Some were civilians transformed nearly overnight into soldiers. Some were the staunch protectors of an island nation and its far-flung holdings. Together, they won World War II. THE ALLIES is a unique look at the greatest conflict in history as seen through the eyes of the soldiers who fought for America and Britain. Examine how the grand strategies of the Allied commanders were made real by these unsung heroes, and stand beside them in some of the most storied battles ever fought, from North Africa to D-Day to the Pacific campaign. See how the American army was built from scratch, and watch rare footage of their training. It's a remarkable, intimate view of war at its most immediate, told by the men who were there.
They fought for the losing side in the greatest conflict in history. Allied propaganda painted them as killing machines, willing to fight to the death for the master race or their emperor. But what is the truth about the Axis' soldiers? FOOT SOLDIER: THE AXIS is a penetrating look at the men who fought for Hitler, Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito. Rare films show their training exercises and the brutal reality of some of history's bloodiest engagements. Get an up-close view of what it was like to fight for Rommel in Africa, to endure the bitter cold of the Eastern Front, and to battle American Marines at Okinawa and Iwo Jima through extensive documents and testimony from the men who were there. Like no other program available, FOOT SOLDIER: THE AXIS is a unique portrait of the men who fought and died for the enemy during World War II.
They lived by the code of chivalry and woke to the sounds of trumpets. They owed their position and power to the lords whose desperate striving for glory and land rocked Europe for centuries. FOOT SOLDIER: THE MEDIEVAL SOLDIER is a unique look at the lives of the common soldier in the countless and continual wars of the Middle Ages. Drawing on ancient accounts of battles, rare artworks, the latest discoveries and groundbreaking scholarship, a complete account of the lot of these overlooked soldiers emerges. Told in a refreshing, vibrant style, THE MEDIEVAL SOLDIER marches into the heart of history, showing what it was like to fight with the sword and bow and arrow in the armies of feudal lords.
They were sent by the millions to wage a war that ranged across a continent. They were armed with weapons the likes of which had never been seen. They fought the first modern war, and often, they had to make up the rules as they went along. The men who fought the First World War occupy a unique place in the history of combat. They were the first to employ and face weapons like poison gas and the machine gun. In trenches that ranged for miles, they battled not just the enemy, but disease, malnutrition and the elements. FOOT SOLDIER: WORLD WAR I is a gripping look at the ordinary soldiers who fought in this global war. Go into the trenches alongside the Kaiser's soldiers, and stand beside the French and English infantrymen who opposed them. And march with the American "doughboys" as they finally entered the conflict. First person accounts, photos and rare footage from the front bring home the horror and heroism of the "War to End All Wars".
For 3,000 years, the Egyptians commanded one of the greatest empires ever seen. At the heart of that empire was the world's first organized army. And the lifeblood of that army were the foot soldiers, men who did the pharaoh's bidding and so helped build a kingdom that stretched from the Nile Valley across the Middle East. FOOT SOLDIER: THE EGYPTIANS is a fresh, vibrant look at what life was like in the pharaohs' army. Ancient accounts from Egypt and its enemies reveal how they fought, and dramatic re-enactments bring their great battles to life. More than a dry chronicle of battles and borders, FOOT SOLDIER reveals the day to day realities of life for these ancient warriors. What did they do when they weren't fighting? How did they protect the borders and guard conquered territory? The latest archaeological evidence, computer reconstructions, ancient art and modern theories combine to create an entertaining and illuminating look at the men who made up the world's first army. Narrated by Home Improvement's Richard Karn.
They swept across Europe like no army since the Roman Legion. Brandishing powerful new weapons and commanded by one of history's greatest generals, they altered the course of history. During the late 18th century, Napoleon set out to conquer the world and made a pretty good start of it. Leading the way were his royal legions, the foot soldiers, who swiftly conquered all that stood before them. Through contemporary accounts, period artwork, the latest scholarship and extensive re- enactments, THE NAPOLEONIC SOLDIER presents a detailed picture of what life was like in Napoleon's armies. Follow the soldiers on their epic campaigns, including the disastrous attempt to capture Moscow, which saw the army reduced to a miniscule fraction of its former strength and opened the door to Napoleon's downfall. From Austerlitz to Waterloo, this is a revealing look at the ordinary men who made up one of history's most fabled armies.