The war hits home. The true horror of war hits home. The same Japanese aircraft and pilots that bombed Pearl Harbour now attack the north of Australia and Darwin is devastated. Britain's failure to defend Singapore betrays Australia's long held belief that the Mother Country will always come to her defence. The country is rallied by Prime Minister Curtin. This is Australia's darkest hour.
This episode deals with individuals, both Germans and members of the occupying forces, and their involvement in the reconstruction of Germany after World War 2.
The second program of this series examines the effect that other conflicts had on the struggle for power in the Middle East. From Syria and Lebanon to the Suez Canal in Egypt, this increasingly unstable region was falling prey to the vagaries of world politics on a massive scale.
view of changing patterns of religiosity in Australia
With his three horses and his dog Tigon, Tim has now travelled more than 4000 kilometres across Mongolia and Kazakhstan to the Buddhist Republic of Kalmykia in Southern Russia. With the passing of his second winter he must now press on across Russia to the Black Sea and Crimea.
In the year 100 AD, the Roman Empire was at the peak of its power; it had conquered the whole of the Mediterranean, and, for the last 60 years, its legions had occupied Great Britain. 'Pax Romana' or 'Roman Peace' ruled the land. Everywhere glorious cities, bridges and aqueducts stood, yet this Roman peace would only be enjoyed for another 60 years. The Roman Empire reveals how an empire, which seemed destined to rule for 1000 years, would soon be swept away by barbarian hordes.
June 6, 1944 - D Day: In the early morning hours of June 6th, 1944 - D Day - the invasion of France begins. A million and a half men take part. It is the bloodiest day in American history since the Civil War. The Allies succeed in tearing a 45-mile gap in Hitler's vaunted Atlantic Wall. By day's end more than 150,000 men have landed on French soil, and more men and more equipment and supplies are coming ashore every hour. The War, a series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hurtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy. The film honours the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as the War.
During the English Civil War, Newark was known as the 'Key to the North' because of its great strategic importance. The River Trent, and two vital communication routes - the Great North Road and the Fosse Way - all met here. Newark had provided staunch support for King Charles I and the royalists, but Parliament was determined to take it. After two failed sieges, they were back in 1645 for a third go. This time they meant business. The team starts their dig at Shelford, the site of an early battle in the siege.
In his epic new four-part series, Age of Terror award-winning journalist Peter Taylor traces the modern history and development of terrorism through four major acts of terror over the last 30 years. The first episode in the series, Terror International tells the extraordinary story of the 1976 hijacking of a plane by Palestinians in alliance with German Marxist revolutionaries.
Slave Revolution tells the story of The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). The first successful slave revolt in history, the instigators used the ideas of the French Revolution (1789-1799) to create the world's first Black Republic: Haiti.
Martin Freeman's father died when he was just 10 years old. His parents had divorced some years before and Martin knows virtually nothing about the paternal side of his family history. Now he wants to fill in the blanks. Starting with his grandfather, Leonard Freeman, Martin wants to find out if there is any truth in the family story that he was shot while making a cup of tea at Dunkirk.
A Nation goes to war. In this first episode, Britain's war with Germany rallies the Empire to her side. In the spirit of ANZAC,
A nation goes to war. In this first episode, Britain's war with Germany rallies the Empire to her side. In the spirit of Anzac, young Australians rush to volunteer. Mothers and wives take up traditional supporting roles and the Women's Services are formed. Soon the casualty lists begin to appear in daily newspapers as Aussie troops face their first defeats. The heartbreak and dread begin; how much worse can it get?
An epic 15-part series that examines the growth of British civilisation from the neolithic days of Stonehenge through to the twentieth century. Written and presented by Simon Schama, the first episode journeys into the past to Skara Brae, a neolithic village of 50 people dating back to 3,000 BC and discovered in 1850.
The idea of destiny lies at the heart of any telling of the story of the Middle East. At one and the same time the Middle East has been and is a place of holy idealism and of the basest animal envies - a scramble for wealth, land and power. The memory of the Middle East is too long. Nothing is ever forgotten or forgiven and everything will be avenged. To understand the search for this regions destiny is to ask what makes both a nation and a people.
When the Allies took control of Germany in 1945, occupiers and occupied were forced to coexist while the world was remade. This new four part documentary examines the profound effect this had on the shape of present day Germany, and the rest of the world.
Restaurant critic Giles Coren and comedian Sue Perkins attempt to eat for a week in the style of the era's moneyed classes. Chef Sophie Grigson keeps their plates piled high. How will our 21st-century foodies cope with seven days' worth of huge breakfasts, meat-heavy dinners and rich puddings?
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