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Feathered Dragons
Workingman Death
Addicted to Sexting
The Secret Life of the Cat
WWII In 3D
Deep Sea
Amazing Africa
Sabre Tooth
More Human Than Human
The Stone at the Centre
The Day Pictures Were Born
Sea Monsters
The Power of Doubt
Pandas: The Journey Home
The Art of Persuasion
Japan at War
Planet Ocean
Maidentrip
Kingdom of Plants Life in the Wet Zone
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places II
Dawn of the Driverless Car
Sea Rex Journey to a Prehistoric World
The Art Of The Impossible
Chasing Ice
A.I. and the Destiny of Mankind
Merchants of Doubt
Is Gun Crime a Virus
David Attenborough Meets President Obama
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
Archimedes Secret
To The Arctic
Climate Change: A Horizon Guide
How to Live Longer
A Plastic Ocean
Food Choices
Earthlings

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To the Bitter End
To the Bitter End 2007

The determination of the German forces to keep on fighting in the face of defeat had disastrous consequences. After the Allied landings in the summer of 1944, the Wehrmacht was on the defensive on all fronts. It was clear to the German generals interned at Trent Park that Germany would soon lose the war. In mid-1944, Gerhard Graf von Schwerin chose to use common sense instead of blindly obeying Hitler's orders. He decided to surrender the city of Aachen to the US army to avoid bloodshed. Other commanders such as Field Marshal Ferdinand Schorner kept on pushing their soldiers to give their all. Despite being outnumbered by the Soviet forces, Schorner forced his soldiers to hold out in Sworbe, a 200 square kilometre peninsula on the coast of Estonia. Thousands of soldiers died. Yet Schorner's attitude and the urging by Hitler and Goebbels to hold out were accepted by a large number of young soldiers. By April 1944, the Ruhr pocket was completely surrounded, yet Field Marshal Model refused to surrender, so that 1.2 million German soldiers and a large number of Allied soldiers died between January and May 1945.

Category:History  Duration:52:00   Series: The Wehrmacht

The Turning Point
The Turning Point  2007

The German army launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the East, with supreme confidence in its own superiority. High Command was sure that victory would come as quickly and as easily as in France. At the onset, the troops advanced rapidly and the Panzer forces under General Guderian were unbeatable. There were, however, far more casualties and more wear-and-tear on equipment than anticipated. The invading force got bogged down short of Moscow and the withdrawal from there was a severe psychological blow to the men. When an extremely severe winter set in, morale sank further. The soldiers were not equipped for such low temperatures and their guns and machinery could not cope. Hitler ordered his troops to stand firm.

Category:History  Duration:52:00   Series: The Wehrmacht

Learning to Win
Learning to Win 2005

During 1942, the Red Army moved from defeat to victory.

Category:History  Duration:48:00   Series: War of the Century

Vengeance
Vengeance 2005

This programme describes the Red Army's dramatic advance and the German's brutal resistance. Witnesses reveal how the final days of the conflict were barbarous almost beyond comprehension.

Category:History  Duration:48:00   Series: War of the Century

 
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