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Kennedy's name hung over his presidency; but did Johnson succeed where JFK failed? November 22, 1963: One day between shock - and the will to power for the man, who ...

Kennedy's name hung over his presidency; but did Johnson succeed where JFK failed? November 22, 1963: One day between shock - and the will to power for the man, who unexpectedly took office that day: Lyndon B Johnson.

2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. This new series takes us back to a time when ordinary people became extraordinary heroes, freedom fighters, ...

2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. This new series takes us back to a time when ordinary people became extraordinary heroes, freedom fighters, spies and code-breakers, often in deadly battles with Nazi forces. Set in Poland, which was home to some of the war's worst atrocities, Heroes of War uncovers tales of heroism and sacrifice from a number of unsung heroes of World War II. Featuring interviews with the few remaining eyewitnesses, access to newly released documents, re-enactment and archive footage, it reveals the true and, until now, hidden stories of heroism during wartime.

At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States initiated a top secret program in New Mexico to build a weapon even more powerful than the atomic bomb recently dropped on ...

At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States initiated a top secret program in New Mexico to build a weapon even more powerful than the atomic bomb recently dropped on Japan. A world away, on the frozen steppes of Siberia, the Soviet Union began a similar effort. A web of spies and scientists, intrigue and deception marked the race to develop the hydrogen bomb, a weapon that would change the world.

A nation goes to war. In this first episode, Britain's war with Germany rallies the Empire to her side. In the spirit of Anzac, young Australians rush to volunteer. Mothers ...

A nation goes to war. In this first episode, Britain's war with Germany rallies the Empire to her side. In the spirit of Anzac, young Australians rush to volunteer. Mothers and wives take up traditional supporting roles and the Women's Services are formed. Soon the casualty lists begin to appear in daily newspapers as Aussie troops face their first defeats. The heartbreak and dread begin; how much worse can it get?

Without the extra operational range of four-engine aircraft, Germany was deprived of the necessary weapon to strike deep into the heart of a well-defended enemy. The short- ...

Without the extra operational range of four-engine aircraft, Germany was deprived of the necessary weapon to strike deep into the heart of a well-defended enemy. The short- and medium-range bombers necessary for the blitzkrieg tactics were unable to deliver effective, strategic bombing. The Luftwaffe was superbly structured and equipped to fulfil the tasks that Hitler had chosen for it. Unfortunately, it was to prove to be the wrong task. The bombers of the Luftwaffe were unable to prevent the ultimate defeat of the German war machine.

For the Allies, 1918 proved to be the costliest year of the war. On the Western Front 2 million British and 3 million French were either captured, wounded or killed - over a ...

For the Allies, 1918 proved to be the costliest year of the war. On the Western Front 2 million British and 3 million French were either captured, wounded or killed - over a few miles of French and Belgian mud.

The war hits home. The true horror of war hits home. The same Japanese aircraft and pilots that bombed Pearl Harbour now attack the north of Australia and Darwin is ...

The war hits home. The true horror of war hits home. The same Japanese aircraft and pilots that bombed Pearl Harbour now attack the north of Australia and Darwin is devastated. Britain's failure to defend Singapore betrays Australia's long held belief that the Mother Country will always come to her defence. The country is rallied by Prime Minister Curtin. This is Australia's darkest hour.

Archival footage and interviews enliven this gripping documentary narrated by Richard Basehart that traces the evolution of Adolf Hitler's Germany. Beginning with Hitler's ...

Archival footage and interviews enliven this gripping documentary narrated by Richard Basehart that traces the evolution of Adolf Hitler's Germany. Beginning with Hitler's birth in a remote Bavarian inn and ending in the Berlin chancellery where the fuhrer perished in flames, the film examines the origins of the Nazi reign of terror, which plunged the world into its most devastating war. This is the international theatrical version of the US television documentary based on William. Shirer's monumental, best-selling book.

The special employs cutting-edge forensics and film archives to prove that the only bullets fired at President Kennedy's motorcade came from the Texas School Book Depository, ...

The special employs cutting-edge forensics and film archives to prove that the only bullets fired at President Kennedy's motorcade came from the Texas School Book Depository, disputing conspiracy theories. The special features an investigative team of experts, interviews with key players from that fateful day and the help of Australian engineering company Anatomical Surrogates. This is the latest example of using breakthrough technology to authenticate scientific theories. This encompasses an intensive forensic investigation that proves the lone gunman theory.

During six years of war across the world, 55 million people had been killed. After the end of the war people were forced to move country, as borders were redrawn and new ...

During six years of war across the world, 55 million people had been killed. After the end of the war people were forced to move country, as borders were redrawn and new occupying governments installed.

The first months of the war on the Western Front were mobile, fast and dangerous, casualty rates were higher than with later trench warfare. The Germans were halted by the ...

The first months of the war on the Western Front were mobile, fast and dangerous, casualty rates were higher than with later trench warfare. The Germans were halted by the Allies at the Battle of the Mame, fell back to high ground and dug in. The Allies followed suit. The resulting line of trenches stretched from the Channel to Switzerland. Now 11 million French and Belgian civilians were under occupation. German brutality was no myth. Resistance was ruthlessly suppressed. Civilians, including women and children were massacred, used as human shields, and sent to concentration camps as hostages and forced labourers.

South African novelist Andre Brink has been a tireless chronicler and resistant to apartheid - his works were deeply shocking to white South Africans and banned by the regime. ...

South African novelist Andre Brink has been a tireless chronicler and resistant to apartheid - his works were deeply shocking to white South Africans and banned by the regime. Today, Brink continues to follow and criticise political life in South Africa. This portrait and career retrospective reads like a history of South African life and mores from the 1950s through to today.

This program chronicles the unspeakable atrocities and blind obedience that led to history's most important war tribunal. For the eight judges who embarked on this unproved ...

This program chronicles the unspeakable atrocities and blind obedience that led to history's most important war tribunal. For the eight judges who embarked on this unproved experiment in justice, a terrible question loomed - when do the actions of war become crimes against humanity?

He has long ranked as a hero throughout the world: Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox. This three-part documentary series shows us everything about the rise and fall ...

He has long ranked as a hero throughout the world: Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox. This three-part documentary series shows us everything about the rise and fall of the famous General Field Marshal and the African battle during World War II - The warrior, the loser, the conspirator. This outstanding documentary also shows exceptional archival footage and exclusive interviews with family and eyewitnesses of the time.

To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid the most daring and influential technological achievement of World War II this Event Special has British engineers and ...

To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid the most daring and influential technological achievement of World War II this Event Special has British engineers and pilots recreating the skills and ingenuity that enabled the original crews to strike at the heart of Germanys military operation.

This fascinating documentary examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world - icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan. This ...

This fascinating documentary examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world - icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan. This definitive look at America's 40th president traces his meteoric rise from B-movie actor to General Electric salesman to California Governor to the most powerful man in the world, examining how an impassioned anti-Communist fuelled an unexpected but seismic political career, one whose reverberations still shape American life. As America struggles to enter a new political era, a definitive and penetrating look at Reaganism - the last great political movement to captivate the nation - is long overdue.

He has long ranked as a hero throughout the world: Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox. This three part documentary series shows us everything about the rise and fall ...

He has long ranked as a hero throughout the world: Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox. This three part documentary series shows us everything about the rise and fall of the famous General Field Marshal and the African battle during World War II - The warrior, the loser, the conspirator. This outstanding documentary also shows exceptional archival footage and exclusive interviews with family and eyewitnesses of the time.

It took Hitler less than ten months to conquer Europe. The film gives a monthly record, from September 1939 to June 1940, of the inexorable plunge Europe took into chaos. The ...

It took Hitler less than ten months to conquer Europe. The film gives a monthly record, from September 1939 to June 1940, of the inexorable plunge Europe took into chaos. The story is principally inspired by French, English and German newsreels. The story is told from these three nations' point of view, based on the information they gave their nations at the time.

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Napoleon

Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  October 8, 2017
From lowly Corsican army officer to first consul of France, this episode charts the rise of Napoleon to leader of the French nation in the late 1790s. It tells of Napoleon's ...

From lowly Corsican army officer to first consul of France, this episode charts the rise of Napoleon to leader of the French nation in the late 1790s. It tells of Napoleon's military triumphs in Italy, Egypt and on the streets of Paris, his marriage to Josephine Beauharnais and leadership of the military coup that swept him into power. It shares in his ambition as an army officer, his highly progressive modernisation of the country during the early years of his dictatorship, but also his acute sensitivity, a personality trait that in later years would prove to be an Achilles heel to his power.

The famous Desert Fox of legend, the commander of the German Afrika Korps, a soldier loved by his men and respected by his enemies. Rommel is best remembered for his ...

The famous Desert Fox of legend, the commander of the German Afrika Korps, a soldier loved by his men and respected by his enemies. Rommel is best remembered for his spectacular successes over the British 8th Army and in particular the capture of Tobruk in 1942, he subsequently drove the British back to El-Alamein. He was withdrawn after the defeat by Montgomery and, his health broken, put in charge of the Channel defences in 1943. Rommel was implicated in the plot to kill Hitler in 1944, and his subsequent suicide did nothing to diminish his reputation as a formidable soldier and leader.

A special one hour show commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great War's most infamous battle. Actor and historian Sir Tony Robinson poignantly examines the first day of ...

A special one hour show commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great War's most infamous battle. Actor and historian Sir Tony Robinson poignantly examines the first day of one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Central to the story is Private Frank Meakin, who recorded his unique personal testimony of the war, revealing the intimate details and dramatic stories of one battalion in the words of one man.

The year 1913 was a time of transformation when Ottoman rule in Palestine was still strong, the personal identities of people living there were fluid and overlapping, and few ...

The year 1913 was a time of transformation when Ottoman rule in Palestine was still strong, the personal identities of people living there were fluid and overlapping, and few could imagine the conflict that would dominate the region for most of the next century. Seeds of Conflict focuses on the period just before World War I, when Arab and Jewish nationalism first made contact and the conflict was just beginning to germinate.

When the passenger liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the southern coast of Ireland in 1915, the ship sunk in just 18 minutes, taking 1200 people down with ...

When the passenger liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the southern coast of Ireland in 1915, the ship sunk in just 18 minutes, taking 1200 people down with it. The needless tragedy arguably altered the course of World War I, as the number of Americans among the dead pulled the previously unaligned US and all its military might into the war. Focusing on eight individual passengers and the German U-boat captain, this enthralling film brings those desperate last 18 minutes onboard the Lusitania vividly to life. From the kitchens deep below deck to the first class cabins, it reveals stories of heroism, sacrifice, luck and misfortune and how these individuals' fight for survival impacted on the lives of millions world-wide.

On April 25, 1915, British Empire and French troops launched an audacious attempt to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople and secure a sea route to Russia. Landing on ...

On April 25, 1915, British Empire and French troops launched an audacious attempt to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople and secure a sea route to Russia. Landing on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula, the offensive would prove to be catastrophic with the loss of more than half a million lives. In the waters that surround the Gallipoli peninsula lie a staggering array of shipwrecks and sunken relics that tell the little known story of the courageous and pivotal role played by the Allied Navy.

At midnight on Sunday May 31, 1942, three Japanese midget submarines broke through Sydney Harbour's defences and launched a surprise attack on an ill-prepared city. During ...

At midnight on Sunday May 31, 1942, three Japanese midget submarines broke through Sydney Harbour's defences and launched a surprise attack on an ill-prepared city. During that night of confusion and violence, 21 Australian and six Japanese service personnel lost their lives. This program recounts the events of that fateful night.

To mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's election as US President and the 47th anniversary of his assassination, SBS will screen this remarkable documentary that tells the story ...

To mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's election as US President and the 47th anniversary of his assassination, SBS will screen this remarkable documentary that tells the story of one of the most significant events in American history. Presented in chronological order without any narration, JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America takes viewers inside the immediate shock of Kennedy's death and the chaos that reigned in the aftermath.

He was a farmer, a haberdasher gone bankrupt, an unknown politician from Missouri who suddenly found himself president. Of all the men who had held the office, he was the ...

He was a farmer, a haberdasher gone bankrupt, an unknown politician from Missouri who suddenly found himself president. Of all the men who had held the office, he was the least prepared. Yet Truman would have to end the war with Germany and Japan, decide whether to use the most terrible weapon ever devised, confront the Soviet Union, and wage war in Korea. Many feared he wasn't up to the job, including Truman himself.

Archival footage and interviews enliven this gripping documentary narrated by Richard Basehart that traces the evolution of Adolf Hitler's Germany. Beginning with Hitler's ...

Archival footage and interviews enliven this gripping documentary narrated by Richard Basehart that traces the evolution of Adolf Hitler's Germany. Beginning with Hitler's birth in a remote Bavarian inn and ending in the Berlin chancellery where the fuhrer perished in flames, the film examines the origins of the Nazi reign of terror, which plunged the world into its most devastating war. This is the international theatrical version of the US television documentary based on William. Shirer's monumental, best-selling book.

A complete re-appraisal of the death of the notorious 20th century dictator. Was the official account of Stalin's death a cover-up for what really happened? Secret KGB files ...

A complete re-appraisal of the death of the notorious 20th century dictator. Was the official account of Stalin's death a cover-up for what really happened? Secret KGB files are examined for the first time to discover the truth.

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.

Although the Kennedys were a public family who projected a glittering public image, they were also intensely private, with many of the most intimate family moments hidden from ...

Although the Kennedys were a public family who projected a glittering public image, they were also intensely private, with many of the most intimate family moments hidden from the eyes of the outside world. And yet, much of their private lives was recorded, filmed for their viewing only, on rare 16mm colour home movies. Through these remarkable home movies, viewers will discover the little-known story of the Kennedy clan from 1935 through JFK's swearing in as president in January 1961.

In 1942, the same Japanese force that had attacked Pearl Harbor struck Darwin, dropping more bombs, killing more civilians and sinking more ships, and yet the bombing of ...

In 1942, the same Japanese force that had attacked Pearl Harbor struck Darwin, dropping more bombs, killing more civilians and sinking more ships, and yet the bombing of Darwin has remained in the shadows; the massive failure by Australia's military having been concealed for decades from the public by those responsible. Drawing on long-hidden documents, this film reveals the true story behind Australia's worst disaster.

In the 1980s, three people dominated the propaganda agenda in the Cold War. The first is US President Ronald Reagan, a staunch anti-Communist who would do anything to denounce ...

In the 1980s, three people dominated the propaganda agenda in the Cold War. The first is US President Ronald Reagan, a staunch anti-Communist who would do anything to denounce it while putting the US in a positive light.

Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings, and explores the medieval world they reveal. In this episode, she begins her ...

Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings, and explores the medieval world they reveal. In this episode, she begins her journey with the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England, encountering books in the British Library's Royal Manuscripts collection which are over a thousand years old and a royal family tree which is five metres long. She finds out about a king who had a reputation for chasing nuns, and reads a book created as a wedding gift for a ten year old prince.

Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising helped to shape political forces in Australia at a crucial time in our own national history. In particular, the execution of the leaders of the ...

Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising helped to shape political forces in Australia at a crucial time in our own national history. In particular, the execution of the leaders of the insurrection had a profound effect on Archbishop Daniel Mannix, the man who led Australia's Catholic community. Independent documentary maker Eoin Hahessy captures the mood of the time in this new film commemorating the centenary of these powerful events.

Napoleon and Duke of Wellington - two old enemies and the greatest captains of their age, whose armies fought against each other on the Iberian Peninsula during the Peninsular ...

Napoleon and Duke of Wellington - two old enemies and the greatest captains of their age, whose armies fought against each other on the Iberian Peninsula during the Peninsular War - meet for their final battle at Waterloo. This one hour documentary looks at the lives of two titans of the 19th century, Wellington and Napoleon, following their epic encounter at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The victor, the Duke of Wellington, became a national hero in Britain eventually becoming Prime Minister. The defeated Napoleon, however, was exiled to St Helena, a small island in the Atlantic, where he died in 1821.

Featuring a long hidden cache of Royal letters, this is the story of a terrified little boy with a secret disability, and how a poisoned family relationship helped shape the ...

Featuring a long hidden cache of Royal letters, this is the story of a terrified little boy with a secret disability, and how a poisoned family relationship helped shape the future of a continent.

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.

Vladimir Lenin has been called treacherous, deluded, out-of-touch, insane and might have been a minor historical footnote but for the Russian Revolution which catapulted him ...

Vladimir Lenin has been called treacherous, deluded, out-of-touch, insane and might have been a minor historical footnote but for the Russian Revolution which catapulted him into the headlines of the century. Newly opened formerly secret Soviet files reveal a clearer picture of the fanatical philosopher.

Episode two of Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial explores leading Party member, Hermann Goering. Hermann Goering was chosen by Hitler as his successor in the 1930s. The ambitious ...

Episode two of Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial explores leading Party member, Hermann Goering. Hermann Goering was chosen by Hitler as his successor in the 1930s. The ambitious politician was poles apart from his co-defendant Albert Speer. At Nuremberg, Goering insisted that everything he and his co-defendants had done was the result of their German patriotism.

Internationally, Kamikaze pilots remain a potent metaphor for fanaticism. In Japan, they are largely revered for their selfless sacrifice. Yet few outside Japan know that ...

Internationally, Kamikaze pilots remain a potent metaphor for fanaticism. In Japan, they are largely revered for their selfless sacrifice. Yet few outside Japan know that hundreds of kamikaze pilots survived the war.

Seconds from Disaster investigates the causes and repercussions of the crash and speaks exclusively with a member of the aircrew who, alongside the investigators and ...

Seconds from Disaster investigates the causes and repercussions of the crash and speaks exclusively with a member of the aircrew who, alongside the investigators and victims's; families, is still haunted by this tragedy.

Historian and author Tim Maltin has a revolutionary new theory which answers one of the greatest mysteries surrounding Titanic: how could two expert lookouts miss a giant ...

Historian and author Tim Maltin has a revolutionary new theory which answers one of the greatest mysteries surrounding Titanic: how could two expert lookouts miss a giant iceberg lying straight ahead?

Over 130,000 Australian horses served in the 1914-1918 war. Only one came home. Known as Walers, they were a special kind of horse as they could withstand great heat, travel ...

Over 130,000 Australian horses served in the 1914-1918 war. Only one came home. Known as Walers, they were a special kind of horse as they could withstand great heat, travel great distances and perform great feats in battle. This is their story.

Hitler retreats to the Fuhrer bunker in Berlin as Germany crumbles around him. His lieutenants abandon him to a fate of suicide. Meanwhile, the Russians raise the red flag in ...

Hitler retreats to the Fuhrer bunker in Berlin as Germany crumbles around him. His lieutenants abandon him to a fate of suicide. Meanwhile, the Russians raise the red flag in Berlin.

Western scientists have developed the new, immensely powerful Atomic Bomb. Should it be used? The moral implications are enormous.

Western scientists have developed the new, immensely powerful Atomic Bomb. Should it be used? The moral implications are enormous.

Leading historians, stunning archive and dramatic reconstructions reveal the real girls behind the fairy tale images of Tsar Nicholas II's four daughters.

Leading historians, stunning archive and dramatic reconstructions reveal the real girls behind the fairy tale images of Tsar Nicholas II's four daughters.

Dormant for 350 years, the Soufriere Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Monsterrat erupted in 1997, killing 19 people. Investigators are after answers, including what ...

Dormant for 350 years, the Soufriere Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Monsterrat erupted in 1997, killing 19 people. Investigators are after answers, including what the volcano will do next.

Each year, on April 11, the anniversary of their liberation from Buchenwald Concentration Camp, a group of seventy- and eightysomething men, hold a ball that celebrates life ...

Each year, on April 11, the anniversary of their liberation from Buchenwald Concentration Camp, a group of seventy- and eightysomething men, hold a ball that celebrates life and is a testament to their determination to survive.

It's a foggy night and a barge collides with a rail bridge. 8 minutes later a train crosses the bridge and is derailed. How and why did this terrible disaster happen?

It's a foggy night and a barge collides with a rail bridge. 8 minutes later a train crosses the bridge and is derailed. How and why did this terrible disaster happen?

For years, the men of President Kennedy's Secret Service detail have kept silent about that terrible day in Dallas, but now they're speaking out for the first time.

For years, the men of President Kennedy's Secret Service detail have kept silent about that terrible day in Dallas, but now they're speaking out for the first time.

On May 11, 1996, Valujet Flight 592 en route to Atlanta is cleared for take-off. Just minutes into the flight, the jet crashes into the Florida everglades, killing all 110 ...

On May 11, 1996, Valujet Flight 592 en route to Atlanta is cleared for take-off. Just minutes into the flight, the jet crashes into the Florida everglades, killing all 110 people aboard.

Britain is victorious but exhausted. The super powers now confront each other, it is they who will decide the fate of Europe.

Britain is victorious but exhausted. The super powers now confront each other, it is they who will decide the fate of Europe.

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.
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)
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 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.
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)
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.
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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