Commanders at War

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Commanders at War
Genre Documentary
Country of origin United Kingdom/United States
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor Military Channel (now AHC)
Original release February 9, 2009 (2009-02-09)

Commanders at War is a TV show on the Military Channel (now American Heroes Channel). It highlights specific battles or skirmishes from World War II, where one commander is pitted against another. Using computer-generated imagery, many scenes are illustrated using cardboard-cutout-like figures to represent soldiers and equipment. Key battle decisions are examined, in order to explain the overall outcome of the battle.[1]

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"The Battle of Singapore"[edit]

Original Airdate: 2/9/2009

In 1941, the Gibraltar of the East was under attack by the Japanese. Despite the brave efforts of Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, Lieutenant General Tomoyuki Yamashita oversees the largest capitulation in British history.

"The Battle of Midway"[edit]

Original Airdate: 2/16/2009

After the devastation of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American Navy decoded Japanese communications regarding a planned attack on Midway Island. Heavily outnumbered, Rear Admiral Frank J. Fletcher had to prevent Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo from capturing this critical strategic position with inexperienced pilots and sailors against the battle-hardened Japanese war machine.

"The Battle of El Alamein"[edit]

Original Airdate: 2/23/2009

After an undefeated record throughout North Africa, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel has an opportunity to face off against a commander worthy of his skills: the new British commander, General Bernard Law Montgomery.

"The Battle of Stalingrad"[edit]

Original Airdate: 3/2/2009

With the city that bears the name of nemesis, Joseph Stalin, in his sights, Hitler sent Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus to crush the city of Stalingrad. What he did not expect was the ferocious resistance offered by Lieutenant General Vasily Chuikov. What was supposed to be a battle lasting only a few weeks dragged to become one of the bloodiest battles in history.

"The Battle of Kursk"[edit]

Original Airdate: 3/09/2009

Germany and Russia clashed in 1943 near the Soviet city of Kursk, as control of the Eastern Front lay open. The Germans were led by Field Marshal Erich von Manstein, an aristocratic master tactician. Across the battlefield was Red Army Marshal Georgy Zhukov, a peasant born street brawler.

"The Battle of the Bulge"[edit]

Original Airdate: 3/16/2009

In 1944, the end of Hitler's Third Reich was near and Berlin was in sight. In a desperate attempt, Hitler conceived of a bold new offensive to strike the Allies through the Ardennes Forest, pitting General Omar Bradley and Field Marshal Walter Model.


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