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The Century of Warfare 

Through the use of archived films and photos, major conflicts are chronicled from early WW1 (1914) through current day.
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Series cast summary:
Robert Powell ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1993
Dai Bao Dai Bao ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Fulgencio Batista Fulgencio Batista ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
David Beatty David Beatty ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Ahmed Ben Bella Ahmed Ben Bella ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Subhas Chandra Bose ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Semyon Budyonny Semyon Budyonny ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Al Capone ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Fidel Castro ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Maurice Challe Maurice Challe ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Violeta Chamorro Violeta Chamorro ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Kai-Shek Chiang Kai-Shek Chiang ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Madame Chiang Madame Chiang ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Teh Chu Teh Chu ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Winston Churchill ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Gabriele D'Annunzio ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
The Dalai Lama ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Charles Dawes Charles Dawes ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Christian de Castries Christian de Castries ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Charles de Gaulle ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny Jean de Lattre de Tassigny ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Eamon de Valera Eamon de Valera ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Dwight D. Eisenhower ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Francisco Franco ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Mikhail Frunze Mikhail Frunze ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Leopoldo Galtieri Leopoldo Galtieri ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Mohandas K. Gandhi ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Joseph Goebbels ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Yakubu Gowon Yakubu Gowon ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Hermann Göring ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Rudolf Hess ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Hirohito ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Adolf Hitler ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Kim Il-Sung ...  Himself (archive footage) 9 episodes, 1993-1994
Earl Jellicoe Earl Jellicoe ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Qing Jiang Qing Jiang ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Zemin Jiang Zemin Jiang ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Kaiser Wilhelm II ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Jomo Kenyatta Jomo Kenyatta ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Nikita Khrushchev ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
King Alfonso XIII ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
King Baudouin ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
King George VI ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
V.I. Lenin ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Erich Ludendorff Erich Ludendorff ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Douglas MacArthur ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Archbishop Makarios Archbishop Makarios ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Zedong Mao ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
George C. Marshall ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Yosuke Matsuoka Yosuke Matsuoka ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Vyacheslav Molotov ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Bernard L. Montgomery ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Edwina Mountbatten Edwina Mountbatten ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Louis Mountbatten ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Benito Mussolini ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Jawaharlal Nehru ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Pat Nixon ...  Herself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Richard Nixon ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Manuel Noriega Manuel Noriega ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Odumegwu Ojukwu Odumegwu Ojukwu ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Daniel Ortega Daniel Ortega ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Miguel Primo de Rivera Miguel Primo de Rivera ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Prince Philip ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Puyi Puyi ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Matthew B. Ridgway Matthew B. Ridgway ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Franklin D. Roosevelt ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Ernst Röhm Ernst Röhm ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Raoul Salan Raoul Salan ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Mobutu Sese Seko ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Haile Selassie ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Joseph Stalin ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Joseph W. Stilwell Joseph W. Stilwell ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Sukarno Sukarno ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Yat-sen Sun Yat-sen Sun ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Gerald Templar Gerald Templar ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
U Thant U Thant ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Leon Trotsky ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Harry S. Truman ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Moise Tshombe Moise Tshombe ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Mikhail Tukhachevsky Mikhail Tukhachevsky ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Werner von Blomberg Werner von Blomberg ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Werner von Fritsch Werner von Fritsch ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Paul von Hindenburg Paul von Hindenburg ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Woodrow Wilson ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
Enlai Zhou Enlai Zhou ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 1993
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Through the use of archived films and photos, major conflicts are chronicled from early WW1 (1914) through current day.

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18 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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The Conflicts That Shaped A Century
31 January 2010 | by timdalton007See all my reviews

Between two World Wars, the Cold War plus numerous other conflicts, the twentieth century proved to be perhaps the most violent in terms of armed conflict. Towards the end of the century Nugus/Martin Productions set out to create a unique visual record of the conflicts that defined the century so much. The result would be The Century Of Warfare, first aired in 1993 and finally released on DVD last year. It is a mammoth twenty-six part documentary series that at, twenty-two and half hours, covers virtually every major and even minor conflict in some detail and is a fine documentary series as well.

The first part of the series is"The Violent Century", which is very much both an overview and introduction to the series. It covers the lead up, fighting and aftermaths of both World Wars plus the Cold War as well. After that it primarily it looks at the advancement of weapons technology including the evolution of submarine--warfare and air-warfare. This first part also looks at the rise of weapons of mass destruction and unconventional warfare and how they changed the face of warfare forever along with the conflicts that rose up in the back half of the century (or at least up until 1993). This episode alone is well worth the price tag as it gives a fine overview of the wars and weapons of the last century.

The heart of the series therefore lies in the nineteen parts that act as its coverage of the two World Wars. Parts two through seven cover World War I in virtually every imaginable detail from the lead up to the war, both the Western and Eastern fronts, the war at sea and the beginnings of air-warfare. Moving on from World War I parts eight through twenty (nearly half the series) is spent on World War II in much the same way though the placing of the parts about the sea and air parts of World War II after the episodes on the war itself seems like odd placing. All of these parts are well produced, full of excellent footage, maps and narration by Robert Powell that make them intriguing looks at the two major conflicts that dominated and shaped the century so much.

The final six episodes of the series look at the conflicts that filled the back half of the twentieth century. This begins with part twenty-one "Iron Curtain" which, much like "The Violent Century", serves as a one episode overview of The Cold War which means that perhaps it does not get as much coverage as it deserved, especially in light of the amount of coverage given to the two World Wars which proceeded it. This is somewhat made up for in parts twenty-two and twenty-four which cover the rise of communism in Asia (including the Korean War) and the Vietnam War respectively which means that both of those conflicts are given plenty of coverage. Part twenty-three "Wars In Peace" looks at many of the other conflicts that occurred including various wars for independence and the Falkland Islands war amongst many, many others and this part is perhaps the most intriguing of the series as a consequence. The final two parts, "War In The Middle East" and "Gulf War And Beyond", are of course somewhat dated some decade and a half on, but these episodes over an invaluable look at the events that would give rise to the conflicts that have shaped much of the conflicts that have so far filled the first decade of the twenty-first century. These parts help to round out the series rather well.

The Century Of Warfare is as good a documentary series as you will probably ever find. By covering both World Wars, the Cold War and numerous other conflicts as well this series goes a long way to show the as many conflicts as possible, no matter how big or small. While some areas may not be covered it as much depth as possible, the series is nonetheless well produced, full of excellent footage, maps and narration by Robert Powell. The result is that the series may very well be the definitive look at the conflicts that not only shaped the last century but continue to have repercussions today.


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