Battlefield Detectives

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Battlefield Detectives
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 32
Production
Running time 48/49 minutes (60 with ads)
Release
Original network History Channel
Original release 4 October 2003 – 19 November 2006

Battlefield Detectives is a forensic documentary television series that aired on the History Channel from 2003 to 2006. The series explores famous battles focusing on the battlefield itself, and tell its story based on recent scientific research. It uses modern science to examine how the battles were won or lost.[1]

Format[edit]

According to History Television: "This series approaches the perennially interesting topic of famous battles in a fresh and exhilarating way. Focusing on the battlefield itself, each programme takes an important battle telling its story and posing a puzzling central question about the battle that recent scientific research is helping to illuminate - a contemporary journey of discovery and a compelling story from the past."[2]

List of episodes[edit]

Episode name / Original Air Date[3][4]

Season 1[edit]

  1. Custer at Little Bighorn 4 October 2003
  2. Charge of the Light Brigade 11 October 2003
  3. The Gallipoli Disaster 18 October 2003
  4. What Sank the Armada? 25 October 2003
  5. Who Got Lucky at Hastings? 8 November 2003
  6. Massacre at Waterloo 9 November 2003
  7. Agincourt's Dark Secrets 23 November 2003
  8. Trafalgar 13 December 2003
  9. Vietnam 27 December 2003

Season 2[edit]

  1. World War II: Operation Market Garden 12 November 2004
  2. Native American Wars: The Apache 19 November 2004
  3. American Revolution: Battle of Monmouth 26 November 2004
  4. World War I: The Somme 3 December 2004
  5. Mexican-American War: Battle of Palo Alto 10 December 2004
  6. American Revolution: Battle of Cowpens 17 December 2004
  7. Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg 20 December 2004
  8. Civil War: Battle of Antietam 20 December 2004

Season 3[edit]

  1. Battle of the Bulge 14 November 2005
  2. Battle of Britain 21 November 2005
  3. Waterloo 28 November 2005
  4. Siege of Masada 5 December 2005
  5. American Revolutionary War: Battle of Oriskany 5 December 2005
  6. World War I: Jutland 12 December 2005
  7. Stalingrad 23 December 2005
  8. The War of 1812: The Chesapeake and the Shannon 23 December 2005
  9. Pointe du Hoc 30 December 2005
  10. The 6-Day War 30 December 2005
  11. Civil War: Shiloh 2 January 2006
  12. Alesia 9 January 2006
  13. Battle of Big Hole 30 January 2006

Season 4[edit]

  1. Siege of Alesia 5 November 2006
  2. Trafalgar's Fatal Flaw 19 November 2006

Book[edit]

An accompanying book reflects on seven of the most famous battlefields in history: The Battle of Hastings, The Battle of Agincourt, The Spanish Armada, Waterloo, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Battle of Little Bighorn, and Gallipoli. It uses traditional methods and modern technology to discover what really happened on the day. The results include new and controversial insights into some of the world’s enduring military mysteries. Battlefield Detectives uses evidence uncovered by a team of experts from a wide range of disciplines: archaeologists, forensic scientists, crowd dynamics specialists, metal-detectorists and military experts contribute to a new understanding of these fields of war.[5]

  • Battlefield Detectives [illustrated] by David Wason.
  • (Hardcover/Paperback) 256 pages
  • March 2003
  • Publisher: Granada Media
  • ISBN 0233050833

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/battlefield-detectives/194633
  2. ^ History Television "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-24.  Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  3. ^ Episode list for "BattleField Detectives" https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421092/episodes Retrieved 2009-07-25.
  4. ^ Battlefield Detectives Episode Guide http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCProgram.do?sId=EP00607074&t=Battlefield+Detectives&method=getEpisodesForShow&epYear=1 Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2009-07-25.
  5. ^ Battlefield Detectives http://www.crowddynamics.co.uk/Battlefield%20Detectives/BattleField.htm[permanent dead link] Retrieved 2009-07-26.