Narrow Escapes of World War II

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Series 1, Episode 13 - Breakout Through Hell's Gate

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Hear how Leon Degrelle and a motley crew of Finns, Estonians and Belgians held off the three million-strong Russian army, enabling 56,000 men to escape.
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Series 1, Episode 12 - Operation Pedestal

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How did plucky tanker master Dudley Mason play a vital role in securing the island of Malta in the face of Nazi bombardment? A humbling tale of heroism from WWII.
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Series 1, Episode 11 - Moore's March

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WWII tales. A Scottish soldier who hiked 200 miles through the Libyan desert without water or supplies recalls his party's legendary leader: tough trooper Ronald Moore.
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Series 1, Episode 10 - Evacuation in the Baltics

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WWII's largest evacuation saw two million civilians and soldiers whisked away in a German operation lasting four months. Hear about this extraordinary exit.
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Series 1, Episode 9 - Morshead Holds Tobruk

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Courageous wartime tales. Australian Leslie Morshead and his troops held off Rommel's Afrika Korps at the crucial port of Tobruk for an astonishing eight weeks.
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Series 1, Episode 8 - Roy Urqhart's Escape from Arnhem

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Major-General 'Roy' Urquhart led the doomed British attack on Arnhem, but somehow made it back across the Rhine, dodging enemy gunfire and patrols.
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Series 1, Episode 7 - The Siege of Kohima

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In 1944, 1,500 outnumbered British troops amazingly held Japanese forces at the key Burmese town of Kohima. Hear about their valiant feats of wartime derring-do.
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Series 1, Episode 6 - Manstein Holds the Line

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Death-defying tales from World War II. Hear how Erich Von Manstein's miraculous escape from the Red Army later became the basis for NATO's defence plans.
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Series 1, Episode 5 - Lucky Laycock's Escape from Crete

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Death-defying tales from WWII. How legendary Major-General Robert 'Lucky' Laycock rallied his ill-equipped unit to see off a German attack on Crete.
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Series 1, Episode 4 - The Black Battalion

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The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, a depleted unit of black soldiers, risked everything to fight off the Nazis at Bastogne. Hear their tales of wartime bravery.
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