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.
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.
On June 6, 1944, the Allies mounted a massive invasion on the beaches of Normandy in what was known as Operation Overlord. In the Pacific, Japan was struggling and resorted to the suicide tactics of the Kamikaze. In Europe, the Nazis were being rolled back, but a series of Allied defeats in badly planned battles meant that the war continued into yet another year.
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.
This clip describes the Australian victory at Hamel, France on the western front. General John Monash used artillery, planes, t
On August 13, 1961 the Berlin Wall went up. On November 9, 1989 it came down, reuniting Germany and signalling the end of the Cold War. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For many Germans, the wall still has a presence, yet for the young generation it is just history and largely untraceable. What has happened to the Berlin Wall? Did it just disappear into thin air? Where are the remains? And what are the stories of the people who have hoarded fragments of the wall or built businesses from them?
Using Robert Menzies' World War II diaries and remarkable 16mm film, this dramatised documentary lifts the lid on a bitter behind-the-scenes battle between Winston Churchill and the Australian Prime Minister as the fate of Australia hung in the balance. It follows Menzies to London during the dark months of 1941 as he takes on the British Prime Minister over the strategic direction of the war, telling the story of Menzies' political epiphany from his own point of view.
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.
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.
Five broadcasters from across the globe are uniting to tell the tragic story of Gallipoli - from all sides. The program follows the campaign as it unfolded, from its beginnings at the War Council of London, through to the ensuing naval attack and the landings and to its end, many months later, when Allied troops silently withdrew in the dead of the Turkish winter.
Professor Niall Ferguson re-examines the history of the 20th century. At its core were the two world wars, yet these were only the two most explosive conflicts of the century.
In the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are? rock star and activist John Butler goes searching for his heritage hoping to find poets, musicians and revolutionaries. John traces the Butler name back through generations of hardship. A pattern emerges where young men must takeover and be fathers to their siblings. In the end, at the paddle steamer town of Echuca, he finds the matriarch who inspired this quality, who sang for her own survival and fought against the odds to hold her family together.
A look at what life was like in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the 40 years of communist government.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, SBS presents the two part documentary, Busting the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, the Berlin Wall split a city in two and divided a nation with two million tons of concrete, 700,000 tons of steel, attack dogs, tank traps, death strips and tripwires. While the perils of the East German border kept most GDR citizens at bay, others yearned to overcome it, by digging under it, hiding in car trunks, flying over it in a hot-air balloon, and even surfing around it...
Mesopotamia was the site of the Sumerian civilisation, which flourished at the confluence of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. From 5000 to 2000 BC, the Sumerians flourished in a hostile environment by developing agriculture and irrigation and they opened up the trade routes of the ancient world.
Why water was so important
The Bible, country between 2 rivers, cradle of cvilisation
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