On June 6th 1944, as the Nazis occupied Europe, the Allies launched their biggest attack ever, with 34,000 American soldiers embarking on a fateful mission to free Western Europe. On Saturday, June 4 from 9-11PM ET/PT, Discovery Channel premieres SURVIVING D-DAY, the epic story of the brave but often unorthodox tactics deployed during the twelve-hour battle for Omaha Beach. Arguably one of the biggest turning points in modern history, the battle for Omaha Beach is also one of the most unconventional and strange battles in history. Military strategy was informed by stage magicians, and conventional weapons were used alongside outlandish inventions like floating tanks and exploding dummy paratroopers. Spies sent secret messages by pigeons, and the French resistance hid codes and maps in watercolors of landscapes.
On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington.Despite the victory, Portuguese and British are forced to retreat from the enemy, numerically superior, in order to attract them to Torres Vedras, where Wellington had built fortified lines hardly surmountable.Simultaneously, the Anglo-Portuguese command organizes the evacuation of the entire territory between the battlefield and the lines of Torres Vedras, a gigantic burned land operation, which prevents the French from collecting supplies.This is the setting for the adventures of a multitude of characters from all social backgrounds - soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, young and old - to the daily routine torn by war and dragged through hills and valleys, between ruined villages, charred forests and devastated crops.Highly persecuted by the French, already tormented by an unmerciful weather, the mass of fugitives continues to move forward clenching the teeth, just to save their skin, loaded with tenacious will to resist the invaders and retreat them from their country. Or even hoping to take advantage of the disarray to satisfy their basic instincts.All of them, whatever nature or motivations - the idealistic young lieutenant Pedro de Alencar, Clarissa Warren, the malicious little english girl, the shady dealer Penabranca, the vindictive Sergeant Francisco Xavier or the lusty prostitute Martrio -, all gather by different paths to the lines of Torres, where the final battle will decide the fate of each one of them.
April 12th 1961 - Yuri Gagarin is about to see what no other person has seen in the history of humanity - the Earth from space. In the next 108 minutes he'll see more than most people do in a lifetime. What sights await the first cosmonaut silently gliding over the world below? What will it be like to view the oceans and continents sailing by from such a height? In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency, and the Expedition 26/ 27 crew of the International Space Station, First Orbit recreates a new HD view of what Gagarin first witnessed.
Stride, Soviet! (1926) + The Fall Of The Romanov Dynasty (1927)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 4:3 | 01:08:58 + 01:27:11 | 6,88 Gb
Score AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Russian or English intertitles with English subs (see below) Genre: Documentary, Drama
National Geographic Maya Underworld The Real Doomsday (2012)
AVC | 3163 Kbps 25 fps | 1280x720 | AC-3 192 kbps 2CH 48 KHz | 00:44:58 | English | 1.1 GB Genre: Documentary / History
Venturing into vast underwater graveyards of Maya human sacrifices, journalist and host of NGC’s Don’t Tell My Mother Diego Buuel searches through a watery maze to unearth new revelations about the most infamous date in the Maya calendar: December 21, 2012 – doomsday...
National Geographic Lost Faces Of The Bible Delilah Revealed (2012)
AVC | 2686 Kbps 25 fps | 1280x720 | AC-3 192 kbps 2CH 48 KHz | 00:44:58 | English | 993 MB Genre: Documentary / History
In this episode of Lost Faces of the Bible, an exciting archaeological discovery has put a 3000-year-old female skull into the hands of our forensic team. The skull dates to the Iron Age, the time of the Biblical strongman, Samson, and his treacherous lover, Delilah...
A History of Britain (2000)
15xDVDRip | AVI / XviD, ~835 kb/s | 560x400 | Duration: 14:35:29 | English: MP3, 320 kb/s (2 ch) | 6.57 GB Genre: Documentary, History
A History of Britain is a BBC documentary series written and presented by Simon Schama, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 30 September 2000. A study of the history of the British Isles, each of the 15 episodes allows Schama to examine a particular period and tell of its events in his own style. All the programmes are of 59 minutes' duration and were broadcast over three series, ending 18 June 2002.
'Electoral Dysfunction' uses irreverent humor to illuminate how voting works - and doesn't work - in America. Hosted by Mo Rocca (a Correspondent for CBS News, a panelist on NPR's 'Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!' and a former Correspondent for 'The Daily Show'),.
The film is structured as a road trip that begins when Mo makes an eye-opening discovery: The Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote, putting America in the company of Libya, Iran and Indonesia...