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Secrets of War (aka Sworn To Secrecy: Secrets of War) is a documentary television series broadcast on the History Channel featuring 65 episodes. Actor Charlton Heston narrated the show that detailed various information and facts that were obtained through often rare archival footage. Information sources also came from messages, former classified messages and expert, author and eyewitness interviews from all over the globe.

The series originally was to take place over 26 hours. However, it was expanded due to its popularity. The beginning 13 hours concerned World War II, along with the largely secret information that was kept by the British Official Secrets Act until it was released between 1975 and the 1990s.

The second part of the series dealt with many of the other conflicts during the 20th century. The rest of the series detailed many other battles, wars, intrigues and espionage. This included topics such as spy planes, chemical warfare and weaponry, as well as code breakers and prisoners of war.

Key participants in every major conflict during the 20th century were interviewed, including some authors with different perspectives of the secret nature of war. The creators of the series worked along with the most prominent spies during the period. Participants included former CIA Directors Richard Helms, James Woolsey and Dr. James Schlesinger.

The series also drew interest from many other notables who were previously unwilling to document their involvements in war-related activities. These people included Henry Kissinger, Dan Quayle, Robert McNamara, James A. Baker III, John H. Sununu, Jack Valenti, John K. Singlaub, Howard K. Smith, David Eisenhower, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Senator John McCain and Dr. Sergei Khrushchev.

Each episode lasts one hour during which a specific, strong and very factual story is told that is backed with facts, rare footage and interviews. The production includes 3D graphics, historical retracing shots and on-location shoots along with the extensive use of reenactments to tell the stories in a compelling and visual way.

Fireworks International
5 Seasons, 95 Episodes
July 13, 1998
Documentary & Biography
7.3/10
Cast: Charlton Heston
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Secrets of War Full Episode Guide

  • Learn how Saddam Hussein used an impressive combination of cunning and deception to befriend the West while secretly developing weapons of mass destruction, and putting the welfare of his own people at risk.

  • Before Leonid Brezhnev signed nuclear arms reduction agreements with the West, he put the Soviets in multiple conflicts, from getting involved in Vietnam and in the Arab-Israeli conflicts to covertly invading Afghanistan.

  • Uncover the secrets behind Ho Chi Minh's control of Vietnam and his ability to push the Japanese, the French and the Americans out of his country during his thirty year long dynasty.

  • Take a deeper look into fascist Italy and the unknown stories of the shadowy figures who protected Mussolini from the very beginning of his power to his questionable alliance with Nazi Germany.

  • Explore one of the most enduring revolutionaries of the 20th century. From CIA assassination attempts foiled by Cuban Intelligence agents to Castro's secret pacts with the Soviets and his survival after the Cold War.

  • Learn how former CIA director President George Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf, General Colin Powell and others collected and analyzed the crucial information needed to develop their deceptive and devastating battlefield strategy in the Persian Gulf.

  • Although he tried to distance himself from Stalin's ruthless regime, Khrushchev brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Take a deeper look into the Cuban Missile Crisis from the Soviet perspective, as well as brutal repressions in Poland and Hungary against Communist resistors.

  • Examine the untold story behind Richard Nixon's forceful triumphs and overwhelming defeats. Learn more about the covert missions carried out during his presidency in Vietnam and the secrets behind his foreign policy victories with China and the Soviet Union.

  • Follow the untold story of the Supreme Allied Commander of WWII, Dwight Eisenhower who relied heavily on the covert branch of the CIA to an unprecedented scale during his presidency.

  • Joseph Goebbel's private diaries reveal a fresh understanding of what life was like inside Hitler's bunker in the final days of the Reich and their secret attempts to turn the tide of the war.

  • Follow Lyndon Johnson's White House attempts to maintain the support of U.S. citizens while the secret enemy strategies sabotaged American morale in Vietnam.

  • Japanese tradition made him a god, but Japanese law made him Commander in Chief of the Japanese Armed Forces. Never tried for war crimes or even questioned, Hirohito was a mysterious yet significant figure, from Pearl Harbor to his secret role in the surrender of Japan.

  • From silent one-man midget subs to U-boats on secret missions, both sides used covert submersibles of all shapes and sizes to operate clandestine warfare. Dive deep into the dark murky world of underwater "sneak craft" in WWII.

  • From brainwashing in Korea to daring acts of heroism in Vietnam and the Gulf War, take general and unique look at prisoners of war, their families, and their secrets.

  • From interrogation to housing and repatriation, explore the treatment of POWs on both sides during WWII, where civilian and military prisoners were often used as pawns between warring nations.

  • From capture to interrogation and internment, explore the treatment of prisoners of war during WWI, where the fate of thousands of prisoners was determined by their captors off the battlefield.

  • From a single gunshot in Sarajevo that started WWI to the Nazi occupation in WWII, to "ethnic cleansing" and the war in Kosovo, examine the secret forces behind the struggle throughout the Balkan States.

  • Take an inside look at Winston Churchill, the man who, more than any of his associates, embraced secret intelligence operations, deception and code-breaking as practicable instruments of modern war.

  • While the Allied and Axis powers fought for control of Europe, China's Chiang Kai-Shek and his US-backed State Police waged a bloody secret war against Mao Tse-tung's Soviet trained and highly financed army.

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