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Battlefield Detectives 1 Season

Season 1
4.3 out of 5 stars (33) IMDb 7.7/10

Battlefield Detectives puts famous battles under the microscope by revisiting the sites--some little changed, others transformed completely--where the fighting took place.

Starring:
Gavin MacFadyen, Simon West

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Season 1
1. Who Got Lucky at Hastings?
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An academic uses modern management theory to determine whether William was a better leader than Harold at Hastings in 1066. Meanwhile, an equestrian historian assesses the behavior of horses in battle, and computer experts create 3-D maps of the Hastings.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: November 8, 2003

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2. Agincourt's Dark Secrets

Medieval warfare specialists investigate how terrain affected the way the 15th-century Battle of Agincourt was waged, what the rare battlefield artifacts tell us, and just what happens when an English bodkin point meets French armor.

TV-NR Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: November 23, 2003

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3. What Sank the Armada?

The sinking of the Spanish Armada in the summer of 1588 has been attributed to English heroism, Spanish incompetence, and bad weather. Now archaeologists are working with oceanographers, meteorologists, and ship design experts to uncover the real reasons.

TV-NR Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: October 25, 2003

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4. Trafalgar's Fatal Flaw

New research shows that the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar was anything but inevitable. Far from executing a carefully developed plan, Nelson sailed straight at the enemy broadsides based on little more planning than a quick tactical sketch.

TV-NR Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: December 13, 2003

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5. Massacre at Waterloo

What went wrong for the French at Waterloo? Experts re-create the defensive ridge where Wellington stationed the allied troops, assess the impact of the weather conditions on Napoleon's artillery, and consider the psychological state of his commander?

TV-NR Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: November 9, 2003

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6. The Charge of the Light Brigade

Researchers use satellite technology and archaeological finds to unearth the truth about Balaklava during the most celebrated battle of the Crimean War. How disastrous was the British cavalry charge--and who were the actual heroes in the defense?

TV-NR Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: October 11, 2003

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7. Custer's Last Stand

Native American eyewitness accounts tell a new story of the Battle of Little Bighorn: of chaos and panic, no gallant last stand by Custer. Using the methods of crime scene investigation, forensic scientists are uncovering evidence of what really happened.

TV-NR Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: October 4, 2003

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8. The Gallipoli Disaster

Historians shows how bad maps and worse intelligence produced the catastrophe of Gallipoli in 1915, and geologists reveal how terrain won the battle for the Turks and lost it for the Allies.

TV-NR Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: October 18, 2003

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9. Vietnam's Bloody Secret

Veterans from both sides explain how modern weaponry and huge budgets failed to overcome the morale and ingenuity of the communist forces. Experts show how America never really understood who it was fighting, what motivated them, or what methods they used.

TV-NR Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: December 27, 2003

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Love the History Channel, Military Channel, and all the documentaries they produce or I wouldn't have bought this DVD in the first place. But my review of this set is that its just 'ok' or maybe a little less, 2.5 stars tops and NOT worth the $40+ price. It isnt that the show isnt well done--the two cable channels mentioned make shows that are addictive for History 'geeks' like myself. But the episodes just don't have much 'juice' or suspense in my view. The big 'discovery' in most episodes is that terrain played a huge part in the battles they review and the outcome of who wins and why (Waterloo & Gallipoli in particular). Its all very well done and the computer graphics they use to recreate the effects of terrain and weather are all fine--they just aren't very 'exciting' to watch in my view. Its just a matter of taste. For me I was a bit diappointed with the show and wouldn't glowingly recommend to others it like I do other documentaries produced by the History Channel, certainly not at the price they're asking.
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New battlefield research will enlighten even the most informed war historian. Evidence discounts myths, previous reports, and reveals new truths. The new look at major fields of war is comprised from detailed searches of historians, real footage, computer generations, geology, archeology, GIS maps, art, dramatizations, military figure interviews, strategists, meteorology, arms & warfare experts, artifacts, oceanography, and even psychiatry.

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.
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Great compendium of a variety of the Battlefield Detectives series from Athena to include Agincourt, Spanish Armada, Waterloo, Custer's Last Stand, and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Although quite a few episodes, this collection does not include all of the Battlefield Detectives, so be careful if you are buying additional single DVDs to avoid duplicate purchases. Really like this top notch series which applies scientific methods and factual evidence to examine battlefields of old to offer a more in depth explanation of what really happened. You will be very surprised by some of the conclusions reached in the series. As a retired Army Officer and student of history, I find all this extremely fascinating. Wish there was a follow-on collection to this original compendium that would package all the other outstanding Battlefield Detectives shows such as Gettysburg. A must have for any serious military historian.
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There is a lot of interesting information about this battle in this video. What is annoying is the claim made at the beginning, and throughout, that this is the first time such claims have been made. John Keegan's 1976 *The Face of Battle*, which studies Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme, makes all of the arguments about the shape of the battlefield, the particular use of the longbow (including stating, quite matter-of-factly, that the arrows would not have punctured the armor of the French), the miscalculation in battlefield strategy, etc. The new research unveiled in this episode, as far as I can tell, are the specific claims about the French social order/focus on ransom, and the quality of the battlefield mud. The latter is clear in the contemporary accounts, however; and if the English archers' attacks were to be considered so radically against battlefield norms, one would think the French chroniclers would have mentioned it with disdain, since they watched the whole thing? Anyway, there is much here that is interesting, but the show makes rather radical claims to its innovation that are disingenuous at best.
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This is a very interesting show with military experts throughly examining different historical miliary battles. I really liked that, even when they don't know what happen on the battlefield, they break down different scenarios of how the battle progressed. Detailed and visual,each battle is broken down and analyzed.
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