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.
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.
March 1939. Thousands of childrens lives are under threat from the Nazis.
Rare archival footage and interviews with Joe Schlesinger, a CBC reporter and one of the rescued children, documents not only how Winton s act changed the lives of those he rescued, but also how it continues to influence the lives of thousands of others worldwide.
Best Documentary Montreal World Film Festival.
Audience Award UK Jewish Film Festival.
Audience Award Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival.
Audience Award Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
2011 Best Music Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland.
Enthralling. Evocative. A true story of heroism - The New York Times
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.
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.
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.
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.
The school operates both summer and winter courses and the conditions at Bridgeport are as extreme as any found in the world. During the winter phase students can expect to be operating in snow over twenty feet deep and in temperatures that can drop to thirty degrees below zero. Marine Corps Survival School joins a class of twenty-five motivated young Marines as they go through the four-week course at the Mountain Warfare Training Center.
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
In a cruel irony, the Indianapolis was itself sunk by the Japanese as it returned from the top-secret mission. The dramatic and tragic end of the ship and the fate of the one thousand two hundred crew members, led by Captain Charles McVay, was the worst disaster in the history of the United States Navy. On 30 th July 1945, succumbing to a battery of Japanese torpedoes, the Indianapolis went under in less than fifteen minutes, taking four hundred men down with her. For four long days, Captain McVay and the other eight hundred survivors drifted in the waters of the Pacific, facing death from dehydration, sunstroke, hypothermia, salt poisoning, a deadly slick of oil from their own boat and sharks.
You may never have heard of them, and thats the way they like it. They are among the worlds deadliest warriors. For more than two hundred years elite marine warriors have been masters of stealth. They specialise in sneaking deep behind enemy lines and often take on the most dangerous roles in Americas most ruthless battles. Now, former Force Recon marines pull back the curtain.
As six British soldiers sat imprisoned in a hut in the jungles of Sierra Leone, their captors - a heavily-armed militia group known as the West Side Boys - were mostly asleep. But unknown to either group, the SAS were about to engage in one of the boldest rescue missions in modern history. They were flown deep into the jungle in an attempt to release the hostages who had been held for more than two weeks. What happened as the rescue attempt unfolded has always been a closely guarded secret. Now the story of this SAS mission and the terrible days of captivity endured by the hostages is told for the first time by the people who were there. For one of the hostages it is a story of survival in a living hell.
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.
But then there have been very few like ˜Sir Daniel Donnelly. This gothic horror story of gravediggers, uprisings and excess tells of an unwitting hero whose bone-crunching fists brought hope to the hopeless. The Battle of Donnellys Hollow also tells the story of a people about to enter an abyss of squalor and despair but how, for one fleeting moment, 20,000 men and one fearsome right hand gave the enemy a bloody nose.
One of the most important series in the history of television. Remastered with the original Richard Rodgers soundtrack never before released on DVD. Includes a bonus CD with the full soundtrack. A 26-episode World War II documentary from the American perspective, Victory at Sea is one of the most important series in the history of television. Made in 1952, the show was a huge success, winning many major awards and even spawning albums featuring the orchestral score by Richard Rodgers (South Pacific). Produced with the full cooperation of the US Navy, each 26- minute programme consists of black and white wartime film edited to a narration by Leonard Graves. Each episode contains at least one powerful stand-alone sequence in the tradition of Sergei Eisenstein, these action-suspense set-pieces giving the programmes an urgent, surprisingly modern feel. The emphasis throughout is at least as much on entertainment as information, the factual content delivered in poetic narration, the score transforming the war into a more than usually serious Hollywood adventure. The documentaries are wide-ranging, covering parts of the land war and including everything from the Atlantic convoys and Uboat Wolfpacks , to war in Alaska, the South Atlantic, the Far East, the Pacific War and the Fall of Japan.
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.
Feel the fear and exhilaration of a battlefield 25,000 feet in the air as HISTORY™ travels with four US veterans on some of the most dangerous, deadly and visually stunning aerial missions of World War II. Following in the footsteps of the Emmy® Award-winning series WWII LOST FILMS, this two-hour special takes viewers inside the US Eighth Air Force as it takes to the skies for an unsung story of bravery and sacrifice. Extraordinary archive footage in colour brings the historic fight for control of the skies to life.
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.
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.
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.
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.