Ancient Black Ops

September 2019
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The 47 Ronin (S1E10)

3.0 8 x
In the 18th century, 47 dishonoured samurai - or ronin - gathered to avenge the killing of their master. Discover how this carefully planned operation was executed.
1:15:00

Ninja (S1E9)

4.0 5 x
The inside track on the world's oldest and deadliest hit squads. Hear how ninjas became the stealth troops of Japan's greatest shogun, wiping out an army in a cunning ambush.
1:00:00

Aztec Eagle Warriors (S1E7)

3.0 4 x
Hear how these fearsome Aztec snatch squads, who captured their foes alive before sacrificing them, handed a rare defeat to the Spanish conquistadors in 1520.
1:10:00

Hawaiian Koa Warriors (S1E8)

4.0 17 x
The Hawaiian Koa were deadly martial arts experts who defeated and killed Captain Cook and his British marines in 1779. Learn more about these elite fighters.
1:10:00

Aztec Eagle Warriors (S1E7)

3.0 14 x
Hear how these fearsome Aztec snatch squads, who captured their foes alive before sacrificing them, handed a rare defeat to the Spanish conquistadors in 1520.
1:10:00

The Varangian Guard (S1E6)

4.0 4 x
This elite unit of bodyguards not only minded Byzantine Emperors, they also shaped wars with their clever tactics. Hear their story in the series on covert ops.
1:10:00

The Viking Berserkers (S1E5)

4.0 15 x
Learn all about the Berserkers, drugged-up Norse warriors who fought their battles in a trance - one bruiser stalling a whole Saxon army with just an axe.
1:10:00

The Ghost Warriors (S1E4)

4.0 7 x
Hear how the elite Harii tribe of Germania, who were trained to fight only at night, inflicted the Roman Army's worst ever defeat. Experts examine their tactics.
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The Sicarii (S1E3)

4.0 28 x
The elite troops who carried out history's dirty work. Learn about the Sicarii, a stealthy hit squad that fought the Roman invaders in Jerusalem right to the bitter end.
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Spartans (S1E2)

3.0 21 x
Find out how the fabled Spartan 300 had marked similarities to today's special forces. Within their ranks was a secret death squad, who aimed to kill the Persian king.
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