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the people of Malaya came under the Japanese Occupation, the
oppression they faced brought to life an underground movement
of Communism. The guerrilla fighters waged a long-drawn
war from the jungles, using unorthodox strategies that gave
them a strong advantage over their more powerful enemies.
The Base was where they fought from, a hidden city of underground
tunnels that protected them and enabled them to outsmart and
outlast for six long decades.
tells their story. Through dramatic enactment, real
photographs and indepth interviews, The Base recalls how the
war was fought by a small band of fighters against the British,
Malaysian and Thai armed forces.
3 x 48'
The ability to break the enemy's codes proved vital in both
the First and the Second World Wars. In fact it was to be
the key factor in achieving victory. BREAKING THE CODES reveals
how this was achieved. Using rare footage and exclusive interviews,
these programs take you inside Room 40 where the codes of
the German Fleet were cracked during World War One, and where
deciphered messages helped bring America into the war. Go
behind the doors of once top secret Bletchly Park - Station
X - to discover how the British successfully broke the ENIGMA
code, a task thought completely impossible. Cracking ENIGMA
gave Britain a huge advantage, and the cracking of the hardest
code of all - NAVAL ENIGMA - allowed the Royal Navy and Coastal
Command to finally fight back against the menace of the U-Boat
packs that had almost succeeded in bringing the country to
her knees. Codebreaking proved just as vital in winning the
war in the Pacific. Discover how the Americans successfully
cracked the Japanese PURPLE code - but failed to use their
advantage to prevent the attack on Pearl Harbor - and the
JN25 Japanese naval code which won the Battle of Midway and
turned the tide of war in the Pacific
Part One: The Road to Stalingrad
2 x 60'
Russia's war with Germany lasted 4 years, claimed 28 million
lives and changed the map of Europe for half a century. This
film shows the achievement and the heroism of the men and
women who endure the fighting and who have suffered on a scale
almost unknown in the West.
It begins with humiliation for Stalin as Hitler launches the
onslaught of Operation Barbarossa in 1941.
Part Two: The
Road to Berlin
2 x 60'
Millions of dead, German enslavement and terror in vast areas
of occupied Russia. Yet after two years of desperate carnage
the German attack on Russia is finally halted and the Russian
counter attack begins. Beginning with the destruction of the
German Sixth Army at Stalingrad, this is the story of the
Red Army's epic struggle to drive the Germans from Russian
territory and then to invade the Reich and reach Berlin.
2 x 52'
Peter Batty's acclaimed films piece together the complete
and extraordinary story of the quest for the ultimate weapon
- how scientists and politicians in Germany, Britain, USA,
and the Soviet Union battled to unleash a terrifying power
they did not understand. The men who created the Nuclear
Age were: The 'Father of the Bomb' - Robert Oppenheimer, Manhattan
Project boss General Groves, and Edward Teller and Stanislaw
Ulam, the 'makers' of the H-Bomb. Its terrifying implications
The Public Face
1 x 60'
All the action, glory and sacrifices. D-Day has finally dawned,
the future of European civilization could hinge on this day.
This documentary shows the detailed planning, ingenious preparations
and sheer fury of allied war effort on land, sea and air,
which was to prove the beginning of the end of Hitler.
For the first time, we look back a half century at the way
cinema audiences first learnt of the unfolding of Operation
Overlord and the fate of their loved ones on the field of
Hit songs of the day, courtesy of Glen Miller, The Andrews
Sisters, Vera Lynn, George Formby and Marlene Dietrich conjure
up the mood and spirit of a time when we cheered our boys
on to ever greater and nobler conquests. Presented by Falkland's
War Hero Simon Weston.
5 x 52'
The first truly objective history of the Algerian War, an
eight year conflict that caused the fall of six French Prime
Ministers and the collapse of the 4th Republic.
It brought de Gaulle to power, but also almost saw his demise
and twice brought civil strife to mainland France. This was
perhaps the last and most significant of the old style colonial
1 x 50'
This is the remarkable story of Reinhard Gehlen, former Head
of the West German Secret Service, who helped to found the
CIA, the American Central Intelligence Agency.
Over the years he has been called many names such as 'The
man in shadows', 'The man with a thousand ears' and 'The man
of a million mysteries'. Gehlen was Hitler's Chief of Intelligence
on the Russian Front during WWII. But long before May 1945
he had secreted himself and his files on the Soviets away
from Berlin to the so-called Alpine Redoubt in southern Germany,
while he waited his chance to bargain for his freedom with
the advancing Americans.
In this program the story is traced from Gehlen's joining
the Nazi Party during the early 1930's to his retirement on
a CIA pension in the late 1960's. He died in 1979.
5 x 50'
The story of the background and build up to the 1941 head-on
clash of two of the mightiest armies Man has ever known. Notable
contributions from key participants such as Albert Speer tell
the story behind Hitler's opening attack on Russia and the
battle that followed with the loss of at least 20 million
BATTLE FOR THE
The story of the last German offensive of the Second World
War, the biggest single pitched battle of the Western front
with more than a million troops taking part. Includes previously
unseen German film of the campaign.
BATTLE FOR CASSINO
Described as brilliant and intensely moving' by the London
Times on UK transmission, this film tells the story of one
of the most tragic and grueling battles of WWII, a battle
fought under the hypnotic glare of the Benedictine monastery
on the summit of Monte-Cassino.
BATTLE FOR WARSAW
The tragic story of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising in which nearly
a quarter of a million Poles lost their lives is told with
unique archive footage and remarkable eye-witness accounts
from principal survivors.
BATTLE FOR DIEN
A battle that ranks as one of the most decisive and seminal
battles of recent times, the outcome of which led directly
to American involvement in Vietnam. The story is told from
he French colonization of Indo-China in the last century through
to the climactic Vietnamese siege of early 1954.
UNION: The Story
of The American Civil War 1861-1865
5 x 52'
This definitive documentary series on the American Civil
War received widespread
critical acclaim. Distinguished film maker Peter Batty wrote,
directed and produced this five part series that tells the
story of a conflict that was the most exacting test Americans
had ever faced.
A war where one in four who took part never survived and where,
in many cases, brother fought against brother and neighbor
WARS IN PEACE:
Regional conflict from Korea to the Gulf
12 x 26' or 12 x 35'
Since the end of World War Two, warfare has continued to rage
across the planet despite the prolonged peace in Europe. A
series of regional conflicts has enabled the major powers
to continue to develop skills in warfare and weapons, on sea,
on land and in the air.
Now, with the nuclear stalemate ended and with open warfare
returning to Europe, the lessons of the "WARS IN PEACE"
become increasingly important and frighteningly relevant.
What are the techniques of guerrilla warfare that can defeat
highly equipped and trained armies, what weapons are now available
for attackers and defenders, what has technology developed
for the future and what is the role of the individual fighters.
Above all who really wins?
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