EVERY WEDNESDAY World Events

Discover the real story behind the rise and fall of empires, from historic to holy. Witness the seismic events that created shockwaves spanning continents and centuries.

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December 7, 2022

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WWII Lost Films

Point of No Return

In the summer of 1944, America is fighting heavily on two fronts. In the Pacific, reporter Robert Sherrod accompanies the massive invasion of the heavily defended island of Saipan, where Japanese civilians become part of war's tragic equation, while Marine Nolen Marbrey is wounded in the bloody battle of Peleliu. In Europe, Lt. Charles Scheffel's unit breaks out of the hedgerows. But when he is ordered to seize a town on the border of Germany, he is injured so badly he earns a ticket home.

9:00A

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1:00A

WWII Lost Films

End Game

America braces for her final battles. GI Rockie Blunt barely survives the Battle of the Bulge, only to continue on and witnesses Nazi savagery at the liberated Ohrdruff concentration camp before finally seeing the war in Europe to an end.

10:00A

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2:00A

Story Feature

More Great Escapes of World War II

In this 2-hour special, we hear from: 5 survivors from the Oklahoma, which was hit with 9 torpedoes during the Pearl Harbor attack; British prisoners of war who used an athletic vaulting horse to conceal the tunnel they were digging at Stalag Luft 3.

12:00P

8:00P

4:00A

Story Feature

Inside the Great Battles

Mixing real-life locations, archival battle footage, and 21st-century animation, we tell the story of history's greatest conflicts. Viewers are taken inside the tunnels of Iwo Jima to tell the story of this pivotal WWII battle from both the US and Japanese soldiers' viewpoint.

1:00P

9:00P

5:00A

The Silent Service

Attack Plans Of WWII

Examines the evolution of the strategy and tactics used by US submarines in the war against Japan. Conceived as scouts for the surface fleet, the fleet of boats of the "silent service" found their true calling as heirs to the commerce-raiders

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6:00A

The Silent Service

The Torpedoes Of WWII

Only a few weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Navy experienced a failure of critical technology--the torpedoes that armed its fleet of submarines were defective. The ensuing debacle ranks as one of the great near disasters of WWII.

3:00P

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7:00A

The Silent Service

The Captains Of WWII

They were self-reliant individualists who forged a deadly team, and the initiative of individual submarine captains proved instrumental in the American victory in the Pacific.