By the end of June 1940 Britain stood alone in the war against Nazi Germany. Ahead lay a long hot summer as a battle for national survival was fought in the skies over Britain in full view of the population. Not only did Britain’s fate depend on the outcome of the battle but also the freedom of the rest of Europe and, ultimately, the outcome of the Second World War. Today the Battle of Britain stands as one of the pivotal moments in Britain’s long history
A feature-length documentary, walking in the footsteps of the “Diggers”, who in 1942, against all odds, preserved Australia’s freedom. A stunningly filmed, modern telling of the Kokoda story and its significance in the Pacific War. An exploration of the enduring spirit that sustained the Kokoda “Diggers” and which still inspires Australians today. A commemoration of the campaign’s 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign and the significant battles fought in Papua New Guinea.
Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WWII and his mother’s miraculous escape en route to Auschwitz. Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family’s story.
This is the story of the incredible escape attempt of 29 British Officers in July 1918 having spent 10 months constructing the tunnel right under the noses of their German captors. Ten of these officers made the journey to neutral Holland and returned to England as heroes.
The documentary drama tells the story of the only man who survived the wreckage of the World War II Submarine HMS Perseus, which sank unnoticed in 1941. With the help of a team of historians, famous underwater wrecks researcher, writer and professional diver Richie Kohler tries to understand why a simple submariner got involved in the transportation of a secret cargo as part of the high-end spy games between the Axis and the Alliance.
We survey the interwar years, the rise of dictators, Japan’s invasion of China, and the expansion of the Third Reich.
The invasion of Poland causes even the most resistant of powers to declare war.
War explodes across Western Europe.
Germany seeks to neutralise the strength of Britain, the only European country still opposing Hitler, from the air.
The war in Europe is transformed when Hitler unleashes Operation Barbarossa and invades the Soviet Union.
Whether being revered or reviled, no one can deny the invention of the gun has forever changed the way wars are fought and won. From humble beginnings to a weapon that has built Empires, toppled Kingdoms, and slaughtered millions, the story of the gun and how it has evolved throughout the centuries is long. But, of all the things the gun has been throughout the ages, it has never been anything less than influential.
From the moment men started building walls other men have needed a way to knock them down. The history of artillery is the history of that desire and highlights in no uncertain terms how destructive human innovation can be, from the first grenade to a cannon that fires atomic shells and more. This episode tells the story of that journey showcasing both big and the small artillery and the impact they have had on warfare.
The ability to move swiftly and strategically across the battlefield has been a deciding factor in warfare since the dawn on man. Through the ages the methods by which we move have evolved, from horses to Humvees to some of the most versatile vehicles ever built. This episode showcases that journey by highlighting some of the most influential movers ever to take to the battlefield including some of the most infamous tanks of the Second World War and more.
The ongoing battle for domination of the seas has been one of immeasurable devastation and technological innovation. Wooden hulls were encased in iron, sails replaced by some of the most powerful engines ever built, and cannons outgunned by missiles capable of toppling empires. From the most deadly submarines ever seen to the infamous destroyers of the Second World War, this episode is the story of what it takes to rule the waves.
When mankind took to the skies we took the tools of war with us. Within a century these weapons evolved from the legendary dogfighters of World War One to flying fortresses, supersonic jets, and even pilotless drones capable of destroying whole buildings… or just a single target. This episode is the story of that evolution and of mankind’s desire to fly higher, move faster, and kill better all from within the cockpit.
Since the turn of the 20th century, technology has developed exponentially... along with mankind's ability to kill on a devastating scale. Be they robotic, chemical, atomic, or nuclear, these are the ultimate killing machines showcased as they appeared throughout the last century in the final episode of the series. From chemicals so horrific their use in war today is banned to the most destructive weapons ever employed in combat… and those that thankfully have not.
Spanish Armada captain Francisco de Cuéllar was shipwrecked off the Sligo coast in September 1588. He spent seven months in war-torn Ireland, trying to escape death and marriage before eventually making his way to Madrid. Cuéllar wrote an account of his amazing adventures.
On 7 May 1765 the HMS Victory was floated out of Chatham’s Royal Dockyard. She would become the most famous ships in the British Royal Navy and achieve everlasting fame as the flagship of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson in Britain’s greatest ever naval victory, the defeat of the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar.
The iconic VW Camper Van has stood the test of time through five generations and more than six decades. With cool curves and enormous flexibility the VW Type 2 Transporter soon won the hearts of the public and revolutionised the possibilities for freedom and adventure as companies and individuals transformed their Type 2s into VW Campers.
In this country, the Aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247-year Australian historical narrative. It’s not that the Australian story is wrong, it’s just that it’s a wee bit one sided. Getting all historical, Aboriginal filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas, bites back at Australian history.
The Greatest Air Race is presented and narrated by astronaut Andy Thomas as he embarks on a trans-continental journey to retell one of the world’s greatest aviation stories. In 1919, four Australians became the first men to fly across the globe. They flew from London to Darwin in a rudimentary plane made of canvas, wire and wood, sitting in open cockpits with only a compass for navigation. They completed the 11,000 mile journey in 28 days.
From 1920 to 1954, hundreds of Irish men and women served as Roman Catholic missionaries in China. They worked in social, pastoral and disaster relief services at an extraordinarily turbulent but fascinating period of Chinese history.
In the 17th century, as the smoke cleared from the battlefields of the civil war, the first celebrity criminals emerged. Mounted soldiers from the losing royalist armies turned to a life of crime on the roads, becoming the horseback robbers known as Highwaymen. They brought with them their weaponry, their horseback skills - and their politics. Most notorious of all was "Captain" James Hind.