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Weekdays 10:00 AM on The History Channel Premiered Mar 13, 2008 Between Seasons

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  • Raid On Bataan Death Camp

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    S 2 : Ep 21 - 12/1/06

    December 8th, 1942. With the American fleet still smoldering in Pearl Harbor, the Japanese unleash their war machine on the Philippines. Thousands of American GIs and their Filipino allies beat a fighting retreat onto the jungle-infested Bataan Peninsula with the Imperial Army in hot pursuit. Surrounded, and cut off from reinforcements, the American-led force finally surrenders, only to be subjected to the horrors of the Bataan Death March. Many of the survivors of the march are imprisoned at the Cabanatuan death camp. Fast forward. January 30th, 1945. After three hellish years, the American military makes a triumphant return to the shores of the Philippines. The elite Army Rangers are sent on a secret mission to liberate 500 Allied prisoners still languishing behind the barbed wire of Cabanatuan. Captain Bob Prince and Lt. Robert Andersen were there, and they take us shot-by-shot through one of the most daring lightning raids in history.moreless
  • Afghanistan's Deadliest Snipers

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    S 2 : Ep 20 - 12/22/06

    They killed 3,000 U.S. citizens on a single day...on U.S. Soil. Al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists...still on the loose...and still actively planning death and destruction. For five years, heroic U.S. Servicemen and their allies have hunted these murderers. Special Forces Captain Jason Amerine links up with pre-Taliban-era statesman Hamid Karzi and orchestrates a bombing campaign that forces the Taliban to surrender Kandahar and escape into the hills. 10th Mountain Division and 101st Airborne Division soldiers kill or capture hundreds of Al-Qaeda fighters and Taliban hold-outs in Operation Anaconda. And a U.S. Marine task force roots out and takes down dozens more terrorists in the birthplace of the Taliban -- the Oruzgan Province in south-central Afghanistan. The on-going search for enemy combatants in the mountains of Afghanistan has brought both battlefield successes...and heartbreaking tragedies...like the death of pro football-star-turned-soldier, Pat Tillman. This is the story of the gun battles from that search...harrowing, deadly shootouts...from the Hunt for Afghanistan's Most Wanted.moreless
  • The Big Red One

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    S 2 : Ep 19 - 12/16/06

    The First Infantry Division, a.k.a. Big Red One, is the oldest and best division in the U.S. Army. These warriors fought more campaigns than any other U.S. division in World War Two. Elements of the division experienced action during the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War and fired the first American shots in World War I. Decorated veterans of World War II will take the viewer back to the tense battlefields of El Guettar, North Africa, Troina, Sicily, Normandy (Omaha beach) France and their final shootout at the Falkenau concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.moreless
  • Tet Offensive

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    S 2 : Ep 18 - 12/8/06

    It's the most desperate shootout of the Vietnam War. During the early morning hours of January 31, 1968, North Vietnamese communist troops launch a surprise attack on dozens of towns and villages across South Vietnam. They hope the bold offensive will spur a nation-wide uprising in the south and push U.S. forces from Vietnam. U.S. troops beat back the assault and hundreds of the communist fighters are killed. From remote jungle crossroads to the streets of Saigon, average Americans, under attack, display incredible courage and make sacrifices to save their buddies. The impact will be felt in the consciousness of the American public itself. We use unique visual graphics and interviews with survivors to complete the story.moreless
  • Okinawa: The Last Battle of WWII

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    S 2 : Ep 17 - 11/24/06

    It was the last battle before the bombs. The final stepping stone on the warpath to Japan. Equal parts bloodbath and chess match, these are the strategies and tragedies that made Okinawa the Pacific's bloodiest battlefield, seen through the eyes of the men who lived to tell the tale. Rifleman Leonard "Laz" Lazarick and mortarman Donald Dencker relive the massive Japanese assault on Nishibaru Ridge that nearly cost them their lives, Sgt. Jack Mullikin and machine-gunner Mel Heckt take us moment-by-moment through a death-defying shootout inside a ruined shack, and Private Jack Houston recalls the terrifying moments as his company of Marines is cut down on the slopes of infamous Sugar Loaf Hill.moreless
  • Battle of the Bulge

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    S 2 : Ep 16 - 11/10/06

    It was Hitler's boldest move. The Axis of Evil creates an 85-mile "bulge" along the Western front that extends from the North Sea down to Switzerland. Hitler's mission is to drive a wedge between the Allied armies in the north and south, retake the seaport city of Antwerp and claim victory. The Americans not only fight the Germans but the weather -- minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. In some places, the snow is knee deep. Foxholes become frozen tombs and frostbite takes 15,000 men off the line. After six weeks of hellish combat, the battle pulverizes Hitler's forces on the Western Front and aids the Allies in winning the war.moreless
  • Iraq's Most Wanted: Terror At the Border

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    S 2 : Ep 15 - 11/17/06

    In the summer of 2005, Muslim jihadists are spilling over the Syrian border to swell the ranks of al Qaeda in Iraq. Before setting out for Baghdad, they're stopping over at a sort of terrorist training facility at the border to arm, equip, build car bombs and IED's and learn the fine art of hostage taking. They're also oppressing and brutalizing peaceful local citizens who just want the foreign thugs to go away. Now, a task force of 1,000 U.S. Marines has come to wipe out the jihadist nerve center. The Marines are packing heavy firepower and the latest in assault technology. It's history in the making as 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines moves in to exterminate the terrorists, smash their base of operations and eradicate a key refuge for Musab al-Zarqawi?the man heading the list of Iraq's most wanted.moreless
  • Iwo Jima: Fight to the Death

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    S 2 : Ep 14 - 11/3/06

    The Battle of Iwo Jima is best known for the famous flag-raising photograph taken on Mt. Suribachi, but there's an untold story behind the picture. Just before the photo was snapped, there was a bloody shootout on the mountain crest. This is just one of the true stories of true grit told by the veterans of one of the Pacific's bloodiest battlefields, where 70,000 US Marines fought 21,000 entrenched Japanese over eight square miles of death. Follow along day-by-day and moment-by-moment as Corporal Tony Stein takes out an entire Japanese bunker complex with a modified aircraft machine gun, Lt. John Keith Wells leads his men against a mountain stronghold, gutsy Sergeant William Harrell loses both hands while defending his company command post, and the men of the 5th Pioneer Battalion fight off a savage, last-ditch suicide attack in the waning days of the battle.moreless
  • Iraq's Most Wanted

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 12/13/05

    They're cold-blooded killers. And they're not particularly selective about their victims -- coalition troops, international journalists, innocent Iraqi civilians -- just about anyone in Iraq will do, as long as the death causes despair and disruption. These slaughterers want political power. And, in their minds, the more havoc they wreak, the better their chances of seizing it. In the south, militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr unleashes his militia on U.S. Marines policing Najaf. The two forces battle hand-to-hand in a 1,000-year-old cemetery. In central Iraq, a skilled insurgent mortar team tries to disrupt national elections by targeting polling places in and around Fallujah. Marine Recon squads quietly hunt the mortarmen down and kill them one-by-one. In the northern city of Mosul, Uday and Qusay Hussein, the sons of Saddam, help plan and fund insurgent training and operations. U.S. Special Forces and 101st Airborne troops surround their hardened, reinforced hideout and decimate it with heavy machine guns and a TOW missile barrage. For Iraq's Most Wanted, the message is clear: Surrender, and you might live. Resist, and you'll likely crumble in a storm of lead.moreless
  • Hunt for Bin Laden

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 11/6/05

    If you thought the war in Afghanistan was over, think again. Young Americans continue to fight and die as they pursue Osama bin Laden, battle with Al Qaida, and destroy the last remnants of the Taliban regime. Fighting a tenacious enemy across searing deserts and frigid mountain peaks requires strong weaponry and sound tactics. These American veterans had both. Marine Gunnery Sergeant William Bodette shows us how he fought off three enemy ambushes in one month and lived to tell the tale. Three National Guardsmen -- all cops back in America's heartland -- diagram their rescue of two Special Forces snipers pinned down by Al Qaida gunmen. Sergeant Jason Thompson breaks down the shootout on an Afghanistan hillside that left him seriously wounded and took the life of one of the young Marines under his command. Across Afghanistan, boots are on the ground. M-16s locked and loaded. Young men kill, or be killed. In this ancient battlefield, infamous for punishing the arrogant and swallowing the mighty, coalition forces soldier on. Hear their combat stories on Shootout!: The Hunt for Bin Laden.moreless
  • Battlecry Iraq: Ramadi

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 12/13/05

    "Today we are going to kill Americans." That was the warning to shopkeepers in Ramadi's local marketplace on April 6, 2004. Insurgents meant what they said. They intended to harm any and all members of Echo Company -- part of the Second Battalion of the Fourth Marine Regiment. Ramadi, a Sunni stronghold in the Anbar province, is one of the most dangerous places in Iraq. Saddam used it as a power base. Resistance there is fierce. "The Magnificent Bastards" as the 2-4 is called, bore the brunt of hatred and rage as they were ambushed in a well-planned attack. This hour chronicles the 2-4's desperate struggle for survival. They were under fire everywhere and all at once from an enemy that could not be seen. AK-47s, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades exploded all around. About 50 insurgents positioned themselves on the roofs of one-story buildings and in-between market stalls. They went to work as the Marines rumbled through. The next week-and-a-half would be bloody and deadly -- the worst since the fall of Baghdadmoreless
  • Iraq's Ambush Alley

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 11/1/05

    It is supposed to be easy. And the city is supposed to be friendly. On March 23, 2003, a 1200-man battalion of U.S. Marines from Camp Lejeune, NC closes in on the Iraqi city of An Nasiriyah. Its mission: seize two bridges -- one on each end of town -- and hold them open so another convoy of Marines can roll through on its way to Baghdad. Word from intelligence analysts is that Nasiriyah might actually welcome the Marines. Saddam has oppressed the city's inhabitants for years, so they're no fans of the Hussein regime. But in recent weeks, Saddam loyalists have quietly infiltrated Nasiriyah -- some 3,000 of them. They've intimidated the citizens, stockpiled weapons and prepared fighting positions. It might not be enough to hold off the Marine onslaught, but the Americans won't capture the town without paying a price. And as the fog of war settles over the city, the men of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines will begin to bleed. Tragically, some of the most devastating blows will not come at the hands of the enemy...They'll be the work of friendly forces.moreless
  • SWAT Team Shootouts

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 9/27/05

    Go with SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) into some dangerous territory from the safety of your own home! Follow them as they plan to rescue dozens of hostages held at gunpoint in a bar. Track their strategy as they get ready to lay siege to an electronics store held captive by four armed men. Learn how they confront a disgruntled employee who threatens to kill a former co-worker. During the hour, interviews with former hostages and the SWAT officers who saved them will guide viewers minute-by-minute through real crises. The tactics and technology used by the experts are detailed and dramatized, taking those watching along for the ride. This fast-paced, action-heavy episode has a few happy endings -- and some that aren't.moreless
  • WWII Assault on Germany

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 8/16/05

    In 1944 Ike's order was short and to the point: Destroy the German army. If successful, the Allied Forces would win the war in Europe. To American GI's that meant defeating a foe bent on defending his homeland at all cost. Shootout: Assault on Germany recounts and reenacts the vivid combat experiences of American soldiers who participated in one of the greatest military campaigns of World War II. Through interviews, archival footage and re-creations, vets share their graphic memories of penetrating the Siegfried Line, the formidable German border defense system; fighting in the Hurtgen Forest, a dark, dense wooded area that rendered tanks and air power useless; and sewing up the Ruhr Pocket, an industrial region where some of the most intense fighting in the European theater took place. The veterans put the viewer right in harm's way with their deeply personal stories of what it was like to shoot and kill the enemy and conquer Germany one pillbox, one troop shelter, one hill top and one town at a time. They shed tears over lost comrades and reveal the awful effects of combat, including the psychological stress that still haunts them sixty years later. The price of victory was steep but to a man, it was worth it. If you want to know what made these veterans "the greatest generation," Shootout: Assault on Germany lets you know straight from the gut.moreless
  • WWII: The Pacific

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 9/20/05

    The Pacific Ocean is a vast emptiness, where World War Two is fought on tiny specks of land. As the big battles unfold, soldiers come face-to-face at close quarters with their enemies. Shootouts takes us right into the middle of a daring raid on the Makin Atoll... a solo machine gunner outnumbered on New Georgia in the Solomons... two dozen Marines against hundreds of Japanese on Peleliu... and a single rifleman who held off two companies in the Philippines. These are the men with guns in their hands, thousands of miles from home, where the winners of the Shootouts... are the only ones left alive.moreless
  • Battle for Baghdad

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 8/23/05

    Target: Baghdad! For 21 days in the spring of 2003, two divisions of U.S. soldiers and Marines race north across the Iraqi desert from Kuwait. Their mission: seize the Iraqi capital as quickly as possible. The planners of Operation Iraqi Freedom believe that taking Baghdad in a hurry will be like "cutting off the head of the snake." That it will bring a speedy end to the war. Without command and control coming from the capital, Saddam's army in the field will be toothless. But it won't be a cakewalk. There's a tenacious force of guerrilla fighters eager to throw up roadblocks. They call themselves Saddam Fedayeen -- "Saddam's Men of Sacrifice" -- and they're more than happy to die for their dictator. The Fedayeen weapon of choice is the RPG -- the rocket-propelled grenade. This nasty piece of hand-held artillery can stop the Marines' thin-shelled armored personnel carrier, and it can even put a tank out of commission if it hits it in just the right spot. We'll hear from troops who found themselves on the receiving end of punishing RPG barrages. And we'll listen in as these same veterans recount stories of brutal shootouts with Fedayeen on the bloody road to Baghdad.moreless
  • North Hollywood

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 9/13/05

    It's a high stakes heist gone bad....an urban shooting spree that rivals battles in war torn Iraq. It's one of the most violent shootouts in American police history. It takes place in the "bank robbery capital of the world" -- Los Angeles. Television cameras on the ground and in the air capture the shootout live. Two paramilitary-style gunmen take over a bank using terrorist technology. Donning full body armor, automatic and semiautomatic weapons, they charge out of a Bank of America branch in North Hollywood. With brutal and brazen disregard, they fire over 1,000 rounds of armor piercing ammo at police and civilians. The LAPD try to take them out using 9mm handguns. They're obviously outgunned! The congested residential area turns into a killing zone. Approximately 350 police officers battle two psychotic villains. The shootout will end with two dead and 18 injured.moreless
  • Wild West

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 8/2/05

    Savage. Sadistic. Often Justified. The western frontier triggered many a shootout. The motivation? Money. Women. Religion. Sometimes a dirty look triggered a melee. Western shootouts were messy, drunken, and deadly affairs. The vision of two gunslingers meeting in the street at high noon is pure myth. Shootouts were typically up close and personal. They involved lawmen against outlaws, outlaws against outlaws and sometimes lawmen against lawmen. In Shootout - Wild West, we will focus on: The Northfield Raid (James-Younger gang vs. the town of Northfield), the shootout at Hanska Slough (Jameless-Youngers vs. Medelia Posse), and Ingalls Raid (Doolin/Dalton gang vs. U.S. Marshals). We will provide the motivation, strategy, tactics and firearms involved on both sides of the gun battle. We will detail each phase of the combat and the aftermath.moreless
  • Guadalcanal

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 7/26/05

    Guadalcanal, a small island in the Southwestern Pacific was the place the U.S. chose to confront the Japanese on the ground for the first time in WW2. Here, beginning in August, 1942, Americans and Japanese were brought face-to-face in close quarter shootouts that became a turning point of the war. From the near-total annihilation of Col. Frank Goettge's intelligence patrol to the battles of Bloody Ridge, both sides learned what the other was made of. The Japanese were willing to fight to the death, and the Americans were eager to offer them that chance. The victory ultimately belonged to the U.S., but in the man on man struggles that characterized the campaign, winning or losing became personal and were the difference between survival or death.moreless
  • D-Day: Fallujah

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    S 1 : Ep 1 -

    November 2004 - Fallujah, Iraq has become a viper pit. Over the last six months, this once holy city has become the center of gravity for the Iraqi insurgency with Al Qaeda terrorists and Islamic radicals from across the Muslim world congregating here to resist the US occupation. Many have come to martyr themselves and to take as many coalition troops with them as possible. On November 8, six battalions of US soldiers and Marines storm the city to kill the insurgents. It will be the fight of their lives. With riveting and insightful commentary from the men who sweated and bled on the dusty avenues of Fallujah, this episode highlights the strategies, cutting-edge technologies, and harrowing stories of mortal combat--many told here for the first time - of the deadliest house-to-house street brawl since the battle for Hue City, Vietnam. As one Marine tells us, if Fallujah isn't hell, it's in the same zip code.moreless
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