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The Century of Warfare 

Through the use of archived films and photos, major conflicts are chronicled from early WW1 (1914) through current day.
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Robert Powell ...  Narrator 1 episode
Dai Bao Dai Bao ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Fulgencio Batista Fulgencio Batista ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
David Beatty David Beatty ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Ahmed Ben Bella Ahmed Ben Bella ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Subhas Chandra Bose ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Semyon Budyonny Semyon Budyonny ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Al Capone ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Fidel Castro ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Maurice Challe Maurice Challe ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Violeta Chamorro Violeta Chamorro ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode
Kai-Shek Chiang Kai-Shek Chiang ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Madame Chiang Madame Chiang ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode
Teh Chu Teh Chu ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Winston Churchill ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Gabriele D'Annunzio ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
The Dalai Lama ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Charles Dawes Charles Dawes ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Christian de Castries Christian de Castries ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Charles de Gaulle ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny Jean de Lattre de Tassigny ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Eamon de Valera Eamon de Valera ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Dwight D. Eisenhower ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Francisco Franco ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Mikhail Frunze Mikhail Frunze ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Leopoldo Galtieri Leopoldo Galtieri ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Mohandas K. Gandhi ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Joseph Goebbels ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Yakubu Gowon Yakubu Gowon ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Hermann Göring ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Rudolf Hess Rudolf Hess ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Hirohito Hirohito ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Adolf Hitler ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Kim Il-Sung ...  Himself (archive footage) 8 episodes
Earl Jellicoe Earl Jellicoe ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Qing Jiang Qing Jiang ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode
Zemin Jiang Zemin Jiang ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Kaiser Wilhelm II ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Jomo Kenyatta Jomo Kenyatta ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Nikita Khrushchev Nikita Khrushchev ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
King Alfonso XIII ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
King Baudouin King Baudouin ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
King George VI ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
V.I. Lenin ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Erich Ludendorff Erich Ludendorff ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Douglas MacArthur ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Archbishop Makarios Archbishop Makarios ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Zedong Mao Zedong Mao ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
George C. Marshall George C. Marshall ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Yosuke Matsuoka Yosuke Matsuoka ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Vyacheslav Molotov Vyacheslav Molotov ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Bernard L. Montgomery Bernard L. Montgomery ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Edwina Mountbatten Edwina Mountbatten ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode
Louis Mountbatten ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Benito Mussolini ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Jawaharlal Nehru ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Pat Nixon Pat Nixon ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode
Richard Nixon ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Manuel Noriega Manuel Noriega ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Odumegwu Ojukwu Odumegwu Ojukwu ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Daniel Ortega Daniel Ortega ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Miguel Primo de Rivera Miguel Primo de Rivera ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Prince Philip ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Puyi Puyi ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Matthew B. Ridgway Matthew B. Ridgway ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Franklin D. Roosevelt ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Ernst Röhm Ernst Röhm ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Raoul Salan Raoul Salan ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Mobutu Sese Seko Mobutu Sese Seko ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Haile Selassie ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Joseph Stalin ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Joseph W. Stilwell Joseph W. Stilwell ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Sukarno Sukarno ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Yat-sen Sun Yat-sen Sun ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Gerald Templar Gerald Templar ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
U Thant U Thant ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Leon Trotsky ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Harry S. Truman ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Moise Tshombe Moise Tshombe ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Mikhail Tukhachevsky Mikhail Tukhachevsky ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Werner von Blomberg Werner von Blomberg ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Werner von Fritsch Werner von Fritsch ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Paul von Hindenburg Paul von Hindenburg ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Woodrow Wilson ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
Enlai Zhou Enlai Zhou ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode
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Through the use of archived films and photos, major conflicts are chronicled from early WW1 (1914) through current day.

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The Conflicts That Shaped A Century
31 January 2010 | by timdalton007See all my reviews

Between two World Wars, the Cold War plus numerous other conflicts, the twentieth century proved to be perhaps the most violent in terms of armed conflict. Towards the end of the century Nugus/Martin Productions set out to create a unique visual record of the conflicts that defined the century so much. The result would be The Century Of Warfare, first aired in 1993 and finally released on DVD last year. It is a mammoth twenty-six part documentary series that at, twenty-two and half hours, covers virtually every major and even minor conflict in some detail and is a fine documentary series as well.

The first part of the series is"The Violent Century", which is very much both an overview and introduction to the series. It covers the lead up, fighting and aftermaths of both World Wars plus the Cold War as well. After that it primarily it looks at the advancement of weapons technology including the evolution of submarine--warfare and air-warfare. This first part also looks at the rise of weapons of mass destruction and unconventional warfare and how they changed the face of warfare forever along with the conflicts that rose up in the back half of the century (or at least up until 1993). This episode alone is well worth the price tag as it gives a fine overview of the wars and weapons of the last century.

The heart of the series therefore lies in the nineteen parts that act as its coverage of the two World Wars. Parts two through seven cover World War I in virtually every imaginable detail from the lead up to the war, both the Western and Eastern fronts, the war at sea and the beginnings of air-warfare. Moving on from World War I parts eight through twenty (nearly half the series) is spent on World War II in much the same way though the placing of the parts about the sea and air parts of World War II after the episodes on the war itself seems like odd placing. All of these parts are well produced, full of excellent footage, maps and narration by Robert Powell that make them intriguing looks at the two major conflicts that dominated and shaped the century so much.

The final six episodes of the series look at the conflicts that filled the back half of the twentieth century. This begins with part twenty-one "Iron Curtain" which, much like "The Violent Century", serves as a one episode overview of The Cold War which means that perhaps it does not get as much coverage as it deserved, especially in light of the amount of coverage given to the two World Wars which proceeded it. This is somewhat made up for in parts twenty-two and twenty-four which cover the rise of communism in Asia (including the Korean War) and the Vietnam War respectively which means that both of those conflicts are given plenty of coverage. Part twenty-three "Wars In Peace" looks at many of the other conflicts that occurred including various wars for independence and the Falkland Islands war amongst many, many others and this part is perhaps the most intriguing of the series as a consequence. The final two parts, "War In The Middle East" and "Gulf War And Beyond", are of course somewhat dated some decade and a half on, but these episodes over an invaluable look at the events that would give rise to the conflicts that have shaped much of the conflicts that have so far filled the first decade of the twenty-first century. These parts help to round out the series rather well.

The Century Of Warfare is as good a documentary series as you will probably ever find. By covering both World Wars, the Cold War and numerous other conflicts as well this series goes a long way to show the as many conflicts as possible, no matter how big or small. While some areas may not be covered it as much depth as possible, the series is nonetheless well produced, full of excellent footage, maps and narration by Robert Powell. The result is that the series may very well be the definitive look at the conflicts that not only shaped the last century but continue to have repercussions today.


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