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Diggers Slang

Montana boys, King George and the Ringmaster, are heading down south for some Civil War Nectar on Diggers: Juiced: Digging the South. They’re hitting the jack pot below the belt line of the South and living their version of the American dream. With the Diggers truck locked and loaded, KG and Ringy are heading down…

A Soldier’s Point of View

Specialist Travis Staats is part of the route clearance team – their job is to go ahead of the convoys in specialized vehicles known as HUSKYs to make sure there are no IEDs on the road ahead. A somewhat thankless job that is known by few but saves hundreds of service men and women’s lives…

There is no greater sacrifice than what our service men and women do for this country. Each day they are no doubt risking their lives and sacrificing many of their own freedoms for their family and friends as well as millions of American’s they’ve never even met. They are a proud group of selfless people,…

Barge Matal was a very pro-coalition village. In November of 2008, we went up there as a provincial reconstruction team, and did a huge mission. We treated over 200 people in the village, along with the village doctor. We brought three big boxes of medicine, and we just funneled people through and saw anything from…

Trouble in Charkh

These are the stories that are often left untold – of a man’s life in Afghanistan, fighting for an entire country’s freedom. A small convoy of an Army and a Marines Special Forces team is ambushed in an attempted to take over a dangerous Taliban territory, Charkh. They were tasked with checking on the local…

War stories have been told since the beginning… But never like this. Eyewitness War takes you right onto the battlefield through footage shot by the men and women on the front lines, themselves. This footage, combined with their interviews about their experiences, tells the story of war from the point of view of the people fighting…

Battleground Afghanistan looks inside the latest chapter of the Afghan conflict as seen by American Marines on the frontlines of the war. One of the men featured on this new series, Cpl Brandon Unis, enlisted in the Marine Corps on his 18th birthday. He joined for many different reasons including: 1) A realization after 9/11…

As the longest Civilian POW in Vietnam history, Ernie Brace likely endured more than any other POW during the war. Held for almost eight years — from May 1965 to March 1973 — he faced capture, starvation, sickness, torture, solitude, desperation and more. Call him resilient and impressive. A survivor and true American hero. So says Sen.…

“War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.” –…

With only weeks left in their deployment, the PJs look toward home. Matt longs to see his wife who is due to give birth to their daughter soon after his deployment is over. The unit’s longest serving PJ, Duane, as always, promised his wife that he would come back to his family. But when the…

Fresh out of the PJ schoolhouse, first-time deployers Chris and Lucas move from the beach to the battlefield when they are thrust into the war in Afghanistan with no experience in real combat. Friends since medical school, the two PJs will be the primary medics on the a.m. shift, responsible for saving the lives of…

Justin and Thomas both know how important it is to keep their emotions in check when someone’s life is in their hands. It is a battle they all fight on every mission. In this episode, three missions will test their mettle like never before. Taliban attacks against soldiers and civilians rise during the summer, the…

First Lieutenant Jeff is fresh out of the rigorous training program to become a Combat Rescue Officer and eager to take on the worst missions Afghanistan can throw at him. But he finds himself wanting during a lull in missions for his shift. The slow period brings a unique feeling to the team; the PJs…

On a remote outpost in south central Afghanistan, a fire base called COBRA brought together 23 Americans that stood in the breach between the rule of law and the rule of terror. They are the U.S. Special Forces. Often referred to as “the thinking man’s ninja”, they navigate an unforgiving landscape and are never certain…

At just 22, Senior Airman Barry is deploying as an Air Force Pararescueman (PJ) in one of the busiest and most dangerous regions of Afghanistan. After saying goodbye to his parents and flying into Kandahar Airfield, he’s ready for the challenge. But a slew of fast-paced and tough missions test Barry’s skills and ability to…

The U.S. Navy vs The Killer Tomato?

Watch out world, the U.S. Navy has developed a versatile new class of warships: the LCS (Littoral Combat Ship). These fast and agile combat ships are designed to take deadly threats emerging on the world stage and blow them out of the water. Their target? The Killer Tomato. No Joke. These giant red target balloons…

Put your glasses on and your ear plugs in because Sean Rich and the guys are in Colorado Springs this week doing what they do best: finding the best military items and weapons for their auction. The new episode of Lords of War airs tonight at 9P and follows Sean as he shoots and examines…

The war that rivals Vietnam as the United States’ longest still rages in Afghanistan. Near Kandahar, insurgent fighters ambush American and Allied soldiers, while the Taliban’s I.E.D.s – Improvised Explosive Devices – don’t distinguish between military and civilian, friend and foe. In the heart of the fighting are the Pararescuemen (PJs) of the 38th Rescue…

U.S. forces entered Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, and quickly toppled the Taliban in what many hoped would be a swift, clean victory over al Qaeda and the men who directed 9/11. Flash-forward to March 2012, and the war is now entering its 125th month. Amazingly, this country’s longest war has drifted in and out…

Meet the Indiana Joneses of historical weaponry: father-son duo Christian and Alex Cranmer, whose quests for military antiquities have taken them as far as a remote Nepalese palace filled with more than 55,000 rifles and muskets hidden away for more than a century. “We sell history,” Alex says, and that doesn’t mean books, it means…

One of the greatest challenges of making this film was using dramatic recreations to illustrate the different scenarios that may have led to the loss of the Hunley and her crew.  There are about a half-dozen theories that we chase down in the show, and each one had to be re-enacted, in part, inside an…

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Restrepo is a feature-length film by award-winning photojournalist Tim Hetherington and journalist/author Sebastian Junger that chronicles the deployment of U.S. troops in the Korengal Valley, one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan.  The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost,…

American Doomsday

by Charles FitzgeraldProducer My research for ‘American Doomsday” uncovered what I first saw as a Stranglovian world of nuclear paranoia, secret bunkers and elaborate “Doomsday” plans. It was bizarre.But digging deeper I realized that America’s Doomsday plans were born of a very real and legitimate fear that if the Soviet Union launched a surprise nuclear attack,…

World War Crime

On the evening of March 24th, 1944, 76 airmen broke out of German POW Camp, Stalag Luft III, in a desperate bid for freedom. It was the most famous escape of World War II—it was also a complete disaster. Of the 76 escapees, all were recaptured, and 50 were murdered in cold blood. The murders were immediately…

Sinking the Unsinkable

Some 60 years after it was sunk by the British Navy, an international team will travel nearly 5,000 meters into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean—to the final resting place of the infamous Nazi supership: The Battleship Bismarck—the supposedly unsinkable vessel whose name once instilled fear and spelled certain doom to any that dared cross it’s path. The…