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In the years after World War II, Soviet tank design improved rapidly, leaving the West far behind. With most military planners still assuming that the plains of Europe were the location most likely to see an outbreak of war, it became increasingly clear that the West, and particularly the United States, needed to develop a radically better tank. The result was the M1 Abrams. BATTLE STATIONS reveals that while the Abrams was faster, more powerful and better protected than any other tank ever made, it was also rushed into duty in an environment starkly different than the one the designers had in mind. But as extensive footage from the Gulf War shows, it was more than up to the task, and the revolutionary weapon completely outclassed its Soviet-made counterparts in the Iraqi desert. Filled with the testimony of the men who served aboard them, M1 ABRAMS--SUPERTANK! is the definitive story of the most sophisticated tank ever made.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb
Extras:
Extended interview of Abrams Commander Tony Steede 44:59 - 53:18

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_Abrams

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Greece, a land of breathtaking beauty and light. A land where science, art and inspiration from the gods combined to produce some of the world's greatest marvels of architecture and design. The ancient Greeks used buildings and structures to reflect the variety of life at the core of their civilisation - they built the first theatres, staged the first sports events and worshipped in some of the most spectacular temples ever built. From prehistoric palaces to bold symbols of victory this programme explores the Seven Ancient Wonders of Greece - the Theatre of Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, the Colossus of Rhodes, Santorini, The Palace of Knossos and the greatest masterpiece of them all - The Parthenon. Revealing the true icons of this incredible civilisation, we explore how and why the seven wonders of Ancient Greece still retain the power to amaze the world today. By recounting the stories behind the people who designed and oversaw their construction and unravelling the tales and myths of those who lived within them, we unearth the secrets behind The Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece.

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Narrator: John Shrapnel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Theatre_of_Epidaurus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympia%2C_Greece

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus_of_Rhodes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knossos

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santorini

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon

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At the center of every armed conflict of the 20th century, the machine gun has been a tool of conquest - and of liberation. Everywhere, it has unleashed consequences its creators never imagined. This is the history of one of the world's deadliest inventions, a story of technological innovation, industrial revolution, and political power.
Note: Sorry about the hardcoded Swedish subs, and no English subs for the interview parts with Mikhail Kalashnikov....unless you are Swedish! :)

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The Vietnam War was the Huey war -- a brutal war, where the lethal Huey gunship wrought havoc on the Viet Cong. The Huey revolutionized U.S. Army tactics and changed the way modern wars were fought. Veterans describe their feelings on flying the Huey into battle and how they could rely on the helicopter to pull them through even the worst firefights. It was a vital lifeline, providing food, ammunition, and fire support, and its role in medical evacuation was the difference between life and death for thousands of men.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb
Extras:
Extended interview with Chuck Carlock (Huey Pilot) 44:53 - 56:13

United States Navy Presents "River Patrol" 56:13 - 1:04:28

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Designed in the late 1950s by aeronautical genius Kelly Johnson at the mysterious Skunkworks, the SR-71 Blackbird was the world's first stealthy aircraft, designed to over-fly enemy territory with impunity while photographing 258,998.8 sq. kilometer (100,000 square miles) in an hour. While serving 6 presidents, it saw action on hot and cold war fronts alike. Interviews with crews and commanders combined with unbelievable footage puts viewers in the cockpit of this amazing spy plane, flying at speeds of 3,218.8 kmh (2,000 mph). This film chronicles its development and operational history with the help of those who built and flew the SR-71. Learn about the work that went into each mission, and hear stories of penetrating enemy airspace. And see cockpit footage showing what it was like flying three times the speed of sound, 25.9 km (85,000 feet) above the earth.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb

First flight: 22 December 1964
Extras:
Extended interview with Pat Halloran (SR-71 Pilot) 44:55 - 54:20

Lockheed California Company, Advanced Development Projects: The Blackbird Story 54:20 - 1:04:00

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_SR-71_Blackbird

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The Sea Hunters undertake the first-ever survey of the depths off Juno Beach, site of Canadian forces’ assault on Hitler’s "Fortress Europe" on Jun 6, 1944. Facing strong tidal surges off the French coast, they explore the sunken remnants of the largest invading armada ever assembled.
Real-life adventures into the depths of World War II. Join bestselling action-adventure author Clive Cussler, renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado, and their crack team of divers to explore some of the most significant shipwrecks of World War II.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From "The Sea Hunters: Relics of WWII" documentary series.

https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/juno-beach

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_Beach

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Twenty-five years after it entered active service, the US Army's Black Hawk remains the world's most advanced twin turbine helicopter. It has flown in missions around the world, in every situation imaginable, performing roles from tank-busting to medical evacuation. And thanks to sophisticated technology that allows it to operate with near-daylight efficiency in the dark, the Black Hawk provides the army with exceptional night-flying operational capability. BLACK HAWK: NIGHT STALKER follows the versatile chopper into battles from Grenada to Mogadishu, analyzing its famous failures and showing why it is nevertheless regarded as one of the most successful military aircraft ever built. Extensive footage, much of it never seen before, shows the Black Hawk in action, and interviews with servicemen, including Mike Durant, who was captured by Somali warlord Aidid's men, offer an inside view of what it is like to fly the Black Hawk in hostile situations.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb
Extras:
Extended interview of Black Hawk Pilot Mike Durant 45:01 - 1:00:42

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_UH-60_Black_Hawk

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mogadishu_(1993)

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In late 1941, the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse joined three destroyers in the South China Sea to form Force Z, aiming to deter a Japanese invasion of the Malay Peninsula. But when enemy planes swarmed the two big ships like hornets, their sinking changed modern naval warfare.
Real-life adventures into the depths of World War II. Join bestselling action-adventure author Clive Cussler, renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado, and their crack team of divers to explore some of the most significant shipwrecks of World War II.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From "The Sea Hunters: Relics of WWII" documentary series.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_Prince_of_Wales_and_Repulse

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_Z

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Repulse_%281916%29

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Prince_of_Wales_(53)

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In an attempt to seal off strategically important Malta, Axis forces repeatedly seeded its harbor with mines. Every night, however, minesweepers defied darkness and submerged danger to clear the sea lanes. Paying homage to such bravery, the Sea Hunters dive the wreck of the minesweeper Eddy.

Real-life adventures into the depths of World War II. Join bestselling action-adventure author Clive Cussler, renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado, and their crack team of divers to explore some of the most significant shipwrecks of World War II.

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For nearly half a century one bomber has dominated the skies. During those fifty years it has delivered more conventional bombs than any other aircraft. With a maximum speed of 1,046 kmh (650 mph), a range of more than 14,080 km (8,800 miles), and capable of dropping a massive 32,000 kg (70,000 lbs.) of bombs, it is the most lethal bomber in the world. It can also deliver free-fall nuclear bombs, cruise missiles and precision weapons. When the United States' President wants to wield his 'big stick' he sends in the B-52s. It has flown for nearly fifty years, and is projected to remain in service until 2045. BATTLE STATIONS goes from the Ohio hotel where the B-52 was first conceived to the skies over Afghanistan and interviews military planners, pilots, crewmembers and aviation experts to chronicle the history of this extraordinary plane. Revisit the decades when a fleet B-52s remained aloft 24 hours a day, armed with nuclear warheads and just two hours away from the Soviet Union, as a key component of America's Cold War deterrence strategy. Fly in missions from Vietnam, when the Stratofortress was first exposed to fire from surface-to-air missiles, to the Gulf War and beyond, and tour the cockpit with the men who have piloted the B-52 through the years.This is a fascinating look at the aircraft that is arguably the most important and successful warplane ever made.

Alexander IV History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb
Extras:
Extended interview with John Yuill (B-52 Pilot) 45:03 - 56:11

"Sky Watch" Film Tribute to Strategic Air Command 56:11 - 1:06:06

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_B-52_Stratofortress

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In 1944, the Leopoldville set out from England with 2.200 troops to shore up Allied forces after the Battle of the Bulge. The Clayoquot sailed from Nova Scotia, protecting a convoy with a similar mission. An ocean apart, both ships fell victim to torpedoes on Christmas Eve. The Sea Hunters explore their remains.
Real-life adventures into the depths of World War II. Join bestselling action-adventure author Clive Cussler, renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado, and their crack team of divers to explore some of the most significant shipwrecks of World War II.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From "The Sea Hunters: Relics of WWII" documentary series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_L%C3%A9opoldville_(1929)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Clayoquot

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It was the most important submarine capture of WWII, yet it remained a secret known only to a handful of men and the black waters of the Atlantic until long after the war was over. In the early days of WWII, Admiral Dönitz's deadly U-Boat fleet and their stealthy "wolfpack" attacks devastated Allied shipping. The success of Dönitz's strategy relied on the complex codes generated by the legendary Enigma machine, which rendered German radio transmissions indecipherable. But when the crew of U-110 was unable to scuttle their vessel as ordered, the sub along with the vital Enigma machine and its codebooks was captured by the Allies, and the tide of the conflict turned. Here, the incredible tale of U-110 is told through rare archival footage and photos, captured documents, and interviews with German and British sailors. Admiral Dönitz's journals reveal how the Nazis never suspected that their codes had been broken, while cryptologists demonstrate why the only way to break Enigma was to capture one of the machines.

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Crackpot idea, or work of genius? To protect Allied convoys during World War II, eccentric scientist Geoffrey Pyke proposed a manmade island of ice as a floating airbase. Now, in the thin atmosphere of the Canadian Rockies, the Sea Hunters dive a mountain lake to find the ice island’s prototype.

Real-life adventures into the depths of World War II. Join bestselling action-adventure author Clive Cussler, renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado, and their crack team of divers to explore some of the most significant shipwrecks of World War II.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From "The Sea Hunters: Relics of WWII" documentary series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Pyke

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Habakkuk
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete

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Real-life adventures into the depths of World War II. Join bestselling action-adventure author Clive Cussler, renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado, and their crack team of divers to explore some of the most significant shipwrecks of World War II.
In one of their most challenging dives, the Sea Hunters brave seven-knot currents of the Georges Bank to look of the mysterious, missing U-215. Could it be the same German sub that sank the Liberty ship Alexander Macomb in the early months of World War II before succumbing to British depth charges?

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From "The Sea Hunters: Relics of WWII" documentary series.
https://uboat.net/boats/u215.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-215

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alexander_Macomb

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Real-life adventures into the depths of World War II. Join bestselling action-adventure author Clive Cussler, renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado, and their crack team of divers to explore some of the most significant shipwrecks of World War II.

Deep beneath a mountain in central Germany, the Sea Hunters probe the dark, murky depths of flooded underground tunnels carved from former gypsum mines by slave labor. There, safe from Allied bombing, the Nazis assembled Hitler’s ultimate weapon of vengeance: the deadly V-2 rockets that screamed toward London.

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Real-life adventures into the depths of World War II. Join bestselling action-adventure author Clive Cussler, renowned maritime archaeologist James Delgado, and their crack team of divers to explore some of the most significant shipwrecks of World War II.

Long shrouded in Soviet secrecy, the remains of the German refugee ship Wilhelm Gustloff mark the largest maritime disaster in the history of the world, one that claimed more than 9,000 lives. Diving cold Baltic waters, the Sea Hunters become the first to explore the wreck and reveal their findings to the world.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From "The Sea Hunters: Relics of WWII" series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Wilhelm_Gustloff

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It is one of the most successful and important planes in history. Taking on the worst that the Luftwaffe had to offer, the Flying Fortresses of the 8th Air Force flew daylight bombing missions over the most heavily defended cities in Europe. Each crewed by 10 men - thousands of them would fly the most perilous missions of the Second World War. But many would never return. Though they suffered unprecedented losses, the young American airmen of the 'Mighty Eighth' turned the tide of the war. With never-before-seen home movie footage of B-17s returning to their British bases and the white-knuckle recollections of pilots and bombardiers, BATTLE STATIONS chronicles the development and operational history of America's first four-engined bomber, flying high over wartime Berlin on the raids that eventually crippled the Nazi regime.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb
Extras:
Extended interview of B-17 Navigator Robert Bily 44:39 - 56:19

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The story of HMS Belfast is one of the most dramatic naval stories of World War Two. When commissioned in 1938, the cruiser HMS Belfast was the most modern warship in Britain's Royal Navy. With rapid-firing six-inch calibre guns and high speed capability, she was designed to patrol the seaways of Britain's vast empire, and playing a part in the sinking of the German warship Scharnhorst during the Battle of North Cape in the Second World War.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb
Extras:
Extended interview of Engineer Artificer Charles Simpson 45:12 - 56:38

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In early 1945 the Nazi submarine U-745 is lost and the body of its captain is found frozen on the island of Foglo. For nearly seventy years the U-boat's fate has remained a mystery. Now after over a decade of painstaking research and underwater exploration the mystery of the U-745 has been solved by the members of Badewanne, a Finnish diving team. While searching, they dispel the myth of the Louhi, a Finnish minelayer that some thought was sunk by its own mine and discover a type of submarine some say was never built. This group of highly skilled technical divers take the viewer on a journey deep below the frigid waters of the Baltic to reveal the secrets of the "Nazi Sunken Sub".

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
Produced by Pipeline 39 Entertainment for National Geographic Channels

https://uboat.net/boats/u745.htm

Badewanne website article on show:
http://badewanne.fi/?page_id=960

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-745

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Using 50 years of BBC history archive film, Dr Alice Roberts explores how our views and understanding of Roman Britain have changed and evolved over the decades. Along the way she investigates a diverse range of subjects from the Roman invasion, through Hadrian's Wall, the Vindolanda tablets and the eventual collapse of Roman rule. Drawing on the work of archaeologists and historians throughout the decades, Alice uncovers how and why our views of this much-loved period of our history have forever been in flux.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Britain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian's_Wall

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Roberts

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Take an up close look at how genetics, hormones and neurological factors are believed to influence our sexual attraction levels to one another. This program makes you rethink the concept of true romance, and see it in an entirely different way. The Science of Sex Appeal isolates every detail of human sex appeal and explores it in terms of its evolution and function. It shows us what is genetic, what is hormonal, and what neurological. What is based on sight, what on smell and what on small, subtle cues like voice and movement? Ultimately, it takes one of our deepest subconscious processes and lays it out to us in shocking and specific detail. You'll never look at a stranger, or your loved one, or yourself, in quite the same way again.

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In the aftermath Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy designed and built an entirely new generation of warships. Incredibly, they did not have to wait for the next conflict to see duty -- in fact, they played a vital role throughout most of World War II. It's creed was 'to go in harms's way,' its motto....kill or be killed. On June 4, 1942, as the Imperial Navy suffered its first major defeat at Midway, the first Fletcher class destroyer was commissioned in Boston. By the end of the war, there were well over 100 of these revolutionary warships in the water, performing every imaginable task, from protecting carriers to bombarding enemy troops on land. Through visits to surviving Fletchers, the recollections of crewmen who served aboard them and a vast library of archival film, BATTLE STATIONS tells the story of these extraordinary vessels.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: James Faulkner
Extras:
Extended interview with Bill Mercer (Gunner) 45:16 - 57:48
Confidential - US Navy Photographic Report (film) - USS Saufley (EDDE 465)
"Living Conditions" 57:48 - 1:05:37

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It was at the centre of one of the most famous naval conflicts of all time, the Battle of Trafalgar. From its decks, Admiral Nelson oversaw the destruction of the combined Spanish and French fleets - even as he met his own death. The HMS Victory remains in the service of the Royal Navy some 200 years after its moment of glory. BATTLE STATIONS takes us aboard the legendary ship. From this unrivalled historical backdrop, we paint a picture of what it was like to serve on one of these "Wooden Walls" 200 years ago. Dramatic reconstructions take us into the heat of the fierce battles of the age of sail, showing just how these epic conflicts were fought and what life was like for the sailors of that day. Follow the crew and feel the excitement and drama as they take their "action stations." From the most famous warship in British history, this is a fascinating look at England's Royal Warships.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Victory

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From a remote German island in the Baltic Sea, the first successful launch of a rocket into the stratosphere took place in October 1942. Originally all the scientist had wanted to do was go to the moon, but instead they had created Hitler's most advanced weapon of terror. This is the story of the Nazi's last desperate bid to turn the tide of WWII by unleashing an arsenal of sinister weapons. Known as V-1, a prototype cruise missile, and V-2, the first ballistic missile, the weapons caused immense civilian casualties. Enter the world of rocket scientists, secret weapons, and the race to destroy two of Hitler's most elusive weapons.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: James Faulkner
Produced by Flashback Television in association with The Imperial War Museum for The History Channel
Extras:
Extended interview with Cyril Demarne (Chief Fire Officer) 44:55 - 57:28
WWII film about Antwerp X defence system 57:28 - 1:02:58
V2 launch footage 1:02:58 - 1:04:59

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In the aftermath of World War II, the Soviet Union and America helped themselves to a treasure trove of Nazi technology. Out of these spoils came two very similar jets--the MiG 15 and the F-86. But the MiG came first, and its effectiveness shocked the unsuspecting West and threatened to turn the tide of the undeclared air war over the Cold War battleground of Korea. MiG-15: RUSSIAN STEALTH reveals how the Soviets combined domestic ingenuity and "borrowed" European technology to produce this legendary fighter. Veterans of the very first jet versus jet dogfights reveal what it was like to fly the MiG in combat conditions, while Soviet archival film documents these once-secret engagements. Travel back to the dawn of the jet age for a fascinating look at the plane that panicked the West.

Alexander4History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb
Extended Interview with No Kum-Sok (North Korean MiG pilot who defected) 44:59 - 56:52
"We Flew The MIG" film about US pilots flying the MiG 56:52 - 1:08:12

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Kum-sok

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