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The Five Wars in Vietnam
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
To many, the phrase "the war in Vietnam" relates only to the conflict between Communists and non-Communists in the 1960s and 1970s. However, there have been five wars involving Vietnam since the Second World War. The first was 1945 to…
New Colonial Masters: The Philippines 1900-1902
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
The United States defeated the Spanish Empire during the short war of 1898. After Commodore Dewey's victory at the Battle of Manila Bay, the Americans landed in Manila and occupied the city with the help of nationalists. The nationalists expected…
Neighbours at War - Conflict in North America
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
The peoples of the United States and Canada are today good friends and neighbours. Yet, during one 3-year period, the United States invaded Canada on ten occasions. Soldiers on both sides fought bravely for their principles and there were numerous…
War in Paradise - The Samoan War of 1899
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
There was a little-known war in Samoa, when armies of thousands - one side backed by the Germans and the other by the Americans and British - fought out a dynastic conflict. One notable clash was the Battle of Tagalii,…
The British and the Gurkhas to 1946
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
There has been a long relationship between Gurkhas (from Nepal) and the British Army. Gurkha regiments have fought in numerous wars alongside British soldiers, including on the Gallipoli peninsula. It all began in 1814 with a desperate war.
The Luckiest Mutineers - Canadian Naval Mutinies
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
The Royal Canadian Navy experienced a number of mutinies during the Second World War, and there was a wave of mutinies in 1949, from China to the Caribbean, in destroyers and an aircraft carrier. The mutineers were lucky, in that…
The Anglo-Afghan War of 1839 to 1842
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
This is the story of the first British invasion of Afghanistan. Their occupation ended in a rebellion and the retreat and destruction of the Kabul garrison. Includes the stories of three participants - Surgeon William Brydon (the only man of…
The Longest Odds - Canadians in Hong Kong 1941
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
When Japan entered the Second World War in 1941, the British suffered a catastrophic defeat in Malaya and Singapore. Those events overshadowed the heroic defence of another British colony - Hong Kong. A garrison largely composed of Canadian troops -…
When the Irish Invaded Canada
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
Once an Irish Army invaded Canada, and defeated a defending army - the idea seems absurd. Yet it happened in 1866. The invasion was not as quixotic as it sounds, for the Irish (Fenian volunteers) were largely battle-hardened Civil War…
Animal Farm
This series revolves around a farm on the southwest slopes and plains of New South Wales, Australia. Each film describes true stories of fostering different species. Clip #1: "Animal Farm" - Clip #2: "Bigfeet in my Bed" - Clip #3:…
4 videos
Mutiny and United States Navy Mutinies
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
Most people would recall the mutiny in HM Armed Vessel Bounty in 1789, but have there ever been mutinies in the United States Navy? Many people would be amazed at the answer - yes, surprisingly frequently. Three men were hanged…
Mountain Campaigns to 1919 - The 2nd & 3rd Anglo-Afghan Wars
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
Two more conflicts involving British troops in Afghanistan. The invasion and occupation of Kabul in 1878 provoked strong Afghan resistance. A diplomatic residency in the capital was slaughtered to a man. The battle of Maiwand in 1880 was a disastrous…
The Man Who Conquered France in 1940
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
The forces of Nazi Germany overran France in May - June 1940. Generals such as Model, or Guderian, or even Rommel are hailed as the military geniuses who brought about the French collapse. However, the truth may be that one…
Rescuing Australian Animals: The Injured, the Lost and the Orphaned
This series of four films is in unusual format - each 25 minute film consists of four short films with songs, essentially music videos of unique Australian animals being rescued, then fostered by carers and released back into their wild…
4 videos
Emperors at War - Ethiopia 1868 to 1970
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
Ethiopia was never colonised, but the price of its independence was "eternal vigilance". They fought and lost to a British army in 1868. The Italians assumed they could conquer the country with their modern arms and equipment, but suffered one…
End of Empire - Mutinies in Indian Armed Forces 1757/1946
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
The British had their first great victory in India when the troops of the Nawab of Bengal mutinied against him. A hundred years later, British rule was shaken by insurrection in locally-recruited Bengali troops. In 1942, there was the largest-ever…
Three Leaders and One Battle: Spioen Kop 1900
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
The events of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902 are outlined, and there is a focus upon one battle that shocked the British Empire - the attack on the hill of Spioen Kop. Three great world leaders were involved…
Disaster at Isandlwana - The Hill of the Little Hand
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
This film shows the battlefield of Isandlwana and its environs, where over 1300 British soldiers and others died. The film describes the approach routes and the paths fugitives and survivors took, and it also includes evocative scenes of black and…
VC Heroes and Others in the Anglo-Zulu (1879)
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
The defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift against huge odds constitutes a heroic tale - however, real events and characters were a lot different from those presented in the iconic film "Zulu". There was a second clash during…
Beijing 1900 - The Siege That Never Was
Part of the Series: Forgotten Corners of Military History
Most histories record the events around the foreign legations in Beijing June to August 1900 as one of the great sieges of history. This film details photographs and a journal of participants that give a very different view - the…