War

Days That Shook The World: Hiroshima

During the final stages of World War II in 1945, the United States conducted two atomic bombings against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, the first on August 6, 1945 and the second on August 9, 1945. For six months, the United States had made use of intense strategic fire-bombing of 67 Japanese cities. Together with the United Kingdom, and the Republic of China the United States c

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Surviving the Cut: US Marine Sniper

US Marine Sniper Marine Snipers are legendary in the sniper world for being the best. This is where they learn their craft. Units will only send their best men to this course, but on average 1 in 3 will fail. Becoming a Marine sniper takes a level of discipline that few could ever hope to achieve. They will wait hours in the worst possible conditions but only have seconds to make the shot. You

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EP5/6 Surviving the Cut – Navy EOD Final Certification

Navy EOD Final Certification Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians or EOD are the only explosives and bomb specialists qualified for special operations. Before a Navy EOD team can go to war with Special Forces, they must go through one final test. Like the job itself, it’s all-or-nothing training: A five-day, non-stop series of high stress missions. Make the wrong move, allow fatigue or

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EP4/6 Surviving the Cut – Special Forces Diver

Special Forces Diver The US Army’s Special Forces Combat Dive Course takes only the Army’s best soldiers. Most are already battle-proven Army Rangers and Green Berets. Now these elite special ops soldiers challenge themselves to become the most highly trained combat divers on the planet. For six weeks, they are tested in the most severe underwater conditions. To earn the coveted Special Forces

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EP3/6 Surviving the Cut – US Marine Recon

US Marine Recon Reconnaissance Marines are the eyes and ears of the Marine Corps. The first men on the ground behind enemy lines, they gather intelligence and carry out missions that support the entire Corps. Their motto says it all: Swift, Silent, Deadly. But to earn the name “Recon Marine”, you must first survive the Corps’ famously grueling 12-week recon course. Marines are pushed to uncons

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EP2/6 Surviving the Cut: US Air Force Pararescue

US Air Force Pararescue Air Force Pararescuemen are the most highly trained combat search and rescue experts in US Special Operations. When a pilot goes down behind enemy lines, these are the experts who stop at nothing to get him out. Nicknamed “PJ’s” for, “parajumpers,” they are also surgically trained combat medics. Full training to become a PJ takes more than two years. Early on, students

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EP1/6 Surviving the Cut – Ranger School

This first episode features the US Army Ranger School, which is considered to have the toughest combat course on the planet. For sixty-one days and nights, this extreme training replicates the nonstop stress of warfare. Soldiers sleep an average of three hours a night and receive just one meal per day. They train continuously, running missions 20 hours straight in mountains, swamps and dense wo

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Panorama: The Battle For Bomb Alley

For four years, thousands of British servicemen fought with the Taliban for the district of Sangin – the most violent part of Afghanistan. The fighting cost 106 British lives, including Staff-Sergeant Olaf Schmidt, who won the George Cross there. Last year, the British withdrew – handing the area over to the US Marines. Ben Anderson, who was with the British forces in 2007, returns to see if th

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Iranium

Iran's nuclear program presents a threat to international stability. Yet successive American administrations-Republican and Democratic alike-have misread the intentions and actions of the Iranian regime. How dangerous is a nuclear Iran, even if it never detonates a weapon? What are the guiding principles of the Iranian leadership? To what lengths would the regime go to carry out its agenda? How

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