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Twentieth Century Battlefields 

Peter Snow tells the stories of major battles of the 20th Century in the big picture, while his son, Dan, explores the details.








Series cast summary:
Peter Snow Peter Snow ...  Himself - Presenter 8 episodes, 2007
Dan Snow Dan Snow ...  Himself - Presenter 8 episodes, 2007
Max Bollinger ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 2007


Historian Peter Snow tells the story of the most important battles of the 20th Century. Armed with his mapcase which presents digital illustrations of his presentations, Snow tells the big picture of these clashes and their impact. Meanwhile, his son, Dan, goes into the field to explore the details of these battles and the part they played in the grand context of history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm

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4 June 2007 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA

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Outstanding Military History Program
2 April 2013 | by dorotka24See all my reviews

From the Snow boys we have a second excellent military history contribution. This show focuses on some of the most decisive battles in 20th century warfare, from Amiens in WW1 to the Gulf War of 1991.

The format is similar to Battlefield Britain. We are shown the location of the conflict on a world map, and get a birds eye computer simulation view of the developing battle. This concept in particular really makes the show for me, as I can see the battle from a unique perspective that only aerial reconnaissance could provide. The show is accentuated by frequent accounts from soldiers on either side, as well as civilians who were often in harm's way. There are numerous weapons and other demonstrations, as in BB, that show the destructive effect of such devices like artillery, or the effects of a ship engine room fire. Few shows I have ever seen provide such interesting and meticulous details to the battles of history.

I have few criticisms for the show. I have mixed opinions about the graphics of the "mapcase" for showing the battles. It is more stylized, or less realistic, than in Battlefield Britain. It is a bit cartoonish in appearance, yet it does make it easy to distinguish the opposing sides and their movements. Many of the sides in BB would wear uniforms that would make it easier to tell them apart, while modern uniforms tended to be drab colored and difficult to distinguish except up close.

My meager criticisms do not in any way tarnish what remains to be among the best military history programs I have ever seen. Along with Battlefield Britain, this is a show that any with an interest in such history would be loathe to miss. I only wish that the Snows could have continued to cover more historical conflicts. Dan has a new outstanding program called "Filthy Cities" and hopefully he will someday return to battlefield history.

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