Wednesday, May 1 at 10:00 p.m.
Secrets of the Dead
Bugging Hitler's Soldiers
In a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POWs revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII. The film tells the story of how those conversations were recorded and how they can now reveal the hearts and minds of the German fighter. Only now have more than 100,000 hours of these secret recordings been declassified and cross referenced. The film includes intense reconstructions of these bugged conversations to reveal the dark heart of the Nazi regime as never before.
Tuesday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.
The Ghost Army
War, deception and art come together in this astonishing true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and carefully crafted illusions during WWII. This remarkable tale of a top-secret mission that was at once absurd, deadly and amazingly effective is told through the stories of the veterans, many of whom — like Bill Blass and Ellsworth Kelly — would go on to have illustrious careers in art, design and fashion.
Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 p.m.
20th Century Battlefields: Vietnam
Punctuated by powerful eyewitness testimony, this compelling and often shocking narrative highlights the strategy of military commanders as well as the experience of men on the frontline. Whether located in the apocalyptic terrain of the Western Front, or the hidden guerilla tunnels of Vietnam, this history reveals that these battles were shaped not just by distant military commanders but by men fighting on the frontline. What were the key factors that swayed the course of victory? Was it sheer grit and determination, military intelligence, or strategic initiative? To answer these questions the authors take us into the heat of the action when the battles were poised on a knife edge and split-second decisions determined their outcome.
Friday, May 24 at 10:00 p.m.
Explore the mysterious true story of Loreta Velasquez, a Cuban immigrant who was one of the estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the Civil War. Why has her story been erased from the history books?
Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 p.m.
Into Harm's Way
The Class of 1967 would pay a high price in the Vietnam War; 30 of its young men would die in combat while countless others would sustain injuries, both physical and psychological, destined to haunt them for years to come. INTO HARM'S WAY takes an honest and unflinching look at the shadow the Vietnam War continues to cast on this class of West Pointers, while also exploring its unsettled place in the American psyche. Compelling interviews, archival photographs and footage, animated sequences and contemporary clips chronicle the men's experiences — from their challenging first year as plebes to the fierce hand-to-hand jungle combat to their post-Vietnam lives.
Sunday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m.
National Memorial Day Concert
On the eve of Memorial Day, join co-hosts Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) and Gary Sinise (“CSI: New York”) for a night of remembrance featuring an all-star line-up performing with the National Symphony Orchestra. The 24th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.