Forgotten Corners of Military History

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War in Paradise
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…
Mutiny and United States Navy Mutinies
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…
Neighbours at War
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…
When the Irish Invaded Canada
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,…
The Oddest War
The war between the Russian Empire and a mainly British/ French/ Turkish alliance (1853 to 1856) has been called the "Crimean War", yet hostilities were worldwide, from the Baltic to…
The Longest Odds
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 -…
The Luckiest Mutineers
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…
New Colonial Masters: The Philippines 1900-1902
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 Five Wars in Vietnam
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…
Brilliance & Blunder: Korea 1950
When Communist North Korea invaded the South in 1950, they rapidly pushed back the southern army and their American allies into a bridgehead around the city of Pusan. General Douglas…
The Anglo-Afghan War of 1839 to 1842
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…
Mountain Campaigns to 1919
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…
Beijing 1900
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…
VC Heroes and Others in the Anglo-Zulu (1879)
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…
Disaster at Isandlwana
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…
Three Leaders and One Battle: Spioen Kop 1900
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…
End of Empire
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…
Emperors at War
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…
The Man Who Conquered France in 1940
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 British and the Gurkhas to 1946
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…

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Isandlwana: 25,000 Zulus Undetected—1879
How could an army accompanied by cannon and rocket artillery be wiped out by Zulu warriors wielding spears, clubs, and a smattering of outdated firearms? Find out in this account of one of the most shocking and humiliating British defeats from the Napoleonic Wars up to World War I.