Despite the suffocating 115-degree heat and a lack of clean drinking water, Sledge, Leckie and the other Marines confront the highly-fortified enemy as they attempt to capture the Peleliu airfield. After seeing his comrades badly injured, Leckie himself is wounded and evacuated from the island. Sledge witnesses the shocking truth about what is sometimes required to survive and fight another day.
With the help of famous voices, we talk about the day of 9/11, before exploring how America came to terms with the tragedy and learnt to laugh again. Alternative title: The 2000s: A New Reality.
Travel back in time to late 18th-century France and follow the development of the French Revolution. What were the underlying causes for the revolution? What was the Reign of Terror? Who was Maximilien de Robespierre?
Finally enlisted as a marine, Sledge trains for combat at Camp Elliott. The 1st Marine Division lands at Cape Gloucester on the Japanese-held island of New Britain. As Leckie and the other marines battle the Japanese, they quickly realise that the more ominous enemy is the smothering jungle itself. Having survived Gloucester and being stationed on the godforsaken island of Pavuvu, Leckie begins displaying the physical and mental effects of combat and is sent to a naval hospital on nearby Banika for psychiatric observation.
Using state-of-the-art transfer techniques to turn recently declassified images into vivid, jaw-dropping footage, The Bomb tells a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history.The Bomb tells the epic story of a device that has shaped humanity and redefined our existence on this planet.
The Bomb tells the epic story of a device that has shaped humanity and redefined our existence on this planet. For 70 years, the world has been terrified - yet also comforted - by the atomic bomb. The number of human deaths from war had risen precipitously higher throughout history, until August 1945. From that moment - when the atomic bomb made its appearance on the world stage - the number of deaths from war have dropped enormously.
After the four-month ordeal on Guadalcanal, Leckie and Basilone and thousands of their comrades land in Melbourne where they are greeted warmly by the Australians. While his buddies carouse,Leckie becomes deeply attached to an Australian woman and her first-generation Greek family.
Basilone and the 7th Marines arrive on Guadalcanal to reinforce Leckie and the rest of the 1st Marine Division as they continue to defend the crucial airstrip. Basilone plays a key role in repelling a night time Japanese attack, but suffers a frightful personal loss. After four months of continuous action, the exhausted and disease-ridden members of the 1st Marine Division are evacuated off the island.
In the immediate aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Marine Sgt. John Basilone prepares to ship out and confront the enemy somewhere in the Pacific, while budding journalist Robert Leckie enlists in the Marine Corps. Eugene Sledge, unable to enlist because of a heart murmur, says farewell to his best friend, Sidney Phillips, who is about to leave for boot camp. Exactly eight months after Pearl Harbor, the 1st Marine Division, including Leckie and Phillips, lands on Guadalcanal in order to secure its strategically vital airfield and prepare for the inevitable counterattack.
From coronations to threats of assassinations, to coups and abdications, imperial dynasties have survived it all. Each generation leaves their mark as either a pawn or political powerhouse. This episode explores royal dynasties who have inspired or divided their constituents as absolute monarchies, or have echoed or defied the will of the government as constitutional monarchies. House of Saud tread the line between tradition and modernisation. House of Windsor embraced modernisation to remain connected with their constituents. The Imperial House of Japan survived defeat in World War II, but stands on the brink of oblivion without government intervention.
Kennedy. Kim. Bhutto. Gandhi-Nehru. Just a few of the political dynasties that have been at the forefront of generations of war and revolution. But, having a revered name does not guarantee the survival of an individual. This episode explores the ascension and assassinations of the Kennedys, and the partition and ensuing instability that fuelled the rise and untimely demise of members of the Bhutto and Nehru-Gandhi families.
Fame can break down barriers. It can transcend culture and race. Death is never the end, so long as there is money to be made. This episode explores famous dynasties who have brought political and social change. The Jacksons broke down racial barriers, but the pressure of success fractured the family. Francis Ford Coppola gambled as a filmmaker, with the payoff having flow-on effects on the whole family. The Kardashians have translated exposure into fame and fortune for the whole family.
Nothing and everything is personal in business dynasties. Families are bound together or pushed apart as patriarchs and matriarchs lead the way, or let others take the fall. Business is just business. But a name is everything. This episode explores business dynasties who have brokered and reached breaking point. The Trump family built their empire off a carefully crafted Trump brand, with Donald Trump defying expectations to become President of the United States, despite scandal and accusations of nepotism that followed him.
In 1944, a group of French female resistance fighters are recruited by the British Secret Service to rescue a geologist who holds secrets of the impending Normandy landing. They soon find their mission must continue to Paris for the dangerous task of assassinating an SS Colonel. The film celebrates the lesser told role of girl power in the famous Normandy landing. In French.
A highly inspiring, entertaining adventure based on journals of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. Stars Mexican heart-throb Gael Garcia Bernal and nominated for Palme d'Or at 2004 Cannes International Film Festival. In Spanish.
A documentary that pays tribute to South Africa's greatest leader, Nelson Mandela, by telling the full story of his dramatic life.
In the darkest hours of WW2 thousands of men from Burma fought a brutal war to help the Allies win the conflict in the East. Only a handful of these heroes are still alive with many living in poverty and largely forgotten. This film follows a team on a mission to find these veterans and tell their heroic stories for the first time on camera.
There were many heroes the night that Titanic sank but for some, the greatest of these was fifth officer Harold Lowe. What made him a hero? And who was the owner of the black alligator purse recovered from twelve thousand feet below the Atlantic ocean? Plus the story of the steam whistles recovered from the wreck site; would their voice ever be heard again?
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