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
BBC's Panorama sets about investigating the growing trend of convicted criminals converting to Islam and the potential for these converts to become radical or fundamentalists. Within the last ten years the Muslin prison population in England and Wales has doubled to nearly 12,000 thats one in every seven. The prison service cant tell how many have converted inside or how many are adopting radical
Based on David Maraniss's book They Marched into Sunlight, a documentary telling the story of two seemingly unconnected events in October 1967 that changed the course of the Vietnam War. Whilst a US battalion unwittingly marched into a Viet Cong ambush which killed 61 young men, half a world away angry students at the University of Wisconsin were protesting the presence of Dow Chemical recruite
Sudan has been divided by war for centuries, the arab north preyed on the black christian south. In the early eighties oil was discovered which resulted in the war intensifying. Finally after six decades of war, both sides realised they needed to find peace to take advantage of the black gold. In July 2011 South Sudan finally achieved it's own independence and became the worlds newest nation. The
This short documentary examines the condition post traumatic distress disorder or PTSD and how it effects those who suffer from it. The film was shot back in 2010, looking at those in the 2-162 Bravo Company from Oregon Army National Guard who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Soviet war in Afghanistan went on for nine years, starting in December of 1979 and continued until February of 1989. This near decade long war resulted in millions of Afghans fleeing their country, primarily to Pakistan and Iran. Hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians were killed in addition to the rebels in the war.
February 24th 1991, American tanks roll across the Saudi Arabian desert towards the Iraq border, their part of a multinational force with a clear and simple mission, to drive Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army out of Kuwait. Having a large army but a devastated economy after his war efforts Hussein's goal was to take control of Kuwait's oil rich emirate and they did so in just over 36 hours. Having ignor
A first hand look into the operations of the Welsh Guards, 7th Platoon on their 2009 tour of Afghanistan. The 7th Platoon was stationed in one of the most dangerous areas of Helmand Province were allied forces where greatly overstretched which made firefights all that bit more intense. The harsh reality of war is revealed as we discover how 7th Platoon's commander Mark Evison lost his life and the