Secrets of War

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  • TV-14
  • 1998
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.5  (157)

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.

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Gulf War: Iraq?s Secrets
13. Gulf War: Iraq?s Secrets
March 20, 1999
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.
Brezhnev?s Kremlin
12. Brezhnev?s Kremlin
March 13, 1999
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.
Ho Chi Minh?s Revolution
11. Ho Chi Minh?s Revolution
March 6, 1999
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.
Mussolini?s Henchmen
10. Mussolini?s Henchmen
February 27, 1999
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.
Cold War: Castro?s Revolution
9. Cold War: Castro?s Revolution
February 20, 1999
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.
The Gulf War - Architects of Desert Storm
8. The Gulf War - Architects of Desert Storm
February 13, 1999
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.
Cold War: Khruschev?s Regime
7. Cold War: Khruschev?s Regime
February 6, 1999
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.
Cold War: Nixon?s Secrets
6. Cold War: Nixon?s Secrets
January 30, 1999
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.
Cold War: Eisenhower?s Operatives
4. Cold War: Eisenhower?s Operatives
January 23, 1999
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.
Hitler?s Last Days
3. Hitler?s Last Days
October 10, 1998
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.
Vietnam: Johnson?s Battleground
2. Vietnam: Johnson?s Battleground
January 16, 1999
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.
Hiroshito?s War
1. Hiroshito?s War
January 9, 1999
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.
Description

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.Secrets of War is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (95 episodes). The series first aired on July 13, 1998.

Where to Watch Secrets of War

Secrets of War is available for streaming on the Fireworks International website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Secrets of War on demand at Amazon.

  • Premiere Date
    July 13, 1998
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (157)