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War Documentary narrated by Stan Bernard, published by History Channel in 2001 - English narration
In the course of military history one of the most effective tactics ever to take the enemy by
surprise has been THE RAID. In "HISTORY'S RAIDERS" some of the most exciting and decisive small unit
actions have been minutely researched and uncovered with unprecedented access to over 500,000 hours
of archive film, much of which will be seen in the series for the first time.
Produced by Nugus / Martin Productions Ltd for the History Channel MMI
- This series is also known as "Greatest Raids". Original UK production was aired in the US
under that title. -
1) Search and Rescue in the Balkans
In June 1995, a US Air Force F-16 fighter was shot down by Russian-built surface-to-air missiles
while enforcing the no-fly zone in Bosnia. Its pilot survived and within days he had been located
and rescued in a daring raid deep in hostile territory. It was one of the most spectacular missions
of the elite US Air Force and Marine Corps units whose motto is "That Others May Live".
2) SAS Raid on the Iranian Embassy
On May 6, 1980, astonished British TV viewers watched as black-clad troopers blasted their way into
the Iranian Embassy in London to free 26 hostages being held by Iraqi-backed gunmen. The men who
brought the six-day siege to a triumphant conclusion were part of Britain's elite Special Air
Service regiment, which specialises in raiding and anti-terrorist operations.
3) The Entebbe Raid
The skill and audacity of Israel's special forces was first shown in a daring raid on a vital
Egyptian air-defence radar installation on Green Island. Seven years later, in July 1976, the world
was amazed as a special forces team flew more than 2000 miles to rescue 94 Israeli citizens and the
crew of an Air France Airbus, who were being held hostage in Entebbe, Uganda, after a hijacking.
4) The Dieppe Raid
As dawn broke on August 19th, 1942, Canadian troops launched a major raid on the German-held French
port of Dieppe. What was later described as a "reconnaissance in force", proved a disaster - the
Canadians were pinned down on the beach under savage fire. The only thing that could be said in
favour of this tragic fiasco was that lessons were learned which saved many lives on D-Day.
5) PT Boats in the Pacific
Throughout the US fight back in the Pacific, from Guadalcanal to the coasts of the Japanese home
islands, the Navy's motor torpedo boats landed raiding parties, attacked enemy shore installations
and supply barges, and undertook reconnaissance missions. Their crews lived up to the motto of John
Paul Jones, one of the fathers of the US Navy - "Give me a fast ship, for I intend to go in harm's way".
6) The Mosquito Raiders
One of the most specialised roles of De Havilland's "Wooden Wonder", the ultra-fast Mosquito
fighter-bomber, was pinpoint raids in support of the Resistance movements in Nazi-occupied Europe.
And one of the most spectacular examples was the attack on Amiens prison before D-Day which freed a
large numbers of key Resistance leaders who were facing imminent execution.
7) The Zeebrugge Raid
On St George's Day - April 23rd, 1918 - Royal Marines stormed the German defences at the port of
Zeebrugge on Belgium's North Sea coast. This audacious raid was the most spectacular event in the
Allies' long World War 1 campaign against Germany's U-boats, and succeeded in sinking ships to block
one of the vital channels through which they reached the sea.
8) The Chindits
In early 1943, the British Army sent a large raiding force deep into the jungles of
Japanese-occupied Burma to attack supply convoys and sabotage railways. Known as the Chindits, these
raiders were led by Orde Wingate, one of the most dynamic and unconventional leaders of World War 2,
and showed that Allied forces could take on and beat the Japanese in jungle combat.
9) SOE and the Gorgopotamus Bridge
On the night of November 25th, 1942, British agents and Greek resistance fighters attacked a vital
Gorgopotamos railway bridge in the heart of Greece. Its destruction was one of the most successful
sabotage missions ever undertaken by the Special Operations Executive, not only cutting off supplies
to Rommel's Afrika Korps, but disrupting Axis supply lines throughout the Balkans.
10) The Raiders of Telemark
Some of the most vital raids undertaken by Allied forces during World War 2, were those against a
remote factory in Telemark, Norway. For here the Germans were producing "heavy water", a vital
component in the development of Hitler's atomic bomb. The courage of a few brave men played a
crucial part in ensuring that the Germans lost the race to build the ultimate weapon.
11) The Schweinfurt Raid
On August 17th, 1943, the 8th US Army Air Force launched its first major long-range bombing raids
into the heartland of Nazi Germany. The American belief that its heavily-armed Flying Fortresses
could fight their way through in daylight without escorts to any target was facing its crucial test.
As Luftwaffe fighters swooped on the US bombers it became horrifyingly clear that the theory was wrong.
12) The Raids of Otto Skorzeny
The rescue of Benito Mussolini, the deposed dictator of Italy, from imprisonment in a remote
mountain-top hotel on September 12th, 1943, by German special forces was one of the most spectacular
raids of World War 2. It was also a raid by one of the war's most flamboyant raiders - Otto Skorzeny
- whose exploits made him notorious as "the most dangerous man in Europe".
13) The Commando Raids on Norway
In the dark days of summer 1940, as Nazi armies overran much of Western Europe, Winston Churchill
ordered the formation of a special raiding force known as the Commandos to carry the war back to the
enemy. Its successful attacks on German occupation forces in Norway played a key role in convincing
Hitler that he must keep quarter of a million troops pinned down there for the rest of the war.
14) Human Torpedo Raiders
One of the most remarkable raiding weapons of World War 2 was the Italian Maiale human torpedo. On
the night of December 18th, 1941, three of them fundamentally changed the balance of naval power by
crippling the only British battleships remaining in the Eastern Mediterranean. This triumph was soon
being copied as the British, Germans, and Japanese developed their own human torpedoes.
15) The Capture of Fort Eben Emael
As German troops moved forward to their battle stations to begin Hitler's 1940 Blitzkrieg in the
West, gliders swooped out of the dawn sky onto the Belgian fortress which dominated bridges vital
for the German advance. Within a few hours less than 400 German paratroops had neutralised this
supposedly impregnable fortification and seized the bridges.
16) The Raids Against the Tirpitz
For the Germans, the giant battleship Tirpitz was the "Queen of the North" - a constant threat to
the vital Allied convoys to Russia. For Churchill, she was "the Beast" - and one which must be
destroyed at all cost. For more than three years RAF bombers, Fleet Air Arm dive bombers, and Royal
Navy Chariots and X-craft mounted raids until Tirpitz was finally eliminated.
17) The St Nazaire Raid
The great dry dock at the French port of St Nazaire was the only facility on the Atlantic coast of
Nazi-occupied Europe which could accommodate Germany's giant battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz. On
March 28th, 1942, the British navy sailed a destroyer packed with explosive into the dock gates.
When this blew up the next day, it put the dock out of action for the rest of the World War 2.
18) The Raids of Lawrence of Arabia
T.E. Lawrence is one of the most legendary of raiders. The British could not afford to divert troops
to support the Arabs in a revolt against the Turks during World War 1. Instead, acting as liaison
officer with the Arabs, Lawrence led a series of raids against the railway lines supplying the
Turkish army in the field, and captured the port of Aqaba.
19) US Rangers and the Raid on Cabanatuan
Impressed by the performance of Britain's new elite force, the Commandos, the US Army set up its own
special unit - the Rangers. These took part in many of the major Allied landings in Europe,
capturing vital strongpoints. In the Pacific, one of their most spectacular actions was a raid deep
behind enemy lines to free prisoners-of-war, threatened with massacre by the Japanese.
20) The Cockleshell Raiders
By 1942, the British were aware that vital raw materials were getting to Germany via the occupied
French port of Bordeaux. This was too far up the Gironde River for a conventional raid, so an attack
using canoes was mounted, and four ships were sunk. Although only two of the ten "Cockleshell
Heroes" survived, the raid led to the same method being used against Japanese-held Singapore.
21) The Raid on Taranto
On the night of November 11th, 1940, obsolete Swordfish biplanes of the Royal Navy swooped on the
Italian fleet as it lay at anchor, and sank or disabled three battleships. Within a few minutes, the
Royal Navy had changed the face of naval warfare. The Swordfish for this surprise raid, had been
launched from a carrier task force, and far away in the Pacific, the Imperial Japanese Navy was
22) The Desert Raiders
Shortly after Italy entered World War 2 in June 1940, General Wavell, the British commander in the
Middle East accepted the idea of a small elite reconnaissance force to be known as the Long-Range
Desert Group. When this was joined by the Special Air Service as a specialist raiding force, the
British acquired one of the most formidable teams of desert warriors ever known.
23) The Tunnel Raiders
As World War I degenerated into the gruelling stalemate of trench warfare, both sides sought
desperately for ways of breaking through the enemy's lines. One of the most extraordinary methods
was to tunnel under the enemy's positions and set off massive explosions to create a breach. Soon a
bizarre new form of warfare had begun as underground raids were mounted against the enemy's mines.
24) German Commerce Raiders
During World War I, the German navy enjoyed considerable success with commerce raiders disguised as
merchantmen. When World War 2 began, it was decided to use similar tactics, and nine disguised
raiders were sent out alongside Germany's small number of major warships to prey on enemy shipping.
All were eventually hunted down, but not until almost 200 Allied ships had been sunk.
25) Raiders of the Falklands War
In 1982, Britain found itself fighting a full-scale land, sea, and air war eight thousand miles away
in the South Atlantic. The speed with which the British task force was able to reoccupy the Falkland
Islands and defeat the Argentine invaders, was considerably helped by a series of daring raids
mounted by the elite troops of the Special Air Service and Royal Marine Special Boat Squadron.
26) The Dambusters Raid
The dams which supplied Nazi Germany's industrial heartland with power were a vital target for the
British, but difficult to attack using conventional weapons. Then in May 1943, nineteen Lancaster
bombers took off carrying a revolutionary new "bouncing bomb". Eight of the aircraft were lost on
the raid, but two of the dams were successfully breached causing widespread flooding and disruption.
Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2267 kbps
Video Resolution: 704x528
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 256kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 44:46.411
Number Of Parts: 26
Part Size: 815 MB
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Written by: Cbr0749 [30/06/12, 06:04]
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