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Hitler Youth
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Hitler Youth

Episode 1  |  Nat Geo  |  June 4, 2018
Unconsciously prepared for the incoming war, a generation of German boys dedicated their life to their supreme leader and were willing to follow him to the very end.

Unconsciously prepared for the incoming war, a generation of German boys dedicated their life to their supreme leader and were willing to follow him to the very end.

Empire Games
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Empire Games: The Aztecs: Clash of Empires

Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  The History Channel  |  July 10, 2018
This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, ...

This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, family mayhem, acts of vengeance and the ever-evolving tension, turmoil and chaos that shaped these civilisations and led to their destruction from within. In the 15th century, the Aztec ruler Moctezuma I consolidated power in Central America through skilful political alliance, marriage and murder. Within a few generations, a king that shared his name, Moctezuma II, would see the utter ruination of the Aztec Empire. Ancient enmity with their vassal states led to devastating betrayal. The Spanish - those strange bearded men in steel clothes astride huge four-legged beasts - cleverly played tribe against tribe and destroyed an empire.

The Ascent of Civilization
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The Ascent of Civilization: The Carthaginians

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS  |  September 17, 2017
This is a journey to the roots of the modern world: from the eclectic Germanic tribes that defied the mighty Romans, to the seafaring Carthaginians that established the first ...

This is a journey to the roots of the modern world: from the eclectic Germanic tribes that defied the mighty Romans, to the seafaring Carthaginians that established the first global trade network, and the pioneering Arabs and their advances into modern science. Meet the ancestors that have shaped the world. The Carthaginians were sly merchants and cruel child killers - at least according to the Ancient Romans and Greeks. But research shows that they weren't as bad as their reputation. Their story began around 3000 years ago, when settlers left their homes in what is now Lebanon to set up colonies around the Mediterranean. The most powerful was Carthage, a bustling metropolis in what is now Tunisia, with a port that was the envy of the entire world.

The Carthaginians were sly merchants and cruel child killers - at least according to the Ancient Romans and Greeks. But research shows that they weren't as bad as their ...

The Carthaginians were sly merchants and cruel child killers - at least according to the Ancient Romans and Greeks. But research shows that they weren't as bad as their reputation. The Carthaginians' story began around 3000 years ago, when settlers left their homes in what is now Lebanon to set up new colonies around the Mediterranean. The most splendid and powerful of these settlements was Carthage, a bustling Metropolis in what is now Tunisia with a port that was the envy of the entire world.

Kim Jong-il was also one of the most elusive and secretive world leaders. Now the lid is lifted on the man who lead North Korea with his finger on the nuclear trigger and ...

Kim Jong-il was also one of the most elusive and secretive world leaders. Now the lid is lifted on the man who lead North Korea with his finger on the nuclear trigger and ensured this legacy lived on through his son, Kim Jong-un.

He was a US Army general who was also the only ever Field Marshal of the Philippine Army and this symbolises MacArthur's visionary belief that Asia would dominate the future ...

He was a US Army general who was also the only ever Field Marshal of the Philippine Army and this symbolises MacArthur's visionary belief that Asia would dominate the future of the world. How did he turn initial disasters in the Pacific War against Japan to a famous comeback that would make him a national hero?

The civilisation of Ancient Egypt was the greatest the world has ever seen, continuing for 3000 years with one religion, one language and one evolving history. Egypt created ...

The civilisation of Ancient Egypt was the greatest the world has ever seen, continuing for 3000 years with one religion, one language and one evolving history. Egypt created the world's first empire yet much of what we know about ancient Egyptian culture is pieced together from astonishingly little hard information, and many intriguing mysteries remain. New scientific techniques are now enabling historians to uncover many of these hidden secrets. Behind them lie tales of power and intrigue, love and madness, passion and murder.

The civilisation of Ancient Egypt was the greatest the world has ever seen, continuing for 3000 years with one religion, one language and one evolving history. Egypt created ...

The civilisation of Ancient Egypt was the greatest the world has ever seen, continuing for 3000 years with one religion, one language and one evolving history. Egypt created the world's first empire yet much of what we know about ancient Egyptian culture is pieced together from astonishingly little hard information, and many intriguing mysteries remain. New scientific techniques are now enabling historians to uncover many of these hidden secrets. Behind them lie tales of power and intrigue, love and madness, passion and murder.

Stuck in trenches, and buried in a rain of shells, the US soldiers who have come to be known as 'Sammies' are virtually unknown, yet between 1917 and 1918, nearly 2 million of ...

Stuck in trenches, and buried in a rain of shells, the US soldiers who have come to be known as 'Sammies' are virtually unknown, yet between 1917 and 1918, nearly 2 million of them arrived in France to assist in an Allied victory.

Born in one of the most rural parts of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is adopted by the Thembu royalty after his father's death. But the lure of the city is more powerful and ...

Born in one of the most rural parts of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is adopted by the Thembu royalty after his father's death. But the lure of the city is more powerful and Mandela flees to Johannesburg.

This is the remarkable story of an attack by British and Australian commandos on Japanese ships anchored in Singapore Harbour in what has been called one of the most daring ...

This is the remarkable story of an attack by British and Australian commandos on Japanese ships anchored in Singapore Harbour in what has been called one of the most daring operations of World War II.

Ancient Greece - the cradle of modern Europe. Around 3000 years ago, the cultural foundations of western civilisation were laid, on the shores of the Mediterranean. It's the ...

Ancient Greece - the cradle of modern Europe. Around 3000 years ago, the cultural foundations of western civilisation were laid, on the shores of the Mediterranean. It's the birthplace of democracy, where great thinkers forged the beginnings of scientific reasoning, where theatre was turned into mass entertainment, and where the Olympic Games began. Imaginative animation, stunning visuals and an entertaining narrative combine in an extraordinary exploration of Greece and the rise of an ancient super power that would leave a permanent mark on western society.

He remains the most famous Allied general of the Second World War thanks to George C Scott's unforgettable performance in the Oscar winning movie. But our remarkable ...

He remains the most famous Allied general of the Second World War thanks to George C Scott's unforgettable performance in the Oscar winning movie. But our remarkable documentary reveals there was vastly more to Patton than his so-called lust for glory.

From February 1917, Imperial Russia was plunged into nine months of popular and spontaneous revolt. The end of this revolution was a coup that changed the course of history ...

From February 1917, Imperial Russia was plunged into nine months of popular and spontaneous revolt. The end of this revolution was a coup that changed the course of history and profoundly altered the future of civilisation and it was all chronicled by a journalist stationed in Petrograd.

Examine the personal experiences of six of the men and women whose stories are featured at the National Anzac Centre. We follow their remarkable journeys; from recruitment, ...

Examine the personal experiences of six of the men and women whose stories are featured at the National Anzac Centre. We follow their remarkable journeys; from recruitment, departure by convoy from Albany, on to the battlefields and life post-war. Family members appear in newly filmed interviews, providing a lasting testament and deeply personal connection to the tumultuous events of a century ago.

During the first week of September, Hitler decided to move the bombing strategy from the airfields to civilian London. We examine the spirit of the Londoners who defied ...

During the first week of September, Hitler decided to move the bombing strategy from the airfields to civilian London. We examine the spirit of the Londoners who defied Hitler, and ended the war.

A penetrating documentary about the war in Korea, this two-hour special examines five years after World War II, and the US is once again plunged into bloody battle. While the ...

A penetrating documentary about the war in Korea, this two-hour special examines five years after World War II, and the US is once again plunged into bloody battle. While the government plays politics, heroic American soldiers continue to die in battle.

Ike's public image is frequently overshadowed by more attention-grabbing colleagues. Cases in point: General Patton, his World War II subordinate; and JFK, his successor as ...

Ike's public image is frequently overshadowed by more attention-grabbing colleagues. Cases in point: General Patton, his World War II subordinate; and JFK, his successor as President of the United States of America. But we reveal that there is far more to Ike than the myth of his being an uncharismatic conservative in everything he did.

United in war, the Allies would reveal themselves as divided rivals in peace. How can such a failure of a real effort at entente be explained? With the Yalta Conference in ...

United in war, the Allies would reveal themselves as divided rivals in peace. How can such a failure of a real effort at entente be explained? With the Yalta Conference in 1945 to 1953, discover a new world order drawn up by three men.

Examine behind the scenes of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, arguably the most elaborate ceremony of the 20th century, to celebrate not only the royal family and those ...

Examine behind the scenes of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, arguably the most elaborate ceremony of the 20th century, to celebrate not only the royal family and those who masterminded the Coronation but the people from all walks of life who contributed to making it a unique occasion. Hear eyewitness testimony from those at the heart of the action and those who remember watching the magical day unfold, either alongside the procession route in London, or on televisions across the country.

Erwin Rommel has achieved almost legendary status as the German Field Marshall of World War II. He is now known as the desert fox mainly because of his cunning ability to ...

Erwin Rommel has achieved almost legendary status as the German Field Marshall of World War II. He is now known as the desert fox mainly because of his cunning ability to outwit and outmanoeuvre his allied enemies. This is a truly remarkable achievement, given the hatred for Nazism and all things Nazi in the wake of World War II. But History's Verdict asks if this is a deserving accolade?

The civilisation of Ancient Egypt was the greatest the world has ever seen, continuing for 3000 years with one religion, one language and one evolving history. Egypt created ...

The civilisation of Ancient Egypt was the greatest the world has ever seen, continuing for 3000 years with one religion, one language and one evolving history. Egypt created the world's first empire yet much of what we know about ancient Egyptian culture is pieced together from astonishingly little hard information, and many intriguing mysteries remain. New scientific techniques are now enabling historians to uncover many of these hidden secrets. Behind them lie tales of power and intrigue, love and madness, passion and murder.

Britain would have lost her empire and the war in 1942, had Axis forces beaten the British army in the Middle East. Tim Collins re-investigates Britain's critical desert ...

Britain would have lost her empire and the war in 1942, had Axis forces beaten the British army in the Middle East. Tim Collins re-investigates Britain's critical desert campaign, and the controversial battle tactics needed to take on the unbeaten Panzer army in total war that prevented Hitler from gaining Egypt, Iraq and the oilfields. Foreshadowing current world events, this oil-rich region was crucial to the war effort. These are the World War II battles that shaped the Middle East, and created the world in which we live today.

In the summer of 1943, the Italians voted Mussolini out of office, declaring the war over. Why couldn't the Germans do the same? Why did it take the near total destruction of ...

In the summer of 1943, the Italians voted Mussolini out of office, declaring the war over. Why couldn't the Germans do the same? Why did it take the near total destruction of their country for them to give in?

The Americans fight their way across the Pacific towards Japan and the Philippines. Perhaps the bloodiest campaign of all, each island has to be taken by storm, the Japanese ...

The Americans fight their way across the Pacific towards Japan and the Philippines. Perhaps the bloodiest campaign of all, each island has to be taken by storm, the Japanese fight to the last man.

In 1940 he fought against, but could not prevent, the greatest humiliation in the history of the France he loved so dearly. How did Charles De Gaulle recover from this? How ...

In 1940 he fought against, but could not prevent, the greatest humiliation in the history of the France he loved so dearly. How did Charles De Gaulle recover from this? How did he preserve the spirit of France and then help liberate his nation? How did he then go on to lead it as its most important political figure since his fellow general, Napoleon?

United in war, the Allies would reveal themselves as divided rivals in peace. How can such a failure of a real effort at entente be explained? With the Yalta Conference in ...

United in war, the Allies would reveal themselves as divided rivals in peace. How can such a failure of a real effort at entente be explained? With the Yalta Conference in 1945 to 1953, discover a new world order drawn up by three men.

A compelling account of Nelson Mandela's secret life in the underground as he spearheads the anti-apartheid movement in an increasingly volatile political climate.

A compelling account of Nelson Mandela's secret life in the underground as he spearheads the anti-apartheid movement in an increasingly volatile political climate.

The first rumours about a forgotten Pharaoh reached Europe in the middle of the 19th century. Was it Akhanaten? The first evidence was found by the scholar Richard Lepsius. He ...

The first rumours about a forgotten Pharaoh reached Europe in the middle of the 19th century. Was it Akhanaten? The first evidence was found by the scholar Richard Lepsius. He began documenting the treasures of Egypt's ancient art in 1842. In tomb complexes and temples, his staff copied wall paintings and took casts of bas-reliefs. From Cairo, his journeys took him south. He kept an exhaustive diary about the work of the 'Royal Prussian Expedition' at the stops on their journey-following the Nile further and further upstream. In Middle Egypt, near the town of Asyut, Lepsius made an astonishing discovery. On both banks of the Nile he found traces of a Pharaoh whose name was missing from the traditional lists of kings. His curiosity was aroused - feverishly, he followed what hints the locals could give him.

The story of the cold war proves that an individual can leave his or her mark on history. It is certain that the personalities of the leaders of America and the Soviet Union ...

The story of the cold war proves that an individual can leave his or her mark on history. It is certain that the personalities of the leaders of America and the Soviet Union in those first post war years shaped history and plotted the path of world events. The second episode of this series examines how America solidified its position as a new superpower and how the Soviet Union, under the iron fist of Stalin, continued to spread the word of communism. Britain, exhausted by world war and lacking in resources, began to break up her Empire. Britain gradually reduced its position on the world stage and America stepped in to fill the void. At the same time the relationship that had developed between Russia and the US during the final stages of World War II slowly began to disintegrate as both sides grew to see the other as a threat to their respective ideals.

Cleopatra's story is a great romantic tale we think we all know. A beautiful Egyptian Queen who bewitches the two most powerful Romans of her day, Julius Caesar and Marc ...

Cleopatra's story is a great romantic tale we think we all know. A beautiful Egyptian Queen who bewitches the two most powerful Romans of her day, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. It has tragedy, glamour and passion, all played out on a world stage. But the myth conceals a much more intriguing tale that is as much about power, politics and spin as it is about romance. Cleopatra harboured ambitions to rule a great empire. In partnership with her lover Antony, she fought a cataclysmic battle against Octavian - later Augustus - for the future of the Roman world. Ultimately Cleopatra and Antony lost, and thus her story has always been told through the prism of vicious Roman propaganda. But behind Rome's spin lies a more complex person, rather than being the dangerous femme fatale of legend, she was a highly educated and cultured woman of great charm and fairly plain looking. And rather than being an exotic oriental, she was in fact Greek, a descendent of one of Alexander the Great's generals. Through expert interviews, dramatic reconstruction and location shooting, this film tells her remarkable story.

On 15 December 1961 in Jerusalem, Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death for crimes against the Jewish people and against humanity. While this judgment was met with consensus ...

On 15 December 1961 in Jerusalem, Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death for crimes against the Jewish people and against humanity. While this judgment was met with consensus on a national level, some spoke out against it. On 29 May 1962, a group of Holocaust survivors and intellectuals, including philosophers Hannah Arendt, Hugo Bergmann, Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem, rejected an epilogue to the trial they believed was inappropriate and sent a petition to President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi to demand Eichmann's death sentence be commuted. By opposing Eichmann's execution, they raised questions about the Holocaust, and also defended the values of Judaism, raising questions about Jewish morality for Israel and the nature of a Jewish State. Historians, philosophers, and Israeli eyewitnesses set out the facts, go over the philosophical arguments, and return to a debate that, while central to that era, remains valid today and deserves to be revisited.

It is nearly 75 years since the Battle of Britain, arguably the most important victory in Britain's long history. And of the men who flew and fought to defend Britain in that ...

It is nearly 75 years since the Battle of Britain, arguably the most important victory in Britain's long history. And of the men who flew and fought to defend Britain in that fateful summer of 1940, just a few survive today. This landmark production features exclusive interviews with many on the last of 'the few' along with new material and classic film archive. Many of these men were barely twenty years old when they flew their Spitfires and Hurricanes against German bomber formations and their fighter escorts. 75 years later those sights and experiences remain bright and vivid in their memories. Many of their stories have not been told before. These brave men tell of their inspiration to fly and join the RAF even as war loomed; their first contact with the enemy; their skill, or luck, as many call it, in dog-fighting with the German fighters; the terror of being shot at and, in many cases, shot down; the stress of daily life, on readiness at dawn, day after day, and coping with the loss of friends and colleagues. This programme gets right to the heart of the conflict, telling the famous story of the Battle in the words of the pilots for the first time.

From the ruins of world war the battle lines of the cold war had emerged. Old wartime alliances had dissolved and friends and enemies had changed place. The weapons of war had ...

From the ruins of world war the battle lines of the cold war had emerged. Old wartime alliances had dissolved and friends and enemies had changed place. The weapons of war had also changed; the building of nuclear weapons had changed the rules and each side now raced to develop their own nuclear capabilities. The US had been first but when Russia detonated its own nuclear bomb in 1949 the impetus to build ever more destructive weapons accelerated. In Episode Three of the series we examine how the rise of Communism in countries all over the globe made the cold war not just a fight for land but a fight for the minds of the people of the world. As China becomes a communist regime the US begins to fear the spread of these new politics with an almost maniacal ferocity. As always throughout history, the tide of change brings fear and suspicion and US Senator Joseph McCarthy begins his witch-hunts and suspected spies are caught and executed. The cold war was a game where each side knew the limits but as a new decade dawned there appeared to be no chance of the cold war thawing out any time soon.

As the 1960s began, a generation was growing to adulthood which had known only the cold war. In those early years of the 1960s there was an idealistic hope. John F Kennedy had ...

As the 1960s began, a generation was growing to adulthood which had known only the cold war. In those early years of the 1960s there was an idealistic hope. John F Kennedy had been elected as president and he talked of the torch being passed to a new generation. There were hopes that he would break the cold war deadlock and bring an end to the conflict. These hopes were dashed when he engaged in a stand-off with Nikita Khrushchev over Russian nuclear bases being built in Cuba. Kennedy was not the kind of man to back down and a tense few days ensued with the world waiting to see who would give in first. In the end, both sides gave a little; Russian returned its missiles to the Soviet Union and the US removed their missiles from Turkey. But the damage had been done and by the end of the decade both leaders would be gone; one deposed by his own parliament and the other killed by a sniper's bullet. The end of the decade was a dark time for peace. The nuclear club grew with the explosion of Chinese and French nuclear weapons, and conflicts in far away places like Egypt, Israel and Vietnam led the American people to question their country's involvement in wars that were happening in places that they had never seen and didn't care about.

On August 2, 1914, Belgium did not expect to be at war, but by the following day, that was exactly its situation. That this small country could stop a German army ten times ...

On August 2, 1914, Belgium did not expect to be at war, but by the following day, that was exactly its situation. That this small country could stop a German army ten times larger than its own was unthinkable. What followed in the first few days of the First World War was remarkable, bringing the first deaths, the first air raid, the first mass gas attack and the first battles and the first gallantry awards, all of which has been largely ignored by the enormity of the five million deaths that followed. The film traces that first month, the battles of Liege, Antwerp and Mons. In reconstruction it uses the words of those who took part and looks at the remains of the battlefields and the fortifications that amazingly still exist. The small Belgian army held up the German advance, the British Expeditionary Force fought its first battle and the invincible German army was brought to a standstill in Belgium. The British army started at the small Belgian city of Mons which the Germans occupied for four years until the very last day of the war, when it was retaken and where it was to see the last death. The film is the story, through the words of a few soldiers who were there, of the first month and the last day of the "war to end all wars".

In this final episode in the series we examine the end game of the Cold War and look at how the gradual thawing of the conflict began. This was the era that began with detente ...

In this final episode in the series we examine the end game of the Cold War and look at how the gradual thawing of the conflict began. This was the era that began with detente and ended with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Neither Reagan nor Thatcher believed in the high ideals of detente. They spoke the language of new weapons and renewed aggression towards communism. Thatcher's foreign policy was confrontational and confident. She, just as Reagan, saw no reason to compromise with or accept communism. In Thatcher, Reagan saw a great ally and the chance to expand its nuclear sphere of influence. At the same time, the Soviet Union was suffering the effects of life under a succession of failed rulers. The economy was collapsing and there was growing dissent among the nations in the Soviet Empire. One by one countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia rejected Soviet rule and established their own independence. Russia had lost its superpower status and with it had gone the need for cold war. But did the end of this period in history bring about the positive social changes that everyone predicted or did it leave behind it a world empty of order, just as dangerous but in a different way? Time has yet to tell but it is certain that history has not quite finished with America and Russia.

The escalation of the Cold War meant that the whole world began to take sides. Rather like children attaching themselves to gangs in the schoolyard, the two superpowers ...

The escalation of the Cold War meant that the whole world began to take sides. Rather like children attaching themselves to gangs in the schoolyard, the two superpowers gathered teams of allies, supporters, henchmen and followers. The world became a giant chessboard, with nations as squares of the board to be captured. As the cold war became a way of life, technology moved fast to keep up the pace. The launch of the American U2 spy plane and the Russian satellite Sputnik brought about a new chapter in the cold war story; now both sides could see what the other was up to. While the US was concentrating on the threat in Europe, it nearly missed the threat appearing in its own backyard. A revolution, supported by Russia, had overthrown the ruling dictator and replaced him with the legendary Fidel Castro. This period in the Cold War's history is one of significant events and great change. The Berlin Wall appeared overnight and made East Berlin a prison, and two new players joined the game, determined not to concede any points to the other side. Nikita Khrushchev and John F Kennedy would come to symbolise a period of the Cold War where the whole world would truly have to hold its breath.

Narrated by Jack Living Treasure Thompson, this landmark film commemorates the 100th anniversary of Australia's worst battle Fromelles with the last ten surviving Worl War I ...

Narrated by Jack Living Treasure Thompson, this landmark film commemorates the 100th anniversary of Australia's worst battle Fromelles with the last ten surviving Worl War I veterans revealing how 2000 young Australians were killed in one day, in their first Western Front battle, when British Generals ordered them to charge in broad daylight across flat fields towards German machine gunners. These brutally honest old warriors who enlisted at 16 tell horror stories about bungling and bloodshed in battles claiming 46,000 Australians lives that will make viewers weep. Condemning failed British-led Gallipoli as a terrible mistake these centenarians beg Australians to focus on Australian led victories on the Western Front which was five times greater because our soldiers won five times more battles, five times more Victoria Crosses, served there five times longer and sadly lost five times more lives. After hearing these brave soldier's stories, you'll never think about World War I in the same light again.

Trade has a civilising effect - promoting wealth, cooperation and trust. Nowhere was this truer in the ancient world than in the Indus Valley - between modern-day India and ...

Trade has a civilising effect - promoting wealth, cooperation and trust. Nowhere was this truer in the ancient world than in the Indus Valley - between modern-day India and Pakistan - home to the first civilisation in Asia. Archaeologist Uzma Rizvi reveals this was a civilisation built upon the production and exchange of precious stones and copper-based ornaments. As demand for these goods grew, the trade network expanded and civilisation flourished.

The Arabs have been bringing knowledge of the ancient world to Europe since the 8th century. In the fields of medicine, mathematics or philosophy, their scholars were far ...

The Arabs have been bringing knowledge of the ancient world to Europe since the 8th century. In the fields of medicine, mathematics or philosophy, their scholars were far beyond their time and still affect our world. For a long time, the Arabs were estranged, not united by one nation or leader. They had little in common but a shared language. This didn't change until Mohammed ended polytheism, founded a new religion and united all of the Arabic tribes in their faith in one god: Allah.

We examine the history of the royal residence over the last 80 years - using archive material, interviews and dramatic recreations.

We examine the history of the royal residence over the last 80 years - using archive material, interviews and dramatic recreations.

Easter 1916
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Easter 1916

Episode 3  |  The History Channel  |  July 11, 2018
This major award-winning historical documentary series, narrated by Brendan Gleeson and featuring dramatic reconstructions of key scenes both before and during the Rising, ...

This major award-winning historical documentary series, narrated by Brendan Gleeson and featuring dramatic reconstructions of key scenes both before and during the Rising, examines the lives of the men who were signatories of the 1916 Easter Proclamation and who, by doing so, made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The signatories have become legendary figures in Republican and Nationalist mythology but their personal stories and the factual basis of their lives are often masked or lost in the hagiography. So who were these seven men who drafted and signed it and, in doing so, effectively signed their own death warrants? Thomas J Clarke, Sean Mac Diarmada, James Connolly, Patrick Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Plunkett are their respective names but this series goes in search of the men, their backgrounds and their families. Each man had his own unique story and they were a much more diverse group than is generally realised, as this important series demonstrates.

Inside the SS
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Inside the SS

Episode 1  |  Nat Geo  |  June 18, 2018
Created in 1925, the SS was a private army loyal to Hitler to the death. Starting as volunteers, over time these fanatical activists would become criminals who jailed all real ...

Created in 1925, the SS was a private army loyal to Hitler to the death. Starting as volunteers, over time these fanatical activists would become criminals who jailed all real and imagined enemies of National Socialism.

This landmark centennial tribute marks the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Beersheba - one of history's last successful cavalry charges, mounted by the romantic ...

This landmark centennial tribute marks the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Beersheba - one of history's last successful cavalry charges, mounted by the romantic Australian Light Horsemen against the Turkish enemy in Palestine. The film features unique interviews with Australian veterans, such as Gunner Len Hall, who not only helped capture Beersheba, but also landed at Gallipoli with the Anzacs and rode with the legendary Lawrence of Arabia to capture Damascus.

Inside the SS
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Inside the SS

Episode 2  |  Nat Geo  |  June 25, 2018
During World War II, the SS were in charge of exterminating enemies of the regime. Over time, what started in good conscience led to the creation of death factories and one of ...

During World War II, the SS were in charge of exterminating enemies of the regime. Over time, what started in good conscience led to the creation of death factories and one of the biggest massacres in history.

An exploration of the stories behind the resistance groups that formed to fight the Third Reich during World War II. These took many practical forms. Guerrilla forces of all ...

An exploration of the stories behind the resistance groups that formed to fight the Third Reich during World War II. These took many practical forms. Guerrilla forces of all sizes fought military actions against Axis troops; clandestine civilian organisations performed acts of sabotage or espionage; religious groups led acts of civil disruption and protest and underground presses spread prohibited ideas and information. Who were the men and women who made up the resistance movements?

The acclaimed author traces the Anzac journey from Albany in Western Australia to the Gallipoli peninsula and on to the battlefields of the Western Front. It's a fresh telling ...

The acclaimed author traces the Anzac journey from Albany in Western Australia to the Gallipoli peninsula and on to the battlefields of the Western Front. It's a fresh telling of the Anzac story, featuring Peter's unique style and adapted from his bestselling books.

These are the best of times for the US. Prohibition doesn't stop anyone from having a good time, the country is on wheels or listening to the radio, welcoming the talkies or ...

These are the best of times for the US. Prohibition doesn't stop anyone from having a good time, the country is on wheels or listening to the radio, welcoming the talkies or investing in the stock market with reckless optimism. It's that brief spell they call the Jazz Age, the age of Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. And in 1929, on Black Tuesday, it comes crashing down to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The Polish people were among the first to feel the full heart-stopping force of the German Wermacht. This is the story of the ways in which they fought back, including the ...

The Polish people were among the first to feel the full heart-stopping force of the German Wermacht. This is the story of the ways in which they fought back, including the Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

After Hitler's suicide, an American tank commander leads a motley mix of German and American soldiers determined to protect French prisoners, held in a castle in the Austrian ...

After Hitler's suicide, an American tank commander leads a motley mix of German and American soldiers determined to protect French prisoners, held in a castle in the Austrian Alps, from loyal Nazi troops.

Empire Games
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Empire Games: Brutality of Celts

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  The History Channel  |  July 3, 2018
This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, ...

This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, family mayhem, acts of vengeance and the ever-evolving tension, turmoil and chaos that shaped these civilisations and led to their destruction from within. Rome's Gaelic Wars are remembered as the stepping stone Julius Caesar used to assume absolute power in Rome. But what of the point of view of the many Celtic tribes that rose in opposition to the invader? We'll explore this incredible conflict from a totally new perspective. These were not faceless barbarians but skilled warriors and brilliant politicians. Chief among them was Vercingetorix, the great leader who united them all and met his end in Rome, a human spoil of war paraded through the forum for the glory of Caesar.

Relive Hitler's final days, detailed through never-before-seen interviews with the men and women who were with him during those last desperate moments.

Relive Hitler's final days, detailed through never-before-seen interviews with the men and women who were with him during those last desperate moments.

January 1944. A German U-Boat defies the odds and escapes both Allied depth charges and aircraft to sink ships and return to port despite severe damage. Ten weeks later, U-515 ...

January 1944. A German U-Boat defies the odds and escapes both Allied depth charges and aircraft to sink ships and return to port despite severe damage. Ten weeks later, U-515 is put to the ultimate test.

The peacemakers have gone home. America has rejected its president's peace settlement and withdrawn into its previous isolationist position. Europe wrestles with its debt, ...

The peacemakers have gone home. America has rejected its president's peace settlement and withdrawn into its previous isolationist position. Europe wrestles with its debt, inflation destabilises Germany, where extreme forces of both left and right create violence in the streets and in the body politic. The first of the dictators - Benito Mussolini in Italy - rises to power and, in Soviet Russia, Lenin dies to be succeeded by Josef Stalin.

Having lived as mobile foragers for 99 percent of our time on Earth, why did our ancestors stop moving and start settling in villages, towns and cities? The process started in ...

Having lived as mobile foragers for 99 percent of our time on Earth, why did our ancestors stop moving and start settling in villages, towns and cities? The process started in the hills of southern Turkey at a site known as Gobekli Tepe. The impulse to be social brought large numbers of people together for seasonal feasts. The site was so important to them, that they marked it out with huge carved pillars - the world's first monument. But to stay on a permanent basis, they needed a permanent supply of food. Archaeologist Jens Notroff explains that the solution came around 10,000 years ago, when people in this region worked out how to plant, cultivate and harvest wheat. In doing so, they changed the trajectory of human history. Tied to the land, farmers needed to live in one place on a year-round basis, thus the village was born.

Hitler's Last Stand
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Hitler's Last Stand

Episode 2  |  Nat Geo  |  August 16, 2018
Desperately needing men and supplies after D-Day, the Allies embark on a month-long siege of a fort in France. When flame-throwing tanks fail to bring down the walls, they ...

Desperately needing men and supplies after D-Day, the Allies embark on a month-long siege of a fort in France. When flame-throwing tanks fail to bring down the walls, they turn to a more explosive solution.

In 2008, two archaeologists in search of ancient, lost civilisations proved that such cities were right in front of our eyes. Ten years later, we once more travel deep into ...

In 2008, two archaeologists in search of ancient, lost civilisations proved that such cities were right in front of our eyes. Ten years later, we once more travel deep into the Amazon as more discoveries are made.

June 1945. With Japanese merchant shipping slowed to a trickle, US Medal of Honor Recipient, Commander Eugene Fluckey plots to destroy shore based targets along Japan's coast ...

June 1945. With Japanese merchant shipping slowed to a trickle, US Medal of Honor Recipient, Commander Eugene Fluckey plots to destroy shore based targets along Japan's coast - a campaign that develops unprecedented tactics.

A nation of seafarers and merchants, the Vikings revolutionised exploration and trading in the Middle Ages and discovered America 500 years before Columbus. Their bad ...

A nation of seafarers and merchants, the Vikings revolutionised exploration and trading in the Middle Ages and discovered America 500 years before Columbus. Their bad reputation as wild, murdering and pillaging norsemen will be unveiled as misguided and a strikingly tolerant people with an elaborate trading network that stretched right through Europe will be revealed. For 900 years, their light, manoeuvrable sailing-ships could not be matched. As the best seafarers of their time, daring, tolerant explorers and expert merchants, they set new benchmarks and left their mark everywhere.

Chronicle Of The Third Reich
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Chronicle Of The Third Reich: 1936-1939

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  SBS  |  January 13, 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.

Empire Games
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Empire Games

Episode 3  |  The History Channel  |  June 19, 2018
This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, ...

This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, family mayhem, acts of vengeance and the ever-evolving tension, turmoil and chaos that shaped these civilisations and led to their destruction from within. Egypt reached the pinnacle of its power in the 14th century BCE, when the pyramids of Giza were already 1000 years old. The pharaoh Akhenaten ushered in a brutal period of religious violence by rejecting the old gods and imposing the worship of Aten. The conflict raged for decades as his wives and children fought for control of the Empire, the most famous casualty being the boy king Tutankhamun.

At 11am on November 11, 1918, World War I formally ended after more than four years of fighting in Europe. Share the significance of the centenary of the armistice with your students with the help of these videos.
The 20th century was a transformative period for Russia as the nation went through revolution, industrialisation, the Great Purge, space race and Cold War. Explore the rise and fall of the USSR here.
The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, is the perfect excuse to explore India's vibrant culture with your students. Discover the ancient origins and modern shape of the globe's second most populous nation.
Discover digital solutions that are relevant in a world where digital realms are transforming education, business and many other industries while informing students of the change in technology overtime.
Nonviolent resistance is the practice of achieving goals such as social change through protests and civil disobedience whilst remaining nonviolent. In this collection find out about nonviolent movements and information about nonviolent resistance advocates.
Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
See how the world's bestselling book came into being, discover how it has been reshaped over time, and go in search of the archaeological traces of the Bible's stories.
Meet the people who transformed Christianity from a sect to an empire, from the Middle Ages to Vatican II, and from Martin Luther to Pope Francis.
In August 1945 the US dropped two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, devastating the Japanese cities. See the aftermath of the attacks while exploring the history of nuclear disasters. (ACDSEH107, ACDSEH127)
From the Silk Road to the Great Wall, Ancient China is a rich and diverse tapestry of dynasties and empires. Learn more about the rich history of one of the world's largest superpowers.
Share the story of Nelson Mandela's struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and build a more peaceful world with this collection about Madiba's life and times.
The Egyptian Empire was once the pinnacle of civilisation. An explosion of wealth, power and creativity made it the envy of the ancient world. But what led to its downfall?
The storming of the Bastille by a mob of Parisians on July 14, 1789, set loose a generation of warfare and sowed the seeds for the modern political system.
From the dramatisation of the American Revolution in Sons of Liberty through to how Gene Sharp's nonviolent revolutionary theories helped inspire the Arab Spring, see how revolution has reshaped the world.
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, it left a trail of destruction in its wake. Among them, the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Explore this collection of videos examining the impact of the gold rushes on the development of "Marvellous Melbourne" and Australia. (ACHASSK107, VCHHK090, VCHHK136)
Are you all about the English monarchy on the Queen's Birthday? View this playlist for a collection about Australia's favourite female heads of state, including Victoria and the Elizabeths.
This National Reconciliation Week, learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' struggle for civil rights as Australia reconciles with its past. (ACHMH075, ACHMH076, VCHHK076)
Italy lies in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea Find out all about Italy, it's culture, food and history in this curated playlist. (ACDSEH004,VCHHC101)
Before European people arrived in Australia in 1788, the way indigenous people lived was very different to how we live today. Find out more about their life pre colonialisation. (ACHASSK107,VCHHC082,VCHHC097,VCHHC121)
This playlist focuses on Australia post 1900 and includes topics such as race, rights and immigration in Australia since 1900. Also find out more about migration experiences to Australia. (VCHHC097,VCHHC098,VCHHC100)
Australia as a nation moves from colonial Australia to the development of Australia as a nation. Explore the factors leading to Federation and experiences of democracy and citizenship. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073)
Explore changing experiences of democracy and citizenship through the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, focusing on land rights and the significance of Mabo Day.
A royal wedding is a marriage ceremony involving members of royal family. This week we are celebrating the royal event the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.
Commemorate the 1915 struggle that saw enormous courage in the face of enormous loss at Gallipoli, which many consider the psychological birth of Australia. Start with the Peter Weir classic, Gallipoli. (ACHASSK064, VCHHK076, VCHHK144)
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