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Triple pack of documentaries looking at World War I from the perspective of Great Britain. 'Land Warfare Technology' examines the development of land warfare and the effect it had on the conflict. From the killing power of the machine gun and the dramatic introduction of the tank to the emergence of the new terror weapon, gas first used by the Germans with terrible effect at Ypres on the Western Front in 1915. 'Air Power Technology' shows how, at the outbreak of war, aircraft were to play an increasingly important role in reconnaissance and range-finding for the artillery. In the latter stages of the conflict, their roles included ground attack and long-range bombing. 'Sea Power Technology' starts with the key sea battle of WWI, The Battle of Jutland in 1916, which, although inconclusive, blunted the threat of the German fleet. The programme ends with a look at the aircraft carrier which made a major breakthrough in 1917 with the first deck landing.
Dark and controversial Japanese war drama. Sakura Nishi (yako Wakao) is a young nurse posted to an army hospital during the Sino-Japanese war in 1939. Raped by her patients, she is punished by the high command for daring to make a complaint, and sent to a brutalised front-line unit. There she meets a morphine-addicted surgeon, and the damaged couple try to seek solace in each other as the world around them collapses into violence and despair.
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.
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'.
The captain of a US naval destroyer (Richard Widmark) pursues a Russian submarine through the Arctic, ready to give the command for an atomic attack. Sidney Poitier plays the journalist along for the ride. Director James Harris, a former producer of Stanley Kubrick, presents similar themes to Kubrick's 'Dr Strangelove', very much in vogue in the Cold War due to the fear and paranoia caused by the brinkmanship of the Superpowers. Also with James MacArthur, Martin Balsam and Donald Sutherland.
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.
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.
This film recounts the Krondstadt Navy mutiny at Odessa which sparked off the 1905 Russian Revolution.
As a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the revolution, Eisenstein's masterpiece boasts inventive, rapid-cutting camera work (the film contains 1,300 separate shots) and one of the most famous sequences in the history of film: the massacre on the Odessa Steps.
In Russian with English subtitles.
There's dissension in the ranks during the Battle of the Bulge!
When Lieutenant Joe Costa learns that his men died because the commander, Captain Cooney, was too much of a coward to join the fight, Costa issues a serious warning: Don't let it happen again!
But Cooney's cowardice forces Costa into a fateful choice: continue to risk the lives of his men...or take the life of the captain!
In black & white.
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer and based on actual events, Black Hawk Down is the heroic account of a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Mogadishu, Somalia in October 1993 as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation. When their mission takes an unexpected turn it results in the U.S. military's single biggest firefight since Vietnam.
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?
Collection of four WWII films. In 'Operation Amsterdam' (1959), a team of British experts are sent into Holland to secure valuable diamonds. It is May 1940 and the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands has begun. British Army Major Dillon (Tony Britton) heads into Holland with diamond experts Walter (Alexander Knox) and Jan (Peter Finch) on a mission to gather diamonds from Amsterdam dealers. Finding help from the suicidal Anna (Eva Bartok) along the way, the three must battle against time, mistrustful Dutch natives and the threat of German spies to secure their precious cargo. 'Theirs is the Glory' (1946), is a fictional recreation of the Battle of Arnhem featuring performances from soldiers who fought in the actual battle. The Battle occurred in September 1944, when British and American forces led by Field Marshall Montgomery attempted to cross the Rhine and establish a presence in Holland. The ensuing fighting was frantic and chaotic and gave rise to the popular movie 'A Bridge Too Far'. This earlier effort, filmed little more than a year after the battle itself and featuring men such as Stanley Maxted and Thomas Scullion who actually participated in the conflict, provides a dramatic and hard-hitting insight into the experience of war. In 'Conspiracy of Hearts' (1960), a convent of nuns are seeking to rescue Jewish children from an interment camp in WWII Italy. The nuns and their priest, Father Desmaines (Michael Goodliffe), see it as their Christian duty to do what they can to save the children from the horror of the camp. Thanks to the generosity of the facility's commanding officer, Major Vittorio Spoletti (Ronald Lewis), who turns a blind eye, the enterprise hasn't been too dangerous so far. However, when the Germans, led by Colonel Erich Horsten (Albert Lieven), begin taking a greater interest, both Spoletti and the nuns find themselves in grave danger. In 'Seven Thunders' (1957), Dave (Stephen Boyd) and Jim (Tony Wright) are British soldiers who escape from an Italian POW camp. They are smuggled into Marseilles, where Dave falls in love with orphan waif Lisa. The men then meet Dr Martout (James Robertson Justice), who is to organise their escape from France. However, Dave and Jim object to Martout's vicious methods, and find themselves forced to outwit both him and the Nazis.
Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas is stunning in this incredibly heart wrenching holocaust drama.
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year old girl, is captured with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard - their secret hiding place - and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.
Sixty seven years later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the Vel'd'Hiv Roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her family's future.
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.
War drama starring Mira Sorvino and Gabriel Byrne. At the height of World War II, English journalist Kate Davis (Sorvino) becomes trapped within the besieged city of Leningrad. Separated from her lover, writer Philip Parker (Byrne), and presumed dead, Kate is rescued by Nina Tsvetkova (Olga Sutulova), a female member of the Leningrad militia. Joining forces with a makeshift band of survivors in the famished city, the two women battle to stay alive throughout the devastating 800-day siege.
Four films examining the most sophisticated aircraft of World War II. Films are: 'Secret Allied Aircaft of World War II', 'Secret Luftwaffe Aircaft of World War II', 'Secret Russian Aircaft of World War II' and 'Secret Japanese Aircaft of World War II'.
War drama starring Michael Caine. During World War II Captain Douglas (Caine) is sent to North Africa to lead a small group of mercenaries into the desert to knock out an enemy fuel reserve. However, there is friction between the Captain, veteran Colonel Masters (Nigel Green) and Cyril Leech (Nigel Davenport), head of the hired mercenaries, as they disagree on how to successfully carry out the mission. Things go from bad to worse when they find out that their assignment is a booby-trapped suicide mission, which threatens to end in pointless bloodshed.
Roel Reiné directs this action thriller featuring Tom Sizemore in which a team of US Navy SEALs venture deep into enemy territory. On the trail of a top secret mining operation in Africa, SEAL Team Eight stumble upon a plot to sell weapons grade uranium to terrorists. Recognising the severity of the threat this poses, the team take it upon themselves to foil the operation. However, with only 36 hours to do so, no outside help and a Congo warlord's well-equipped army standing in their way, this seems set to be their toughest mission yet.
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