Battlefield Detectives

Discovery Channel Premiered Jan 01, 2004 Unknown


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Episode Guide

    • Battle of Britain
      Battle of Britain
      Season 1 - Episode 3
    • The Gallipoli Disaster
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      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. Modern experts conclude that no amount of leadership, planning, or luck could have saved this doomed military venture.
    • Stalingrad
      Season 1 - Episode 1

      In the Stalingrad episode of Battlefield Detectives, history experts explore the tide-turning Battle of Stalingrad. Hitler and his generals expected that the Battle of Stalingrad would prove to be the decisive blow in Germany's conquest of the USSR. As the Soviet forces became entrenched, however, the battle would prove to be a bloody siege in which over 500,000 German soldiers lost their lives, crippling Germany for the duration of World War II.

    • Vietnam's Bloody Secret
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Veterans from both sides explain how state-of-the-art weaponry and a huge budget failed to overcome the morale and inventiveness of the communist forces. Experts show how America never really understood who it was fighting, what motivated its enemies, or what methods they used.
    • Who Got Lucky at Hastings?
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      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 area to reveal the secret of William's success.
    • Custer's Last Stand
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Native American eyewitness accounts tell a new story of events during the Battle of the Little Bighorn: of chaos and panic, with no gallant last stand by Custer and his men. Using the methods of crime scene investigation, forensic scientists are uncovering evidence of what really happened.
    • What Sank the Armada?
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      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 for the Armada's disaster.
    • Trafalgar's Fatal Flaw
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      New research shows that Britain's most famous naval triumph, 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 recently discovered "back of the envelope" tactical sketch.
    • Massacre at Waterloo
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      What went wrong for the French at Waterloo on June 18, 1815? 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 on the ground, Marshal Ney.
    • Agincourt's Dark Secrets
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      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. A remarkable document written just before the battle may answer the key question--not how did the English win, but how did the French lose?moreless
    • The Charge of the Light Brigade
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Researchers use satellite technology and archaeological finds to unearth the truth about what happened at 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 of Balaklava?
    • The Apache
      The Apache
      Season 1 - Episode 2

      In the Apache episode of Battlefield Detectives, the detectives evaluate the spectacular successes enjoyed by the Apache nation in battle, despite the fact that they were typically outgunned and outnumbered. Scientists and archaeologists use the examples of the 1854 Battle of Cieneguilla and the 1880 Battle of Hembrillo to explore the Apache's unique military success.

    • Jutland
      Season 1 - Episode 4

      In the Jutland episode of Battlefield Detectives, the show looks back at the great naval battle of Jutland, which occurred between Germany and Great Britain. Though the English expected their state-of-the-art Dreadnoughts to rule the day, it was the German force that proved decisive. More than 9,000 soldiers died at the Battle of Jutland, and Battlefield Detective explores what went so spectacularly wrong for the Royal Navy.

    • Shiloh
      Season 1 - Episode 5

      In the Shiloh episode of Battlefield Detectives, the detectives look back at the Battle of Shiloh, the bloodiest battle in the nation's history at the time it occurred. Under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant, the Union forces initially suffered severe losses in skirmishes against the Confederate Army. The arrival of Union reinforcements, however, heavily turned the tide of the battle and ended Confederate hopes of keeping the Union Army out of northern Mississippi.

    • Alesia
      Season 1 - Episode 6

      In the Alesia episode of Battlefield Detectives, the show looks back at the Siege of Alesia, in which Roman general Julius Caesar led a small force of 50,000 men against a Gallic force with five times as many soldiers. Despite being vastly outnumbered, the Romans would win the day and effectively consolidate their power over Gaul.

    • The Chesapeake and the Shannon
      The Chesapeake and the Shannon
      Season 1 - Episode 7

      In The Chesapeake and the Shannon, warfare takes a significant leap forward. The British ship HMS Shannon responds to an attack from the USS Chesapeake and ultimately claimed an unlikely victory. In just eleven minutes, over a hundred men were dead. This represented a turning point in the power of nautical weaponry.

    • Pointe du Hoc
      Pointe du Hoc
      Season 1 - Episode 8

      In the Pointe du Hoc episode of Battlefield Detectives, the show explores the legendary mission undertaken by just 200 United States Rangers on D-Day. While the massive invasion of Normandy was happening just four miles away, this relatively small band of Rangers was charged with finding and destroying the German gun batteries at Pointe du Hoc.

    • Waterloo
      Season 1 - Episode 9

      Waterloo is an episode of the popular television show Battlefield Detectives in which the detectives travel to Belgium to investigate the circumstances surrounding Napoleon's 1815 defeat in the Battle of Waterloo. The detectives scour the battlefield to find out why one of history's greatest generals lost the battle that ended the Napoleonic Wars.

    • The Civil War: Gettysburg
      The Civil War: Gettysburg
      Season 2 - Episode 10