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Series 1

Battleplan

  • Blitzkrieg

    Discover the strategies used in warfare throughout history. 'Blitzkrieg' means 'Lightning War', and is the use of speedy shock tactics to break the enemy's line.

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  • Assault from the Air

    Discover the successful strategies used in warfare. Attack from the air introduces a third dimension to a battlefield - planners call it 'vertical envelopment'.

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  • Deception

    Operation Fortitude was the code name for a range of plans which hid the location of the D-Day landings. Learn the truth about this deceit and the importance of duplicity.

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  • Assault from the Sea

    Learn the tactics used when attacking land from the sea, with two examples. The first is from 1945 at Iwo Jima. The second is from 1950 and the attack on Inchon.

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  • Counterstrike

    Explaining the strategies used in warfare which have shaped our modern world. Including a study of the Russian plans which saved Moscow in winter 1941.

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  • Blockade

    Understanding the strategies used in warfare throughout history. Hear about two major cases of blockade, both of which involved island nations fighting for their survival.

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  • Siege

    All you need to know about sieges, including the Viet Cong siege of the US base at Khe Sanh in 1968. Tune in to learn about the strategies used in warfare throughout history.

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  • Battlefleet

    Examples of the use of strategy in war from recent history. Learn how, in June 1942, the whole course of the Pacific War was transformed in under five minutes at Midway.

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  • Pre-emptive Strike

    Explaining tactical thinking in wartime, with a focus on pre-emptive strikes. Hear about the events of December 6th, 1941, the 'day of infamy' at Pearl Harbour.

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  • Control of the Air

    The Battle of Britain in 1940 and Operation Desert Storm in 1991: two instances where air power was crucial to victory. The sky-high military tactics are analysed.

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  • Defensive Battle

    War tactics throughout history. Learn more about defensive battles, including the 1943 Battle of Kursk where the Red Army dug in against the Germans and triumphed.

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  • Guerilla Warfare

    Examining and explaining the strategies used in warfare throughout history, focusing on guerrilla warfare. Cases include Afghanistan 1979-88 and Vietnam 1961-73.

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  • Urban Warfare

    Two bloody urban battles are studied: Stalingrad, winter 1942-43 and the Tet Offensive, 1968. Discover the strategies used by the belligerents in both these conflicts.

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Series 2

Battleplan

  • Breaking a Fortified Line

    A look at the assault on the Hindenburg Line in 1918 at Meuse-Argonne and the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Hear how these defensive lines were penetrated.

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  • Raiding Operations

    Learn more about the strategies used in raids to rescue prisoners, including the famous attack on Son-Tay camp in North Vietnam to free a group of American POWs.

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  • Strategic Bombing

    Understanding military strategies. Discover how the use of air power can destroy an enemy's ability to wage war, highlighting the USAAF assault on Japan in 1944-45.

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  • Outflanking

    Explaining the strategies used in warfare throughout history. Hear about two classic examples of outflanking, including the Allied breakout from the Normandy beachhead.

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  • Special Operations

    Special operations forces are military units at the cutting edge of modern warfare. Hear about their vital roles in World War II and the second Gulf War.

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