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History Channel Documentaries

Season 1996 1996

  • 1996-01-07T05:00:00Z on History
  • 60 mins
  • 1 hour, 0 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary

The History Channel is a satellite and cable TV channel, devoted mainly to historical events and persons. Programming covers a wide array of periods and topics, while similar topics are often organized into themed weeks or daily marathons. Subjects include military history, medieval history, the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, modern engineering, and historical biographies.

2 episodes

1996x01 Desert Storm: The Ultimate War

  • Season Premiere

    1996-01-07T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Seven years after the fact, the true story of Desert Storm is coming into view. Despite the dominance of the Coalition victory, the outcome was by no means certain when the fighting began. DESERT STORM: THE ULTIMATE WAR uses the testimony of many high ranking American officers to tell the complete tale of the first real test of the new military. Among the fighters interviewed are Army Major General Paul J. Kern (Ret.), Naval Admiral R. Stanley Arthur (Ret.), Marine Major General Michael Myatt (Ret.), Army Vice Chief of Staff General Ronald H. Griffith and Air Force pilot and former POW Colonel Dave Eberly. In their remarkable stories, an intimate portrait of the war emerges, much different from the sanitized version the world saw nightly on CNN. Learn of the revolutionary weapons systems that lived up to their billing in their first real test and those that didn't. Trace the progress of the war through stunning combat footage and the testimony of Lt. General Bernard E. Trainor, USMC Ret., co-author of The General's War: The Inside Story of the Gulf War. And discover how the lessons learned in Iraq have already reshaped the American military, further honing a fighting force transformed since Vietnam.

1996x02 Sink The Bismarck

  • no air date — 60 mins

Detailed and fascinating documentary telling the history of the famous German battleship of World War II. The urgent British hunt and the German ship's efforts to escape are described through vintage film and recollections of both British and German veterans of the battles.