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  1. 8:00 PM
    Premiere
    Mail Call : 92 - Mail Call

    R. Lee Ermey gets the skinny on Pinnacle Armor, the military's newest state-of-the-art body armor an… TVPG L | CC

    92 - Mail Call

    R. Lee Ermey gets the skinny on Pinnacle Armor, the military's newest state-of-the-art body armor and finds out if it'll stand up to a direct hit from an AK-47. Learn the history of the U.S. Cavalry's last great campaign--the Punitive Expedition against Mexico that pitted Pershing against Pancho Villa. Take a joy ride in the M274 mechanical mule, a vehicle designed for the recoilless rifle and understand the history of combat cameramen with a focus on WWII and the outstanding work of Norm Hatch. Finally view a live-fire demonstration with the MG-42, the German-made machine gun with the highest rate of fire of any weapon in WWII.

  2. 9:00 PM
    Premiere
    Tactical To Practical : 15 - Special Duty Trucks/Ballistic Missile Defense/Weather

    Hunter Ellis drives the big, bad military trucks that move convoys and navigate through muck, mire, … TVPG | CC

    15 - Special Duty Trucks/Ballistic Missile Defense/Weather

    Hunter Ellis drives the big, bad military trucks that move convoys and navigate through muck, mire, and sand ever since they replaced mules--and the latest and greatest civilian trucks. Next, he investigates the importance of fielding a defense system capable of engaging incoming targets; and sees how amateur rocketeers are approaching supersonic speeds. Then, he looks at how many of the tools used in weather prediction originated in the military, helping to make weather-watching a national pastime!

  3. 10:00 PM
    Premiere
    X Day--The Invasion of Japan.

    By spring of 1942, Japan controlled the western Pacific, the Philippines, and large parts of Indochi… TVPG V | CC

    X Day--The Invasion of Japan.

    By spring of 1942, Japan controlled the western Pacific, the Philippines, and large parts of Indochina. America and her allies knew that final victory could only be achieved by unconditional surrender and that would involve occupation of the Japanese homeland. This is the story Operation Downfall, the plan to invade and occupy Japan that would dwarf the D-Day landings in Europe. According to the plan, on X-Day--November 1, `45--General MacArthur would lead an invasion force onto the beaches of Kyushu, the southern most of the Japanese Islands. Y-Day would follow six months later when the largest beach landing in military history would take Tokyo. Politicians and military strategists knew that Japanese resistance would be ferocious. Plans for the invasion continued throughout `45 until President Truman made the decision to drop the atom bomb. We trace the invasion plans from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and analyze why Truman chose the bomb over Operation Downfall.



Afternoon (pm)

Time Zone:
  1. 12:00 PM
    The Last Days of WWII : July 22-28

    In Burma, 5,000 Japanese troops, trapped in the Pegu Hills, attempt to make a break east towards the… TVPG V | CC

    July 22-28

    In Burma, 5,000 Japanese troops, trapped in the Pegu Hills, attempt to make a break east towards the Sittang River; but only a small number survives. In the Pacific, the biggest Allied naval re-supply operation thus far begins. On Mindanao in the Philippines, all organized Japanese resistance in the Sarangani Bay area ends and US forces start mopping-up operations. At the Potsdam Conference, US President Truman announces that the atom bomb will be used against the Japanese as soon after August 3 as is possible. In New York, a US B-25 bomber is lost in fog over the city and flies into the Empire State Building--killing 13 people die and injuring 26. And in this episode, we highlight the long career of Winston Churchill, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain on May 10, 1940-- the same day that Germany attacked France and the Low Countries.

  2. 1:00 PM
    Dogfights : Tuskegee Airmen

    In the face of bigotry and ignorance, the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black fighter squadron, shattered … TVPG | CC

    Tuskegee Airmen

    In the face of bigotry and ignorance, the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black fighter squadron, shattered racist stereotypes. Their exploits became the stuff of legend. Watch as pilots Wendell Pruitt and Lee Archer, the Gruesome Twosome; score their highest victory in a single day over the skies of the Po river valley in Northern Italy. Then pilot Charles Mc Gee knocks down an Fw190 near Pardubice, Czechoslovakia. Finally pilot Roscoe Brown and the Tuskegee Airmen take down three Me262 jet fighters in a wild engagement just south of Berlin. First-hand accounts, rare archival footage and original shooting supplement the remarkable computer graphics.

  3. 2:00 PM
    Premiere
    Cities Of The Underworld : 01 - Hitler's Underground Lair

    Berlin, Germany was the battlefield of the 20th century, and today, sealed up and forgotten beneath … TVPG | CC

    01 - Hitler's Underground Lair

    Berlin, Germany was the battlefield of the 20th century, and today, sealed up and forgotten beneath its streets are the remnants of a dark past. Walk anywhere in the city and you could be walking directly on top of one of the over 1000 Nazi bunkers engineered into Berlin's sandy soil, lost remnants of Hitler's ill-fated Germania or even beer brewing plants that inspired the Nazis' journey into the underground.

  4. 3:00 PM
    Shootout : Return to Fallujah

    The Battle for Fallujah was the ultimate battle zone. We take you back to expose the anatomy of the … TVPG V | CC

    Return to Fallujah

    The Battle for Fallujah was the ultimate battle zone. We take you back to expose the anatomy of the warriors and high tech weapons. Armored columns of U.S. Marines and Infantrymen push through the city to terminate insurgents armed with an arsenal of weaponry, including AK-47s, machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, are planted everywhere. We'll get an up close look at the harrowing and heroic shootouts and we will see the extraordinary weaponry used to take down the enemy combatants including the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M16 and M249 SAW, the Abrams M1A1 Tank, and man portable satchel charges.

  5. 4:00 PM
    Combat Diary: The Marines of Lima Company

    Featuring candid interviews and never-before-seen video, we tell the story of the hardest hit combat… TVPG L | CC

    Combat Diary: The Marines of Lima Company

    Featuring candid interviews and never-before-seen video, we tell the story of the hardest hit combat unit of the Iraq war. Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, a reserve unit out of Columbus, Ohio was deployed to Iraq from February 28-September 30, 2005. This two-hour documentary captures significant moments from their tour of duty, including dramatic combat missions. COMBAT DIARY: THE MARINES OF LIMA COMPANY provides an unprecedented and harrowing window into the harsh reality of war.

  6. 6:00 PM
    Premiere
    X Day--The Invasion of Japan.

    By spring of 1942, Japan controlled the western Pacific, the Philippines, and large parts of Indochi… TVPG V | CC

    X Day--The Invasion of Japan.

    By spring of 1942, Japan controlled the western Pacific, the Philippines, and large parts of Indochina. America and her allies knew that final victory could only be achieved by unconditional surrender and that would involve occupation of the Japanese homeland. This is the story Operation Downfall, the plan to invade and occupy Japan that would dwarf the D-Day landings in Europe. According to the plan, on X-Day--November 1, `45--General MacArthur would lead an invasion force onto the beaches of Kyushu, the southern most of the Japanese Islands. Y-Day would follow six months later when the largest beach landing in military history would take Tokyo. Politicians and military strategists knew that Japanese resistance would be ferocious. Plans for the invasion continued throughout `45 until President Truman made the decision to drop the atom bomb. We trace the invasion plans from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and analyze why Truman chose the bomb over Operation Downfall.



Morning (am)

Time Zone:
  1. 12:00 AM
    The Last Days of WWII : July 22-28

    In Burma, 5,000 Japanese troops, trapped in the Pegu Hills, attempt to make a break east towards the… TVPG V | CC

    July 22-28

    In Burma, 5,000 Japanese troops, trapped in the Pegu Hills, attempt to make a break east towards the Sittang River; but only a small number survives. In the Pacific, the biggest Allied naval re-supply operation thus far begins. On Mindanao in the Philippines, all organized Japanese resistance in the Sarangani Bay area ends and US forces start mopping-up operations. At the Potsdam Conference, US President Truman announces that the atom bomb will be used against the Japanese as soon after August 3 as is possible. In New York, a US B-25 bomber is lost in fog over the city and flies into the Empire State Building--killing 13 people die and injuring 26. And in this episode, we highlight the long career of Winston Churchill, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain on May 10, 1940-- the same day that Germany attacked France and the Low Countries.

  2. 1:00 AM
    Dogfights : Tuskegee Airmen

    In the face of bigotry and ignorance, the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black fighter squadron, shattered … TVPG | CC

    Tuskegee Airmen

    In the face of bigotry and ignorance, the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black fighter squadron, shattered racist stereotypes. Their exploits became the stuff of legend. Watch as pilots Wendell Pruitt and Lee Archer, the Gruesome Twosome; score their highest victory in a single day over the skies of the Po river valley in Northern Italy. Then pilot Charles Mc Gee knocks down an Fw190 near Pardubice, Czechoslovakia. Finally pilot Roscoe Brown and the Tuskegee Airmen take down three Me262 jet fighters in a wild engagement just south of Berlin. First-hand accounts, rare archival footage and original shooting supplement the remarkable computer graphics.

  3. 2:00 AM
    Premiere
    Cities Of The Underworld : 01 - Hitler's Underground Lair

    Berlin, Germany was the battlefield of the 20th century, and today, sealed up and forgotten beneath … TVPG | CC

    01 - Hitler's Underground Lair

    Berlin, Germany was the battlefield of the 20th century, and today, sealed up and forgotten beneath its streets are the remnants of a dark past. Walk anywhere in the city and you could be walking directly on top of one of the over 1000 Nazi bunkers engineered into Berlin's sandy soil, lost remnants of Hitler's ill-fated Germania or even beer brewing plants that inspired the Nazis' journey into the underground.

  4. 3:00 AM
    Shootout : Return to Fallujah

    The Battle for Fallujah was the ultimate battle zone. We take you back to expose the anatomy of the … TVPG V | CC

    Return to Fallujah

    The Battle for Fallujah was the ultimate battle zone. We take you back to expose the anatomy of the warriors and high tech weapons. Armored columns of U.S. Marines and Infantrymen push through the city to terminate insurgents armed with an arsenal of weaponry, including AK-47s, machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, are planted everywhere. We'll get an up close look at the harrowing and heroic shootouts and we will see the extraordinary weaponry used to take down the enemy combatants including the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M16 and M249 SAW, the Abrams M1A1 Tank, and man portable satchel charges.

  5. 4:00 AM
    The Lost Evidence : Sicily

    July 10th 1943. The Allied armies launch the first major attack against Hitler's Fortress in Europe.… TVPG V-L | CC

    Sicily

    July 10th 1943. The Allied armies launch the first major attack against Hitler's Fortress in Europe. Over the next thirty-eight days, half a million Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen will fight a bloody battle of attrition against German and Italian troops in one of the largest combined operations of World War II. Eleven months later, the men who were baptized in blood on this Mediterranean island would be hitting the beaches of Normandy and changing the course of history. Aerial reconnaissance photographs taken at the time have now been layered over a 3 dimensional map to create a CGI "model" of the island. For the first time these original high-resolution images allow the viewer to track the battle, step by step, from the air. Individual stories of courage and heroism can be placed in the exact location where they took place.

  6. 5:00 AM
    The Lost Evidence : 13 - Monte Cassino

    In the winter of 1943, an allied army of nearly 300,000 men invades Italy. Mussolini has surrendered… TVPG V-L | CC

    13 - Monte Cassino

    In the winter of 1943, an allied army of nearly 300,000 men invades Italy. Mussolini has surrendered, but Hitler and his feared paratroop regiments refuse to give up. At Monte Cassino, 60 miles south of Rome, the Allied forces under the command of General Harold Alexander come face to face with the fanatic defenders of Hitler's Third Reich. Will the sixth century monastery of Monte Cassino, now home to the Germans, become a casualty of war? Over the next six months more than a hundred thousand allied troops will be killed and wounded. Aerial reconnaissance photographs taken at the time have now been layered over a 3-D contour map to create a CGI "model" of the battles. For the first time these original high-resolution images allow the viewer to track the battles from the air. Individual stories of courage and heroism can be placed in the exact location where they took place.

  7. 6:00 AM
    The Last Days of WWII : July 22-28

    In Burma, 5,000 Japanese troops, trapped in the Pegu Hills, attempt to make a break east towards the… TVPG V | CC

    July 22-28

    In Burma, 5,000 Japanese troops, trapped in the Pegu Hills, attempt to make a break east towards the Sittang River; but only a small number survives. In the Pacific, the biggest Allied naval re-supply operation thus far begins. On Mindanao in the Philippines, all organized Japanese resistance in the Sarangani Bay area ends and US forces start mopping-up operations. At the Potsdam Conference, US President Truman announces that the atom bomb will be used against the Japanese as soon after August 3 as is possible. In New York, a US B-25 bomber is lost in fog over the city and flies into the Empire State Building--killing 13 people die and injuring 26. And in this episode, we highlight the long career of Winston Churchill, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain on May 10, 1940-- the same day that Germany attacked France and the Low Countries.

  8. 7:00 AM
    Dogfights : Tuskegee Airmen

    In the face of bigotry and ignorance, the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black fighter squadron, shattered … TVPG | CC

    Tuskegee Airmen

    In the face of bigotry and ignorance, the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black fighter squadron, shattered racist stereotypes. Their exploits became the stuff of legend. Watch as pilots Wendell Pruitt and Lee Archer, the Gruesome Twosome; score their highest victory in a single day over the skies of the Po river valley in Northern Italy. Then pilot Charles Mc Gee knocks down an Fw190 near Pardubice, Czechoslovakia. Finally pilot Roscoe Brown and the Tuskegee Airmen take down three Me262 jet fighters in a wild engagement just south of Berlin. First-hand accounts, rare archival footage and original shooting supplement the remarkable computer graphics.

  9. 8:00 AM
    Premiere
    Cities Of The Underworld : 01 - Hitler's Underground Lair

    Berlin, Germany was the battlefield of the 20th century, and today, sealed up and forgotten beneath … TVPG | CC

    01 - Hitler's Underground Lair

    Berlin, Germany was the battlefield of the 20th century, and today, sealed up and forgotten beneath its streets are the remnants of a dark past. Walk anywhere in the city and you could be walking directly on top of one of the over 1000 Nazi bunkers engineered into Berlin's sandy soil, lost remnants of Hitler's ill-fated Germania or even beer brewing plants that inspired the Nazis' journey into the underground.

  10. 9:00 AM
    Shootout : Return to Fallujah

    The Battle for Fallujah was the ultimate battle zone. We take you back to expose the anatomy of the … TVPG V | CC

    Return to Fallujah

    The Battle for Fallujah was the ultimate battle zone. We take you back to expose the anatomy of the warriors and high tech weapons. Armored columns of U.S. Marines and Infantrymen push through the city to terminate insurgents armed with an arsenal of weaponry, including AK-47s, machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, are planted everywhere. We'll get an up close look at the harrowing and heroic shootouts and we will see the extraordinary weaponry used to take down the enemy combatants including the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M16 and M249 SAW, the Abrams M1A1 Tank, and man portable satchel charges.

  11. 10:00 AM
    The Lost Evidence : Sicily

    July 10th 1943. The Allied armies launch the first major attack against Hitler's Fortress in Europe.… TVPG V-L | CC

    Sicily

    July 10th 1943. The Allied armies launch the first major attack against Hitler's Fortress in Europe. Over the next thirty-eight days, half a million Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen will fight a bloody battle of attrition against German and Italian troops in one of the largest combined operations of World War II. Eleven months later, the men who were baptized in blood on this Mediterranean island would be hitting the beaches of Normandy and changing the course of history. Aerial reconnaissance photographs taken at the time have now been layered over a 3 dimensional map to create a CGI "model" of the island. For the first time these original high-resolution images allow the viewer to track the battle, step by step, from the air. Individual stories of courage and heroism can be placed in the exact location where they took place.

  12. 11:00 AM
    The Lost Evidence : 13 - Monte Cassino

    In the winter of 1943, an allied army of nearly 300,000 men invades Italy. Mussolini has surrendered… TVPG V-L | CC

    13 - Monte Cassino

    In the winter of 1943, an allied army of nearly 300,000 men invades Italy. Mussolini has surrendered, but Hitler and his feared paratroop regiments refuse to give up. At Monte Cassino, 60 miles south of Rome, the Allied forces under the command of General Harold Alexander come face to face with the fanatic defenders of Hitler's Third Reich. Will the sixth century monastery of Monte Cassino, now home to the Germans, become a casualty of war? Over the next six months more than a hundred thousand allied troops will be killed and wounded. Aerial reconnaissance photographs taken at the time have now been layered over a 3-D contour map to create a CGI "model" of the battles. For the first time these original high-resolution images allow the viewer to track the battles from the air. Individual stories of courage and heroism can be placed in the exact location where they took place.

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