Episode guide

Ancient Black Ops

Series 1

Ancient Black Ops

  • Assassins

    Deadly covert ops from history. In medieval Persia, the Assassins used stealth, infiltration and dagger skills to kill many a foe - including the King of the Crusades.

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  • Spartans

    Find out how the fabled Spartan 300 had marked similarities to today's special forces. Within their ranks was a secret death squad, who aimed to kill the Persian king.

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  • The Sicarii

    The elite troops who carried out history's dirty work. Learn about the Sicarii, a stealthy hit squad that fought the Roman invaders in Jerusalem right to the bitter end.

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  • The Ghost Warriors

    Hear how the elite Harii tribe of Germania, who were trained to fight only at night, inflicted the Roman Army's worst ever defeat. Experts examine their tactics.

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  • The Viking Berserkers

    Learn all about the Berserkers, drugged-up Norse warriors who fought their battles in a trance - one bruiser stalling a whole Saxon army with just an axe.

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  • The Varangian Guard

    This elite unit of bodyguards not only minded Byzantine Emperors, they also shaped wars with their clever tactics. Hear their story in the series on covert ops.

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  • Aztec Eagle Warriors

    Hear how these fearsome Aztec snatch squads, who captured their foes alive before sacrificing them, handed a rare defeat to the Spanish conquistadors in 1520.

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  • Hawaiian Koa Warriors

    The Hawaiian Koa were deadly martial arts experts who defeated and killed Captain Cook and his British marines in 1779. Learn more about these elite fighters.

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  • Ninja

    The inside track on the world's oldest and deadliest hit squads. Hear how ninjas became the stealth troops of Japan's greatest shogun, wiping out an army in a cunning ambush.

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  • The 47 Ronin

    In the 18th century, 47 dishonoured samurai - or ronin - gathered to avenge the killing of their master. Discover how this carefully planned operation was executed.

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