Battleground Specials

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season

This TV series is about looking at the history behind famous battles. The show focuses on US battles and the events that led up to them. Each episode showcases a different battle. There are interviews with veterans and experts on the subject who give a firsthand experience of what it is/was like for both those fighting and civilians. The show also includes real footage of the battleground filmed during those times. The point is to give people a better sense of what the battle was like for those living in it and the significance it had towards shaping our country.

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Office of Special Investigations
46. Office of Special Investigations
December 26, 2012
Defines mission and organization. Depicts selection and training of personnel. Shows how OSI conducts individual background security checks. Explains techniques of criminal investigation and crime laborator
Attack On the 4th of July
45. Attack On the 4th of July
July 4, 2011
The story of the July 4th, 2009, attack on Combat Outpost Zerok in Afghanistan and the men of Able Company 3-509. Emphasis is on the dedication, teamwork and camaraderie of the men of Able Company. Features real battle footage.
Shamrock Black
44. Shamrock Black
May 2, 2011
Stories from the trauma wards of the 349th and 452nd Combat Support Hospitals in Afghanistan, focusing on their treatment and care for local Afghan citizens.
Car Bomb at the Gate
43. Car Bomb at the Gate
June 3, 2011
The story of a car bomb attack on an American base in Afghanistan as told by witnesses and actual footage. The attack killed no Americans, but resulted in numerous Afghan casualities.
Patrol Base Devoe
42. Patrol Base Devoe
April 15, 2011
Charlie Troop Soldiers defend Patrol Base Devoe, Afghanistan, from an insurgent attack in July 2009. The base is named after their fallen brother.
American Dreadnaught
41. American Dreadnaught
June 2, 2011
The story of the battleship USS New Jersey from first commissioning in World War II to being re-commissioned for service during the Korean War and once again for service during the Vietnam War.
Fort Sill:  The Field Artillery Center
39. Fort Sill: The Field Artillery Center
September 2, 2011
Through the eyes of two Civil War artillerymen, visit Fort Sill and learn its history on the 100th anniversary of its founding. Then, see the artillery center and school, museum and a live fire demonstration.
The Army in Space and Under the Sea
36. The Army in Space and Under the Sea
June 1, 2011
Spotlights Army contributions to the space program and its underwater salvage operations. Also, highlights the Army's early contributions in rocketry, mapping the moon and communications.
Ready Round the World
35. Ready Round the World
July 8, 2011
An account of the men on guard around the world, depicting America's military readiness and strength in the complex international world of the 1960s.
Timetable for Crises
34. Timetable for Crises
June 24, 2011
Profiles the role of the U.S. Army in Berlin from Victory in Europe Day 1945 to the critical summer of 1961 during the Berlin Crisis.
The Army's Music Men
33. The Army's Music Men
July 6, 2011
The story of the U.S. Army bands and musicians who provide music to lift the steps of our Soldiers.
15th Air Force Heritage
32. 15th Air Force Heritage
July 13, 2011
The history of the 15th Air Force with emphasis on the bomber and tanker teams.
The Drill Sergeant
31. The Drill Sergeant
May 20, 2011
Focuses on one Army Drill Sergeant as he goes about his daily duties of shaping and molding young civilians into Soldiers.
USO 30 Years of Service
30. USO 30 Years of Service
July 7, 2011
Highlights the important role the USO plays in entertaining the troops in wartime. Takes a look at the United Service Organizations' (USO) service to servicemen and women, from San Francisco to Boston and from Southeast Asia to Italy.
The Medical Aspects of Nuclear Radiation
29. The Medical Aspects of Nuclear Radiation
June 22, 2011
Demonstrates the effects of nuclear radiation on the human body, emphasizing the fact that body resistance varies with individuals. One of a series of motion pictures produced for general information on the subject of atomic weapons defense.
The Soldier's Heritage
28. The Soldier's Heritage
June 14, 2011
Reviews the hardships and victories of the American soldier from the Revolutionary War to today. Documents the heritage of the American Soldier's courage and sacrifice in his determination to preserve freedom throughout the history of our nation.
To Serve a Soldier
27. To Serve a Soldier
June 28, 2011
Services and facilities made available by Army Special Services to U.S. Soldiers around the world, including service clubs, arts and crafts programs, libraries, Soldier Shows, sports programs, USO shows, and R&R programs.
From Kitty Hawk to Aerospace
26. From Kitty Hawk to Aerospace
May 5, 2011
Highlights the advances in aviation technology from the Wright Brothers to NASA. Traces the history of American aviation and stresses the influence of science and technology on the advancement of aircraft. From primitive bi-wing machines to space travel.
Bomb Squad-USN
25. Bomb Squad-USN
September 1, 2011
Highlights the skill of the USN when defusing explosive devices In the battlefield and the intensive training and study involved.
Fleets in Being
24. Fleets in Being
August 3, 2011
The make up and mission of the U.S. Navy, its threat to enemy powers, naval mission areas and fleet deployment.
The Stars and Stripes
23. The Stars and Stripes
July 5, 2011
Herbert Mitzgang of the New York Times and famed commentator H.R. Baukhage tell the story of this world-famous Army newspaper.
Greyhounds of the Sea
22. Greyhounds of the Sea
May 31, 2011
A closer look at the US Naval Destroyer and its role throughout important battles. From the first Bainbridge to the modern nuclear model, the story of the destroyer reveals the saga.
Ranger
21. Ranger
April 29, 2011
Highlights the skills and training needed to be a US Army Ranger. Visit Fort Benning, GA, where selected officers and men are trained to develop their leadership skills to the ultimate degree, earning the coveted Ranger shoulder tab.
The Strength of SAC
20. The Strength of SAC
May 27, 2011
Depicts the constant readiness of Strategic Air Command's people, bombers and missiles to defend the country, and portrays around-the-clock operations while SAC personnel tell how they carry out their important missions.
Blood, Ink, and Oil
19. Blood, Ink, and Oil
April 28, 2011
Showcases the work of combat artists and the images captured on the battlefield. Features paintings form the Navy's Combat Art Center in Washington, DC. With interviews with artists and historical footage to present a graphic portrait of combat artists.
4th Armored Division
18. 4th Armored Division
August 4, 2011
Shows how the 4th Armored Division ("Name Enough") kept ready to provide armored support for the ground forces of NATO in West Germany and how the men fostered excellent German/American relations.
Sealab 1
17. Sealab 1
May 13, 2011
An inside look at the underwater habitat, Sealab 1, and what we can learn from living in intense conditions.
3rd Armored Division
16. 3rd Armored Division
July 28, 2011
A closer look at the successes of the Third Armored Division during World War II and the soldiers' lives off the battlefield. Showcases the enormous power and mobility of the 3rd Armored Division ("Spearhead") in Germany.
Prelude to Taps
15. Prelude to Taps
May 6, 2011
Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as "The Old Guard", perform drills and tableaux to dramatize the role of the U.S. Army in the growth of our country.
The Silver Rifle
14. The Silver Rifle
April 27, 2011
Describes the meaning and tradition behind the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Survive to Fight
13. Survive to Fight
June 13, 2011
Dramatizes activities at an Air Force base following a nuclear attack. Reviews the status of the base and its operational capability to survive. Shows command post operations, reporting of damage, and dispatching.
Seek and Strike
12. Seek and Strike
May 12, 2011
Highlights the historical advantages armored tanks have played in combat during World War II and Vietnam. It looks at the development of mobile armor, and examines the training of a tanker as he learns to move, shoot and communicate from vehicles.
Code of Honor
11. Code of Honor
September 18, 2011
A closer look at the US Air Force Academy and the Honor Code the cadets live by. Also, includes a powerful statement by a Vietnam POW on the long-term benefits of the code.
The Might of the Pen
10. The Might of the Pen
June 17, 2011
Describes the work of the combat historians and combat artists who record the actions and faces of the Army at war.
82nd Airborne Division
9. 82nd Airborne Division
April 25, 2011
Traces the history of the "All-American" 82nd Airborne Division, the first Army airborne division. Focuses on action in World War II, in Santo Domingo in 1965 and in Vietnam.
Blue On Ice
8. Blue On Ice
April 1, 2011
An action study of the Navy bobsled team at Lake Placid, NY, before and during the two- and four-man North American bobsled championship.
Spirit of Freedom
7. Spirit of Freedom
March 31, 2011
A retrosective on the events that shaped American history; the Revolutionary War, Civil War, ending slavery, and World War I and II featuring the U.S. Navy Band.
No Greater Heritage
6. No Greater Heritage
May 19, 2011
Highlights the courage and dedication of the Women's Army Corps, documenting the development of the Corps and the variety of ways WACs served the country in times of war.
The Years Between
5. The Years Between
March 11, 2011
Highlights the events following World War II, Democracy being spread, the rise of Communism, and the Berlin Blockade.
Sportsreel
4. Sportsreel
March 29, 2011
A mix of sports features, including "Ski Jumpers Bite the Snow, " champion European ski jumpers compete in Austria, and "Daytona 200," the 200-mile speed bike classic at Daytona, FL.
The 7th Infantry Division
3. The 7th Infantry Division
March 30, 2011
Highlights the battles of the 7th Infantry Division in Alaska, Hawaii, and throughout the Pacific Islands
The Young Ambassadors
2. The Young Ambassadors
June 8, 2011
Illustrates the scope of Civil Air Patrol's aerospace program and objectives of the International Air Cadet Exchange. Pictures cadets touring aerospace facilities and depicts activity at various locations in the U.S. and Europe.
3rd Infantry Division
1. 3rd Infantry Division
June 30, 2011
Graphically outlines the mission and training of this mechanized infantry division, the "Rock of the Marne," in World War I, World War II, Korea, and its mission in western Europe.
Description

This TV series is about looking at the history behind famous battles. The show focuses on US battles and the events that led up to them. Each episode showcases a different battle. There are interviews with veterans and experts on the subject who give a firsthand experience of what it is/was like for both those fighting and civilians. The show also includes real footage of the battleground filmed during those times. The point is to give people a better sense of what the battle was like for those living in it and the significance it had towards shaping our country.

  • Premiere Date
    June 30, 2011