Category “History”

Swallowed by the Sea: Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City

Beneath the Mediterranean, forgotten for millenia an entire city lies buried, a snapshot frozen in time. Heracleion, a major city, a great port and one of the the most significant in all of Egypt. Yet this real lift Atlantis seems to have disappeared in an instant, leaving only a few clues that it ever existed but now it's finally revealing its secrets, which come in the form of incredible artefacts, perfectly preserved beneath the sea. These are at last allowing this cities extraordinary story to be told. Spectacular finds open a unique window into the time of the Pharaohs and reveal this...

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Israel Started It All

The Middle East was a battlefield for most of the 20th century, but one of the hardest fought wars of all was in 1973 when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against on Israel on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. For three weeks the battle swung violently from side to side it brought each in sight of victory and defeat and it brought the superpowers America and the Soviet Union close to a nuclear showdown. The Israelis where in no doubt they were fighting for their countries very survival. In this program reporter Peter Snow reveals how Arab and Israeli commanders astonished each...

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History of Swords

Since it's inception right up until the modern era the sword has always represented a sense of power and justice whilst influencing many significant moments throughout history. Today we can see many reminders of our sword fighting past, a man buttons his coat left over right which in turn leaves his right hand free to draw his sword, we shake hands to show we are not armed, a gentleman supports a lady by the right arm because his sword hangs on his left. This film by the history channel delves into the world of sword fighting and making of the sword...

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The Celts

The Celts is a six episode documentary series by the BBC that originally aired in 1987 with a soundtrack by Enya. The series itself examines the origins of the Celts, how they grew and influenced from their earliest roots 2,500 years ago. For 800 years this proud, vibrant, warrior people stormed across Europe ruthlessly taking control. With the aid of impressive visual reconstructions we get a good sense of how the Celts lived. The series consists of the following episodes: 1) The Man with the Golden Shoes 2) The Birth of Nations 3) A Pagan Trinity 4) The Open-Ended...

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The Man Who Shot the Great War

There have been a selection of exceptional photographs discovered which have been described as "the photographic discovery of the century", the photographs themselves are of Western Front taken during the First World War. This film sets about examining these photos and tries to uncover the story of the Belfast soldier who captured them in 1915. This remarkable story reveals hows this soldiers experiences were to have an incredibly unexpected outcome years...

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Mein Kampf: The Story of Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle), a book filled with hatred, it's last passage is this fanatical cry "A state that refuses racial contamination will inevitably dominate the world". This History Channel film explores Adolf Hiter who was born on April the 20th 1889 and who committed suicide on April the 30th 1945 asking questions such as how did this Austrian who seemed to come out of nowhere succeed in conquering Germany? and how did he manage to sow the seeds of such hatred and...

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D-Day’s Sunken Secrets

Off the coast of France an international team is exploring a hidden battlefield, looking for the secrets of how the greatest naval mission in history unfolded. Buried here is a treasure trove of ships, tanks and potentially unexploded mines, these are the wrecks of D-Day. June 6th 1944, for years Hitler had devastated Europe killing millions and now is the time for the allies to make their move but the odds were against them. Three years in the making this was the most epic struggle of the 2oth...

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Cold Case JFK

In broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses a president is murdered, within hours a suspect is arrested, Lee Harvey Oswald but two days later he himself is killed. Since 1963 millions of Americas have been convinced that the presidents assassination was not the work of one man but rather a conspiracy. Can modern forensics and ballistics crack the case? For the first time using state of the art technology, NOVA brings together a team of experts to analyze the gun, the bullets, the crime scene and the medical...

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Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath

The megaliths found at Stonehenge are some of the most investigated and interesting found in Britain today but despite centuries of examination, excavation and theories there is one big question that still remains, what were it origins and how over thousands of years did this iconic place evolve? In this two part series by the BBC a group of experts for the first time are taking a more hi-tech approach in order to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge. The new data discovered and supported by archaeological evidence throws a new light on how humans progressed over the last 10,000...

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