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The Reich Underground
HITLER'S SECRET LABYRINTHS EXPLORED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES Late in World War II, while Germany sustained relentless bombing by the Allies, the Nazis undertook a bold gambit to turn the war back in their favor. Building an extensive tunnel system deep underground to house armament factories, Nazi leaders…
Operation Felix: Hitler's Key to Victory
During the Second World War, the British Colony of Gibraltar became a crucial weapon for the allies. Famous in legend as one of the mythical Columns of Hercules, the Rock's strategic position made it a "key" to the control of the Mediterranean and a vital staging post for the war…
Doolittle’s Raiders: A Final Toast
Hosted by Gary Sinise. The bottle of 1896 Hennessy Cognac was uncorked in front of hundreds of people. The surviving World War II veterans from one of history's greatest military missions were about to raise their silver goblets one last time ending a decades long tradition. It was time for…
The Forgotten Force
After the atomic obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, over 36,000 Australian men and women, part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF), marched onto Japanese soil. They were assigned the toughest and most dangerous area of Japan: Hiroshima Prefecture, which included the atom-bombed city. The Forgotten Force tells for the…
The Siege of Leningrad
In 1941, Hitler ordered the German Army to invade Russia. The Nazis raced across Russia's heartland until they reached Leningrad - the cradle of the Bolshevik Revolution. But the city did not fall quickly to Hitler's troops. Instead it resisted. The siege of Leningrad began on September 8, 1941 and…
Firestorm
After suffering heavy losses of aircraft during attacks on German factories, Winston Churchill orders cities to be targeted in order to smash German morale and reduce the number of workers available for the Nazi war machine. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians are killed as incendiary bombs turn the center…
VJ Day: War & Peace
August 6 1945, 8.15 a.m. the first atomic bomb used in warfare, codenamed 'Little Boy' was dropped on Hiroshima, resulting in the death of 70,000 people. Three days later, on August 9, a second bomb, codenamed 'Fat Man' was dropped on Nagasaki, leading to a Japanese surrender on August 15,…
Then They Came For Me
"In Germany the Nazis first came for the Communists and I didn't object because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't object because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't object because I wasn't a trade unionist.…
Omaha Beach: Honor and Sacrifice
Honor and Sacrifice: On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the green 29th Infantry Division faced some of the most brutal fighting on Omaha Beach. In June of 2014, a handful of remaining members of the 29th Infantry Division made a final trip back to Normandy to recognize the 70th anniversary of…
Maggie’s War - A True Story of Courage from World War II
We follow 94 year old 82nd Airborne veteran James "Maggie" Megellas from Wisconsin to Europe where he fought in some of the most savage battles of World War II. "Maggie" is the most decorated officer in the history of the famed 82nd Airborne Division.
World War II: Saving the Reality
Narrated by Dan Aykroyd. Tells the story of an individual who owns the largest private collection of World War II artifacts in the world. Over 50 interviews with veterans and survivors of the war help tell the story of the meaning of the over 7,000 individual items in the collection…
Histories of the Holocaust - Buchenwald: 1937-1945
Contains 2 programs: Buchenwald 1937-1942 and Buchenwald 1942-1945. Every aspect of life within the fences was a torture where mistreatment by the guards was not only encouraged but was compulsory. Herman Pister's installment as commandant in 1942 only intensified the horrors committed there with experimentation on inmates in ways to…