The Piccadilly Line is famed for its glamorous stops, but Rob Bell discovers how it also changed public transport as we know it.
This momentous special reveals the untold story of the little-known yet pivotal events that occurred after President Roosevelt received the call that Pearl Harbor had been attacked on December 7, 1941. Author Steve Gillon has unearthed new evidence from the FDR Library that shows the true panic that gripped the White House and shook the nation. Fearing an aerial attack in Washington, DC, the underfunded US Army assembled wooden sticks on the White House roof to resemble weapons from above. Concerned that a Japanese assassin might try to take Roosevelt's life as they drove him to Congress to deliver his speech, the Treasury Department used a bullet-proof car confiscated from Al Capone. For for the first time, intimate details of how the President had to be placed in braces and straps to hold him up while he gave his speech are uncovered.
Following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, public shock quickly turned to outrage. The attack had left 2403 Americans dead. How had the Navy been caught off-guard? Someone must be to blame - and a culprit was soon found. This program investigates how the Washington military and President Roosevelt's administration found a scapegoat in Admiral Husband Kimmel, the commander of the Pacific fleet. Kimmel's career was brutally destroyed in a desperate attempt to cover up intelligence blunders and a catalogue of errors. Kimmel's family continue to protest his innocence. Interviews with intelligence experts, ex-US admirals and leading historians - and uncovered documents - shine fresh light on the Pearl Harbor tragedy. As Kimmel's family fight to have his rank restored, this is the story of a man willing to sacrifice himself for his country, only to be sacrificed himself.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; Did British Intelligence murder the Mad Monk Rasputin? The heart-rending story of the Nazi Baby Factories. The American President who escaped being eaten alive. And the Polish War Bear who helped break the fort at Monte Cassino.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. In a heroic mission, British and French forces evacuated thousands of soldiers.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; The deadly plague unleashed by 'Churchill's Toyshop'. The return of the Ripper in the London Blitz. The strange disappearances that give birth to the Bermuda Triangle. And the macabre secret of Skeleton Lake.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; A desperate Nazi hunt for the lost continent of Atlantis. The Hollywood star who was a teenage spy. The monstrous regiment of Russian fighting women. And the angelic host that saved the day at Mons.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; The Nazi rings that bind Himmler's SS. A plan to unleash the Black Death upon America. How London was saved by a dream. And a Marie Celeste mystery with a sting in its tail.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; A bloodthirsty monster haunts a Philippine tribe. A cat-eyed ace who can see in the dark. Gruesome gassings terrorise America. And how to clone General Montgomery.
In the remote city of Myitkyina, capital of Myanmar's Kachin State, urban explorer RJ shines a light on reported ghost encounters to reveal a true tale of horror.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. In this episode; An alien language with an unbreakable code. A cryptic conundrum sends the Nazis a sinister clue. The unspeakable horror of the German corpse factories. And the British volunteers who are buried alive.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of mass manufacturing, which meant that goods could be produced at a rate that had never been seen before. In Manchester, he learns how engineer George Stephenson created the first intercity railway, so that cotton could be transported quickly and cheaply from Liverpool docks to Manchester's mills. Michael also discovers how the sewing machine - newly created in 1851 - created the rag trade, and visits what was probably the first shopping mall in the UK, the Burlington Arcade in London.
Urban explorer RJ sets out to uncover the truth behind horrific paranormal accounts in Nanjing, China, a journey which leads him deeper and deeper into the abyss.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode; Nature turns on the Nazis when birds go to war. Drop-dead double-agents use sex to soak up secrets. The mind-boggling battalion that bizarrely disappears. And psychic spooks work their magic on Mussonlini.
Presenter Michael Buerk looks at how the Victorians created what is now known as the modern home, exploring the huge rise in house-building during the period. He travels to Fakenham, Norfolk, to visit the last remaining gasworks in England, and discovers how the Victorians mastered the art of producing 'town gas' from coal. He also investigates how the kitchen was transformed with the advent of gas cookers, as more complex meals including the Sunday roast steadily became the norm across the nation.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you won't find in any other history show. This episode examines; A giant invincible ship made of ice, the ghost plane that flies itself, a Nazi treasure hunt for the world's most priceless room, and the real-life UFOs before the start of World War I.
Michael Buerk looks at the creation of the sewer system, delving into the archives to reveal how appalling sanitary conditions forced the city of Liverpool to take action. He descends underground to see the first groundbreaking sewer for himself, and hears about how the pioneering concept was built.
At his death in 1953, Stalin was, for many, a living god. After all, did he not defeat the worst of all men, Adolf Hitler? Looking at the three days of agony of the communist leader, we explore an intimate portrayal of the 'man of steel'.
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