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The Big Picture: Military District of Washington

This classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series covers military activities in the nation's capital for what might be called the visitors' view of Washington. Viewers will see the most famous of all military units in Washington-the 3rd Infantry Regiment, whose origins go all the way back to the Revolutionary War. The stories of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the ceremonial color guards at historic Mount Vernon, and the famed caparisoned horses at Fort Myer will be told. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration also shows the men going into actions on the guns, the tankers of the 3rd Infantry rolling past the Pentagon, and the men of the 2nd Battalion moving to strategic positions as designated in Plan Able.
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2011; 2008
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Background to China's Communist Revolution

This program traces the rise of nationalism in China under the Kuomintang leadership of Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek, and the emergence of the Communist Chinese Party under Mao Zedong. The causes of China's political stability are explored from the declining years of the Qing dynasty through to the Wuchang Uprising, the White Terror and the infamous Long March.
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2017; 2015
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The Yanks Are Coming

Royal dynasties began to fall as the European grew tired of the endless years of war. America entered World War I in 1917, turning the tide for the Allied Forces. Victory was declared in 1918 with Germany agreeing to the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
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2017; 2014
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This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)

American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
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2018; 2017
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Warfront '68

From Saigon, four leading correspondents discuss Vietnam's battles on this NET Journal—Warfront '68 program. Participating in this National Educational Television production are Robert Shaplen of The New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Arnett of the Associated Press, William Tuohy of the Los Angeles Times, and R.W. Apple, Jr. of the New York Times. A.H. Perlmutter, the program's executive producter, acts as a moderator.
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2017; 1968
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Defence in Depth

Historian Peter Barton concentrates on the second phase of the battle, from the middle of July to the middle of September 1916. Barton reveals how an Allied advance on objectives which should have lasted days and weeks took months and resulted in yet more carnage on the Somme battlefield.Whilst British tactics were unvarying, that of their German enemy evolved using the changing landscape of the battlefield. The slowness of the Allied advance during this period Barton explains by the emergence of new German tactics—defense in depth.
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2017; 2016
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The Korean War

In June 1950, North Korean troops invaded South Korea, igniting the Korean War. This documentary feature remarkable battlefield and combat footage of offensives at Pork Chop Hill, the Choisin Reservoir, Heartbreak Ridge and more.
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2017; 2003
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The Big Picture: The New First Team

In this classic episode of the U.S. Army’s The Big Picture series, the history of the First Cavalry Division is chronicled in World War II and Korea. Subsequent scenes highlight the need—and eventual development—of a different kind of fighting force: the First Cavalry Division Airmobile. Featuring footage provided by the National Archives and Records Administration, this historical recording examines how one airmobile division provided four times the airlift of an infantry division and had the ability to put 1/3 of its 16,000 fighting men into the air at a time with their equipment.
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2012; 2008
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San Juan de Puerto Rico, United States: Spain’s Bulwark in the Caribbean

Between the 15th and 19th centuries, a series of defensive structures was built at this strategic point in the Caribbean Sea to protect the city and the Bay of San Juan. They represent a fine display of European military architecture adapted to harbor sites in the Western Hemisphere.
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2017; 2001
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The Valley of Death

June 1914, Europe was in the midst of an idealic summer. The nations of Europe were joined together by webs of trade and capital. Their royal houses linked by bonds of family and marriage. Global trade was at an all time high. The prospect of all an all out European war was unthinkable, pundits said. No one saw the catastrophe coming, until it came. World War I - The War to End All Wars.
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2017; 2014
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Russia in Afghanistan

In 1979, the Soviets had ill-suited uniforms and inferior fighting tactics, and found it impossible to defeat the popular Afghan guerrilla army. They had underestimated their enemy and lacked the forces to win.
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2017; 2003
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Atomic Vets

The story of the veterans who witnessed secret atomic testing and how their decades-long struggle for recognition affects soldiers today. This story is a coproduction with our friends at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting.
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2017; 2016
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The Great War in Color: Art and Photography

Even though the technology existed to produce color at the time, most of the surviving films and photographs of the Great War were shot in black and white. Fortunately the advance of technology has allowed historians to revisit these amazing images and present them in color, resulting in a powerful documentary which provides a detailed look at the Great War as experienced through the eyes of those who were there. In addition, rare images produced by pioneers of color photography at work on both sides of the lines are featured, along with vivid works of war artists—both official and unofficial.
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2017; 2014
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Wings of Courage: A Nation Soars

More than 22,000 Canadians flew for the British Air Services in the First World War. This documentary looks back at Canada’s early aviator heroism from a personal and modern perspective. The personal perspective is colorfully captured from compelling stories provided by surviving relatives, or passionate supporters, of popular and lesser-known Canadian FWW pilots. The modern perspective is examined through biplane builders, FWW pilot enthusiasts, and Air Cadets who bring the past to the present during the construction and testing of two FWW replica biplanes.
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2017; 2016
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Nazi Attack on America

Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Now, famed undersea explorer Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans.
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2017; 2015
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Arms Race

Humans began farming about 10,000 years ago. When crops failed, settlements faced a new threat—war. This documentary highlights innovations in humanity’s arms race, including converting agricultural tools into weapons; Egypt’s use of chariots and archers to increase speed and range; the Qin Dynasty crossbow; China’s guns and gunpowder innovations; and the Turkish use of artillery to destroy Constantinople. World War I inspired Alexander Fleming to discover penicillin, and the atomic bomb dropped on Japan during World War II was so destructive that it has not been used since—preventing nuclear warfare.
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2017; 2013
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Yom Kippur War

In 1973, the border conflicts arose again in the Middle East. Egypt and Syria coordinated a surprise attack on Israel, who mobilized troops, technology, and tactics with speed and precision.
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2017; 2003
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War in the East

This film is a complete overview of the Great War and also informs the viewer how the ending of WWI left the table set for WWII to erupt a generation later amongst the same combatants.
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2017; 2014
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Terrorism

The very nature of terrorism has changed. Suicide bombings, hijacking, violent attacks, and the taking of hostages have become standard.
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2017; 2003
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Agent Orange: Last Chapter of the Vietnam War

The use of the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War cast a dark shadow over both American veterans and Vietnamese citizens that still lingers.
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2017; 2014