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Against the Odds looks at individuals who fought in battle, and how they managed to survive. The series looks at how they had to rely on teamwork, and how even small mistakes could result in their entire unit being wiped out. The series involves a number of interviews with persons who fought in combat, and they reflect on the importance of having friends while serving. The first episodes in Against the Odds principally look at World War 2, and the series is narrated by Rob Lowe.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
March 3, 2014
Documentary & Biography, Military & War
Cast: Lindsay Wagner, Everett McGill
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Against the Odds Full Episode Guide

  • An armored German battle in northwestern France in August 1944 is driven off by an Army National Guard unit, even though they are outgunned, outnumbered and somewhat surrounded.

  • Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, helped lead the charge into Iraq's most dangerous city in 2004. Battling in the bloodiest, most sustained house-to-house urban combat American soldiers had seen since Vietnam would prove costly for the men.

  • Charlie Company of the 1st Cavalry Division wanders into an NVA stronghold. A blistering attack leaves supplies low, casualties mounting and the enemy circle tightening. Team Alpha hearing the distress calls, volunteers to try the difficult rescue.

  • The noble warriors of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines face down an overwhelming North Vietnamese Army in Dai Do and rescue their fellow Marines. Tattered, torn and depleted the men of Echo Company repeatedly deny the enemy its victory.

  • The attack on Peleliu Island in the Pacific by Marines on the Japanese in September 1944 and the fight that went on for over two months are retold.

  • Featuring World War II paratroopers from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. These brave soldiers fought from D-Day on June 6, 1944, to Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps at the close of the war in Europe.

  • During the Korean War, an undermanned Marine rifle company, Bloody George, takes on the odds.

  • One of the most incredible battles of WWII was taking a nondescript hill on the embattled island of Okinawa. The Charlie Company marines strained against the Pacific sun to get to the top of Sugar Loaf Hill.

  • The seemingly defeated Germans secretly got 600,000 battle-hardened troops in December of 1944 into an offensive to capture Antwerp, the center of the Allied supply chain. But because of those "Damned Engineers," the Germans never get to Antwerp.

  • Three U.S. Marine battalions who were under-strength attacked and defeated entrenched enemy troops at Hue City. Featuring the stories of the young men of Alpha, Fox, Golf and Hotel Companies who fought and recaptured Hue City.

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