Missions That Changed the War

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  • 2010
  • 4 Seasons

Missions That Changed the War is a captivating and informative military history show produced by the Military Channel. It sheds light on some of the most significant and game-changing military missions that were executed during some of the most well-known wars in recorded history.

Each episode of this show covers one mission with an in-depth analysis of it. Whether it is a successful or failed attempt, the show always manages to provide insights that the viewers might not have known before. The show's rundown, detailed explanations, and exciting recreations make it an excellent watch for all military enthusiasts.

The host of the show introduces each episode, giving valuable context to the mission, including the triggers and preparations that led to the successful or unsuccessful execution of the task. The show's format then switches between narration, exclusive interviews, and dramatic reenactments of the events that transpired.

It's impressive how the show manages to provide a balanced perspective on both successful and failed missions. The show doesn't shy away from addressing how mission failure affected the war's outcome.

One episode covers Operation Market Garden, a mission in which the Allied forces attempted to grab Rheinland through the Netherlands, hoping to end the war by Christmas 1944. However, after many logistical and strategic setbacks, the mission failed. The show details how the failure led to some of the most severe consequences and how the fallout shook the morale of the Allied forces, giving an edge to the Axis powers.

Another episode is about the Night of the Long Knives, when Hitler ordered the execution of his senior officers, thus ushering a new era in the Nazi regime. The show reveals not only the mechanics of the purge but also its political implications and its effects on the military leadership dynamic.

The show isn't only limited to the European theater of World War I and World War II. It has episodes that touch upon the Middle East crises like the Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm.

The 'Apache Dawn' episode covers the use of advanced technology in warfare by the U.S. military. The episode features an interview with the Apache helicopter pilot who led the attack on the Iraqi forces that had seized the U.S. Black Hawk helicopter during the very start of Operation Desert Storm. The episode traces the events that took place after the Apache launched its attack on Iraq, leading to a more decisive U.S. military victory.

The show's research team delves into historical archives and interviews the people involved in these operations to gather information that has been inaccessible or yet to be revealed.

Without a doubt, Missions That Changed the War is a must-see for anyone interested in military history. It takes war documentary to another level with its engaging narrative, great visual effects, and well-presented scientific facts. The show establishes how tactical maneuvers, technological innovations, and smart decisions can change the outcome of wars, as the title suggests.

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  • Premiere Date
    October 26, 2010