The second episode of this three-part series focuses on the abilities and successes of Joseph Stalin as a warlord. According to this documentary, Stalin liked to project an image of himself as a great military strategist, even calling himself 'Generalissimo' and constantly wearing military uniform.
The first episode of this three-part series on Joseph Stalin looks in detail at how the dictator managed to transform his real self into a legendary hero. Stalin had himself depicted in films, paintings and statues as a kind, dedicated man who doted on small children. The reality was different.
Compares and contrasts the style of Hitler, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt and looks with fresh eyes at their relationships with each other, revealing some surprising facts.
Paul Moran first came to Australia in 1944 as part of the large US Air Force then flying out of the country on operations against the Japanese. He married a local girl, returned to the States but in 1949 came back to Australia where he settled.
Professor Habib Hala (teacher) and Doctor Wadior Safi, (student) at the University of Kabul, both found sanctuary in Australia, after brutal persecution in Afghanistan.
There were three attempts to kill General de Gaulle, all of which were unsuccessful. The first was by German snipers in Paris 1945. The second was on 8 September 1961, when a plastic charge was fired at his car by a gang controlled by Raoul Salan. The third attempt was on 22 August 1962, when his car was raked by machine-gun fire which shattered the rear window and burst two tyres. The General escaped all three attempts, but was there a fourth which was not reported?
In the final episode, Simon examines the overwhelming presence of the past in the British 20th century and the struggle of leaders to find a way to make a different national future.
Sun Tzu was the Nostradamus of warfare, and his book, Art Of War - written 2400 years ago - is still the ultimate how-to book for winning. This two-hour special brings it definitively to life. It will feel like a graphic novel, weaving together several epic stories.
An Estonian by birth, Elmar Saarepere was forced to serve with the German army. He was interned after the war and not wanting to return to live under communism, took passage to Australia, arriving in 1947.
Australian aviation comes of age, but the stakes are high and the boardroom battles vicious.
This episode charts the chequered life of the liberal empire from Ireland to India - the promise of civilisation, material betterment and the delivery of coercion and famine.
This episode centres on George Gittoes, one of the most important and influential artists in Australia today, whose profound interest in the effect of war and civil conflict has led him to trouble spots all over the world.
The second part of the program on Keith Stodden from the Department of Immigration.
"The language is everything", says Di Stefano, who with her husband Alfio, sets out to bridge the language gap, not only for Italian compatriots to learn English, but for the children of Italian migrants to retain their language and communicate with their parents.
The determination of the German forces to keep on fighting in the face of defeat had disastrous consequences. After the Allied landings in the summer of 1944, the Wehrmacht was on the defensive on all fronts. It was clear to the German generals interned at Trent Park that Germany would soon lose the war.
As the Victorian era began, the massive advance of technology and industrialisation was rapidly reshaping the social structure of the whole country. Simon Schama takes a look at the women who would take a pivotal role in shaping society.
The last episode in Pamela Stephenson's adventure in the South Seas to uncover the fate of her great-great-grandfather, Captain Samuel Stephenson. In the Straits of Alis, the Takapuna locates the island where Salty Sam's ship, the Rosalie, might have been sunk. The crew goes diving and finds an anchor, but don't think it belonged to the Rosalie. Pamela gets very excited when told that there is report of another wreck, and until she is told that its engine is still intact.
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