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SWORN TO SECRECY: SECRETS OF WAR

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1. GERMAN INTELLIGENCE IN WWII

They were the top spymasters in the Third Reich… two rivals who were shrouded in mystery and sworn to secrecy. With thousands of agents at their command, they were entrusted with Germany's most sensitive intelligence operations in World War Two. In the end, one man would kill for Hitler, the other would betray him…

2. THE ULTRA ENIGMA

In World War Two one of Germany's best-kept secrets was the code machine "Enigma." But this covert weapon would also become one of the greatest tools the Allies used against the Third Reich. British code breakers were behind the greatest campaign of deception in military history, changing the outcome of the Second World War…

3. WOMEN SPIES IN WORLD WAR II

They were unlikely heroes who fought behind enemy lines in every theater of World War Two. Female spies unearthed secrets, supported the resistance and destroyed the morale of the enemy. From women OSS agents dropped behind enemy lines, to female radio operators inside the Third Reich, stories of the decisive intelligence-gathering role women played in the war...

4. WEAPONS OF THE SHADOW WAR

They were the stuff of fantasy and terror. Instruments of sabotage and clandestine operations. Born of great desperation and used under the cover of darkness, special tools of spies and espionage agents delivered war to the heart of the enemy on the invisible battleground…

5. NAZI GOLD

It was a tremendous booty, prized by Hitler as much as territory. The priceless art, personal assets and national treasuries of an entire continent. The organized plunder of these riches would become the most enormous heist in history, amounting to a vast hoard lost in the fog of war… The trails of the spoils of war and Nazi gold…

6. BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC

The struggle for the Atlantic pitted Germany's lethal U-boat fleet against every weapon the Allies could muster to protect their vital supply routes to Great Britain. The story of naval intelligence, code-breaking and code stealing in the Battle of the Atlantic…

7. SITZKRIEG, THE PHONY WAR

Hitler's lightning strike in Poland soon gave way to a strange eight month waiting game. Blitzkrieg became "Sitzkrieg," a declared but not yet fought battle - allowing spies, diplomats, agents of influence, intelligence officers, opportunists, charlatans and statesmen to make their moves… From the rape of Poland to the fall of France, the secrets of "Sitzkrieg"…

8. THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

June, 1940. England stands alone against brutal aggression. The Germans have yet to be stopped in their lightning thrust across Europe. The British are outnumbered, but they have a secret weapon four years in the making. There were only 500 RAF fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain, but behind them, deep in the shadows of war, over 10,000 special men and women fought the battle of "Ultra," which helped make victory possible…

9. TOOLS OF DECEPTION

They are the means by which to confuse an enemy, forcing him into making a fatal mistake. From decoy tanks and phony radio broadcasts, to the spy whose lies led Hitler to ruin, tools of deception can be the most deadly weapons of all. The methods of camouflage, fakery and propaganda used by both sides to influence the enemy and control the battlefield during WWII…

10. ROMMEL'S ENIGMA

In the critical battle for North Africa, German General Irwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, seemed unstoppable – a warrior with a mystical feel for the battle. But how did he really get his intelligence? The British countered with secrets of their own; phony spies, phantom armies, and battlefield "magic." Declassified information shines new light on spy vs. spy operations in North Africa…

11. SECRET WEAPONS OF THE THIRD REICH

They were weapons systems that were far beyond anything the Allies had or could have imagined in World War II. Deployed properly, they could have changed the outcome of the war. From the world's first ballistic missile and operational jet plane, to air-to-ground missiles and guided smart bombs, they were secret weapons of the Third Reich…

12. D-DAY DECEPTIONS

It was the greatest secret of World War Two… the time and place of the D-Day invasion. As the future of Europe and the world hung in the balance, an intricate web of lies tied up German army divisions across Europe - concealing the greatest assembly of men and machines in military history. From double agents to phantom armies, it was the battle behind the battle…

13. THE FRENCH RESISTANCE

Nazi Germanys invasion of France inflicted humiliation on the French. Risking torture and death, brave individuals took it upon themselves to reclaim the honor of their country and carried on a secret, merciless guerrilla campaign. From attacks in the streets of Paris, to armed battles with German soldiers, these are the stories of the French resistance…

14. THE INVASION OF PANAMA

Untold stories behind the boldest US military strike since Vietnam - the surprise invasion of Panama in December 1989. The secret buildup to the attack, the classified mission by Special Forces to rescue an American hostage and the manhunt for a dictator who pushed his luck too far...

15. THE GULF WAR: STEEL RAIN

They were the best kept secrets of the air campaign in the Gulf War… The controversial strategic plan to wipe out Iraqi targets, the classified missions of airborne spy planes and the clever deception that used harmless decoys to overwhelm Baghdad's air defense network…

16. THE GULF WAR: SECRETS IN THE SAND

The real stories of Secret Operations behind enemy lines in the Gulf War. The German undercover agent who worked for Iraq, the secret roll of the U-2 spy plane and the hunt for mobile scud missile launchers…

17. SPIES IN THE SKY

The profound impact spies in the sky have had on modern warfare… From primitive balloons to supersonic spy planes and amazingly sophisticated satellites, they are the ultimate intelligence resource. An inside look at the pioneers of aerial reconnaissance and their top secret programs…

18. KOREA: BEHIND THE BAMBOO CURTAIN

The hidden factors behind the first conflict of the Cold War. Newly discovered documents reveal Stalin's influence over China's Mao Tse Tung and Korea's Kim El Sung. The intelligence failures of MacArthur's most trusted aides and the strings being pulled by the world's superpowers…

19. COLD WAR: THE STRANGELOVE FACTOR

How close did the Superpowers actually come to a nuclear holocaust? New information on brutal power struggles behind the Iron Curtain, the Cuban missile crisis and the terrifying "Doomsday Machine" built to end the world.

20. KOREA: STALIN'S SECRET AIR WAR

Classified missions over the Yalu set the tenor at the onset of the Cold War. UN pilots battled anti-aircraft fire and a mysterious enemy in the skies over Korea. Previously classified telegrams reveal Stalin's personal role in the conflict...

21. VIETNAM: ALPHA STRIKE

American pilots fought the enemy and their own political leaders in the skies over Vietnam. Exclusive interviews with North Vietnamese veterans, secret American operations in Laos and Cambodia, and the Navy's classified program to counter heavy losses against Vietnamese pilots…

22. VIETNAM: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

The Viet Cong's secret methods to foil America's attempts to seal off South Vietnam. From the Ho Chi Minh trail to the tunnels of Cu Chi, the remarkable story of hidden supply highways, underground cities, covert camps and double agents…

23. WWI: GERMANY'S SECRET GAMBLES

As the armies of World War One struggled under a barrage of terrifying weapons, the German government turned to covert operations to break the stalemate. Sabotage, biological weapons and top-secret communications ushered in a new era of warfare…

24. SUPER GUNS

From Germany's Big Bertha in World War One to Iraq's top secret Project Babylon, they are the ultimate projection of force… Secret cannons designed to strike their target from miles away, hand held rifles that pack the power of the atom and super guns capable of launching satellites into space…

25. VIETNAM: SPECIAL OPERATIONS

As regular American units fought under rules of engagement imposed by their political leaders, unconventional Special Forces fought classified battles, often "across the fence." Their covert missions led them deep into North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia… The stories of clandestine operational groups, their missions and mysterious means of survival…

26. SHADOWS OF THE SIX DAY WAR

It was a battle no one really wanted, and a victory far greater than anyone expected. Israel, outnumbered and outgunned, fought the Six Day War on the field of espionage... Secret agents crafted an ingenious plan to capture a Russian jet and prepared for a daring first strike…

27. STALIN'S SPIES

The Kremlin operatives who were loyal to one man… a paranoid dictator who spied as intensely on his Allies as he did on his enemies. Features exclusive interviews with former NKVD intelligence officers and other eyewitnesses to the most ruthless dictator of the 20th century.

28. THE O.S.S.

The story of the formation of the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the CIA. From the recruitment and training of secret agents to undercover missions, OSS agents played an important role on the "Invisible Battlefield" in WWII.

29. BREAKING THE JAPANESE CODE

The story of America's code-breaking efforts against seemingly impenetrable secret Japanese military and diplomatic communications. The heroic struggle of Army code-breakers, headed by William Friedman, and the Navy's secret "on-the-roof-gang" to help win the Battle of the Pacific.

30. CHEMICAL & BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS

A close look at the deadliest of secret weapons - chemical and biological agents. From mustard gas artillery shells used along the trenches in WWI to the U.S. gas stockpiles in the Pacific during WWII, to the recent Iraqi gassing of the Kurds, chemical warfare has long been shrouded in a veil of secrecy.

31. THE HOLOCAUST SECRET

An examination of one of the burning questions of WWII: How did the Nazi's hide their atrocities and what did the Allies know as the "final solution" was implemented across Europe? Secret documents, messages and cables shed new light on one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.

32. HITLER'S SECRETS

From his "grand deception" against Stalin to his spy operations in America, Adolf Hitler shared many secrets with his intelligence masters. An examination of Hitler and the eventual betrayal of his chief spymaster.

33. THE HUNT FOR ATOMIC SECRETS

The all-important race to develop an atomic bomb led to some of the most daring Russian spy operations in the United States. Exclusive interviews with Russian agents detail the inside story of the Soviet atomic spy ring.

34. ROOSEVELT'S SPYMASTERS

Details the American President's behind the scenes use of political and military intelligence operatives. From O.S.S. chief William Donovan to the wily Switzerland-based Allen Dulles, American spymasters helped Roosevelt keep an eye on his enemies - as well as his friends.

35. JAPAN: THE INVASION THAT NEVER WAS

The secret US plan for the invasion of Japan was shrouded in secrecy. It was anticipated to be the most horrific battle of the war with hundreds of thousands of casualties. New revelations detail manipulated casualty figures and secret plans to stockpile gas weapons as the US prepared for "hell on earth."

36. ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE

In a constant war of survival, the state of Israel commissioned super sleuths for military intelligence, kidnappings, assassinations and hostage rescues. From retributions against ex-Nazis after WWII to the establishment of the Mossad, an inside look at "Israeli intelligence."

37. COLD WAR: INSIDE THE C.I.A.

An inside perspective on the CIA agency and its secret missions throughout the Cold War. From revolutionary coups and election rigging to embassy spying, the West employed the CIA in controversial ways to win the Cold War.

38. COLD WAR: INSIDE THE K.G.B.

Untold stories behind the headlines in the unseen cold war battles between Western intelligence agencies and the KGB. Features exclusive interviews and new revelations about the KGB's missions and tactics.

39. BRITISH SECRET INTELLIGENCE IN WWII

They were the English spies before "James Bond." They operated in the shadows with innocuous names like the Special Operations Executive, MI-5 and MI-6, but their missions were deadly serious. Amazing facts that are stranger than fiction in the storied history of Britain's intelligence service during the Second World War.

40. THE WIZARD WAR

Secrets from the electronic battlefield. From the "Battle of the Beams" in WWII, to the evolution of weapons guidance and the blinding effects of electronic jamming, a look at the quest to dominate the "electromagnetic spectrum."

41. BATTLEFIELD DECEPTIONS

From rubber tanks and camouflage to booby traps and tactical maneuvers of deception, the role "trickery" plays on the modern battlefield.

42. SPY PLANES

An examination of the secret deployment of modern aircraft designed to spy from the sky. From remotely piloted vehicles on today's battlefield to the venerable U-2 and the SR-71, spy planes have long been the most vital top covert aircraft in the sky.

43. MAO'S SECRETS

The roots of China's conflict with Taiwan go back to WWII. While the Allied and Axis powers battled for control of Europe, China's Chiang Kai-Shek and his US-backed State Police fought a bloody secret war against Mao Tse-tung's Soviet trained and financed army.

44. CHURCHILL'S GAMBLES

An inside look at the man who, more than any of his contemporaries, embraced secret intelligence operations, deception and code-breaking as viable instruments of modern war.

45. NAZI PROPAGANDA

Behind the Nazi war machine was a well-crafted secret propaganda campaign aimed at Germans and foreigners. From newsreels and newspapers to well choreographed spectacles, Nazi propaganda laid the foundation early on for war and retribution in Europe.

46. THE BALKANS TINDERBOX

A look at the secret forces behind the strife throughout the Balkan States. From a single gunshot in Sarajevo that started WWI to the Nazi occupation in WWII, to "ethnic cleansing" and the war in Kosovo, this volatile region has long been a threat to the peace of Europe.

47. PRISONERS OF WAR, PART ONE

Examines the treatment of prisoners of war early in the 20th century. From capture to interrogation and internment, the fate of thousands of WWI prisoners was determined by their captors off the battlefield.

48. PRISONERS OF WAR, PART TWO

Examines the treatment of prisoners of war on both sides during WWII. From interrogation to housing to repatriation, civilian and military POWs were often used as pawns between warring nations.

49. PRISONERS OF WAR, PART THREE

From brainwashing in Korea to courageous acts of heroism in Vietnam and the Gulf War, a unique examination of POWs, their families, and their secrets.

50. THE CAMBRIDGE FIVE

They were five disillusioned young men studying at Cambridge University in the 1930's when they were secretly recruited by Soviet agents. They went on to become the most successful spies of the 20th century, penetrating both American and British governments at the highest levels.

51. PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE

The soldiers who employ "Psy Ops" use every means available to destroy the will of the enemy to resist. The secret tools and techniques of wartime "persuasion."

52. SECRET SUBMARINES IN WWII

From silent one-man midget subs to U-boats on secret missions, both sides used secret submersibles of all shapes and sizes to conduct clandestine warfare in the war. An examination of the murky world of underwater "sneak craft" in WWII.

53. HIROHITO'S WAR

Japanese tradition made him a god, but Japanese law made him Commander in Chief of the Japanese Armed Forces. Never tried for war crimes or even interrogated, Hirohito was an enigmatic figure from Pearl Harbor to his secret role in the surrender of Japan.

54. VIETNAM: JOHNSON'S BATTLEGROUND

The war behind the war in Vietnam – the critical struggle over public opinion. Secret Vietnamese strategies were designed to sabotage American morale, while Lyndon Johnson's White House attempted to keep the support of U.S. citizens.

55. HITLER'S LAST DAYS

Secret Nazi attempts to turn the tide of war as Berlin crumbled. Joseph Goebbel's diaries provide a fresh understanding of life inside Hitler's bunker in the final days of the Reich.

56. COLD WAR: EISENHOWER'S OPERATIVES

The Supreme Allied Commander of World War Two relied on the covert arm of the CIA to an unprecedented scale during his presidency. From his education on clandestine warfare from Winston Churchill to CIA missions all over the world, Eisenhower unleashed his operatives like no other U.S. leader.

57. COLD WAR: THE KENNEDY YEARS

This youngest of American presidents took over in the most tense period of the Cold War. The stories from within the White House, on the front lines of CIA operations in Cuba and in the espionage capital of Berlin.

58. COLD WAR: NIXON'S SECRETS

The story behind Richard Nixon's resounding triumphs and crushing defeats. Included are his stinging investigation of alleged Communist Alger Hiss, the covert missions carried out during his presidency in Vietnam and the secrets behind his foreign policy victories with China and the Soviet Union.

59. COLD WAR: KHRUSHCHEV'S REGIME

Although he tried to distance himself from Stalin's ruthless regime, Khrushchev brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. A look at the Cuban Missile Crisis from the Soviet point of view, as well as brutal repressions in Poland and Hungary against Communist resistors.

60. THE GULF WAR: ARCHITECTS OF DESERT STORM

The top-secret planning behind the Coalition's victory over Iraq. How former CIA director President George Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf, General Colin Powell and others gathered and analyzed the crucial information needed to develop their deceptive and overwhelming battlefield strategy in the Persian Gulf.

61. COLD WAR: CUBA'S COMMUNIST REVOLUTION

From CIA assassination attempts foiled by Cuban Intelligence agents to Castro's secret pacts with the Soviets and his survival after the Cold War, a look at one of the most enduring revolutionaries of the twentieth century.

62. MUSSOLINI'S HENCHMEN

An inside look at fascist Italy. Starting with Mussolini's rise to power, the unknown stories of the shadowy figures who protected "Il Duce" and the tenuous Axis relationship with Nazi Germany.

63. VIETNAM: HO CHI MINH'S REVOLUTION

The secrets behind Ho Chi Minh's control of Vietnam and his ability to force the Japanese, the French and the Americans out of his country during his three decade reign.

64. COLD WAR: BREZHNEV'S KREMLIN

Before Leonid Brezhnev signed nuclear arms reduction agreements with the West, he led the Soviets into one conflict after another. From Soviet involvement in Vietnam and its role in Arab-Israeli conflicts to the untold stories of the invasion of Afghanistan.

65. THE GULF WAR: IRAQ'S SECRETS

Saddam Hussein used cunning and deception to befriend the West. Then he turned his back. He has risked everything to secretly develop his weapons of mass destruction, including the welfare of his own people.

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