Battlefront Season 1
S01 E01Dec 31, 2001
Dunkirk (May, 1940) Dec 31, 2001 Europe is under Hitler's Blitzkireg. To keep France free, 400,000 English soldiers have manned the battlefields. Germany's strength is too great and pushes the British to the coast town of Dunkirk where they are trapped. With the Germany army massing to surround them, an armada of every kind of boat forms to transport them back to England against all odds. The dramatic rescue of 338,000 will be known as the miracle of Dunkirk.
S01 E02Dec 31, 2001
The Battle of Norway (Early 1940) Dec 31, 2001 Early in the war, the Germans decide they need to guarantee access to the Norwegian port of Narvik to ensure their supplies of Swedish iron ore. The British, however, send destroyers to up-end the German plan. Fierce sea battles result in the loss of many ships and soldiers. One German who was there tells his story.
S01 E03Dec 31, 2001
The Bombing of England (Fall, 1940) Dec 31, 2001 After invading France, Hitler is planning to cross the Channel. his only obstacle is the Royal Air Force. Determined to decimate British air strength, the luftwaffe forces the RAF into the air. Throughout the summer of 1940, both sides lose an incredible number of daring flyers in what becomes one of the most important battles of the war.
S01 E04Dec 31, 2001
The Battle of Malta (June 1941) Dec 31, 2001 In 1941, Mussolini desperately wants to wrest the tiny island of Malta from the British for control of the Mediterranean. When his inadequate air force fails to bomb the Maltese into submission, Hitler's Luftwaffe joins the campaign. Malta becomes the most bombed target of the war but the British and the Maltese refuse to surrender.
S01 E05Dec 31, 2001
North Africa (November, 1942) Dec 31, 2001 In the North African desert in 1942, American fighting forces encounter the dreaded Rommel for the first time to stop the German war machine. It's a desert battle in which Rommel's tanks are able to cut off the British and American armies. But Germany's inability to supply Rommel allows the allies to force him back.
S01 E06Dec 31, 2001
Monte Cassino (September 3, 1943) Dec 31, 2001 As the allies make their way into Italy, they encounter tremendous resistance at German defensive positions along the Gustav line. one of these locations is an ancient monastery called Monte Cassino. The U.S. army h as to make a controversial decision to bomb the religiously significant monastery where the Germans are entrenched.
S01 E07Dec 31, 2001
D-Day (June 6, 1944) Dec 31, 2001 D-Day, the 6th of June--one of the most pivotal moments in world history. In a massive armada of thousands of ships, 3,000,000 allied troops land at Three Beaches in Normandy, France--one of the most incredibly co-ordinated military operations ever. Scaling the impregnable "Atlantic Wall," constructed by the Germans, turns out to be one of the most difficult and constly battles of World War II.
S01 E08Dec 31, 2001
Retaking France (6 weeks after D-Day) Dec 31, 2001 Six weeks after the D-Day invasion of the Beaches of Normandy, the allied forces are pushing the Germans back through the French countryside. Town by town is won back as Panzer divisions retreat back to the Meuse River. Finally, the Red Ball Express makes the difference and daringly gets supplies through General George Patton's 3rd army, allowing the Americans to crush the Germans.
S01 E09Dec 31, 2001
The Fall of Singapore (October, 1941) Dec 31, 2001 Before the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese initiate the Pacific War by firing on the British in Malaya. Their route to the rubber-rich nation takes them into Singapore, the World's most armed fortress. The ultimate surrender of Singapore becomes the British Army's first major loss of the War.
S01 E10Dec 31, 2001
Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) Dec 31, 2001 During a two-hour surprise attack on the American Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Japanese navy pilots score a near-complete victory. Almost 85% of the American fleet is either damaged or destroyed. Air bases are strafed and 2,500 Americans are killed. it is one of the most devastating losses in the history of the United States navy.
S01 E11Dec 31, 2001
The Battle of Midway (June 2, 1942) Dec 31, 2001 Only one isolated atoll prevents an enemy invasion of Hawaii. Midway Island is where the Japanese fleet converges on a tiny American base with a massive strafing and bombing attack. The Japanese expect to wipe out American defenses and keep the U.S. out of the Pacific. But, because of advance intelligence, U.S. navy pilots are able to locate the Japanese carriers and destroy them in one of the most decisive Pacific battles of World War II.
S01 E12Dec 31, 2001
The Solomon Islands (July, 1942) Dec 31, 2001 For the first time since Americans entered the war, Marines face Japanese infantrymen at Guadalcanal. In the jungles, two powerful armies clash in a six month battle that claims nearly 30,000 lives. In their attempt to retake the Island's landing field, the Japanese are outnumbered four to one. Nearly 1,000 of them are cut down in a matter of hours.
S01 E13Dec 31, 2001
The Gilbert Islands (November, 1943) Dec 31, 2001 Bloody fighting erupts on a group of tiny Pacific islands in November 1943. In November 1943, a group of island in the Pacific would become the scene of some of the most brutal combat of World War II. The Japanese would fight furiously, almost to the last man. On the tiny atoll of Tarawa, the Japanese cut down landing marines with vicious precision. Military blunders by American commanders add to the losses in taking the Island of Tarawa. Through sheer numbers, Americans finally take hold and firebomb the final Japanese resistance.
S01 E14Dec 31, 2001
Burma: The Forgotten Front (Spring, 1943) Dec 31, 2001 The Japanese meet resistance from British forces as they advance through Burma to take India in 1944.
S01 E15Dec 31, 2001
Battle in Palau (Summer, 1944) Dec 31, 2001 As the United States prepared for the invasion of the Philippines, scheduled for late 1944, the tiny Palau Islands had to be taken first. The well-entrenched Japanese were ready to fight to the last man. It was a bloody campaign with heavy losses on both sides.
S01 E16Dec 31, 2001
Liberation of the Philippines Dec 31, 2001 Gen. Douglas MacArthur's return to the Philippines, and the final push to retake the islands after two years of Japanese occupation.
S01 E17Dec 31, 2001
Operation Dragoon (August, 1944) Dec 31, 2001 The Allies break into France and push the Germans back to their own border.
S01 E18Dec 31, 2001
Battle of the Bulge (December, 1944) Dec 31, 2001 The December 1944 battle pitting American forces against German Panzer divisions in the Ardennes Forest. By the end of 1944, the allied armies are within striking distance of Germany. In a last-ditch effort, Hitler orders 65,000 of his finest soldiers to cut off the American units in the Ardennes forest and force them back to the Meuse River. In forming their bulge, they surround the town of Bastogne but an allied bombing and Patton's third Army save the Americans and push the Germans back.
S01 E19Dec 31, 2001
The Last Stronghold (November, 1944) Dec 31, 2001 American B-29 high-altitude bomber attacks Japan near the end of World War II.
S01 E20Dec 31, 2001
Mount Hot Rocks (February 19, 1945) Dec 31, 2001 American forces landing on the shores of Iwo Jima encounter Japanese combatants willing to fight to the death.
S01 E21Dec 31, 2001
Operation Mercury (May, 1941) Dec 31, 2001 After British forces withdrew in defeat from Greece to the island of Crete in early 1941, they were soon fighting German invasion armies again. This time, 5,000 of Hitler's elite paratroopers landed to complete their conquest in the Mediterranean. This was the largest and most ambitious airborne operation to date. It was a dangerous campaign for both the British and the Germans.
S01 E22Dec 31, 2001
Commerce Raiders Dec 31, 2001 Heavily armed vessels disguised as ordinary cargo ships patrolled allied waters, sinking supply boats and commandeering their cargo.
S01 E23Dec 31, 2001
Mount Belvedere (1944) Dec 31, 2001 The Battle of the Gothic Line in 1944.
S01 E24Dec 31, 2001
Fall of Berlin (1945) Dec 31, 2001 In 1945, Soviet and American troops press Hitler's armies from the west and the east, culminating in the fall of Berlin.
S01 E25Dec 31, 2001
Bombing of Germany Dec 31, 2001 The development of the B-17 bomber, which allowed American planes to reach inside Germany and bomb its cities. By the end of the war, American B-17's are pounding Germany in the thousand bomber raids. The remains of the Luftwaffe does its best but cannot match against the numbers. Germans suffer through the deprivation that war has brought them and the bombing brings them closer to a final defeat.
S01 E26Dec 31, 2001
U-Boat War Dec 31, 2001 U-boats posed the deadliest threat to Allied convoys traveling the Atlantic.
S01 E27Dec 31, 2001
Fall of Poland (September, 1939) Dec 31, 2001 German tanks roll into Poland in September 1939.
S01 E28Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Tobruk Dec 31, 2001 German field marshal Erwin Rommel scores a major victory at the Libyan seaport of Tobruk.
S01 E29Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Okinawa (Spring 1945) Dec 31, 2001 As the U.S. makes its way through the pacific towards Japan, the final invasion is on the island of Okinawa. Although the landing is simple, the Japanese commander has decided to meet the Americans in the steeper inland terrain of the island. It is a brutal and violent final pacific battle of the war. Kamikaze fighters strike back in a last-ditch effort to keep the Americans away.
S01 E30Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Stalingrad Dec 31, 2001 German forces encounter Russian resistance.
S01 E31Dec 31, 2001
Fall of the Philippines (December, 1941) Dec 31, 2001 Examining the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in December 1941.
S01 E32Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Arnhem Dec 31, 2001 The Allies launch an attack designed to push the Germans back to the Rhine River.
S01 E33Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Dieppe (August 1942) Dec 31, 2001 The Allies launch an ill-fated attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, France. By the middle of 1942, the allies are anxious to attack the Germans in Normandy but they are not prepared for a full-scaled invasion. Instead, a raiding party of 6,000 troops, including 5,000 Canadians, makes an ill-fated attempt to land at Dieppe, France. The heavily fortified German emplacements make it impossible for the forces to accomplish their mission. More than half of the force become casualties or are taken prisoner.
S01 E34Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Anzio (Spring 1944) Dec 31, 2001 Allied armies encounter German resistance in the Italian fishing town of Anzio. A succession of attacks resulted in heavy casualties on both sides, though no budge in the stalemate. After a four-month stalemate during which British and American losses totaled seven thousand killed, thirty-six thousand wounded or missing, and forty-four thousand hospitalized from various nonbattle injuries and sickness, the siege of Anzio finally ended on May 23, 1944, when the Allies launched a breakout offensive.
S01 E35Dec 31, 2001
Battle El Alamein (1942) Dec 31, 2001 Erwin Rommel battles Allied forces in North Africa in 1942.
S01 E36Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Remagen Dec 31, 2001 German forces retreat across the Rhine on the Remagen bridge near the close of the war.
S01 E37Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Kwajalein (Early 1944) Dec 31, 2001 Examining the battle at the Kwajelein Atoll in the South Pacific during 1944. Included: operations by the Seabees. To avoid the catastrophic losses experienced in taking Guadalcanal and Tarawa, American forces assemble 42,000-man army to invade the tiny atoll of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Part of the island's value is in setting up an advance base to bomb Japanese targets. While the fighting continues, the navy construction battalion builds an entire base camp on the tiny atoll in just a matter of days.
S01 E38Dec 31, 2001
Bombing of Ploesti Dec 31, 2001 American bombers target a Romanian oil refinery in a daring 1943 mission.
S01 E39Dec 31, 2001
Battle of Sicily Dec 31, 2001 Fresh from victory in North Africa, the Allies successfully invade the island of Sicily, staging an eventual Italian withdrawal from the war.
S01 E40Dec 31, 2001
Liberation of Paris Dec 31, 2001 Both political and military expediency were factors in the return of the French capital to its people.