Best History Documentaries to Watch on History Hit

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Curl up in front of the TV this evening with our best documentary picks available on demand from History Hit.

Hitler vs Stalin: The Battle for Stalingrad

80 Years ago the armies of Hitler and Stalin went head to head in the bloodiest battle of WW2.
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Fought over five months through the bitter Russian Winter, the Battle for Stalingrad served as a turning point in the course of the Second World War and marked a drastic change in the fortunes of the two dictators and the men who fought for them. But how did an industrial city on the banks of the Volga come to play such a decisive role in the course of the Second World War?

In Hitler vs Stalin: The Battle for Stalingrad, historians James Holland, Guy Walters, author of The Lighthouse of Stalingrad Iain MacGregor and Research Fellow Sarah Ashbridge explore the personalities behind the battle to uncover the key moments, decisions and motivations that lead to this decisive moment.

George Washington: The First Battle

Dan Snow goes to Pittsburgh to explore the extraordinary story of how an over-ambitious young George Washington fought for the British and helped to fire the shots that started the Seven Years War, the world’s first global conflict.
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Dan Snow goes to Pittsburgh to explore the extraordinary story of how an over-ambitious young George Washington fought for the British and helped to fire the shots that started the Seven Years War, the world’s first global conflict.

History Hit Quiz of the Year 2022

Who can tell the difference between Mary Tudor and Marie Antoinette; the battles of Bosworth and Bunker Hill; Cleopatra’s needle and the Washington Monument? We’re all living through history, now let’s find out who’s been paying attention!
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Tricky expert questions, history in the headlines, historical fact or fiction? It can only be the History Hit Big Quiz of 2022 – a seasonal test where you can pit your wits against our in-house history brains, or just sit back, grab a glass of whatever you fancy, and enjoy a fact-filled competition, chaired by Quizmaster supreme, Dan Snow.

Endurance: Rediscovered

Dan Snow goes in search of one of the last great shipwrecks - this is the story of its discovery.
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It was one of the last great lost shipwrecks of history – Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance. But now, incredibly, it has been rediscovered – over a century after it sank beneath the ice in freezing Antarctic waters. It took 10 days for the crew to reach the area after navigating tricky terrain and icy waters. One hundred years after Shackleton’s death, Endurance was found at a depth of 3008 metres in the Weddell Sea, within the search area defined by the expedition team before its departure from Cape Town, and approximately four miles south of the position originally recorded by Captain Worsley.

Becoming Anne Boleyn

Join Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb as she unravels this character who changed the course of history.
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Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb investigates the story of Anne’s remarkable upbringing in England, the Netherlands and France before she arrived at the heart of Tudor England. For all Anne Boleyn’s fame, this is a period of her life where the evidence is hard to find and fact needs to be carefully sifted from fiction.

Rise of Cleopatra

How Cleopatra became one of the most influential and powerful women of the ancient world.
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In this film three leading Egyptologists explore how Cleopatra became one of the most influential and powerful women of the ancient world. The film uses imagery from the worlds of art and motion pictures, as well as key Egyptian artefacts and locations, to investigate the representation and story of this remarkable and much misunderstood leader – unpicking the fact from the myth.

Mysteries of Prehistoric Scotland

Tristan Hughes heads to Orkney to investigate its astonishing 5,000 year old Stone Age remains.
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In this three-episode series, Tristan Hughes investigates Orkney’s enigmatic Neolithic past, the Stone Age carvings at Kilmartin Glen and the unique skeletal remains of prehistoric skyscrapers known as brochs.

Waterloo Uncovered: The Bones of the Battlefield

Incredibly rare bones of men and horses have been discovered in July 2022 at the Waterloo Battlefield - and History Hit has been there to record the excavations as they unfold.
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History Hit report from the July 2022 excavations at the Waterloo Battlefield, where the veterans support charity ‘Waterloo Uncovered’ conducted the first excavations since 2019. The incredibly rare discoveries help to build a picture of a monumental battle which changed history, and support shocking reports that corpses from elsewhere on the battlefield were hastily buried and then dug up and ground into fertiliser.

Medieval Pleasures

Dr Eleanor Janega investigates medieval sex life. Warning: Very strong language and sexual content.
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Get ready to indulge in some Medieval Pleasures. In this three-part series, historian Dr Eleanor Janega (@GoingMedieval) takes us on a journey into the sumptuous world of Sex, Booze and Sport throughout the Medieval period.

Ham House: Women of the Civil War

Alice Loxton heads to Ham House to uncover stories of espionage during the English Civil War.
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Our Great British Houses series continues with another gem of The National Trust’s collection. About 10 miles from the centre of London is one of the most magnificent houses of Stuart England, Ham House. This lavish mansion is a treasure trove of 17th century art and architecture, a dazzling red-brick jewel on the muddy banks of the River Thames.

The Making of Wellington

Mike Loades explores the pivotal Battle of Vimeiro - and the rise of the future Duke of Wellington.
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Mike Loades explores Wellington’s surprising ascension during the Napoleonic Wars – by tracing his impact in Portugal and immersing himself in the locations that still bear the evidence of efforts to repel Naopleon’s invasion.

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