Category “War”

Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan has been waging since 2001. John Ware takes a look at the last decade of fighting and asks some important questions as to when the conflict may end. The war follows the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, upon the twin towers by the al-Qaeda. NATO made an intervention into the Afghan political struggle attempting to take away power from the Taliban government. At the time Taliban controlled 90% of Afghanistan. When the Taliban government refused to have Osama bin Laden leave the country saying he hadn’t been proved to be behind the 9/11 attacks, the American...

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Bunkers: Doomsday Apocalypse Shelter

Throughout the world are scattered secure bunkers that, for in the event of a nuclear strike or other apocalyptic event, people could hide in. Made of steel and other strong materials these doomsday bunkers are specifically designed for survival in event of emergency. Some are placed right in plain view of the public but without people knowing the true purpose. Others are built beneath ground. Though efforts have been made to keep them secret, bunkers have been exposed over the years. Some are still hidden and those are suspected to be the best ones in existence. This documentary explores not...

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The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars

Beneath the Somme battlefield lies one of the great secrets of the First World War, a recently-discovered network of deep tunnels thought to extend over several kilometres. This lost underground battlefield, centred on the small French village of La Boisselle in Picardy, was constructed largely by British troops between 1914 and 1916. Over 120 men died here in ongoing attempts to undermine the nearby German lines and these galleries still serve as a tomb for many of those men. This documentary follows historian Peter Barton and a team of archaeologists as they become the first people in...

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Homo Sapiens 1900

Homo Sapiens 1900 is a 1998 documentary directed by Peter Cohen, about various eugenics methods that were in practice in Europe during the first part of the 20th century. Eugenics is to be the scientific credo of the 20th century. The man credited with its invention, Francis Galton, says it is based on the concept that the evolution of man is crippled by the ill-conceived - those unfit to breed. The study of eugenics thus would concern itself with distinguishing the weed from the good flowers. Eugenics offers two approaches: positive eugenics, and negative eugenics. Positive...

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The Battle for Syria

As fighting rages in the streets of Syria's largest city, FRONTLINE Producer Jamie Doran and Correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad journey to the heart of the insurgency, inside the rebel groups that are waging a full-scale assault on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.Within "liberated zones" near the city of Aleppo, the rebels not only fight the Syrian Army, but struggle against each other in a bitter rivalry between secular and Islamist fighters. The Battle For Syria is an unprecedented portrait of Syria's rebel leaders, the toll of the war on civilians, and the outlines of a potential...

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My Neighbour, My Enemy

An English language version of BBC Arabic documentary on the social, economic and personal effects of the sectarian clashes between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al Tabbaneh, which pit Alawite and Sunni (Salafi/Wahabi ones) Muslims against one another in the northern Lebanese city of...

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Inside The Mind Of Adolf Hitler

Inside The Mind Of Adolf Hitler is a documentary, with dramatised elements, looking at the psychological profile of Adolf Hitler compiled by a team of Harvard psychologists in 1943.The film interviews former colleagues and the former family doctor who had fled to the USA and using Freudian techniques and theories of the day they came up with a profile and predicted how he would react to certain situations, concluding that he would not surrender and would be most likely to commit suicide when faced with defeat.This led to future profiling of many world leaders and...

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The Victoria Cross: For Valour

The Victoria Cross: For Valour is a 2003 BBC television historical documentary presented by Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson examines the history of the Victoria Cross, and follows the story of one of the 1,354 men who were awarded it - Major Robert Henry Cain. The main part of the programme was to describe how in September 1944, Major Cain won what was described as the "finest Victoria Cross of the whole war" (Second World War) by his commanding officer Lt Col Derek Mcnally. At the end of the programme it is revealed that Clarkson is married to Cain's daughter who had no idea that her father...

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The Greatest Raid of All

What a story it is, straight out of a Commando comic book." the guardian Jeremy Clarkson tells the story of one of the most daring operations of World War II, the Commando raid on the German occupied dry dock at St. Nazaire in France on 28th March 1942. It was an operation so successful and so heroic that it resulted in the award of five Victoria Crosses and 80 other decorations for...

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