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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives
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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives Savage Goths

Season 1 Episode 2 BBC Knowledge March 22, 2010
According to Rome, German barbarians were among the most brutal of all. Terry Jones discovers that when it came to brutality, it was the Romans who were the masters and the ...

According to Rome, German barbarians were among the most brutal of all. Terry Jones discovers that when it came to brutality, it was the Romans who were the masters and the Germans merely rebelled against Roman occupation.

World at War
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World at War Inside The Reich

Season 1 Episode 16 The History Channel September 4, 2017
In 1940 Germany was in buoyancy, with her armies controlling Western Europe.

In 1940 Germany was in buoyancy, with her armies controlling Western Europe.

Inside The Vietnam War
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Inside The Vietnam War

Season 1 Episode 1 The History Channel November 20, 2016
The Vietnam War was a decade-long struggle that humbled America. It has never before been told start to finish purely as a first person military chronicle: the raw, horrifying ...

The Vietnam War was a decade-long struggle that humbled America. It has never before been told start to finish purely as a first person military chronicle: the raw, horrifying war as experienced by the men who fought it, believing they were there to win. Their experiences revolve around "tipping points", affecting the crucial events that shaped military decisions and, ultimately, determined the outcome of the war. From the rise of Ho Chi Minh in 1959 and the subsequent formation of the Vietcong to the deadly battle in La Drang valley in 1965 through to the quagmire of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and its eventual conclusion in 1975, no detail is spared in this three-part, back to back special.

History's Verdict
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History's Verdict Stalin

Season 1 Episode 3 The History Channel March 13, 2013
This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the ...

This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII. Each episode of this thoughtful and striking television series focuses on one major player of the war, identifying his strengths and his weaknesses, his thinking, his decision-making, and the results.

Chronicle Of The Third Reich
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Chronicle Of The Third Reich 1933-1935

Season 1 Episode 1 SBS January 6, 2012
The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people ...

The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people were killed. This four-part series embarks on a unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history.

World at War
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World at War Remember

Season 1 Episode 26 The History Channel September 18, 2017
For those lucky enough to survive WWII it still remains the most significant experience of their lives.

For those lucky enough to survive WWII it still remains the most significant experience of their lives.

World at War
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World at War Genocide

Season 1 Episode 20 The History Channel September 10, 2017
Heinrich Himmler set in motion the plan to realise Hitler's vision, resulting in the gradual establishment of concentration camps.

Heinrich Himmler set in motion the plan to realise Hitler's vision, resulting in the gradual establishment of concentration camps.

Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives
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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives Brainy Barbarians

Season 1 Episode 3 BBC Knowledge March 29, 2010
Terry Jones immerses himself in the world of the 'barbarians' of the East - the Greeks and the Persians - and discovers that it was they who were the brains of the ancient ...

Terry Jones immerses himself in the world of the 'barbarians' of the East - the Greeks and the Persians - and discovers that it was they who were the brains of the ancient world and the Romans the destroyers of progress.

Chronicle Of The Third Reich
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Chronicle Of The Third Reich 1942-1945

Season 1 Episode 4 SBS January 27, 2012
The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people ...

The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people were killed. This series embarks on a unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history. It traces the story of the Third Reich, painting a picture of Nazi dictatorship behind the propaganda by utilising what in some cases is previously unpublished footage.

Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives
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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives Primitive Celts

Season 1 Episode 1 BBC Knowledge March 15, 2010
Terry Jones reveals the image of savages, hell bent on slaughter, pillage and rape, is merely ancient spin by Rome. In his journey Jones exposes the depth of this deception, ...

Terry Jones reveals the image of savages, hell bent on slaughter, pillage and rape, is merely ancient spin by Rome. In his journey Jones exposes the depth of this deception, exploding myths and setting records straight.

World at War
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World at War Japan

Season 1 Episode 22 The History Channel September 13, 2017
Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. Japan entered the war confident that its superior spiritual strength and discipline would prevail, but this was not to be.

Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. Japan entered the war confident that its superior spiritual strength and discipline would prevail, but this was not to be.

World at War
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World at War It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow

Season 1 Episode 14 The History Channel September 1, 2017
Fighting the Japanese in Burma is a nightmare for the inexperienced Allies.

Fighting the Japanese in Burma is a nightmare for the inexperienced Allies.

Mao In Colour: A Study In Tyranny
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Mao In Colour: A Study In Tyranny

The History Channel September 9, 2016
Explore the controversial life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People s Republic of China and the first Chairman of its ruling Communist Party. Using archival film ...

Explore the controversial life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People s Republic of China and the first Chairman of its ruling Communist Party. Using archival film from a variety of sources, including formerly classified CIA collections, this fascinating documentary is a stunning visual profile of the man who created modern China but at a terrible price for millions of people. Featured topics include the failure of the Great Leap Forward in 1958, the tensions of the Sino-Soviet Split in 1962, the terrors of the Red Guards and the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, and Mao's deteriorating health in the years leading up to his death.

Chronicle Of The Third Reich
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Chronicle Of The Third Reich 1939-1942

Season 1 Episode 3 SBS January 20, 2012
The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people ...

The Nazis seized power when Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. What began with great jubilation ended after a world war in which 50 million people were killed. This four-part series embarks on a unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history. It traces the story of the Third Reich, painting a picture of Nazi dictatorship behind the propaganda by utilising what in some cases is previously unpublished footage.

History's Verdict
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History's Verdict Hitler

Season 1 Episode 1 The History Channel March 27, 2013
This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the ...

This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII.

History's Verdict
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History's Verdict Hirohito

Season 1 Episode 6 The History Channel November 6, 2012
This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the ...

This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII.

History's Verdict
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History's Verdict Roosevelt

Season 1 Episode 5 The History Channel October 30, 2012
This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the ...

This program chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII.

World at War
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World at War Reckoning

Season 1 Episode 25 The History Channel September 17, 2017
No single European country is a winner of the war in Europe and nobody wants to see Germany rise again.

No single European country is a winner of the war in Europe and nobody wants to see Germany rise again.

World at War
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World at War The Bomb

Season 1 Episode 24 The History Channel September 14, 2017
The world's first ever uranium bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. It's rationalised by the Allies that it would save millions of lives.

The world's first ever uranium bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. It's rationalised by the Allies that it would save millions of lives.

World at War
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World at War Pacific

Season 1 Episode 23 The History Channel September 13, 2017
Ferocious fighting characterises the Allied offensive in the Pacific.

Ferocious fighting characterises the Allied offensive in the Pacific.

World at War
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World at War Nemesis

Season 1 Episode 21 The History Channel September 11, 2017
With the reality of defeat looming over Germany, Hitler retreats to an underground bunker.

With the reality of defeat looming over Germany, Hitler retreats to an underground bunker.

Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives
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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives End Of The World

Season 1 Episode 4 BBC Knowledge April 5, 2010
Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the ...

Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the Western Empire.

Map of Hell
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Map of Hell

National Geographic February 3, 2017
Taking a terrifying journey through 3000 years of ideas, movie tough guy Danny Trejo explores the darkest recesses of both the underworld and the human imagination. From ...

Taking a terrifying journey through 3000 years of ideas, movie tough guy Danny Trejo explores the darkest recesses of both the underworld and the human imagination. From Ancient Greece, through the birth of Christianity, medieval Europe and Modern America, he tries to map out where the idea of Hell came from and even visits real locations believed to be portals to Hell.

Hitler's People
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Hitler's People

Episode 2 SBS August 16, 2015
Taking a look behind the scenes of the German Reich, this two-part series sheds light on the almost incredible loyalty and support Hitler commanded among the German public.

Taking a look behind the scenes of the German Reich, this two-part series sheds light on the almost incredible loyalty and support Hitler commanded among the German public.

The World Wars
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The World Wars The Storm Explodes

Season 1 Episode 4 The History Channel August 25, 2014
Russia, still recovering from the Communist Revolution, is in political turmoil. Joseph Stalin rises to the top of the Communist party after Lenin's death, and in a period of ...

Russia, still recovering from the Communist Revolution, is in political turmoil. Joseph Stalin rises to the top of the Communist party after Lenin's death, and in a period of violence called 'The Great Purge' he orders the death of millions, as he tightens his grip on the Russian government. Finally in control of an army, and emboldened by his rapid rise to power, Adolf Hitler starts demanding land lost to Germany in the Treaty of Versailles.

As It Happened
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As It Happened The SS - Death's Head

Season 1 Episode 4 SBS2 May 10, 2011
Tonight's episode looks at the Death's Head Battalion, whose members were identified by the badge with a skull on the right lapel of their uniform. They underwent rigorous ...

Tonight's episode looks at the Death's Head Battalion, whose members were identified by the badge with a skull on the right lapel of their uniform. They underwent rigorous training to abolish every trace of human emotion and independent thought, leaving them willing tools of the unimaginable crimes committed in its name.

Terry Jones: Medieval Lives
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Terry Jones: Medieval Lives The Monk

Season 1 Episode 2 BBC Knowledge July 24, 2011
Religion was big business in medieval times and many monks took full advantage of this to make lots and lots of money - something that isn't hard if you have a constant stream ...

Religion was big business in medieval times and many monks took full advantage of this to make lots and lots of money - something that isn't hard if you have a constant stream of devoted worshippers.

As It Happened
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As It Happened The SS - Struggle For Power

Season 1 Episode 1 SBS2 April 19, 2011
The SS, symbol of terror and genocide represented more than any other Nazi organisation the wild and deadly delusions of those who believed themselves part of the master race. ...

The SS, symbol of terror and genocide represented more than any other Nazi organisation the wild and deadly delusions of those who believed themselves part of the master race. It took only a few years for Hitler's Schutzstaffel or 'protective echelon' to be transformed from an insignificant personal bodyguard to an all-powerful institution that tortured and murdered without the slightest compunction.

As It Happened
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As It Happened The Farewell File - The Vengeful Spy

Season 1 Episode 1 SBS2 February 18, 2010
The spy who helped bring down the USSR... The Farewell File shows KGB agent Colonel Vladimir Vetrov as an arrogant and selfish man frustrated by his lack of promotion and ...

The spy who helped bring down the USSR... The Farewell File shows KGB agent Colonel Vladimir Vetrov as an arrogant and selfish man frustrated by his lack of promotion and recognition. In revenge he concocted a plan to reveal KGB secrets to the West, preparing a file of countless cases of KGB's technological theft that made it all the way up to Mitterand and Reagan and led to a mass expulsion of Soviet spies.

As It Happened
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As It Happened The Farewell File - The Spy Of The Century

Season 1 Episode 2 SBS2 February 25, 2010
The story of Vladimir Vetrov, the KGB agent who caused the downfall of the Soviet Empire.

The story of Vladimir Vetrov, the KGB agent who caused the downfall of the Soviet Empire.

As It Happened
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As It Happened The SS - Odessa

Season 1 Episode 6 SBS2 May 24, 2011
This final episode features interviews with Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld, Ephraim Zuroff and Serge Klarsfeld; former members of the US secret service and army officers William ...

This final episode features interviews with Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld, Ephraim Zuroff and Serge Klarsfeld; former members of the US secret service and army officers William Gowen, James Milano and Wolfgang Robinow and former SS members.

Auschwitz
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Auschwitz Final Solution - Surprise Beginnings

Season 1 Episode 1 BBC Knowledge March 6, 2010
In this definitive series, the individual experiences of those involved - from the Poles first incarcerated there, to those who worked in the gas chambers and former SS ...

In this definitive series, the individual experiences of those involved - from the Poles first incarcerated there, to those who worked in the gas chambers and former SS soldiers - are revealed. In this episode, camp commandant Rudolf Hoss arrives in the Polish town to create a new concentration camp, its role being to imprison and terrorise anyone who resists the Nazi occupation of Poland.

As It Happened
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As It Happened The SS - The Waffen

Season 1 Episode 5 SBS2 May 17, 2011
Tonight's episode looks at The Waffen SS who were the elite military wing of the organisation. They were fanatical fighters who spread fear and terror in the early days of the ...

Tonight's episode looks at The Waffen SS who were the elite military wing of the organisation. They were fanatical fighters who spread fear and terror in the early days of the war as the Blitzkrieg was launched against Poland and the West.

Terry Jones: Medieval Lives
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Terry Jones: Medieval Lives The Outlaw

Season 1 Episode 7 BBC Knowledge March 1, 2010
Unlike the altruistic Robin Hood of legend, outlaws were more likely to rob the poor to give to the rich and remarkably gained a place of respect in society. The poor however ...

Unlike the altruistic Robin Hood of legend, outlaws were more likely to rob the poor to give to the rich and remarkably gained a place of respect in society. The poor however weren't without in this surprisingly litigious time.

Secrets of Tutankhamun's Treasures
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Secrets of Tutankhamun's Treasures

Season 1 Episode 2 SBS January 21, 2018
There's more to Tutankhamun's iconic treasures than meets the eye. New evidence suggests the tomb's stunning contents were meant for someone else. But who is more deserving of ...

There's more to Tutankhamun's iconic treasures than meets the eye. New evidence suggests the tomb's stunning contents were meant for someone else. But who is more deserving of such opulence than Egypt's most famous king? Tutankhamun's legendary death mask is arguably the greatest treasure in history, found on the head of the king's mummified remains. Yet the mask betrays more than the king's wealth. Discrepancies between the mask and the head piece have led Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves at the University of Arizona to theorise that the mask wasn't intended for Tutankhamun, but remodelled for him. The presence of earring holes suggests it was originally intended for a woman. Now it's time to put this theory to the test. The focus turns to two tiny babies that were buried with Egypt’s boy king 3000 years ago, and could hold the key to finally unravelling the twisted web of his family. With a revolutionary DNA study, disease testing and forensic bone analysis, the program uncovers the inbred world of Tutankhamun’s dynasty. It unravels the claims that the boy king was plagued with hereditary diseases, and finally identifies the twist of biological fate that killed the two tiny royals. The show also reveals how their deaths changed the course of Egyptian history, leading to the beginning of an entirely new regime.

Hitler's Last Year
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Hitler's Last Year

Episode 1 National Geographic August 6, 2016
It took 353 days to bring down the Nazi regime. National Geographic explores the eleven months that preceded Hitler's defeat and unveils entire chapters of the war that are ...

It took 353 days to bring down the Nazi regime. National Geographic explores the eleven months that preceded Hitler's defeat and unveils entire chapters of the war that are largely unknown.

Hitler's Last Year
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Hitler's Last Year

Episode 2 National Geographic August 7, 2016
It took 353 days to bring down the Nazi regime. National Geographic explores the eleven months that preceded Hitler's defeat and unveils entire chapters of the war that are ...

It took 353 days to bring down the Nazi regime. National Geographic explores the eleven months that preceded Hitler's defeat and unveils entire chapters of the war that are largely unknown.

As It Happened
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As It Happened Apocalypse - The Second World War - Crushing Defeat

Season 1 Episode 2 SBS January 14, 2011
Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this six-part series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII that depicts not only its complexity, but the perspectives of ...

Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this six-part series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII that depicts not only its complexity, but the perspectives of both its victims and its victors. Tonight, the story of Hitler's lightning invasion of France and its rapid collapse, of the evacuation from Dunkirk, and of the summer of 1940 when Britain fought on alone.

Terry Jones: Medieval Lives
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Terry Jones: Medieval Lives The Minstrel

Season 1 Episode 4 BBC Knowledge February 8, 2010
Supposedly wandering gaily from town to town, medieval minstrels are written off as an ineffectual part of history. In reality showbiz could be risky and these entertainers ...

Supposedly wandering gaily from town to town, medieval minstrels are written off as an ineffectual part of history. In reality showbiz could be risky and these entertainers often found themselves involved in wars and politics.

Lost Worlds
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Lost Worlds Secrets Of The First Emperor

SBS2 May 7, 2010
The amazing army of terracotta soldiers is Qin Shi Huangdi's most widely known legacy. This documentary looks at how he created the greatest empire of antiquity, planned the ...

The amazing army of terracotta soldiers is Qin Shi Huangdi's most widely known legacy. This documentary looks at how he created the greatest empire of antiquity, planned the first Great Wall, and built the largest burial site in the world. But at what cost?

As It Happened
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As It Happened Apocalypse - The Second World War - The World Ablaze

Season 1 Episode 4 SBS January 28, 2011
Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this six-part series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII. Tonight, the story of the sudden Japanese attack on Pearl ...

Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this six-part series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII. Tonight, the story of the sudden Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the early days of the war in the Pacific. Back in Europe, the program looks at the bombing offensive against Germany and at the appalling crime of the Holocaust.

As It Happened
52:04 | 0

As It Happened The Children's Odyssey

SBS May 6, 2011
The little-known story of a group of Polish Jewish children, mainly orphans, who made a wartime odyssey from Europe to Palestine. When Germany invaded Poland in September ...

The little-known story of a group of Polish Jewish children, mainly orphans, who made a wartime odyssey from Europe to Palestine. When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, more than 300,000 Jews fled eastward, among them thousands of children. After imprisonment by the Soviets, the Jewish orphans were released in 1941 and allowed to accompany Polish soldiers on a long and arduous journey to Tehran. From there they struggled on to Palestine, arriving in 1943.

As It Happened
51:48 | 0

As It Happened The SS - The Madness Of Himmler

Season 1 Episode 2 SBS2 April 26, 2011
Part two of this six-part series looks at Heinrich Himmler, the most powerful man in the Third Reich after Hitler.

Part two of this six-part series looks at Heinrich Himmler, the most powerful man in the Third Reich after Hitler.

As It Happened
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As It Happened Have You Heard From Johannesburg? Free At Last

BBC World News June 25, 2010
Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. Diving into the heart of the conflict, South Africans tell the ...

Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. Diving into the heart of the conflict, South Africans tell the story of the most important effort in the anti-apartheid campaign of the 80's.

Secrets of the Chinese Chariot: The War Machine that Shaped China
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Secrets of the Chinese Chariot: The War Machine that Shaped China

SBS November 19, 2017
The chariot is just about the only thing the Chinese didn't invent, but for over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields, dominating warfare far longer than ...

The chariot is just about the only thing the Chinese didn't invent, but for over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields, dominating warfare far longer than anywhere else on Earth, and unifying the nation. A team of experts discover how the Chinese did it, how they perfected the ultimate high-status weapon of the ancient world. With exclusive access to superb archaeological discoveries, beautifully preserved chariots from the height of Chinese chariot warfare have been unearthed, complete with sacrificed charioteers, horses and chariots that reveal every detail of their design.

Eight Days That Made Rome
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Eight Days That Made Rome

Episode 1 SBS February 4, 2018
Historian Bettany Hughes recalls eight pivotal days that defined the Roman Empire and its establishment as the world's first superpower. She begins by exploring the day in 202 ...

Historian Bettany Hughes recalls eight pivotal days that defined the Roman Empire and its establishment as the world's first superpower. She begins by exploring the day in 202 BC when the Roman army, led by Scipio, defeated the might of Carthage under Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in modern-day Tunisia. This was a decisive moment, setting Rome on the path to greatness and exemplifying the military muscle and supreme ambition on which its empire would be built.

The World Wars
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The World Wars Trial By Fire

Season 1 Episode 1 The History Channel August 4, 2014
We open in the trenches of battle - revealing the epic scope of warfare in 1916. We find on the battlefield a young soldier caught in the midst of the attack when mustard gas ...

We open in the trenches of battle - revealing the epic scope of warfare in 1916. We find on the battlefield a young soldier caught in the midst of the attack when mustard gas canisters suddenly fill the trench and our soldier in a panic hurries to find and secure his gas mask. But, his large handlebar moustache prevents the mask from sealing properly and the noxious gas fills his lungs. After nearly dying, we watch as the soldier shaves off the obstructing pieces of his moustache, revealing the face of a young Adolf Hitler.

The World Wars
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The World Wars Peace at Last

Season 1 Episode 6 The History Channel September 8, 2014
With his advance in the Soviet Union stalled, Hitler orders his army to advance on Stalingrad - but Stalin orders that the city be defended at all costs. Despite staggering ...

With his advance in the Soviet Union stalled, Hitler orders his army to advance on Stalingrad - but Stalin orders that the city be defended at all costs. Despite staggering losses, the Soviet forces survive the onslaught, and Hitler suffers his first defeat of the war - and loses an entire Army in the process.

14 Diaries Of The Great War
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14 Diaries Of The Great War The Tipping Point

Season 1 Episode 8 SBS August 29, 2014
When war broke out in Europe in July 1914, people on all sides believed it would be over by Christmas. Little could they know just how wrong they were. By November 1918, ten ...

When war broke out in Europe in July 1914, people on all sides believed it would be over by Christmas. Little could they know just how wrong they were. By November 1918, ten million people had died and the political map of the world had been re-drawn. Caught up in the middle of the chaos were millions of ordinary men, women and children. Their very lives changed in ways they could never have imagined - this is their story. The centenary of the outbreak of World War I is fast approaching. This is not the time for yet another film about battles fought and governments toppled, but for a radical new approach to historical documentary. The Great War Diary will retell the story of the greatest war mankind had ever seen in a unique way - it will let viewers experience World War I solely through the eyes of those who lived it. From over 1000 very dramatic stories of the war, left behind in diaries, letters, postcards and telegrams, we have chosen the 14 most vivid and emotional from around the globe.

The World Wars
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The World Wars The Rising Tide

Season 1 Episode 3 The History Channel August 18, 2014
The Roaring Twenties are a time of unheralded prosperity, but when the Stock Market crashes, America is catapulted into a Great Depression. The Depression rapidly spreads from ...

The Roaring Twenties are a time of unheralded prosperity, but when the Stock Market crashes, America is catapulted into a Great Depression. The Depression rapidly spreads from America to the rest of the world, and Adolf Hitler uses the unrest to gain political favour.

As It Happened
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As It Happened Have You Heard From Johannesburg? Hell Of A Job

Season 1 Episode 2 BBC World News June 4, 2010
Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. In the first of a four part series, the story of Oliver Tambo's ...

Chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. In the first of a four part series, the story of Oliver Tambo's escape into exile and his 30 year battle to win the world's support for the ANC.

As It Happened
52:00 | 0

As It Happened Apocalypse - The Second World War - The Noose

Season 1 Episode 5 SBS February 4, 2011
Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this six-part series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII. This episode looks at the turning of the war against Germany, ...

Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this six-part series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII. This episode looks at the turning of the war against Germany, with Allied victory at El Alamein and Russian triumph at Stalingrad. Inside Hitler's Germany the SS gain more power, and in southern Europe the Allies fight their way though Italy.

As It Happened
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As It Happened Hitler's Heroes - Otto Skorzeny

Season 1 Episode 1 SBS November 18, 2011
This two-part documentary series examines two of Hitler's most devoted followers. Otto Skorzeny was Hitler's most elusive 'craftsmen of war'. Broad duelling scars across his ...

This two-part documentary series examines two of Hitler's most devoted followers. Otto Skorzeny was Hitler's most elusive 'craftsmen of war'. Broad duelling scars across his cheeks earned him his nickname 'Scarface'. To the allies' secret services, he was one of the most dangerous men in Europe. Famously he led a successful 1943 rescue mission to free Benito Mussolini. He survived the war and his acquittal for war crimes only added to his mythical status.

The World Wars
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The World Wars The Price of Glory

Season 1 Episode 2 The History Channel August 11, 2014
The Germans try and recruit the Italians to join their cause, but are rejected. Here we meet a former journalist, Benito Mussolini, who has now become an expert marksman in ...

The Germans try and recruit the Italians to join their cause, but are rejected. Here we meet a former journalist, Benito Mussolini, who has now become an expert marksman in the army. Meanwhile, across the globe, Japan watches the bloodshed with a curious eye. They are modernising their own military and infrastructure with hopes of becoming a world power. They will eventually join the Allies and provide help in the Pacific region.

As It Happened
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As It Happened Apocalypse - The Second World War - Inferno

Season 1 Episode 6 SBS February 11, 2011
Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII. This episode looks at the dramatic story of the D-Day landings and of ...

Bringing together rare and forgotten footage, this series provides a ground-breaking portrait of WWII. This episode looks at the dramatic story of the D-Day landings and of the liberation of Paris. In the east the Soviets liberate Auschwitz and fight their way to the heart of Berlin. Germany finally surrenders, but Japan fights on until the atom bombs are dropped.

Terry Jones: Medieval Lives
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Terry Jones: Medieval Lives The Damsel

Season 1 Episode 3 BBC Knowledge July 31, 2011
Centuries before the Women's Liberation movement women were making their mark. Rather than being passive, shy and helpless these women ran businesses, led armies and were ...

Centuries before the Women's Liberation movement women were making their mark. Rather than being passive, shy and helpless these women ran businesses, led armies and were strong, powerful and sexually confident.

As It Happened
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As It Happened The SS - The Rise And Fall Of Heydrich

Season 1 Episode 3 SBS2 May 3, 2011
The SS represented more than any other Nazi organisation the wild and deadly delusions of those who believed themselves part of the master race. It took only a few years for ...

The SS represented more than any other Nazi organisation the wild and deadly delusions of those who believed themselves part of the master race. It took only a few years for Hitler's Schutzstaffel to be transformed from an insignificant personal bodyguard to an all-powerful empire of evil. As head of the SS Security police, Reinhard Heydrich rose with meteoric speed to control the murder squads operating in Poland and Russia with brutal efficiency.

Auschwitz
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Auschwitz Final Solution - The Search For Redemption

Season 1 Episode 6 BBC Knowledge March 10, 2010
On 27 January 1945, Red Army soldiers liberate the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In this series final, see how the soldiers are not informed of the camps' existence, so when ...

On 27 January 1945, Red Army soldiers liberate the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In this series final, see how the soldiers are not informed of the camps' existence, so when they enter it, they are utterly shocked by the walking skeletons, the remains of the gas chambers and the piles of human hair. But it is not only Auschwitz-Birkenau that horrifies the world. A few months later other concentration camps are liberated among them Bergen-Belsen, where thousands of unburied bodies are strewn over the ground. The British are horrified and unprepared for how to deal with the situation 14,000 prisoners die in the first five days following their liberation; another 14,000 succumb in the following weeks.

Auschwitz
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Auschwitz Final Solution - Factories Of Death

Season 1 Episode 3 BBC Knowledge March 7, 2010
1942 is to be most significant as the Nazis comb Western Europe, even taking Jews from as far as the British Channel Islands for extermination. Also, Annette Muller, speaks of ...

1942 is to be most significant as the Nazis comb Western Europe, even taking Jews from as far as the British Channel Islands for extermination. Also, Annette Muller, speaks of the separation of children from parents. Even occupied Britain becomes involved in the deportation of Jews.

As It Happened
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As It Happened Doctors Of Death

SBS August 6, 2010
After WWII, seven Nazi doctors were executed for experimenting on prisoners. Yet the Allies recruited both German and Japanese doctors to continue their work under new ...

After WWII, seven Nazi doctors were executed for experimenting on prisoners. Yet the Allies recruited both German and Japanese doctors to continue their work under new masters. Home-grown physicians, too, tested narcotics, bacteria, radiation, nerve gas, electric shock treatments, truth drugs and pain inducers on unsuspecting prisoners - even their own soldiers. Often they filmed the results.

Auschwitz
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Auschwitz Final Solution - Corruption

Season 1 Episode 4 BBC Knowledge March 8, 2010
By 1943, 45 sub-camps are dotted round the Auschwitz region, most providing slave labour for industrial concerns. See how the Nazis capitalised upon a sinister source of ...

By 1943, 45 sub-camps are dotted round the Auschwitz region, most providing slave labour for industrial concerns. See how the Nazis capitalised upon a sinister source of income - clothes and valuables taken from Jews. The Nazi leadership naturally intends such wealth to fill the coffers of the Third Reich in Berlin, but much of it actually stays at the camp, as the SS at Auschwitz have their fingers well and truly in the till. And despite it contravening the Nazis strict racial purity laws, sexual liaisons in the camp between the SS and prisoners are also occurring, often forcibly, in exchange for life-saving favours. There are even love affairs.

Terry Jones: Medieval Lives
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Terry Jones: Medieval Lives The Knight

Season 1 Episode 5 BBC Knowledge February 15, 2010
The dark side of chivalry is exposed here as we discover some unsavoury truths about Knights. Were they noble heroes in shining armour or really murdering, looting rapists?

The dark side of chivalry is exposed here as we discover some unsavoury truths about Knights. Were they noble heroes in shining armour or really murdering, looting rapists?

Secrets of Tutankhamun's Treasures
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Secrets of Tutankhamun's Treasures

SBS January 14, 2018
There's more to Tutankhamun's iconic treasures than meets the eye. New evidence suggests the tomb's stunning contents were meant for someone else. But who is more deserving of ...

There's more to Tutankhamun's iconic treasures than meets the eye. New evidence suggests the tomb's stunning contents were meant for someone else. But who is more deserving of such opulence than Egypt's most famous king? Tutankhamun's legendary death mask is arguably the greatest treasure in history, found on the head of the king's mummified remains. Yet the mask betrays more than the king's wealth. Discrepancies between the mask and the head piece have led Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves at the University of Arizona to theorise that the mask wasn't intended for Tutankhamun, but remodelled for him. The presence of earring holes suggests it was originally intended for a woman. Now it's time to put this theory to the test.

As It Happened
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As It Happened Churchill's Traitors

SBS December 7, 2012
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