The story behind D-Day is one which has been told from nearly every perspective, from the soldiers who fought that day, the military tacticians who planned it to the generals who led it. This being said there is one group whose efforts seem to get forgotten, these were the spies who made the whole thing possible.
In 146 BC the city of Carthage located in Tunisia had been under siege for three years when the Roman General Scipio and his army broke through the gates of the city and from that moment on innocent people had only weeks to live, no one would be spared. The orders were precise, "leave not one building standing, not one person alive" what followed was a holocaust. Along with a new archaeological di
A film which tells the remarkable story of the people of South East Asia who fought three wars over three decades to gain their freedom using entirely original colour archive footage.
Hollywood portrayed them as the most glamorous outlaws in American history, their crime spree lasted two years and claimed 14 lives, but who were Bonnie and Clyde?, what drove them to a life of violent crime and how did they evade capture for so long? Drawing on eyewitness accounts, newly released police files and the discovery of a remarkable family memoir, this film reveals the true motives and
The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. It is sometimes referred to, mostly outside Ireland, as the Irish Potato Famine because one-third of the population was then solely reliant on this cheap crop for a number of historical reasons. During the famine approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, c
Our perceptions of the First World War today are dominated by the idea it was a futile conflict, a colossal waste of life, and an immense tragedy for Britain and all of Europe. It is a view that has been fostered by the war poets who wrote vividly about the experience of trench warfare, and by countless novels, films and television programmes in the years since. Many even go as far as suggesting t
To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, historian James Holland takes us through the depths of the operation, the brutal 77 day Battle for Normandy that came after the initial invasion. Holland challenges some of the myths that come to surround this vital campaign, arguing that we have become all too comfortable in our understanding of these events. As veterans gather to relive one of the turnin
A journey through the dramatic and destructive years of the French Revolution, telling its history in a way not seen before - through the extraordinary story of its art. Our guide through this turbulent decade is the constantly surprising Dr Richard Clay, an art historian who has spent his life decoding the symbols of power and authority.
An old documentary by BBC's series Panorama from 1976 on the troubles in Northern Ireland. At the time the IRA were still continuing their "Long War" strategy so Panorama decided to head to South Armagh, a predominantly Catholic area along the border to report on how the British army were getting on.