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.
Tells the story of Comrade Joe, the last American defector to North Korea 45 years ago. In 1962, Joe Dresnok, a US soldier sent to guard peace in South Korea, deserted his unit, walked across the most heavily fortified area on earth and defected to the Cold War enemy, the communist state of North Korea. He became a coveted star of the North Korean propaganda machine, but then disappeared from the face of the known world. He later found fame in North Korean films acting as the evil American.
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.
Movie star Ewan McGregor and his aviator brother, Colin McGregor, are presenting this gripping, dramatic and rarely told story of RAF's World War II Bomber Command and the men who fought and died in the skies above Europe - a story of individual heroism and extraordinary collective spirit. This film will tell the six year story of Bomber Command as it transformed itself from a blunt instrument - more dangerous to itself than the enemy - to the cutting edge of the RAF. The two brothers also explore the transformative leaps in technology and skill as the RAF learned how to hit targets across Europe with ever increasing accuracy and far greater force. They will take particular interest in the story of 617 Squadron.
What is the one principle, belief, or cause for which you would sacrifice everything - including your life? Ethical, spiritual, and ideological values that are central to the human experience find their voice in the documentary film, Last Best Hope, an intimate, riveting, little-known story about the ordinary men and women in the Belgian Resistance and their extraordinary acts to save and repatriate downed Allied airmen during World War II.
This special program pays homage to those Australians who served in World War II - a farewell to the generation now passing into history. Remembrance is powerful storytelling about the lingering human cost of war and how ordinary people face extraordinary challenges. The eight veterans interviewed include former POWs of the Japanese, a chaplain who served in New Guinea and another New Guinea veteran who, like many young men of that generation, put his age up to serve on the frontline as a 16-year-old.