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Healing a Soldier's Heart
Over two million Americans served in the Vietnam War. Forty years later, tens of thousands of veterans still suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But a groundbreaking approach provides hope for these psychologically wounded former warriors, as well as for veterans of more recent wars. Healing A Soldier's Heart follows…
When War Comes Home - American Veterans Adjust to Life Back Home
Three soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) share their stories of coping with these devastating invisible wounds of war. Now back home from Iraq and Afghanistan, they face the toughest battle of their lives - trying to find a way to readjust to life with…
Vietnam: The Secret Agent
Using striking archive and war footage in support of interviews with veterans, scientists, attorneys, the U.S. Air Force, the Veterans Administration, Dow Chemical and more; this film documents the extraordinary history of chemical warfare, agricultural herbicides, damage to the world environment, and the plight of Vietnam veterans and their families…
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 all began in 1814 with a desperate war.
Civil War Life Series
The inspiring stories of two courageous Union soldiers who command troops in many of the deadliest battles of the Civil War are re-created in the Civil War Life Series. These action-packed biographical documentaries reveal how an Ohio schoolteacher and a Harvard student overcome countless injuries and hardship to fight again…
Neighbours at War: Conflict in North America
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 hard-contested battles. It was called the War of 1812 (yet…
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 the iconic film "Zulu". There was a second clash during the Anglo-Zulu War when around 120 British soldiers were attacked…
The Boys of H Company
Part of the Series: Special Forces Collection
At 9:00 a.m. on February 19, 1945, the soldiers of the United States Marine Corps 5th Division, H Company lowered themselves down rope cargo nets into landing crafts rocking in five-foot seas. They were less than a mile from the shore of the remote South Pacific island of Iwo Jima.…
Flowers and Troops (Hana to Heitai)
Inspired by the documentaries of the great Imamura Shohei, under whom the filmmaker studied, this film explores the lives of Japanese soldiers who chose not to return to Japan when the war finished, but who stayed behind in south-east Asia to build new lives for themselves. "I still have a…
When Things Get Tough
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
Episode Two "When Things Get Tough" January 1943-December 1943 By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans, with their vast war machine, still occupy most of Western Europe, and the Allies have not yet been able to agree on a plan or a…
The Taxis of the Marne
Part of the Series: WWI: The War to End all Wars
This episode covers the recruitment and deployment of troops on both side of the clash; the problems faced by the soldiers; the slow pace of the fighting and the establishment of trench warfare.
The Wereth Eleven
During World War II, 1.2 million African-Americans served in America's Armed Forces. Fully 125,000 served overseas. 708 were killed. Among these were The Wereth Eleven. Their story was lost to history. Until now. The Wereth Eleven is an ambitious docudrama based on the true story of eleven African-American soldiers who…