In just a few months, World War II would be over in Europe, yet for millions of Europeans, December 1944 was still a time of intense hardship and uncertainty. For many, peace seemed further away than ever, suffering widespread, despair rampant. Christmas is a time of peace and love. But never was the message of 'Peace on Earth' invoked more hope than at Christmas time 1944. This program looks at moments of hope and despair that were occurring all over Europe during this time.
Each year, on April 11, the anniversary of their liberation from Buchenwald Concentration Camp, a group of seventy- and eightysomething men, hold a ball that celebrates life and is a testament to their determination to survive.
Tito's Ghosts is a documentary that reveals how support for Marshall Tito is alive and well in the former Yugoslavia, 25 years after the Communist dictator's death.
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, The Power Of The Powerless examines the struggle for freedom during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia. Featuring Vaclav Havel, who ascended to power during the bloodless Velvet Revolution of 1989, and his fellow dissidents, this film investigates haunting questions about the country's Communist past.
This two-part documentary shows the War in the Pacific seen for the very first time in colour. From exclusive footage of pre-War Japan to Pearl Harbour, Guadalcanal, Saipan, Midway, as well as kamikazes and atomic devastation, this program provides an insight into this war with previously unseen colour footage.
From the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. The Pacific War In Colour will include never-before-seen footage of the battles of Midway, Saipan and Okinawa, along with images of the ultra-secret A-bomb tests in the American desert.
For Churchill, D-Day was one of the crowning triumphs of World War II, but almost 30 years earlier in 1915 on the peninsula of Gallipoli, there was a lesser-known D-Day which would all but end his career. Underwater archaeology reveals how the events of 1915 turned into stalemate and slaughter. Historians and relatives of the boy soldiers of Gallipoli tell the emotional story and its tragic consequences. But Churchill and the British would learn valuable lessons from these mistakes, which would enable them to engineer the successful invasion of Normandy of 60 years ago.
This clip describes the Australian victory at Hamel, France on the western front. General John Monash used artillery, planes, t
To mark the 90th anniversary of the Western Front we tell the Australian story for the first time. Unlike the defeat at Gallipoli, Australians were very effective and largely responsible for Winning World War I on the Western Front. Five times more Australians were killed on the Western Front than in Gallipoli. Based on the book by author Dr Jonathan King, this exclusive local production airs as part of The History Channel's Remembrance Day line-up.
Most Australians do not know what happened on this tragic ship - and most have never heard of the Montevideo Maru. This documentary will change that. In terms of loss of life this tragic event is Australia's greatest ever maritime disaster. It resulted in the death of over 1000 fine young Australian men. They were Prisoners of War locked in the hold of the Montevideo Maru and drowned when this little known Japanese prison ship was torpedoed on July 1, 1942, by the American submarine USS Sturgeon off the coast of the Philippines. This special pays homage to this uncelebrated tragic event and its unsung victims.
In October, 2004, Sherine Salama filmed the last interview ever given by Yasser Arafat. A month later he was dead. The interview was the culmination of over a year's filming in the besieged president's compound.
Love Letters From A War is a great Australian tale of enduring passion. It's the moving story of John and Josie Johnson who, separated by war, keep their love alive and the family together through their letters. Set against a backdrop of the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler, and World War II, this one-hour film is an inspirational narrative and an accurate reflection of Australian history, culture and the spirit of the time.
A look at what life was like in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the 40 years of communist government.
Looks at the peak of Goering's career, around 1938 and the annexation of Austria. Goering was not sure Germany would be able to sustain a war, and did secret deals with France and Britain. But while Goering was Hitler's deputy was more interested in hunting and building up his collection of "bought" Jewish art works from Paris.
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