a marsh on the banks of the Tiber, through its Golden Age and into its inexorable decline, the story of the Roman Empire is a tale of conquest and corruption, excellence and excess, unprecedented triumph and unimaginable loss. Includes six episodes covering the full history of this great empire: The Rise * Legions of Conquest * Seduction of Power * The Grasp of the Empire * The Cult of Order * The Fall
We investigate the disasters that scientists believe have the potential to devastate large portions of the planet. While all could possibly strike in the near future, we raise the essential questions: Why are these disasters looming on the horizon? How will they happen? What forces will bring them about? What will the impact be on mankind? And perhaps most importantly “ what can we do about them?
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.
Sir Tony Robinson, the history presenter and former Black Adder star, tells the story of the Great War. How it started, how it changed the world and how it finished with a hundred-day flourish of military brilliance, which finally put an end to four years of incompetence and slaughter. With the aid of hundreds of amazing archived images of the Great War which chronicle World War I from start to finish and breathe new life into the story, Robinson will also show how the Great War changed British people for generations to come liberating large portions of the working class, powering the rise of the Labour party and breaking the old ties of service to the aristocracy.
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Journey aboard the HMS Ark Royal as she takes to the high seas for her final voyage.
There has been an Ark Royal in the British fleet since 1587. But now its final incarnation has been decommissioned there will no longer be any ship bearing this illustrious name.
In this programme, Discovery Channel joins the crew of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal on her final, poignant voyage. With exclusive access to all areas of the ship we follow her as the flagship of a multinational task force as it heads across the Atlantic.
For many of the crew it will be their first and perhaps last experience of life at sea, testing their ability to live and work in cramped, pressurised conditions.
The fleet first heads to Halifax to celebrate the Canadian Navy centenary including a confidential Royal visit before continuing down the Eastern Seaboard to Mayport, timed to coincide with Fleet Week the American celebration of the US Navy.
Then they continue their voyage to drop-off the Marines of 42 Commando in North Carolina for training with the US Marine Corp in advance of deployment to Afghanistan. Finally, the Ark Royal will head back to the UK as she prepares to go out of service.
In the dying days of World War II, much of the remains of Adolf Hitler s Nazi Germany took refuge amongst the ruins of the one time great capital city Berlin. As the Allied armies closed in, ferocious street fighting continued. Defiant SS troops, Hitler Youth and even children put up a futile last-ditch stand most of them dying in the process. Meanwhile, their half-crazed leader roamed the corridors of the Führer bunker, still convinced that his decimated army could repel the marauding hoards of Soviet troops as they thundered towards final victory.
This powerful documentary re-visits the nightmare for the civilians, the defeat of a once mighty military, the pointless loss of life and the bizarre events that took place in the labyrinths beneath the remnants of 1945 Berlin.
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Adolf Hitler is more closely associated with World War II than any other individual. Is such recognition deserved or was he just a small cog in a far larger machine? Was he personally responsible for triggering the largest and darkest conflict in human history? This fascinating documentary follows Hitler s rise and fall; from his school days to becoming leader of the Nazi party and Fuhrer of Germany, to the outbreak of World War II and the decisions that ultimately led to his final downfall.
This documentary reveals how one man s sheer force of will became the will of an entire nation. This led to the invasion of Poland, which eventually paved the way for the outbreak of World War II, as Hitler continued his expansion of Germany across Europe. But, from a position of incredible strength and territorial gain, Hitler wanted more and began to make strategic mistakes as he embarked upon military action against Britain and Russia. These decisions would prove to be two large factors in the fall of Nazi Germany, contributing significantly towards Hitler s final strategy for failure.
Using a device called the ˜Predator Shield Chris and Scott are able to get incredibly close to these lions and observe their behaviour and feeding patterns in proximities that would normally be considered life-threatening. By analysing the lions and the results of their experiments, Chris and Scott attempt to provide in-depth answers and knowledge about these big cats and information that may help humans avoid being attacked or even eaten by these apex predators.
An ambitious builder, a successful general and popular ruler, Ramses II was one of Egypt's longest reigning monarchs, ruling the Ancient Kingdom for 66 years until his death in 1213 B.C. Known as the Warrior King of Egypt, Ramses II bragged about his military prowess and was fond of listing the names of his two hundred children. So great was Ramses' ego that he bricked up the doorways of his father's mortuary temple so he would have additional surfaces on which to boast of his achievements. He designed the great temple at Abu Simbel so the rays of the sun would shine into the innermost sanctuary on his birthday and illuminate the statues of Ramses and the three gods. In modern times he was thought of so highly that when it was discovered that the royal mummies in the Egyptian museum were decaying, it was Ramses' mummy that was sent to France for treatment, the only mummy to ever leave Egypt. It was revealed that he was crippled by arthritis and probably died in agony of a massive infection in his jaw.
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.
This is the true story of how a shy and petite 25-year-old woman was suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the limelight, instantly becoming the most famous woman in the world. Succeeding her father, the beloved King George VI, Elizabeth II was thrown into the sovereign role in a country still reeling from the aftermath of World War II. Her first year saw Britain beset by a series of disasters, from train and plane crashes to record floods and a war in Korea. Yet by the time of her coronation 16 months later, the nation was on the road to economic recovery and celebrated its new Queen with one of the most magnificent displays of pageantry the world had ever seen.
Uncover the story of the aircraft no one knew about.
Using specially commissioned computer graphics, never-beforeseen archive footage and interviews with aviation experts, these four incredible programmes bring to life the Secret Aircraft of World War II.
Episode 1 Allied:
Behold the genius and ingenuity of innovators on both sides of the Atlantic. From the CHANCE VOUGHT FLYING PANCAKE that could take off vertically to perhaps the biggest secret project outside the building of the A-bomb Churchill s plan to build a fleet of giant aircraft carriers made of ice uncover the mysteries of the Allied aircraft programs.
Episode 2 Luftwaffe:
Hear the story of the tiny HE 162 jet interceptor, built in deep underground caves and flown by pilots from the Hitler Youth, and the amazing HORTEN FLYING WING jet bomber designed to attack New York. Plus, we reveal the plans for a jet version of the STUKA DIVE BOMBER and how it might have impacted the battle for the Eastern Front.
Episode 3 Russia:
History has overlooked the unimaginable hardships Russian aircraft designers faced under the rule of Josef Stalin. This programme reveals how Soviet aircraft designers independently discovered jet and rocket technology.
Episode 4 - Japanese:
Trace the development of the Japanese aviation industry and its famous creations, including the NAKAJIMA KI-43 OSCAR and the MITSUBISHI A6M ZERO. In addition, explore the frantic top-secret weapons programs that would have made these legendary aircraft tame by comparison, such as a long-range aircraft designed to strike directly at the US west coast with biological weapons.
A portrait of evil.
These three remarkable programmes, produced by Russian Television, reveal three of the most fascinating stories from Nazi Germany and the man who ruled it: Adolf Hitler.
Failed Experiment: Hitler s Live Broadcasts
For the Third Reich, the newly invented television had every potential to be a powerful propaganda tool, but it also had unexpected consequences. During World War II, Germany gave birth to entertainment television, which did not align with the plans of Nazi leaders. Uncover hidden records of the secret meetings, directives and correspondences that attempted to control the burgeoning industry.
Plot to Kill Hitler
Theory of probability supposes that if you toss a coin 100 times, chances for heads and tails are equal. However, none of about 50 attempts on Adolf Hitler's life were successful. The attempts began as early as 1922. Long before he took power, assassins fired on his car and planted a bomb where he was to make a speech. This programme delves into the archives to reveal the truth behind the many failed attempts to kill Hitler and examines how one of the world s deadliest men survived until he took his own life in 1945.
Loving Hitler: The Fatal Flight of Hess
The history of World War II is rife with unsolved mysteries. One of them was Rudolf Hess s flight to England in May of 1941. As a close associate of Hitler, there are no explanations for why Hess flew to the enemy nation. An even greater secret surrounds Hess s death, which for years was considered a suicide. Modern-day experts now offer shocking revelations and a radically different version of his sudden death.
Romes glory had shone for a thousand years. The Roman Empire had united all lands from Spain to Syria, created more prosperity, more stability and more peace than the Western world had ever seen¦.nothing lasts forever. In the 3rd Century AD, civil war engulfed the empire. Chaos and corruption undermined it from within and from every direction Romes enemies gathered for the kill. By the end of the 4th century, the Roman Empire was nothing more than a fragile military machine that was no match for the invading barbarians. The inevitable occurred in 410 AD when Rome, the historic heart of the Empire, was sacked. As the Vandals stormed the city they were shocked at what they found. Gone were the crowds of the Golden Age. An eerie silence greeted the warriors as they wandered the same streets that their ancestors had walked down in chains 150 years earlier. The inhabitants of Rome, with their empire crumbling, had been chased away, the glory that had been Rome...was of another day.
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.