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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using rare Movietone archive footage and material captured on film by front line cameramen, this documentary chronicles Britain's Second World War campaign in Italy. Churchill predicted that the country would fall swiftly, and the initial assault in 1943 looked set to prove him correct; the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa were soon captured, and Sicily fell soon after. However, despite the surrender of the Italians, the occupying German troops decided to fight on, resulting in a two year war of attrition which tested the mettle of the British forces to the limit.
The definitive film record of the war in Burma, focusing on the battles and campaigns fought by the British and Commonwealth forces from Singapore onwards and comprised almost entirely of front line footage recorded by combat cameramen.
In 1943, with Rome occupied by the Nazis, Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (Gregory Peck) does all he can to help Allied POWs, providing them with hiding places and assisting them in their flight from the Germans. Gestapo Chief Colonel Herbert Kappler (Christopher Plummer) grows suspicious of O'Flaherty, but is frustrated by the priest's diplomatic immunity. Finally, he issues an order that O'Flaherty either be captured or shot if he is ever seen outside the walls of the Vatican.
It's 1942 and the German and Russian armies are embroiled in one of the most momentous battles of WWII, the Battle of Stalingrad. Defeat at Stalingrad could hand Germany victory in Europe and Stalin has sent Kruschev to personally oversee the city's defence.
In another corner of the city Danilov, a political officer, encounters Vassili Zaitsev, a simple soldier from the Urals who possesses an extraordinary skill, he is a first-class shot with an iron will. Danilov realises that Zaitsev could be moulded into exactly what Kruschev needs in order to boost troop morale.
So Zaitsev joins a sniper unit and his dangerous missions are chronicled and embellished upon by Danilov and before long a hero is born. But while Zaitsev's glory rejuvenates others, Danilov becomes jealous of the man he created when they both fall in love with Tania, a courageous comrade fighting in the ranks alongside them.
Eager to break the Russians' newfound resistance, the Germans draft in Major Konig, their own celebrated sniper. As the battle wages on, these two lethal sharpshooters engage in their own personal deadly duel, stalking each other amongst the rubble of the symbolic city of Stalingrad.
American servicemen are still being held captive in Vietnam - and it's up to one man to bring them home in this blistering, fast-paced action/adventure starring martial arts superstar Chuck Norris.
Following a daring escape from a Vietnamese POW camp. Special Forces Colonel James Braddock is on a mission to locate and save remaining MIAs.
Aided by a beautiful State Department official and a former Army buddy, Braddock amasses top secret information and state-of-the-art weaponry. Now this one-man army is prepared to blast his way into Vietnam... but will he be able to blast his way back out?
Having flown for the British Royal Air Force, Czech pilot Franta Slama (Ondrej Vetdiy) finds himself imprisoned in a post-WWII totalitarian Communist labour camp for "betraying" his country.
Rewinding this story, award-winning director Jan Sverak takes us back to when Franta and his young protege Karel Vojtisek (Krystof Hadek) escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to join the RAF in fighting the Germans. Frustrated at not being allowed to fly against the enemy until they can speak English and their RAF retraining is complete, a strong father/son bond between Franta and Karel quickly develops.
After three months of training they are finally sent into combat, but the stress of the war, plus their mutual love for a married English woman, tests their strong friendship.
In Czech and German with subtitles.
Collection of films set during World War II. In 'D-Day, the Sixth of June' (1956) a British and an American soldier (Robert Taylor and Richard Todd), both in love with the same woman (Dana Wynter), are travelling to Normandy in 1944. Both fully aware of the dangers of the impending invasion, they stave off fear by reminiscing about their romances. 'The Longest Day' (1962) sees an all-star international cast re-tell the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. 'A Bridge Too Far' (1977) is Richard Attenborough's account of the failed 1944 Arnhem assault. Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Robert Redford and Sean Connery are among those battling against insurmountable odds to secure one of the bridges essential to the Allied advance into Germany. The life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in 'Patton' (1970), a biographical drama which focuses on his controversial exploits during the Second World War. Guy Hamilton's classic war film 'Battle of Britain' (1969) looks at how England defended itself from the German aerial onslaught in the summer of 1940. Laurence Olivier plays Sir Hugh Dowding, the chief air marshal whose fleet outmanoeuvre the Luftwaffe, despite a numerical disadvantage. George Segal and Robert Vaughn star in John Guillermin's 'The Bridge at Remagen' (1969), telling the story of the day that the Nazis blew up the last remaining bridge over the Rhine, leaving their own men stranded on the wrong side. In 'Attack' (1956), a group of American soldiers find themselves trapped by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. The situation reaches a crisis point when their cowardly and indecisive captain (Eddie Albert) eventually flips into sheer panic. 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965) tells the story of US pilot Colonel Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) who is shot down and placed in a German POW camp. Although Joseph is more concerned with his own survival than actually breaking free from the camp, he unpredictably gets chosen as leader of a daring escape attempt, facing many hazards along the way.
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