Military Leaders

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  • 2012
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This docuseries takes a close look at some of the most well-known military skirmishes and the men who directed them. The series dissects the strategies and personalities behind the most entertaining of armed conflicts in a way that's sure to please military history buffs.

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Battle of Britain
53. Battle of Britain
December 18, 2004
After invading and occupying other countries one by one, Hitler sets his sights on Britain and orders a massive air invasion.
Rivoli
52. Rivoli
December 5, 2004
Four years after the French Revolution, the fledgling French Republic is vulnerable to attack. Young Napoleon Bonaparte leads his men against the Austrian army.
Barbarians II: Lombards
51. Barbarians II: Lombards
March 7, 2007
The skilled Lombard king Liutprand faces both Roman and Frankish attacks as he vies for supremacy on the crowded Italian peninsula - a sacred land torn between political, religious, and barbarian powers.
San Juan Hill
50. San Juan Hill
November 27, 2004
When the USS Maine mysteriously blows up in Cuba's Havana Harbor, President McKinley declares war against Spain. Young Lieutenant Colonel Teddy Roosevelt leads his troops in a frontal assault up San Juan Hill.
Battle Of Desert Storm
49. Battle Of Desert Storm
October 29, 2004
General Norman Schwarzkopf is the hot-tempered commander at the center of Operation Desert Storm tasked with driving Hussein out of Kuwait. The desert terrain is tough, the enemy is ruthless, and White House orders are impossible.
Battles That Doomed Hitler
48. Battles That Doomed Hitler
December 11, 1999
From the Nazi Blitzkrieg in 1939 to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the Axis tide rolled unchecked -- until a series of battles that spelled doom for Hitler and his allies.
Battle Of Little Big Horn
47. Battle Of Little Big Horn
October 22, 2004
Angered by the Gold Rush and railroad construction, the Sioux tribes rebel. General George Custer charges a major Sioux village, but Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull lead their people in a fierce resistance.
Adolf Hitler
46. Adolf Hitler
April 30, 2012
Historian David Eisenbach takes a closer look at history's most notorious anti-Semite, a man so hell-bent on world domination that his Nazi war machine inflicted death and destruction on millions of innocent victims.
Six Day War, The
45. Six Day War, The
October 1, 2004
Egypt's President Nasser, frustrated with Israel's 1956 victory at the Suez Canal, decides to fight back. But on June 5, 1967, Israeli Minister of Defense Dayan strikes first and a surprise raid decimates Egypt's air force.
The Private Voice Of Hitler
44. The Private Voice Of Hitler
December 16, 2006
Everyone knows the public archive footage of Hitler, but most of it is silent. What was he saying? What did he sound like when he was having a conversation rather than shouting his beliefs to his followers?
Hastings
43. Hastings
November 20, 2004
When King Edward the Confessor dies without an heir, his brother-in-law Harold becomes king. But the illegitimate son of the Duke of Normandy across the English Channel challenges Harold's succession.
Battle Of Chalons
42. Battle Of Chalons
October 8, 2004
Nomadic horsemen led by Attila the Hun race across Europe, cross the Rhine, and ravage Gaul. Former enemies band together against "the Scourge of God" under the leadership of the noble Aetius.
Tet Offensive, The
40. Tet Offensive, The
September 24, 2004
The Communists launch a massive attack against major cities and military bases. General Westmoreland makes a difficult decision to move U.S. troops from "house to house, street to street," fighting the enemy up close.
Battle Of Inchon
39. Battle Of Inchon
September 3, 2004
Supported by Stalin, North Korean dictator Kim Sun launches an invasion into South Korea and quickly occupies the region. Outraged, U.S. president Harry Truman orders General MacArthur to take action.
High Hitler
38. High Hitler
October 10, 2004
Explore the relationship between Hitler and his personal physician, Dr. Theodore Morell. How did amphetamine abuse, Parkinson's Disease, and tertiary syphilis impact the dictator's state of mind?
Battle Of Saratoga
37. Battle Of Saratoga
August 27, 2004
Anxious to overturn George Washington's victories, Burgoyne comes up with a devious plan: Isolate New York, split the colonies, and divide the Revolution.
Battleline: Poland
36. Battleline: Poland
September 9, 1996
The first days of World War II were marked by speedy advances and stunning victories by the German Armies, including a brutally effective new form of mechanized warfare: the Blitzkreig.
Barbarian Massacre
35. Barbarian Massacre
March 26, 2009
Join Terry Schappert as he experiences the rudimentary weaponry, guerrilla fighting tactics, and psychological warfare that made the Barbarians unlikely victors over the Romans at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.
Battle of Stalingrad
34. Battle of Stalingrad
August 13, 2004
Nazi armies sweep through the Soviet Union seeking oil reserves, but at Stalingrad, the Germans face brutal weather, starvation conditions, and a fiercely determined resistance.
Barbarians II: Franks
33. Barbarians II: Franks
March 7, 2007
A legendary leader said to be half man, half monster, Merovius descends upon Gaul, setting the stage for his sons' conquest over both Roman and Visigoth armies with savage destruction.
Stalin's Supercity
32. Stalin's Supercity
October 17, 2007
Follow a team of historical detectives as they use evidence from recent excavations, scientific studies, and historical documents to piece together clues about how the Soviet Union looked during Josef Stalin's rule.
Joseph Stalin
31. Joseph Stalin
February 2, 2006
Learn about the vast psychological and physical foundation that supported Joseph Stalin in his rise to become a terrifying personification of evil in the 20th century.
Barbarians II: Vandals
30. Barbarians II: Vandals
March 5, 2007
The Vandals infiltrate the Roman borders in northern Gaul and sweep into Spain, making their name synonymous with lawless destruction, looting, and terror.
Barbarians II: Saxons
29. Barbarians II: Saxons
March 6, 2007
The brutal Saxons take advantage of a tyrant king's foolish invitation and make their way deep into an island ripe for conquest, facing the Christians in battle for power and land.
Battle of Iwo Jima
28. Battle of Iwo Jima
December 18, 2004
During WWII, the tiny island of Iwo Jima acted as an advance Japanese airbase. Seen as a critical stepping-stone to the attack on mainland Japan, it was part of the bloodiest and most heroic chapter in U.S. Marine Corps history.
Battle Of Gettysburg
27. Battle Of Gettysburg
October 15, 2004
Confederate General Robert E. Lee has won battle after battle against the Union Army, prompting a frustrated President Lincoln to appoint General George Meade to lead the Union to fight another day.
Barbarians: Huns
26. Barbarians: Huns
August 26, 2004
The Huns' best-known leader, Atilla, is called "the Scourge of God." Under his leadership the Huns bring parts of the Roman Empire to the verge of destruction.
Battle Of Waterloo
25. Battle Of Waterloo
August 20, 2004
Liberated from exile, Napoleon raises an army and attacks Belgium in 1815. A master of the "divide and conquer" strategy, he plans to attack a vital communication point between the English and Prussian armies.
Barbarians: Mongols
24. Barbarians: Mongols
July 16, 2004
Examine the invasion of nomadic warriors that overwhelmed the Ottoman Empire.
Stalingrad
23. Stalingrad
February 9, 2006
The German Army was modern, well-trained, and well-led. By comparison the Red Army was inexperienced and ill-equipped. So how did the Russians win the bloodbath at Stalingrad?
Battle Of The Bulge
22. Battle Of The Bulge
July 23, 2004
In a sneak attack, German forces storm Ardennes, where Allied forces are spread thin. It's up to General Eisenhower to keep the Germans from breaking through.
Halsey vs. Kurita
21. Halsey vs. Kurita
September 30, 2001
In October 1944, Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey and Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita presided over the largest clash of naval arms in history as U.S. troops moved to recapture the Philippines' Leyte Gulf from Japan.
Barbarians' Lair
20. Barbarians' Lair
December 1, 2008
From the swords of barbarian hordes to the guns of the Spanish Empire, Europe's darkest days lasted 1,000 years. Beneath the streets, another world was being carved out.
MacArthur vs. Yamashita
19. MacArthur vs. Yamashita
November 11, 2001
Between October 1944 and August '45, General MacArthur and his men recaptured the Philippines from the Japanese in the single largest U.S. campaign in the Pacific. But the Japanese had one weapon the Americans did not.
Hitler and Stalin: Roots of Evil
18. Hitler and Stalin: Roots of Evil
April 29, 2003
An examination of the paranoia, cold-bloodedness, and sadism of two of the 20th century's most brutal dictators and mass murderers: Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
Lee at Gettysburg
17. Lee at Gettysburg
March 11, 2006
Arguably America's greatest general since George Washington, General Robert E. Lee gambled his army and the future of the Confederacy in one epic battle during three bloodiest days in American history.
Alexander: Lord of War
16. Alexander: Lord of War
April 19, 2009
Explore how the legendary commander leads his armies into India, where he faces one of the most difficult tactical challenges in military history.
Greece: Age of Alexander
15. Greece: Age of Alexander
October 23, 2006
The Ancient Greeks laid a foundation that has supported nearly 3000 years of European history, from philosophers and Olympian gods to great conquering armies and the beginnings of democracy.
Braveheart's Scotland
14. Braveheart's Scotland
September 11, 2006
New research allows us to journey back to the 13th-century world of William Wallace. Traveling down secret pathways beneath Scotland, rediscover a surprisingly sophisticated culture that Wallace died to protect.
Hannibal: The Annihilator
13. Hannibal: The Annihilator
March 9, 2009
Hannibal's merciless attacks on Roman soil dealt a near-fatal blow to the soon-to-be Empire. Sworn by his father to a blood oath against the Romans, Hannibal of Carthage does the unthinkable.
Saddam Vs. Schwarzkopf
11. Saddam Vs. Schwarzkopf
January 20, 2002
In 1991, five months after Iraq invaded Kuwait, a U.N.-sanctioned coalition retaliated with an air offensive and Operation Desert Storm, pitting "Stormin' Norman" against the "Butcher of Baghdad."
Sherman's March
10. Sherman's March
April 22, 2007
General William Tecumseh Sherman's legacy was built during a five-week campaign of terror known as "total war." Learn how Sherman's March led to Confederate surrender.
Rommel Vs. Montgomery
9. Rommel Vs. Montgomery
October 22, 2000
Examine the strategies of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps and General Bernard Law Montgomery's Eighth Army during their desert campaign in North Africa and Tunisia during World War II.
Churchill's Secret Bunkers
8. Churchill's Secret Bunkers
August 28, 2006
During WWII, a vast complex of bunkers was constructed under the streets of London. Using cutting-edge technology, explore this lost world -- an entire subterranean city built to keep the British government running.
Lee & Grant
7. Lee & Grant
May 31, 2011
A personal look at two iconic leaders of the Civil War. Surprising details reveal the bold choices and almost godlike power Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee summoned on decisive battlefields like Vicksburg and Gettysburg.
Lord Cornwallis
6. Lord Cornwallis
December 30, 2006
British General Charles, Lord Cornwallis was considered one of Britain's finest field officers until the American Revolution put his beliefs -- and his most deeply held loyalties -- to the test.
Washington Crossing The Delaware
5. Washington Crossing The Delaware
June 29, 2004
On an icy, unforgiving Christmas night in 1776, General George Washington leads his troops across the treacherous Delaware River -- a bold decision that will become a turning point in the American Revolution.
Lost Empire of Genghis Khan
4. Lost Empire of Genghis Khan
January 29, 2007
Genghis Khaan and his Mongol Horde created the largest land empire in recorded history and they did it in less than seventy years. How were they able to achieve military dominance on such a grand scale?
Eisenhower Vs. Rundstedt (D-Day)
3. Eisenhower Vs. Rundstedt (D-Day)
November 25, 2001
In arguably the most important battle of World War II, Allied Commander Eisenhower faced German Field Marshal Rundstedt on the beaches of Normandy, knowing that victory would be crucial to the outcome of the war.
Napoleon: Steel Monster
2. Napoleon: Steel Monster
December 18, 2006
Centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, France stood on the edge of utter disaster. From the ashes emerged one of the greatest military strategists in history: Napoleon.
George Patton
1. George Patton
April 9, 2012
Maverick historian David Eisenbach uncovers the secrets of World War II's greatest combat general, George S. Patton, from his dyslexia to his status as an international contraband smuggler.
Description

This docuseries takes a close look at some of the most well-known military skirmishes and the men who directed them. The series dissects the strategies and personalities behind the most entertaining of armed conflicts in a way that's sure to please military history buffs.Military Leaders is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (51 episodes). The series first aired on April 9, 2012.

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  • Premiere Date
    April 9, 2012