Secrets of War

Secrets of War

2000 - 2004,
Techniques and tactics employed by military leaders in some of history's most famous conflicts
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Episode Guide

  • Secrets of War - The Gulf War: Iraq's Secrets (Season 1 Episode 65)
    Season 1 Episode 65:

    The Gulf War: Iraq's Secrets

    A look at Saddam Hussein's deception to make friendships with the West, but by invading Kuwait, he turned his back on those alliances forever.

  • Secrets of War - Brezhnev's Kremlin (Season 1 Episode 64)
    Season 1 Episode 64:

    Brezhnev's Kremlin

    A look at how Brezhnev led the Soviets into many battles, from aid in Vietnam to the secret invasion of Afghanistan.

  • Secrets of War - Ho Chi Minh's Revolution (Season 1 Episode 63)
    Season 1 Episode 63:

    Ho Chi Minh's Revolution

    The secrets behind Ho Chi Minh's control of Vietnam and his ability to force the Japanese, the French and the US out of his country during his long reign.

  • Secrets of War - Mussolini's Henchmen (Season 1 Episode 62)
    Season 1 Episode 62:

    Mussolini's Henchmen

    An inside look into fascist Italy and the shadowy figures that protected Il Duce from those opposed to the Axis formed with Germany.

  • Secrets of War - Cold War: Cuba's Communist Revolution (Season 1 Episode 61)
    Season 1 Episode 61:

    Cold War: Cuba's Communist Revolution

    Castro seizes control of Cuba in 1959 and survives everything since, from Cold War to CIA assassination attempts.

  • Secrets of War - The Gulf War: Architects of Desert Storm (Season 1 Episode 60)
    Season 1 Episode 60:

    The Gulf War: Architects of Desert Storm

    Secret planning leads to an unbeatable battlefield strategy.

  • Secrets of War - Krushchev's Regime (Season 1 Episode 59)
    Season 1 Episode 59:

    Krushchev's Regime

    An account of the Cuban missile crisis from the Soviet point of view.

  • Secrets of War - Cold War: Nixon's Secrets (Season 1 Episode 58)
    Season 1 Episode 58:

    Cold War: Nixon's Secrets

    Covert missions in Vietnam; foreign policy failures; inside investigations.

  • Secrets of War - Cold War: The Kennedy Years (Season 1 Episode 57)
    Season 1 Episode 57:

    Cold War: The Kennedy Years

    The inside story from the White House on espionage in Cuba and Berlin.

  • Secrets of War - Eisenhower's Operatives (Season 1 Episode 56)
    Season 1 Episode 56:

    Eisenhower's Operatives

    Eisenhower becomes the supreme Allied Commander during World War II.

  • Secrets of War - Hitler's Last Days (Season 1 Episode 55)
    Season 1 Episode 55:

    Hitler's Last Days

    Josef Goebbels' diary reveals secrets of Hitler's final moments as the Third Reich fell.

  • Secrets of War - Vietnam: Johnson's Battleground (Season 1 Episode 54)
    Season 1 Episode 54:

    Vietnam: Johnson's Battleground

    The White House battles for public support during the Vietnam War.

  • Secrets of War - Hirohito's War (Season 1 Episode 53)
    Season 1 Episode 53:

    Hirohito's War

    The enigmatic Japanese leader masterminds the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Secrets of War - Secret Submarines of World War II (Season 1 Episode 52)
    Season 1 Episode 52:

    Secret Submarines of World War II

    The submersibles of both sides, from one-man midget subs to U-boats, to clandestine campaigns.

  • Secrets of War - Psychological Warfare (Season 1 Episode 51)
    Season 1 Episode 51:

    Psychological Warfare

    The series about aspects of war focuses on the use of psychological warfare.

  • Secrets of War - Cambridge Five (Season 1 Episode 50)
    Season 1 Episode 50:

    Cambridge Five

    Disillusioned students become the most successful spies of the 20th century.

  • Secrets of War - Prisoners of War (Season 1 Episode 49)
    Season 1 Episode 49:

    Prisoners of War

    Sen. John McCain joins other POWs to reveal the techniques that helped them to cope, to communicate and, when possible, to escape.

  • Secrets of War - Prisoners of War (Season 1 Episode 48)
    Season 1 Episode 48:

    Prisoners of War

    How warring nations dealt with huge numbers of captives and the new techniques they devised in order to extract information from prisoners.

  • Secrets of War - Prisoners of War (Season 1 Episode 47)
    Season 1 Episode 47:

    Prisoners of War

    An examination of the treatment of prisoners of war in the early 20th century.

  • Secrets of War - Balkans Tinderbox (Season 1 Episode 46)
    Season 1 Episode 46:

    Balkans Tinderbox

    The secret strife behind the Balkan states, from the single gunshot in Sarajevo that started World War I to the Nazi occupation in World War II.

  • Secrets of War - Nazi Propaganda (Season 1 Episode 45)
    Season 1 Episode 45:

    Nazi Propaganda

    The elaborate propaganda campaign behind the efficient Nazi war machine.

  • Secrets of War - Churchill's Gambles (Season 1 Episode 44)
    Season 1 Episode 44:

    Churchill's Gambles

    The man who embraced secret intelligence operations, deception and code-breaking as acceptable instruments of modern war.

  • Secrets of War - Mao's Secrets (Season 1 Episode 43)
    Season 1 Episode 43:

    Mao's Secrets

    The roots of China's conflict with Taiwan back to the Second World War.

  • Secrets of War - Spy Planes (Season 1 Episode 42)
    Season 1 Episode 42:

    Spy Planes

    Examining the secret deployment of aircraft designed to spy from the sky, including the U-2 and the SR-71.

  • Secrets of War - Battlefield Deceptions (Season 1 Episode 41)
    Season 1 Episode 41:

    Battlefield Deceptions

    The reliance on tools of deception.

  • Secrets of War - Wizard War (Season 1 Episode 40)
    Season 1 Episode 40:

    Wizard War

    The quest to dominate the battlefield with electronic trickery such as advanced weapon guidance and electronic jamming which proved so successful in the Gulf War.

  • Secrets of War - The British Secret Intelligence Service (Season 1 Episode 39)
    Season 1 Episode 39:

    The British Secret Intelligence Service

    Insight into the British Secret Intelligence Service demonstrates that fact can indeed be stranger than fiction.

  • Secrets of War - Cold War: Inside the KGB (Season 1 Episode 38)
    Season 1 Episode 38:

    Cold War: Inside the KGB

    Exploring the activities of the Soviet state security agency - the KGB - during the Cold War.

  • Secrets of War - Cold War: Inside the CIA (Season 1 Episode 37)
    Season 1 Episode 37:

    Cold War: Inside the CIA

    An exploration of the role played by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War.

  • Secrets of War - Israeli Intelligence (Season 1 Episode 36)
    Season 1 Episode 36:

    Israeli Intelligence

    The super sleuths commissioned to gather military intelligence and execute hostage rescues.

  • Secrets of War - Japan: The Invasion That Never Was (Season 1 Episode 35)
    Season 1 Episode 35:

    Japan: The Invasion That Never Was

    Authors Norman Polmar and Tom Allen comment on new revelations about the planned U.S. invasion of Japan.

  • Secrets of War - Roosevelt's Spymasters (Season 1 Episode 34)
    Season 1 Episode 34:

    Roosevelt's Spymasters

    How President Roosevelt was not afraid to place spies strategically around the world to ensure he stayed one step ahead of his enemies.

  • Secrets of War - Hunt for Atomic Secrets (Season 1 Episode 33)
    Season 1 Episode 33:

    Hunt for Atomic Secrets

    How the race to develop an atomic bomb led to some of the most daring Russian spy operations in the United States.

  • Secrets of War - Hitler's Secrets (Season 1 Episode 32)
    Season 1 Episode 32:

    Hitler's Secrets

    Hitler's grand deception of Stalin, his extensive spy operations in America, and the eventual betrayal of his chief spymaster.

  • Secrets of War - Holocaust Secret (Season 1 Episode 31)
    Season 1 Episode 31:

    Holocaust Secret

    Examining how the Nazis hid their atrocities and how the "final solution" was implemented across Europe.

  • Secrets of War - Chemical and Biological Weapons (Season 1 Episode 30)
    Season 1 Episode 30:

    Chemical and Biological Weapons

    Chemical and biological weapons, ranging from the mustard gas artillery shells used in World War I to the U.S. gas stockpiled in the Pacific during WWII and the Iraqi gassing of the Kurds.

  • Secrets of War - Breaking the Japanese Code (Season 1 Episode 29)
    Season 1 Episode 29:

    Breaking the Japanese Code

    The story of William Friedman, whose deciphering machines were used to crack the seemingly impenetrable Japanese codes.

  • Secrets of War - The O.S.S. (Season 1 Episode 28)
    Season 1 Episode 28:

    The O.S.S.

    The story of the formation of the Office of Strategic Services, predecessor to the CIA.

  • Secrets of War - Stalin's Spies (Season 1 Episode 27)
    Season 1 Episode 27:

    Stalin's Spies

    The lives of Stalin's secret agents, who spied loyally for their leader but were in turn spied upon by their paranoid dictator.

  • Secrets of War - Shadows of the Six-Day War (Season 1 Episode 26)
    Season 1 Episode 26:

    Shadows of the Six-Day War

    Israeli forces, surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy, use covert means to rewrite the map of the Middle East.

  • Secrets of War - Vietnam: Special Operations (Season 1 Episode 25)
    Season 1 Episode 25:

    Vietnam: Special Operations

    The covert operations of the units involved in the Vietnam War.

  • Secrets of War - Super Guns (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    Super Guns

    The development of the terrifying super guns.

  • Secrets of War - World War I: Germany's Secret Gambles (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    World War I: Germany's Secret Gambles

    The Germans employ a barrage of terrifying weapons during World War I.

  • Secrets of War - Vietnam: Hidden in Plain Sight (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Vietnam: Hidden in Plain Sight

    Secret methods used by the Viet Cong to outwit the U.S. troops.

  • Secrets of War - Vietnam: Alpha Strike (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Vietnam: Alpha Strike

    An examination of the air war waged during the Vietnam War.

  • Secrets of War - Korea: Stalin's Secret Air War (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Korea: Stalin's Secret Air War

    An examination of the early years of the Cold War, when Americans sparred with Soviet pilots over the Yalu River.

  • Secrets of War - The Cold War: The Strangelove Factor (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    The Cold War: The Strangelove Factor

    An investigation into the relationship between the Soviets and the Americans during the Cold War.

  • Secrets of War - Korea - Behind the Bamboo Curtain (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Korea - Behind the Bamboo Curtain

    The secrets of the Korean ground war leading up to Gen. MacArthur's surprise landing behind enemy lines.

  • Secrets of War - Spies in the Sky (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Spies in the Sky

    The evolution of aerial eavesdropping, photographic reconnaissance units and spy satellites.

  • Secrets of War - The Gulf War - Secrets in the Sand (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    The Gulf War - Secrets in the Sand

    An investigation into the clandestine operations by British S.A.S. Commandos and U.S. Special Forces during the Gulf War.

  • Secrets of War - The Gulf War - Steel Rain (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    The Gulf War - Steel Rain

    The stories of Operation Desert Storm that weren't told on the evening news.

  • Secrets of War - Invasion of Panama (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Invasion of Panama

    Documents the surprise invasion of Panama by U.S. troops in 1989.

  • Secrets of War - The French Resistance (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    The French Resistance

    Members of the French Resistance aid the Allied effort after the fall of France.

  • Secrets of War - D-Day Deceptions (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    D-Day Deceptions

    Misleading maneuvers and false information insured the secrecy of the D-Day invasion.

  • Secrets of War - Secret Weapons of the Third Reich (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Secret Weapons of the Third Reich

    Examines why obtaining top-secret plans for rockets, jets and missiles was a high priority for spies on both sides during World War II.

  • Secrets of War - Rommel's Enigma (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Rommel's Enigma

    Declassified evidence sheds light on Rommel's early advantages in North Africa.

  • Secrets of War - Tools of Deception (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Tools of Deception

    The use of camouflage and instruments of propaganda helped confuse the enemy both on and off the battlefield.

  • Secrets of War - Battle of Britain (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Battle of Britain

    The men and women who made victory possible in the battle of Britain.

  • Secrets of War - Sitzkrieg: The Phony War (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Sitzkrieg: The Phony War

    Spies, diplomats and opportunists take part in a secret sham of a war.

  • Secrets of War - Battle of the Atlantic (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Battle of the Atlantic

    Code breakers struggle to protect Britain from German submarines.

  • Secrets of War - Nazi Gold (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Nazi Gold

    The Nazis fund a war machine with possessions they steal from people expelled or executed.

  • Secrets of War - Weapons of the Shadow War (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Weapons of the Shadow War

    An investigation into the instruments of sabotage and clandestine operations used in war.

  • Secrets of War - Women Spies of World War II (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Women Spies of World War II

    The secret world of women at war.

  • Secrets of War - The Ultra Enigma (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Ultra Enigma

    Recounts the British capture of a Nazi cipher machine which led to one of the greatest campaigns of deception in military history.

  • Secrets of War - German Intelligence in World War II (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    German Intelligence in World War II

    Examines the damaging internal feuds that took place within the Abwehr, Gestapo and the Reich Central Security Office during World War II.

  • Secrets of War - Secrets of War (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:

    Secrets of War

    The secret horrors endured by the crews who brought nuclear devastation to Hiroshima.

  • Secrets of War - Ultimate Weapon: The H-Bomb Dilemma (Episode 59)
    Episode 59:

    Ultimate Weapon: The H-Bomb Dilemma

    Participants describe the agonizing moral debate about building the hydrogen bomb.

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