In the space of four minutes, at an Atoll in the Pacific Ocean called Midway, the course of World War Two was transformed. Six months after Pearl Harbour - US and Japanese fleets met for a decisive showdown. Thanks to both sides use of a relatively new piece of technology the aircraft carrier this battle would be decided without the ships of either fleet ever coming within sight of each other. At Midway, America's carrier pilots destroyed Japan's best ships and killed nearly four thousand men the cream of Japan's naval elite. It was a blow the Japanese would never recover from, making the outcome of the conflict in the Pacific virtually inevitable and releasing precious American military resources for the conflict in Europe.
The Paris Opera Ballet stages a tribute to legendary Russian-born ballet superstar Rudolph Nureyev. Nureyev hit the world headlines when he defected from the Soviet Kirov Ballet at the Paris Airport in 1961. Nureyev became a star on and off stage, associating with the likes of Jackie Onassis, Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol.
A four-part documentary series which traces the private and professional life of Britain's greatest sailor, examining his triumphs and defeats, his hopes and disappointments, and the unlikely rise to social prominence of a man born into rural poverty. Cook expert and bestselling British author Vanessa Collingridge, searches for the man behind the legend as she traces his story in a series that is part biography and part travelogue. (TEACHERS NOTES AVAILABLE)
Disaffected Jews living inside and outside Germany plotted to assassinate Hitler and other leading Nazis as counter-intelligence and security agencies expanded in Germany.
Evidence found to support the Out of Africa Theory and the evolution of human beings
Born in Laverton, Western Australia in 1933, May O'Brien survived her removal to Mount Margaret Aboriginal Mission as a child, eventually taking up her first appointment as a teacher at Mount Margaret. After teaching for 25 years she moved into education policy, working for the Western Australia Ministry of Education and the Aboriginal Education Branch.
Part two continues in it presentation of evidence that Huismann believes proves once and for all that Oswald was a weapon-for-hire in the deadly duel between John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro.
Discover how humans conquered the planet. There are 7 billion humans on earth, spread across the whole planet. New scientific evidence suggests that it all started with a tiny group of people who left Africa on an incredible journey. Crossing the world in five epic journeys, Human Journey follows the archaeological and genetic footprints of our ancient ancestors in search of the lost story of how their journeys transformed our species into the humans we are today and how we came to dominate the planet.
On 27 January 1945, Red Army soldiers liberate the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In this series final, see how the soldiers are not informed of the camps' existence, so when they enter it, they are utterly shocked by the walking skeletons, the remains of the gas chambers and the piles of human hair. But it is not only Auschwitz-Birkenau that horrifies the world. A few months later other concentration camps are liberated among them Bergen-Belsen, where thousands of unburied bodies are strewn over the ground. The British are horrified and unprepared for how to deal with the situation 14,000 prisoners die in the first five days following their liberation; another 14,000 succumb in the following weeks.
1944 - the most important year in the history of Auschwitz. The year when more people are killed than ever before. It's also the year in which the Nazis send messengers to sow seeds of confusion amongst the Allies when the Western Allies struggle with the dilemma of whether to negotiate with the Nazis about the Jews and whether or not to bomb the camp.
We travel back through time to reveal how human resourcefulness and courageous endeavour would create one of the ancient world's most magnificent megastructures, the Khazneh.
Meet the three medieval King Richards of England. One spent his life fighting battles, one was murdered and one is an accused child murderer. Terry also finds evidence of a King Louis seemingly airbrushed from history.
By 1943, 45 sub-camps are dotted round the Auschwitz region, most providing slave labour for industrial concerns. See how the Nazis capitalised upon a sinister source of income - clothes and valuables taken from Jews. The Nazi leadership naturally intends such wealth to fill the coffers of the Third Reich in Berlin, but much of it actually stays at the camp, as the SS at Auschwitz have their fingers well and truly in the till. And despite it contravening the Nazis strict racial purity laws, sexual liaisons in the camp between the SS and prisoners are also occurring, often forcibly, in exchange for life-saving favours. There are even love affairs.
This episode hears disturbing testimony from a female prisoner from Lodz Ghetto, who was forced to provide sexual favours to the Jewish leader. There is also testimony from witnesses to gassings at Auschwitz. And for the first time on television, there is an interview with a Slovak perpetrator who knowingly helped to send his Jewish compatriots to their death.
1942 is to be most significant as the Nazis comb Western Europe, even taking Jews from as far as the British Channel Islands for extermination. Also, Annette Muller, speaks of the separation of children from parents. Even occupied Britain becomes involved in the deportation of Jews.
In this definitive series, the individual experiences of those involved - from the Poles first incarcerated there, to those who worked in the gas chambers and former SS soldiers - are revealed. In this episode, camp commandant Rudolf Hoss arrives in the Polish town to create a new concentration camp, its role being to imprison and terrorise anyone who resists the Nazi occupation of Poland.
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