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Sam Peckinpah's only war film follows the story of a doomed German platoon facing annihilation at the hands of the Russians in 1943. Non-Nazi German soldier Steiner (James Coburn) resents the arrival of arrogant Prussian Stransky (Maximillian Schell) as his new commanding officer. Stransky is desperate to win an Iron Cross - a medal Steiner has already earned, but considers worthless - and so promotes the highly-recommended Steiner to sergeant. During a siege, Stransky hides in his bunker, terrified of battle, only to later file a report claiming that he himself led a victorious counter-attack. However, when Steiner disputes this Stransky takes measures to remove him.
World War Two drama, based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Monsarrat, starring Jack Hawkins. Lt. Commander Ericson (Hawkins) has already lost one ship to an enemy attack when he is given command of the frigate Saltash Castle. A subsequent confrontation in the North Atlantic tests Ericson's leadership to the limit once again, as he risks sacrificing the lives of his crew for the greater good.
As seen on the BBC, The Gathering Storm is a critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning look at the nation's greatest Briton, Sir Winston Churchill's life, in the years preceding World War II.
The mid-1930's found Churchill out of favour and struggling to make his robust voice heard. Wrestling with his own personal demons - a dark depression, the loss of his family fortune, and the temporary absence of his devoted wife Clemmie - a lonely but defiant Churchill attempts to warn the world of the impending threat from Hitler's Germany.
But will the world listen?
War drama about veteran Joe Delaney (Ari Fliakos) and his experiences fighting in World War One. As Joe attempts to adapt to life after the conflict, he considers the friendships he formed with his fellow comrades and the haunting image of a German solider that remains with him long after the war is over.
Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray star in this wartime aviation drama about the research trials which attempted to eliminate the dangerous phenomenon of pilot-blackout. The film, directed by Michael Curtiz ('Casablanca', 'Mildred Pierce'), was nominated for an Oscar for its camera work.
Lionel Atwill stars in this 1930s drama based on a novel by Lewis Robinson. Decorated British army general Sir John Sangye (Atwill) has a dirty secret: before being stationed in Africa, he murdered a man in Ireland in a fit of jealous rage, then blamed his death on the actions of Sinn Fein rebels. The past comes back to haunt him when the army doctor who was the sole witness to his crime turns up at his garrison. James Mason co-stars.
In the final days of the Second World War in Rome, partisans plan an attack on a column of Germans in the city. Fearing that the attack might take place, the Gestapo chief (Richard Burton) advises his commanding officer not to order the column to march the next day. The march goes ahead and 32 Germans are killed. The partisans hide out with a local priest, but orders come in to exact revenge in what was to be known as the 'Massacre in Rome'.
During the last days of World War II, one woman documents the fall of Berlin from the basement of a bombed-out building.
Based on the real-life diaries ‘The Woman in Berlin’, Anonyma must use all her ingenuity whilst enduring the unimaginable to survive at the brutal hands of the invading Red Army.
The author of the real-life diary remained anonymous even after her death, and she was the only woman to report on a subject that is still taboo even today: soldiers of the Red Army raping German women at the end of the Second World War.
War drama set in Belgium in December 1944. When German troops open fire on unarmed American prisoners of war, they provoke the historic Malmedy Massacre. Four soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines discover a stranded R.A.F. pilot who holds the key to German intelligence which could save thousands of American lives. The five men must battle through the bitter Winter landscape, to smuggle their precious cargo from the clutches of the enemy.
The classic fighter planes of World War II remembered fondly by those who flew in them. The models featured are the Mustang P51D Moose, Mustang P51D VF-R, BF109G Black Six Messerschmitt and Spitfire Mk1X MH434.
The fifth in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1943.
The first in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1939.
Two History Channel programmes about the World War II battle of Iwo Jima: 'Assault on Iwo Jima' and 'Hell's Volcano'.
This programme looks at the war that ravaged Europe. For the first three years Germany dominated the continent, beginning with the Blitzkrieg on Poland, Norway, Denmark, Holland and Belgium to the fall of France. Followed by the long road back, when the allies went on the offensive and fought to free every inch of occupied Europe from Nazi rule, ending with the capitulation of Germany itself.
Adapted from the classic novel 'The Tunnel Escape' by Eric Williams, this is the story of British POWs trying to escape from a Nazi camp through a tunnel underneath their exercise horse. As their huts are too far from the boundary, one of the officers decides to start a daily gymnastics session, close to the boundary, in order to make digging a tunnel a lot easier and less likely to arouse suspicion.
Documentary about the Tiger Tank, the most formidable armoured fighting vehicle of the Second World War. It tells the story of the Tiger at war, from its development as a 'Breakthrough Tank' to the fall of the Third Reich. Packed with original footage of the Tiger in action and rare factory film stills, it examines the combat development and fighting tactics used and includes dramatic accounts of Tiger engagements.
Is Hissalik the site of the mighty Troy? Did Helen, Achilles and Agamemnon ever exist? What was the significance of the famous wooden horse? Historian Michael Wood attempts to discover whether there was any truth in Homer's epic poems.
The Desert Fox:
The Desert Rats:
Both films are in black & white.
A second film version (the first was made in 1930) of Erich Maria Remarque's story about a group of idealistic young Germans recruited to fight on the Western Front in 1914. Amongst their number is the patriotic Paul Baumer (Richard Thomas), whose preconceptions are rapidly shattered upon witnessing the horror of life at the front. Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence and Ian Holm also star.
Commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Sergei Eisenstein's film uses montage and a documentary style to present the events of the Bolshevik uprising in 1917. The resulting footage has often been mistaken for genuine newsreel, although some 1917 footage (shot by Esther Shub) was incorporated.
When Lt. Commander Queeg (Humphrey Bogart), the man in charge of the USS Caine, loses his head during a typhoon, his chief officers feel compelled to relieve him of his post. Upon their return to dry land, Queeg brings the men up on charges of mutiny. Co-starring Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson and Jose Ferrer and based on Herman Wouk's Pulitzer prize-winning novel.
1943. The world is at war. Charlotte Gray, a young Scottish woman, is parachuted behind enemy lines into Southern France. Only she knows she has a dual mission. Officially she has been recruited by the British Government on a special operation to liaise with the local Resistance group, who are using guerilla tactics against the occupying German Army. Unofficially, she is searching for her lover, Peter, an English airman missing in action after his plane is shot down.
As Charlotte becomes more deeply involved with the Resistance fighters she realises that her love of France and its people will change her life forever.
TV adaptation of the bestselling children's novel by Nina Bawden. When 14-year-old Carrie Willow (Keeley Fawcett) and her younger brother Nick (Jack Stanley) are evacuated from London to the small Welsh town of Druids Bottom during World War II, they are taken in by the strict Mr Evans (Alun Armstrong) and his sister Auntie Lou (Lesley Sharp). As the children gradually realise they have entered a mysterious world of curses, witchcraft and druids, their lives are altered forever.
Dramatic, pseudo-documentary reconstruction of the rise of the nationalist movement in Algiers between 1954 and 1957, the crushing defeat it faced at the hands of the French, and its resurgence three years later. Highly influential both in terms of style and content, and originally banned in France for fear of its potential to incite civil unrest, Gillo Pontecorvo's film was one of the benchmarks of 1960s political radicalism.
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