This series reveals how these two arch rivals circled one another for almost a decade before engaging in combat on the battlefield, dragging millions of men and women in their wake into the deadliest contest of all time.
Was the spirit of competition, the urge to go head-to-head, the sole reserve of men in the mid-20th Century? In the 1950s and 60s, two women joined the fray. Two women with a shared name: Jacqueline. One passion: aviation. One goal: to become the world's fastest woman. The American Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier at the controls of a Sabre F-86. But her record was soon snatched by Jacqueline Auriol, the daughter-in-law of the French president, who became the first European woman to break the sound barrier, and went on to become France's first woman test pilot. Using state-of-the-art CGI imagery to recreate their flying feats, this documentary retraces the history of these daring record attempts in the post-war period, with each triumph bringing prestige to their respective countries. Their extraordinary supersonic duel lasted 15 years, and saw both Jacquelines write their names in aviation history.
The Allies struggle to push the Japanese back on land, and break the Tokyo Express supply line. In New Guinea and the Solomons, what began as rearguard actions gradually becomes Allied advances. Progress is painfully slow and diseases like dysentery and malaria take a heavy toll on both sides. In summer of 1942, at the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, American and Japanese navies face off in decisive battles that will prove pivotal for the rest of the war. Additional non-combat stories of the war's effect in faraway places - Tibet, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, even Miami - show the global reach of the Pacific War.
With the death of Kim Jong-il, a new leader rose and the legacy of Kim Jong-un could be the most terrifying and confusing of the modern age.
Total War demands resources - economic, agricultural and industrial. It draws upon the labour and the morale of entire populations to meet its needs. When it became clear that strategies of appeasement would not prevent another world war, nations across the globe mobilised for total war. This episode examines and compares the extent of that mobilisation in countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
A civil lawsuit against the president is the catalyst for a four-year $40 million fact gathering crusade. Eventually leading to the uncovering of a 16 month long inappropriate relationship between the president and a 22-year-old White House intern and ending with the impeachment of the 42nd US president.
As the Cold War ended and North Korea lost its Soviet protection, Kim Jong-il made extraordinary moves - both legal and not - to insure his lifestyle.
HISTORY reveals the authorised and complete history of the Australian SAS. Raised in 1957 during Communist subversion in South East Asia, the small and little understood SAS quickly became the Ugly Duckling of the Australian Army. The SAS proved itself in 1965 in the undeniable jungle war in Borneo during Indonesian Konfrontasi. Follow the Australian SAS missions from inception through to the 2015 rise of the brutal ISIS caliphate.
In the 2000s, television entered the 'Platinum Age', as storytellers had license to take the medium to new heights. On cable, it was the decade of the antihero, with The Sopranos centred on a sympathetic mob boss, The Shield casting a dirty cop as the lead, and Breaking Bad turning Mr Chips into Scarface. Networks responded by taking creative risks, and audiences rewarded them by flocking to new shows like 24, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Glee, and Grey's Anatomy.
In the 2000s, television enjoyed a creative renaissance as audiences binged groundbreaking dramas like The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Lost. It embraced reality shows like Survivor and American Idol, and laughed along with beloved comedies like Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, and The Big Bang Theory.
Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler: the 'old lion' against the 'German eagle'. The 'bear of Downing Street' versus 'der Wolf'. Two radically contradictory personalities whose enmity represented the 20th-century.
This is the story of Hitler's invasion of Russia, of the biggest invasion force ever assembled in military history, and of how the Germans met their match on the shores of the Black Sea at Sevastopol.
After the bloody battles of Verdun and the Somme, the British and French are locked in a deadly stalemate as they face the armies of Germany in the horrors of trench warfare. In the air above The Western Front, the aircraft of friend and foe range over the lines of beleaguered forces, seeking intelligence and information for the commanders on the ground and targets for that deadliest of weapons, the heavy artillery. Neither can afford to lose control of the sky and the heavens have become a battlefield as each side develops newer fighting machines to specifically hunt and destroy enemy aircraft. A new chapter of aerial warfare is underway.
Track the decline of Kim Il-Sung and the rise of an unlikely successor; his James Bond-loving, propaganda-spouting son, Kim Jong-Il.
This is the story of how Kim Il-Sung rose to power, took complete control of his country and made himself a god in the eyes of his people.
In April of 1970, a large explosion occurred on the Apollo 13 mission as the astronauts were halfway between the Earth and the moon. The spacecraft was crippled and rapidly losing power. It took the heroic efforts of the crew and Mission Control to defy the odds and return Apollo 13 to Earth safely.
World War II was the closest the world has come to a complete total war. But it was in the interwar years that nations honed the methods of destruction which were unleashed on a much wider scale in the Second World War. In this episode, we look to wars in Manchuria, China, Abyssinia and Spain to see how each in their own way served as a "terrible precedent", revealing elements of total war that soon engulfed the globe.
Above the killing ground of World War I's Western Front, another battle is taking place. From the stumbling, earliest days of flight to the savagery of industrialised warfare, the aeroplane has become a killing machine. This episode charts the opening chapters of aerial warfare as Britain and France confront Germany in a contest that will be determined by a combination of individual bravery and sweeping advances in the mechanics of conflict.
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