Over varying terrains, at sea and in the air, battles were fought and decided by access to resources and strategies tailored to their location. Through the islands of the Asia Pacific theatre, where the American's island hopping tactics and massive carrier fleet took full advantage of their environment. In the skies over Britain, where the fight for air supremacy hinged on proximity to supplies and aircraft factories. Or in the bombed remains of Stalingrad, where German soldiers marched to their captivity or death. These were battles won or lost using tactics that capitalised on the region where they were fought.
The Korean War was possibly the most important event since World War II - a war that never really ended, influencing international relations to this day. Despite millions of deaths and refugees, this war has been nearly forgotten. With the recent opening of archives in Russia, the US, China and South Korea, new historical material is now available, including colour films and hundreds of photographs, to rediscover a little-known conflict that shaped our world. Korea: The Never-Ending War brings to light a new history of the event, plunging us into a critical turning point in world history. To understand the present situation, we need to revisit the past.
Almost two decades after the close of the 20th century, which ten events will stay in our minds and hearts as those that definitively marked history? Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" Speech influenced civil rights laws, apartheid ended in South Africa, a bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, and man landed on the moon. Politics, wars, assassinations and inventions come into our final episode as we count down the top 10 events that changed our century, our world, and our way of life.
Globalisation, technology and the spread of economic power from west to east have profoundly changed the world of money.
Sweeping attacks, first by Axis forces, then by Allies, were capable of shifting the balance of power in the war: whether it was the unstoppable progress of the Nazis through Western Europe, cutting off the English at Dunkirk; or the Soviets returning the favour in 1945, with millions of soldiers descending on Berlin; or the war's most effective blitzkrieg; Japan's series of audacious attacks through the Asia-Pacific region that saw them gain control of one-sixth of the surface of the planet. Often taking their opponents by surprise, these battles used tactics, luck or overwhelming numbers to reach their objective: domination.
Legendary Australian film director Gillian Armstrong returns to Mitcham in Melbourne's east to show Julia around her parents' dream home, before travelling to Swinburne University to discuss the origins of her brilliant career.
From the Wright brothers who launched a plane into flight for the first time, to a country that launched a rocket called Sputnik into space for the first time, the 20th century showed our rapid advance in technological feats. In Episode Seven we countdown from 23 to 11 events that include a new vaccination for the polio epidemic, a leap in human rights with a new Declaration, and the invasion of Poland that started a world war.
It was a war fought on many fronts, affecting more lives than any before. This episode explores the battles of scale and of firsts. The Allies storming the beaches at Normandy, a success born of meticulous planning and one of the largest amphibious assaults in history. Germany's attempt to repeat their success in France with the invasion of the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa, this time, ends in a less decisive victory. And the first sea battle where enemy ships never sighted each other, a battle fought in the air over the Coral Sea.
Kat Stewart's stable and loving upbringing instilled in her a strong sense of ethics, and it's with this belief that she goes on her ancestral journey, seeking characters who were both principled and just a little bit colourful. She'll soon discover a strong Irish woman who experienced her fair share of tragedy, and an Englishman who had a pioneering role during a contentious time in colonial Australia.
World War II was decided by every detail planned and decision made in the battles fought. Outcomes dictated by strategy, by resources, by willpower or by mistakes. This episode explores the daring plans and stubborn resistance that influenced those battles. From Germany's bold advance into France, their use of mechanised warfare catching the Allies by surprise, to the raid on St Nazaire, where an ingenious group of Allied commandos used a ship loaded with explosives to take out a strategic port. Plans built on using the available resources, stories of resistance against all odds, whether they succeeded or failed.
Archaeology is like detective work, so when a crew find a sarcophagus with a broken seal, they follow the evidence to determine who remains inside.
From July to early September 1940, both sides were finding their feet. The Germans tried to bomb British naval shipping with limited success but then made a mistake that ultimately lost them the war.
The '90s were full of irrational exuberance. With an all-star cast of actors, academics and celebrities, we tell the opening chapter of this decade.
Counting down through our 20th century events from 35 to 24, this episode includes a space venture of a shuttle called Challenger, a ship journey on the unsinkable Titanic, and a car chase of Princess Diana - all that end in disaster. We see a war in Vietnam, a war in China, and a war thrust upon the United States; the birth of the Israeli nation, and a new style of cinema with sound. Celebrity OJ Simpson is on trial, and a dictator consolidates power as Chancellor of Germany.
Wars, politics, revolutions and inventions - the events of the 20th century changed the way in which we live. In Episode 5, we count down from 49 to 34 events that include a Treaty in Versailles aimed at bringing peace to the world, the Watergate political scandal, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the assassination of John Lennon.
Actor and activist Yael Stone meets Julia in Sydney's inner west, visiting her primary school and the theatre she performed her first play before heading to her home south of Sydney to discuss her search for authenticity.
Why are walls of steel and razor wire going up in Europe and the US? And, what happened to the international commitment to give refugees asylum?
Comedian Denise Scott's search to find the truth about a dark family secret brings surprising results, while her dad's family tree produces a highly unconventional ancestor. On her maternal side, she uncovers dark secrets, and closes a chapter on a long-standing family cover-up.
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