COMING SOON...Stalingrad was one of the most decisive battles on the Eastern Front in the Second World War. The Soviet Union inflicted a catastrophic defeat on the German Army in and around this strategically important city on the Volga river, which bore the name of the Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin.
In the summer of 1942, Hitler launched a major offensive into southern Russia, seeking to destroy what was left of the Soviet Army and ultimately capture the Caucasus oilfields. The initial advance went well, and the German Sixth Army under General Friedrich von Paulus was ordered to capture the city. But Stalin demanded it be defended at all costs. Every available soldier and civilian was mobilised.
Stalingrad was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe, and the ruins became the scene for months of bitter street fighting. By October most of the city was in German hands, but the Russians clung onto the banks of the Volga, across which they ferried vital reserves.
Meanwhile, Soviet General Georgi Zhukov built up fresh forces either side of the city, and in November launched a massive assault to surround and trap von Paulus’s army. Forbidden to break out by Hitler, the Sixth Army endured until February 1943, when its exhausted remnants surrendered.
The Germans lost a total of 500,000 men during the Stalingrad campaign, including 91,000 taken prisoner.
This fascinating documentary outlines the treatment and personal experiences of the many millions that were taken captive during the conflict
In the summer of 1942, Rommel’s Afrika Korps swept across the Western Desert, sending the Allied forces into full retreat. Driven back deep into Egypt, Montgomery’s 8th Army dug in along the El Alamein Line, prepared for battle. This factual film portrays the events leading up to and during, one of the greatest battles in the Second World War, the Battle of El Alamein, followed by an overview of the war fought in the deserts of North Africa.
The most famous battles between the might carrier fleets of the Axis and Allied forces of the Second World War
A fascinating documentary analysing the events and political motivations that resulted in the catastrophe that was World War Two.
Beginning with the construction of Germany’s Siegfried Line or West Wall, this one hour film concentrates on the war fought throughout Europe, initially outlining the German advance up until the fall of France, followed by the allies ‘long road back’, with the final destruction and surrender of Berlin.
France had fallen, only Britain now stood in the way of Nazi Germany's forces
Fighting in the skies with petrol laden aircraft was going to result in heavy demands for plastic surgical treatment for badly burnt pilots and aircrew. To direct the operations came Sir Archibald McIndoe, his patients became known as 'Guinea Pigs' and what transpired over the next few years can only be regarded as one of the most fascinating stories of the war.
Up to 17 per cent of children could have symptoms consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) according to new research in Preventative Medicine by the University of Bristol The UK has the fourth highest level of prenatal alcohol use in the world, but no estimates existed from a population-based study on how many people may have FASD Considered to be a relatively ‘hidden disability’ It is thought to be under-diagnosed with only one specialist clinic in England. So What is FASD ? Why do we know so little about it ? Is it preventable ? These questions and more are answered in this new film ‘FASD The Hidden Disability‘
A study of man's impact on the environment. Featuring John Craven (BBC Newsround) the late celebrity chef Keith Floyd, model Paula Hamilton, actor Jenny Seagrove and weather reporter Ulrika Jonnson.
“This compelling film follows the course of the Hindenburg’s last flight and unravels the mystery of one of the greatest disasters of the 20th Century” New York / Lakehurst, May 6th 1937, 7 pm: The "Hindenburg" has come all the way from Europe - a luxurious flying hotel, faster than any ship. The pride of the Third Reich prepares to land, and hundreds of onlookers have gathered to watch. Then, all of a sudden, a burst of flame appeared on the outer cover, just forward of the upper fin. In a matter of seconds, the largest airship ever built goes down in a fiery blaze. With the assistance of NASA experts, this compelling documentary follows the course of the Hindenburg’s last flight and unravels the mystery of one of the greatest disasters this century.
A collection of the most ‘iconic’ moments in motor racing, from the 1950s through to the 1970s
A collection of the most ‘iconic’ moments in cricket, from the 1950s through to the 1970s
A collection of the most 'iconic' moments inthe golden age of football, from the 1950s through to the 1970s