Birth Of The Bomb

The most significant event of the 20th century

Former BBC producer Peter Batty's classic documentaries have won awards throughout the world. Here two of Peter Batty's acclaimed films piece together the complete and extraordinary story of the quest for an ultimate weapon - how scientists and politicians in Germany, Britain, the US and the Soviet Union battled to unleash a terrifying power they did not understand.

The men who created the Nuclear age were the "Father of the Bomb" Robert Oppenheimer, Manhattan Project boss General Groves, and the "makers" of the H-Bomb Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam, all profiled in this great DVD. Features two parts:

Birth of the Bomb: A compulsive film which details the making and testing of the first atomic bombs. It contains rare, previously classified archive footage obtained from the US military. The programme traces the early experiments in Nazi Germany to the establishment of the "Manhattan Project" in the USA.

Search for the Super: The fascinating background story to the making and testing of the first H-Bomb. The story is traced from Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 to the eventual successful detonation of the thermonuclear device in the Pacific in 1952 and the first full scale hydrogen-bomb test at Bikini in March 1954.

This DVD is "the best record of the worst weapon." (The Sunday Times)

Visions Of War - The Falklands War

When Argentina pursued its long held territorial claims to the Falklands and South Georgia, it totally underestimated the strength of the British reaction.

From the re-taking of South Georgia to "The Long Walk" culminating in the decisive battle for Port Stanley; the destruction caused by the Argentinian Skyhawk fighters with their Exocets in "Bomb Alley", to the British Harriers regaining air supremacy with their deadly Sidewinder missiles; the bombing of Port Stanley airstrip to the sinking of the General Belgrano; this was a war in which one nuclear powered submarine held an entire navy at bay.

Seamlessly documented on land and sea by frontline ITN footage the programme captures the crucial points of this forty-one day war and the bloody battle over this remote island.

FALKLANDS WAR Chapters include:
Argentina Invades; Britain Mobilizes; Operation Paraquet; Air-Sea Battles; Breakout; Taking Port Stanley.

Wreaking havoc behind enemy lines.. counter terrorism.. political assassination.. destabilising governments.. hostage rescues - these are the domain of the world's special forces. Highly trained strike teams capable of operating in the harshest climates, these small elite insertion units eagerly go where regular forces cannot, conducting high risk operations of strategic importance to their governments.

ITN's footage tells the history of the SAS from its beginnings in World War II through the breathtaking storming of the Iranian Embassy and more recently its exploits in Kuwait. The film reveals the special activities of the Special Boat Service, The Soviet Spetnaz, "Mad Mike" Hoar's mercenaries operating in the World's hot spots, America's tenth parachute Division and the Delta Force's failure to rescue the hostages in Iran.

SPECIAL FORCES Chapters include: British S.A.S.; British S.B.S.; American A-Teams; Soldiers of Fortune; Soviet Spetznaz; Parachute Battalion.

Produced by ITN
Featuring unique frontline footage from the ITN Archive.

Spirits Of The Somme

1st July 1916: The Blackest Day

1st July 1916 The opening day of the battle of the Somme was the blackest day in the history of the British Army, 60,000 men became casualties on that day alone.

In this major new documentary, Emmy Award winning film maker Bob Carruthers returns to the battlefield on 1st July and retraces the events which unfolded on that disastrous day.

Drawing extensively on rare film and photographs from both British and German sources, the spirit of the men who fought and died on that day is beautifully evoked by these powerful and haunting images from 1916.

The film also reveals how sacrifices of the men of the Somme is being honoured today by the work of historians and enthusiasts who strive to increase our understanding of the battle and to commemorate the memory of that terrible day.

The Battle Of The Somme

The Official 1916 Film This is one of the most remarkable war documentaries Digitally Remastered

This is one of the most remarkable war documentaries ever made.

Following two years of fighting in which cameras were not permitted at the front, The British Army high command suddenly relented and allowed movie cameras to film the build up to the great offensive battle on the Somme and scenes from the fighting itself.

The resulting documentary film proved to be a sensation with over 20 million tickets being snapped up within the first two months of its release.

Although it includes some reconstructions, notably of the famous sequence depicting the opening day of the battle, these are very limited.

The sheer wealth of imagery conveys the reality of the Great war like no other historical document.

Real scenes of wounded men and dead bodies caused controversy at the time and highlighted the bold vision of this remarkable primary source film.

The official film of the Battle Of The Somme is indispensable viewing for anyone with an interest in World War One.