Forensic experts investigate the deaths of a group of victims of the ancient world's most famous disaster, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon are known to history as the Knights Templar. They were among the most wealthy and powerful of all of the western military orders and for the 200 hundred years of their existence, were at the forefront of Christian finance. Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129, the Order grew rapidly in membership and the Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross are the most potent image of the famous Crusades.
In the shadow of Stirling Castle, presenter and wild swimming loving Rick Edwards and real life river hunter Beau Ouimette, tackle the mighty river Forth. In the first archaeological river search of this spot ever, they will be hunting for relics of Scotland's greatest medieval warriors William Wallace and Robert The Bruce. And revealing secrets from the battle sites of their most famous victories against their hated English overlords.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were an unusually devoted couple but when Albert died, Queen Victoria was left as a single mother. Explore Victoria's struggle to mourn her husband's death, carry out her Royal duties, and keep both her family and the public in check.
Following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, public shock quickly turned to outrage. The attack had left 2403 Americans dead. How had the Navy been caught off-guard? Someone must be to blame - and a culprit was soon found. This program investigates how the Washington military and President Roosevelt's administration found a scapegoat in Admiral Husband Kimmel, the commander of the Pacific fleet. Kimmel's career was brutally destroyed in a desperate attempt to cover up intelligence blunders and a catalogue of errors. Kimmel's family continue to protest his innocence. Interviews with intelligence experts, ex-US admirals and leading historians - and uncovered documents - shine fresh light on the Pearl Harbor tragedy. As Kimmel's family fight to have his rank restored, this is the story of a man willing to sacrifice himself for his country, only to be sacrificed himself.
Bigger is better. As the scale of war grew over the centuries, so too did the size of machinery used to create war. From the first moments the British heavy tanks of WWI broke through the stalemates of trench warfare, the shape of war was changed forever. Bigger artillery pieces to increase battlefield supremacy, bigger planes to move bigger machines, bigger ships to deliver bigger payloads. The influence of the increasing size of warmachines even spread beyond the battlefield too, demanding bigger machines to transport these behemoths and bigger factories to create them. This episode looks at the behemoths of war; the grumbling armoured monsters like the Panzer III and the gravity-defying bulk of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, that dominate their arenas of war with their incredible size and power.
Albert Lin travels to the famous city of Petra and learns it may have been part of a much bigger network built by a mysterious civilisation.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; Did British Intelligence murder the Mad Monk Rasputin? The heart-rending story of the Nazi Baby Factories. The American President who escaped being eaten alive. And the Polish War Bear who helped break the fort at Monte Cassino.
At the start of the Renaissance, Charles of Habsburg was on the brink of becoming the most powerful man in Europe. Heir to the Kingdom of Spain, he also planned to take to the throne of the Germanic Holy Roman Empire. But Francois I, hero of the Battle of Marignano and new King of France, also had his eye on the imperial throne, and was determined to defend his Italian possessions: wars, treachery and imprisonment. The bitter clash between Charles V and Francois I was watched by all Europe with bated breath. And it was a no-holds-barred struggle. From the Chateau de Blois to the battlefield, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Bill Oddie is the bearded one that a generation of us grew up watching on the anarchic comedy, The Goodies. Julia travels in a classic MG with Bill, tracing his childhood in Birmingham in the UK.
Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean war battle through eyewitness accounts of Veterans who were present for this first major military clash of the Cold War. An amazingly harrowing story of the 17 day engagement of bloody combat and heroic survival in sub arctic temperatures. UN forces largely outnumbered and surrounded, due to a surprise attack led by 120,000 Chinese troops.
Throughout the ages, the United Kingdom has been a leading force for game changing contributions to the Global community. Once the largest empire in history, the UK has driven scientific, industrial, and cultural revolutions and been a powerhouse of game changing innovation and creativity. To celebrate Britain's most important accomplishments, we're going to imagine a world where we strip them all away, touching every aspect of modern life as we know it.
Albert Lin goes on an epic adventure to uncover the hidden world of the ancient people who may have inspired the construction of Stonehenge.
Louis XI was an inspired strategist. So brilliantly did he master the art of setting traps for his enemies, he became known as the 'Universal Spider' in the courts of Europe. However, the hated Machiavellian king's grip on power was threatened by two formidable men: the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, and Edward IV of York, King of England. From the royal Chateau d'Amboise to the Chateau de Langeais, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Ian Chappell, one of the most important figures of modern cricket, takes Julia back to Adelaide to the yard he and his brothers spent hours practicing the skills that got them selected to represent Australia.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. In a heroic mission, British and French forces evacuated thousands of soldiers.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; The deadly plague unleashed by 'Churchill's Toyshop'. The return of the Ripper in the London Blitz. The strange disappearances that give birth to the Bermuda Triangle. And the macabre secret of Skeleton Lake.
Italy is a nation with an incredibly rich and influential history. Its impact on our modern world surrounds and fills our daily lives. From ancient thinkers and explorers, through the Renaissance to modern day innovations in science and technology, the famous boot-shaped country made our world a better place. To celebrate Italy's achievements, we're going to strip them away and explore the world left suffering unimaginably when its greatest innovations and discoveries are erased.
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