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New scientific insight into historic battles
"An eye-opening documentary" —The Times (U.K.) "Clear, concise, and rich in detail" —The Sunday Times (U.K.)
What explains the massacre at Waterloo? Why was Gallipoli such a disaster? What role did luck play at Hastings? Battlefield Detectives puts these and other famous battles under the microscope by revisiting the sites—some little changed, others transformed completely—where the fighting took place. Using 3-D computer models, maps, artifacts, original footage, and dramatic reenactments, investigators recreate the conditions at the scene.
New research is adding to our understanding of what really happened in some of the great battles of history, including Agincourt, Trafalgar, Balaklava, Little Big Horn, and Vietnam. Geologists are finding answers in the landscape and psychiatrists in the minds of the warriors, while climatologists and meteorologists are showing how weather was often crucial. From firearms experts and forensic scientists to crowd-behavior specialists, genealogists, and engineers, a wide range of authorities unlock the long-buried secrets of the battlefields.
- 16-page viewer's guide with articles on the Anglo-Saxons and Normans, the treasure ship Girona the Crimean War, the history of Kemal Atatürk, and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, and a map of Bonaparte's battles
- Biographies of major military leaders
- Plus Nelson's notable quotes, the story of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" poem, and discussion questions at athenalearning.com
- SDH Subtitles
Top Customer Reviews
The History Channel presentation is unbiased, using all forms of entertainment as well as educational methods, not just narration. See old footage, and the present day scenes of where battles were fought. The detective work is intended to find out if history has been true to the reasons for the outcomes of these none battlefields. Myths are vanquished, lies revealed, and victor's names sometimes reversed. It is truly amazing viewing. Even my wife found each episode compelling, and educational.
A must-view set for any war historian.
48 minute episodes that have SUBTITLES available if desired.
Arranged in DVD set's order
1 WHO GOT LUCKY AT HASTINGS?: 1066 -Wm Duke of Normandy or King Harold of England, luckier or better? What role has the horse in battle? Cavalry vs foot warriors. 3-D maps tell a tale.
2 AGINCOURT'S DARK SECRETS: Oct 1415 -Henry V vs French in this Shakespeare glorified battle. Was the longbow the English victor's edge? 7000 Eng vs 20,000 Fr; iron vs steel; havoc vs accuracy.
3 WHAT SANK THE ARMADA?: 1588 -A colossal Spanish super nation failure. Elizabeth's Royal Navy had newly design ships. But was it weather that declared a winner, and causing the French a loss of ½ an armada?
4 TRAFALGAR'S FATAL FLAW: Oct 1805 -Brit battle win over Fr & Sp fleets.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant! However they do not list the content? So I will: 9 episodes 1. Hastings 2. Agincourt 3. Armada 4. Trafalgar 5. Waterloo 6. Light Brigade 7. Custer 8. Gallipoli 9. Read morePublished 15 months ago by B J Wiese
Provided interesting perspectives on the battles examined as well as providing a good general context.Published 17 months ago by john mcquilton
excellent series that I recall seeing some of the shows on TV years ago. They really do their research on these battles of the past & take you past the popular stories &... Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by blackbat 01
Show was informative and I learned more about the Charge of the Light Brigade. It was also informative about how heroic the Ottoman Turks fought in defense of Balaclava harbour. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by JasonMilke
Enjoyed this series very much. I found it informative, enlightening and insightful. I wish there were more episodes made and more programs like this available on Amazon Prime.Published on September 7, 2013 by AA Fanestil
History is always written by the victors from their point of view. Finally an unbiased evaluation to determine what actually occuredPublished on August 30, 2013 by James J. Goodman
I will wind up watching the entire series - new tech gives us a lot more information, or at least clues.Published on August 28, 2013 by David Knowles
Battlefield Detectives starts with an excellent premise: apply modern technology and archaeological technique to produce a truer picture of famous battles that either lack... Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by CSCincy
I absolutely love this series. Brings new information to known subject. Amazon needs to get more episodes of the show.Published on August 11, 2013 by Mark L. Davis