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As US soldiers occupied war-torn Afghanistan in 2002, a young Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar was arrested, along with his passengers, at a checkpoint for an alleged involvement in a Taliban rocket attack.
Confined to a solitary cell at Bagram, Dilawar was chained and exposed to continuous beatings and torture from the US soldiers. Five days after his arrest, Dilawar died.
Winner of the 2008 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi To The Dark Side is a searing insight into the modern-day role of torture and political corruption in the war on terror, from Abu Ghraih through to Guantanamo Bay.
Italian war drama directed by Roberto Rossellini. When three Allied POWs escape from their camp and hide out in Rome, they are given shelter by a beautiful young woman. Now that they finally have something tangible to fight over, the three prisoners' national chauvinism (one is Russian, one English and one American) simmers to boiling point.
World War I action adventure focusing on America's first fighter pilots. The year is 1917, and the war is not going well for the allies. Although America has refused to enter the conflict, some of its more altruistic young men decide to take action. Blair Rawlings (James Franco) abandons his ranch and follows his dream to fly, opting to fight with his compatriots in France. Once there, he and the other volunteers are brought under the command of French Captain Thenault (Jean Reno), and war-weary American pilot Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson). Initially shunned by their fellow aviators, new squadron the Lafayette Escadrille soon begin to earn the respect of their comrades as they develop into a fearsome fighting unit.
American-made documentary focusing on real-life events of US combat troops during the Iraq war. Made using actual footage captured by marines with home video equipment, this two-hour film provides a unique insight into the front-line operations of Lima Company, who suffered some of the heaviest casualties of the war. The film follows the troops into combat, and records their daily thoughts on life in the battle zone.
At the outset of the Second World War the deserted airfield of Halfpenny Field becomes a bustling bomber command centre. Peter Penrose (John Mills) is placed under the command of Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant David Archdale (Michael Redgrave), and the two become great friends. When the Americans join the allies in 1942, several of their number are stationed at the base, and the arrival of US pilot Johnny (Douglas Montgomery) complicates the established British friendships.
The sixth 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 1944.
The final part 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 1945.
The fourth 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 1942.
Noel Coward co-directed, wrote and starred in this patriotic World War II drama about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed. Coward was awarded a Special Oscar for 'outstanding production achievement'. Also included is a 'making of' documentary.
The third 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 1941.
The second 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 1940.
Wartime docu-drama starring John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, re-telling the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war who were held in Colditz Castle. These POWs were strictly monitored as they were a high risk category and had constantly tried to escape whichever prison they where previously placed in. Despite being outnumbered by their guards, the prisoners of Colditz continued to achieve their goal - freedom. The film inspired the 1972 TV series 'Colditz'.
Military documentary looking at the role of the paratrooper in the armies of the world. Drawing on combat footage, reconstructions and interviews, the film gives an inside account of the world's elite airborne units in action.
An historical look at one of the most famous wars of the 19th Century which involved Russia against Britain, France, Turkey and Sardinia. Many soldiers were killed in battle and many others were ravaged by disease. The war featured Cardigan's famous Charge of the Light Brigade disaster and Florence Nightingale, noted for her efforts to help the sick and the wounded. With over 1500 illustrations.
Relive the drama, conflict and power of one of the most influential anti-war films ever made.
Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat.
The hard-hitting, timeless masterpiece returns with stunning visual enhancement to its deserving place in film history!
In black & white.
"I look forward to dictating the peace to the United States of America in the White House" Admiral Yamoto, Commander in Chief, Japanese Navy.
However the US Navy Intelligence Unit had cracked Japan's secret code and American warships intercepted the Japanese naval assault force on Midway Island. The Japanese force was a formidable one, 86 warships, including 4 aircraft carriers. Four times, American aircraft attacked the Japanese ships in vain, 65 aircraft being shot down. But the 5th attack, made with 54 dive-bombers during the morning of 5th June was successful.
Three of four Japanese Carriers, Akagi, Kaga and Soryu were sunk. That same afternoon the 4th Carrier, Hiryu, was destroyed, but not before her own aircraft had badly damaged the American Carrier Yorktown, which was sunk by a Japanese Submarine on June 6th.
The Battle of Midway was a disaster for the Japanese, losing 4 aircraft carriers, a cruiser, 352 aircraft and 3500 men where as America lost only 1 aircraft carrier, 1 destroyer, 150 aircraft and 305 men.
Twelve of the most important episodes from the hard-hitting ITV current affairs series. 'Mick Jagger' (1967) is an interview with the Rolling Stones singer after the controversial quashing of his jail sentence for drug possession. 'End of a Revolution?' (1967) is a portrait of Bolivia and the events that led to the death of Che Guevara. 'The Demonstration' (1968) covers the protest marches in London against the Vietnam War. 'The Quiet Mutiny' (1970) is John Pilger's investigation into the growing disillusionment of American soldiers in Vietnam. 'The Man Who Stole Uganda' (1971) looks at the aftermath of the coup that brought Idi Amin to power. 'Death of a Revolutionary' (1971) covers the funeral of Black Panther leader George Jackson. 'The Seige of Kontum' (1972) follows the plight of the Montegnard people, caught up in the fighting around Kontum in Vietnam. 'The Life and Death of Steve Biko' (1977) looks at the influence of the anti-apartheid martyr. 'Prisoner of Terrorism' (1978) is a behind-bars interview with Horst Mahler, one of the leader of the notorious Baader-Meinhof group. 'Banged Up' (1979) is an investigation into conditions at Manchester's overcrowded Strangeways Prison. 'Killing For a Cure' (1981) looks at the violent activities of the Animal Liberation Front. Finally, in one of their most influential broadcasts, 'The Birmingham Six - Their Own Story' is an interview with the men convicted for the Birmingham pub bombings.
Narrated by Iain Cuthbertson and part of the 'History of Warfare' series, this documentary uses battle reconstruction footage to examine the history of the Scottish solider. From the wars against England and the battles at Bannockburn and Flodden Field, to the conflicts undertaken as part of the British army in the wars against Revolutionary France and then against Germany in the twentieth century, the Scottish soldier has commanded respect from friend and foe alike.
Narrated by Robert Powell, this is the third in a series of documentaries covering all the major wars of the 20th Century. Over four episodes, this volume looks at the rise of the Axis powers in the 1920s and 1930s, and the march to war in 1939. Episodes are 'Enter the Dictators: 1920-1935', 'The War Clouds Gather: 1935-1939', 'Blitzkreig: 1939-1940' and 'Britain Stands Alone: 1940-1941'.
Narrated by Robert Powell, this is the first in a series of documentaries covering all the major wars of the 20th Century.
The major events of World War II: including the Blitzkrieg through Poland, Denmark, Norway and the Low Countries to the fall of France; Dunkirk; the Battle of Britain and the savage Blitz; the assault on Pearl Harbour; the battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Monte Casino; the D-Day landings and the fall of Berlin.
A collection of three programmes looking at the world of classic cars. In 'A Nostalgic Look At Classic Sports Cars', meet some of the owners and explore the cars plus a trip to Brooklands, the home of motor racing, to see some very rare models going flat out up the famous test hill. In 'Fabulous Fords', take a look into the history of Fords, the best selling models and the favourites. Finally, in 'The Swindon Nostalgia Show - Vintage Vehicles', sample one of the best nostalgia shows, held at Wroughton airfield in Swindon and see the vintage and classic cars, buses, historic caravans and classic motor homes on show.
Combining original archive footage with dramatic reconstructions and the letters and diary entries of the soldiers who fought there, this documentary is a meticulously detailed and informative account of the preparations for the battle, the assault itself and its aftermath.
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