Christmas unWrapped: The History of Christmas Part 1
This video from the History Channel discusses the origins of Christmas traditions such as the yule log which burned for 12 days, German and Roman traditions, and how the birth of Christ began to be celebrated in the 4th century. It also tells how traditional Pagan traditions were adopted and adapted for the Christian celebration of the Nativity. This series is best suited to high school age students.
The Last Day Of World War I - Part 3 of 5
This third part of the documentary retells the events in 1918 and when the German delegations learn about the peace treaties. There is a description of the German leaders and of their attitude towards peace. There were expectations for a cease fire but the fighting continued for some more days. There is footage and accounts of the last fighting that took place.
War of The Century - Part 2
This part of the documentary explains that Stalin did not expect Hitler would start war against Russia as he was at war against Britain. He was wrong. The video explains in detail the way in which the German invasion of Russia developed. There is footage showing the battle, statistics and retired soldiers narrating their experiences. The German tactic of Blitzkrieg is explained as chief reason of success.
War of The Century - Part 3
This third part of the video shows the way in which the Russians tried to gain time. Soviet prisoners were thousand and the German were not planning to get to any agreement. There is reference to Hitler's feelings towards the Jews. There is footage showing the way the Jews were treated from the very beginning. There are first witnesses' accounts of former soldiers who participated in Hitler's Youth and of Jewish people who survived. There is also reference to the elimination of soviet commissars
War of The Century - Part 4
This forth part of the documentary refers to the way in which the German treated their prisoners. There is footage and you can see also Stalin's political prisoners brutally killed. The video shows Hitler's visit to former soviet territory. He orders action. Soviet's defence tactics were primitive, poorly equipped and had no training but they would be stubborn enough so as not to surrender Kiev so easily. Leningrad was surrounded and Kiev in German's hands. There is footage of the battle and f
War of The Century - Part 5
This part of the documentary shows footage of the battlefield and there are former soldiers giving their account of the event. German captured millions of soviet soldiers. Then they moved to Moscow. The defence of the capital is explained. There were attempts at peace treaties but they were not signed. Stalin was about to leave Moscow but decided to stay and defend the capital at any cost, even taking actions against his own people.
War of The Century - Part 6
This part of the documentary states that more civilians died in the east during the war than in any other part. There is footage of the artillery used and you can also see part of Stalin's speech just before the battle started. There is an explanation of the tactics and orders the red army had. Those who were not ready to obey the rules were shot. The weather grew harsh and the German were not ready for that. The German army also had to obey staying there no matter what happened.
War of The Century - Part 7
This part of the documentary explains that the German did not step backwards even when they were not able to do much due to the weather. There is reference to both groups' harsh techniques. Some Ukrainian people had welcome the German who promised to set them free from Stalin. However, they were not helped by the Nazi. On the contrary, they would take their agrarian production. There is a description of the brutal Nazi occupation. The way the Jews were killed in Ukraine is mentioned.
War of The Century - Part 8
This part of the documentary refers to the fear the Ukrainian population lived in. There was an area of Ukraine where the population was only given food if they worked for the German. Thousands starved and got no help. There is footage showing people on the streets looking for food. There are accounts of people who survived and retell what they had to do to be able to get something to eat. There is reference to the guerrilla war that took place in the forests.
War of The Century - Part 9
This part of the documentary shows how Partisan groups in Ukraine had killed any person that could be against their power even before the war. Sometimes they did it as a way to warn the rest of the population who could be against the communist regime. The Partisans were also a problem for the German who had occupied some territory. The German destroyed the Partisan's homes and they took their food. There is footage of the harsh moments and an explanation of the confrontation of different gro
War of The Century - Part 10
This tenth part of the documentary shows that Hitler was ready to end the Partisans with brutality. Chaos and terror was the result. There were raids in villages and civilians were killed. The German army killed thousands of innocents and there is documentation shown as evidence, survivors accounts and former soldiers retelling their experience
War of The Century - Part 11
Part 11 of the documentary sums up how Stalin planned to attack the German invaders in Ukraine. He had demanded action but the result was a disaster. The Soviets outnumbered the German but they were not well equipped. The video then shows how the Soviet learnt to win. Hitler is shown on his trip to the east to congratulate his troops. There is an explanation of Hitler's operation Blue to try to get hold of Stalingrad. The Germans advanced successfully but the Red army had new tactics. Few Sovi
War of The Century - Part 12
This video shows the original German invasion plan and what they really did. The German needed to conquer Stalingrad to get control of the river Volga. There is footage of the bombardment on Stalingrad. Stalin know they could not lose this battle and people were not allowed to leave. There are accounts of survivors who were children at the time of the war. The Red army was pushed to the river and many drowned trying to reach the other bank. According to recently found evidence, about 1 million s
War of The Century - Part 13
This part of the documentary begins with former soldiers' accounts about the battle of Stalingrad. There is footage of the battle and an explanation of the way in which it developed. The prisoners were taken to be interrogated. There is a former woman soldier retelling her participation in the interrogations and the way in which she killed some of the prisoners. The video goes on to show Soviet industry production. There is reference to Stalin's' discussions on what to do to defeat the German. T
War of The Century - Part 14
This part of the documentary shows that the Red Army had a especial weapon. The especial tactics are explained. There are accounts of former Soviet and German soldiers retelling what they lived. Hitler's plans and Operation Winter Storm are explained. There is footage and there is reference to the difficulties the German army met. The video includes scenes of a 1942 German film that shows many real facts were hidden to the people.
War of The Century - Part 15
This part of the documentary shows the conditions in which the Soviet and German soldiers fought. There is footage, survivors' accounts and former soldiers retelling their most terrible memories. Many German leaders killed himself and some were taken prisoners. Hitler's opinion about the humiliation of being captured is shown. There are statistics of the number of deaths both in battle and in captivity.
War of The Century - Part 16
Part 16 of the documentary shows the crimes committed by the Nazis and by the Soviets. There is reference to the concentration camps and to the destruction of several places. There are first witnesses' accounts of the brutal events. There is reference to Hitler's awareness of the real situation and of the possibilities of losing the war. There is reference to D- day in the west and a description of the Soviets attacks that took place at the same time in 1944. The German army proved unsuccessful
War of The Century - Part 19
This part of the documentary begins with Stalin about to give a speech at the time he knew they were winning the war. You can hear the bell ringing to order everybody to stop clapping as nobody dared be the first to stop. There is also reference to German propaganda and the kind of media the German had access to. The situation was almost hopeless for the German by spring 1945. German pilots tried to stop the Red Army but were not successful. They took part in a suicide mission but they were de
The True Story of D-Day - Part 1 of 10
This is the first part of a documentary about the D-Day in WWII when Anglo-American Landings, commences. In this video there is an introduction to the historical event and some reference to statistics. There is footage, reconstructions and accounts of people who were there that day and survived. There is a complete explanation of when and why Operation Overlord was planned. There is reference to the 5 beaches in Normandy and to the German leader Rommel and his role.
The True Story of D-Day - Parts 3 of 10
This third part of the documentary shows a reconstruction of the moment the German troops led by Rommel is attacked. There is reference to the different ways to communicate with each other they used at that time. There are former soldiers accounts of their memories of that day including members of the French resistance who helped the allies to get information about the German defence. The work of a well known photographer is highlighted as well as the work of several agents who helped to desig