The “Military” Channel

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The “Military” Channel

Post by Lance » Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:01 pm

I've had the Military channel all along but never realised it. I generally keep focused to TCM, AMC, History or SyFy channels. I am a total WWII buff and follow it on TV and through books with great interest. Of course, it being July 4th and America's birthday, both the History and Military channels have given much to the occasion. Some of the things I have learned about the Revolutionary War and the Civil War continue to amaze me, particularly the Revolutionary War. Quite honestly, I don't know how the 13 original states accomplished what they did. In any event, all war seems such a tragedy. Do other CMGers have a penchant for war documentaries?
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Post by david johnson » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:02 am

I've seen so many that they now blur together. Lately, I enjoy the WWII in color episodes.
The Shelby Foote segments of Ken Burns' CW are very good, too.

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Post by jbuck919 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:18 am

I know what you mean, Lance. The Revolution continues to be full of bigger revelations to me than anything I ever watch about WW II. What is shocking is the comic book version of it that passes for schoolchild literacy on the subject. I watched the series that PBS was re-running on July 3rd, and among other things I never knew that Cornwallis actually entertained Washington with a courtesy invitation after Yorktown (there is no record of their conversation).

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Post by HoustonDavid » Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:30 pm

I'm a little like David (Johnson), I've seen so many they all blur together. Occasionally, I'll learn
something new, like The Military Channel had a series about the Battle of Gettysburg last night,
including an analysis of where Confederate soldiers died on the battlefield. Turns out, the reports
of casualties didn't support the predicted numbers for Pickett's famous charge of the Union center.
It seems the unaccounted for "Rebs" took cover in the roadbed between twp fence lines in front
of the Union rock wall; they simply returned to their lines with the retreating remnants of those
who had continued on with the charge.

The historians gave them credit for their smarts as experienced infantry who recognized they were
marching into a militarily impossible maelstrom and simply took cover instead of facing nearly certain
death. It is not the picture one normally has of Pickett's Charge where all the men were brave and
true and marched into the deadly grapeshot and musket balls without hesitation. This new evidence
was "proved" by statistical analysis of projected casualties from canon fire and infantry muskets,
which should have been at least 25% higher.

Interesting, the use statistics to predict casualties from past wars. I remember something similar
being done with casualties - in this case deaths - from Custer's Last Stand on The History Channel.
t turns out the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors were not only more numerous but they were also better
armed - they had repeating carbines and the cavalry didn't.
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Re: The “Military” Channel

Post by david johnson » Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:03 am

'the crossing' with jeff daniels as george washington is an enjoyable 'docudrama'.

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Post by jbuck919 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:58 am

david johnson wrote:'the crossing' with jeff daniels as george washington is an enjoyable 'docudrama'.
Among other things, it underscores the (to me) incomprehensible way they took long marches for granted in those days. They didn't just cross that river and start shooting: There were hours and hours of marching ahead of them. If you live up here, the capture and portage of the guns at Ticonderoga is equally incredible. I can't imagine doing that on modern roads.

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Post by Barry » Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:27 pm

I used to watch loads of WWII documentaries, but again, I've reached the saturation point and don't watch many at this point. I do periodically tune into the Military Channel though.
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Post by Cosima__J » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:54 pm

Speaking of Shelby Foote, I'm currently plowing through his 3 volume set on the Civil War. This is a major commitment since each volume is around 1,000 pages. Admittedly, I take a break and read other things too.

If Corlyss was here, she probably move my post to the Book Review board. :(

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Re: The “Military” Channel

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:43 am

Cosima__J wrote:Admittedly, I take a break....
Sounds like the way they conducted wars back then.

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