Historian Sam Willis unravels how Chinese fascination with the sky has influenced peoples and cities from the past to the present.
Michael Douglas was born on September 25, 1944, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Douglas has won Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy awards. Some of his most well-known pictures include Fatal Attraction, Wall Street, and Basic Instinct.
October 1962: The world holds its breath under the threat of a nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. Behind the scenes, one of the greatest spies of the century plays a crucial role to help Kennedy stand up to Khrushchev. This episode of 'Spies of War' reveals the remarkable achievements of Oleg Penkovsky, a Soviet officer working for the CIA. Discover how he betrayed USSR to be a mole to the West and relive his incredible life until its tragic end to see how he prevented World War III.
Jeff Gusky is an ER doctor from Texas. His interest in World War I begins with the realisation that this first truly modern conflict must have posed the ultimate challenge for people like himself dedicated to saving lives. Millions of soldiers were the victims of the first weapons of mass destruction. But when he goes to France to search the battlefields for clues about the lives of the soldiers who fought there, he finds only cemeteries and monuments. World War I has been sanitised and covered up. Then, one day, he visits an ancient limestone quarry in a hillside in Northern France close to where some of the original trenches of the Western Front were dug. What he finds inside that hillside is an underground city complete with railcars and electricity. And on its limestone walls are hundreds of inscriptions and images left by soldiers who were once billeted there. To his great surprise there are American names among them. With the help of military experts and historians he traces them to the 26th or Yankee Division, a unit from New England that was among the first to arrive in France. Gusky's mission is to tell the story of Yankee Division in this hidden world of World War I: to find out who these men were, where they came from, and what happened to them. The film follows his progress, which takes him from the underground caves and battlefields of France back to New England, where he tracks down some of the descendants of the soldiers whose names he discovered on the walls of the underground city.
Take a look at Osama Bin Laden's personal life through an in-depth examination of the now declassified personal hard drives taken from his compound.
This definitive series opens a pandora's box of weird, wonderful and scary weapons from World War II. A few were so fantastical that they never got beyond the conception stage. Others were developed, tested and taken to prototype. Some were then used in battle to terrifying effect. From deathrays and giant wire traps in the sky to ensnare bombers, to flying saucers, warships hewn from icebergs and rocket-propelled tanks, the imagination and ingenuity of Allied and Nazi weapons experts knew no bounds in their frenzied efforts to overcome the enemy and win the war.
World War II historian James Holland goes to the depths with the Wolf Packs - the force that threatened Britain's survival like no other. He explores the U-Boat fleet from suicidal one-man torpedoes to the potentially game-changing Type XXI and uncovers how Hitler's failure to understand maritime warfare held the key to the outcome of World War II.
Recreation, leisure, and Nazism. Not words you would normally put together. But for Adolf Hitler, they were an integral part of his plan to control Germany's workforce, and indoctrinate citizens of the Third Reich with the ideals of the Nazi regime. In this episode, we'll see how Hitler used the Olympic games to promote Nazism. We also look at how he controlled the leisure time and holidays of his citizens by developing the world's largest travel agency, and how by constructing the world's biggest beach resort, he hoped to brainwash the people of the Reich in preparation for World War II.
This unique story follows the first successful working reconstruction of the Bristol Scout World War I plane and charts a personal account of the Gallipoli Campaign in the air from original records. The original spec plane will return to the locations of the air conflict along with Professor Saul David telling this unique personal perspective and its military significance from the Peninsula. Francis Bremner joined the Royal Navy Air Service in 1915 at the onset of World War I, becoming one of the first Bristol Scout pilots. He took part in a number of sorties and recognisance missions during the infamous Gallipoli Campaign. Now Bremner's grandson, David, revisits the exact same area flown 100 years before by an extraordinary man who survived the tale. Now Bremner's grandchildren, David and Rick, undertake the task of rebuilding their grandfather's pioneering aeroplane. With original sketchbooks and collecting parts from around the world, these aviation enthusiasts hope to recreate an original Bristol Scout and fly in their grandfather's footsteps. We chart David's Grandfather's first flight over the Somme and his tour in the Gallipoli Campaign.
Marty Lagina joins Kevin and his team as they battle the elements and take one final shot at finding $140 million of Confederate gold at the bottom of Lake Michigan.
We'll examine how the Nazis began to stamp their image on Germany and the nations that had fallen under the German jackboot. From Hitler's plans to redesign Berlin as the capital of the world, to the destruction of Warsaw to make way for a Nazi Model City, as an ever-expanding building program acted as a catalyst for the enslavement, extermination and destruction of entire nations, histories and cultures.
The Palace of Westminster is the most spectacular parliament building on the planet. To build it, Victorian engineers had to push technology to its limits, inventing new techniques that paved the way for the modern skyscrapers of today. Blow-apart CGI animation reveals every inch of this building's groundbreaking design: from its innovative fireproof roof, constructed from thousands of cast iron tile, to its famous clock, Big Ben.
As 1960 approaches and the Mercury 7 return home for the holidays, a humiliating rocket launch throws the future of NASA into question.
Coup d'etats, assassinations, sex scandals... it's the stuff of a Bond movie, but it's all very real. Under Vladimir Putin, the KGB or FSB as it's now called, rules Russia with an iron rod directly from the Kremlin. To challenge its authority, even from apparent safety abroad, means risking your life. Today, Russia is no longer a State with a Security Service: instead, the Security Service has a State.
For Kevin Dykstra and his team, an eight-year quest to find a legendary boxcar at the bottom of Lake Michigan has now become a battle against nature itself.
The Arderns continue their time travelling journey in the '20s, '30s and '40s. From Izal loo roll to powdered eggs, they learn how life behind the counter reflects 30 years of change.
Excitement soars when Kevin finally holds gold brought home from the arrest of Jefferson Davis, convincing him that his theory is true.
July 10, 1943: The Allied troops land in Sicily and open a new breach in the Nazi empire. Two months earlier, the corpse of a British officer was discovered on a Spanish beach, carrying confidential documents that revealed a military landing in the Balkans. The Germans immediately seized this valuable information... It was, in fact, a British ruse to deceive them about the real landing. In this episode of 'Spies of War,' you will relive all the details of this extraordinary darkly humorous ploy.
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