This category and its content are concerned with different aspects of military, from service to its hierarchy and one of the oldest providences of mankind called war.
The first written record of the word military dates back to 1585. The term itself at that time was spelled militarie and it is derived from the Latin word miles meaning solider. The present day term, as a noun, represents the armed forces of a country, while as an adjective it refers to soldiers and the matters of soldiering. The term is also used to define certain association with the profession e.g. Royal Military Academy.
The commonly accepted contemporary definition of military is that they are the armed forces of a state and their purpose is to protect the interests of that state and its citizens by means of lethal force. Other than defense, military forces are also used in the state of war against another country in an offensive manner.
In a state of peace, as opposed to war, military forces may provide other services or engage in a number of activities within the state. These services and activities may include the promotion of a political agenda, protecting corporate economic interests, internal population control, construction, emergency services and various social ceremonies. Other civil related matters in which military can participate are housing, schools, utilities, food production and banking.
See the World War 2 through the eyes of the crew members of the infamous U-boats. The vessels that brought mayhem wherever they engaged in battle have sailed across the world. Discover what their journey was like and see the actual footage of certain battle scenes and the interviews with the surviving members of the U-boat crews.
Observe the hardships of the recruits within a Marine boot camp and witness their experiences. The documentary on this subject has no central character or narrative which gives you the chance to have a slightly different perspective on the matter.
Uncover the truth behind the sexual offence issues in the US military. The “Invisible War” documentary focuses on the position of women in the US army.
Latest Documentaries in Military/War
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The Invisible War is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow about sexual assault in the United States military. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award. The film has been lauded by advocates, lawmakers, and journalists for its influence on government policies to reduce the prevalence of rape in the armed forces. (Wikipedia)
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Both the United States and the Soviet Union drifted apart after the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Russian Civil War and the Paris Peace Conference. Diplomatic and extensive trading relationships were established under Roosevelt, but relations soured following the Soviet occupation of the Baltic States and eastern Poland. After Hitler broke the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact the Western powers worked closely with the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Distrust reemerged as Stalin's plans for placing Eastern Europe in the Soviet Union's sphere of influence became apparent towards the war's end, and came to the fore at the Potsdam Conference, just before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Interviewees include George F. Kennan, Zoya Zarubina, Hugh Lunghi and George Elsey.
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The rebels who started the civil war in Sierra Leone 15 years ago wanted only one thing: to reclaim the richness of the country from foreign corporations in order to end the exploitation of its people. In response, the international community decided to wage a war on this country, with bombs, executions, torture, rigged elections and manipulation of the international media. This created one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 20th century.
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The fate of prisoners of war and missing in action is one of the darkest chapters of the Cold War. Tens of thousands of American soldiers and European survivors were sent to unknown destinations during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. This short documentary examines what happened and why.
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In the poorest areas of South Thailand, political unrest has resulted in militant groups targeting people in brutal attacks, with a total of more than 5000 people murdered since 2004. In this predominantly Buddhist nation, there is still resistance against the government by what looks to be Malay-Muslims. The violence in these areas is now on many other country’s watch lists, as it continues to escalate.This short documentary by Al Jazeera talks to two widows of slain militants, who call their husbands martyrs for their cause.
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The Horten H.IX, RLM designation Ho 229 (often called Gotha Go 229 due to the identity of the chosen manufacturer of the aircraft) was a German prototype fighter/bomber designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first pure flying wing powered by jet engines.It was given the personal approval of German Luftwaffen Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, and was the only aircraft to come close to meeting his "3×1000" performance requirements, namely to carry 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs a distance of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) with a speed of 1,000 kilometres per hour (620 mph). Its ceiling was 15,000 metres (49,000 ft).Since the appearance of the B-2 Spirit flying wing stealth bomber in the 1990s, its similarities in role and shape to the Ho 229 has led many to retrospectively describe the Ho 229 as "the first stealth bomber". A static reproduction of the only surviving Ho 229 prototype, the Ho 229 V3, in American hands since the end of World War II was later tested by the US military who found the basic shape and paint composition of the mock copy would provide for 20% reduction in detection range against the Chain Home radar of the 1940s, but no significant stealth benefit against most other contemporary radar systems.
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Throughout World War 2, U-boats were the supreme stealth attack vessel of the armies, wreaking havoc as they sailed all around the world. This historical documentary gives an in-depth look at the way submarines were used in the war, including actual original footage of battle scenes and interviews with crew members. This film is a combination of three films: Sea Wolves, Attack America and Iron Coffins.
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"Sniper: Inside The Crosshairs brings us the psychological and strategic thinking behind one of the battlefield’s most notorious weapon: the sniper. Learning from some of the best marksmen in the industry, they destruct previous missions, showing the planning and mentality involved."
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Re-investigating Dreamland: Secrets of Area 51 is a documentary program which attempts to expose the explosive cover up of the infamous Area 51. The area is also called Dreamland. The term stands for the air forces flight limits in the skies above Area 51. If one enters the Dreamland they can be shot down immediately without any warning whatsoever.Such measures are taken on a daily at the so-called non-existent base which has supposedly been non-existent since 1997.The documentary suggests that such claims are not true. This is a very startling new evidential study into the events and also the projects that are occurring at the secret base of Area 51 in the Groom Lake dry lake bed. As per the evidences uncovered, the base is growing every day in proportion. Besides, there are former employees who are staking their reputation and revealing to the world the different realities associated with the secret programs that are carried out at the base.From what is known from such sources there are supposedly a few underground facilities located underneath the base. These facilities are interconnected with a larger base all across the planet. The majority of the bases are controlled and run by FEMA(Federal Emergency Management Agency).
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This is a potentially controversial docu-drama about Adolf Hitler, showing his life growing up, and his reign of Germany through WW2.Most historical documentaries show Hitler as the mad leader behind the slaughter of countless people, and while that part is true, the story behind his life, through defeat in the trenches WW1, his desire to be an artist, and his upbringing is rarely told.During World War 1, which is a turning point in the life of Adolf Hitler, he reportedly loved the trench warfare, even volunteering for hazardous duty, and was actually awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class for Bravery.The film also goes into Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf, one of the worlds best selling books, which gives not only his political and social views, but also talks about boxing, Syphilis and other seemingly random topics.Using historical footage and re-created scenes, this documentary may not change your opinions of the most talked about German Leaders in history, but should at least give you more insight into his life and why he did what he did.This film is broken into parts, starting with the trailer.Be sure to see the filmmaker’s website at: http://thegreateststorynevertold.tv/
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THE WOODCUTTERS is a short documentary that tells the story of three men at the heart of the fight to bring down a tyrannical regimeIn Niger 2009, the country was on the brink. The President had dissolved the highest courts, torn up the constitution and imprisoned his opponents.But one group was fighting back…
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This is no ordinary travel documentary; this is total “Hell on Earth”. Warlords, cannibalism, child soldiers on heroin, squalor and total madness. General Bin Laden, General Butnaked, General Mosquito…just imagine the scene in Baboon town. This is a black humorous look at what is a comical yet deadly situation…amazing!What Andy Capper, Editor Vice UK, is said about the film: We came to Liberia with a small team of three and quickly found a local journalist who would be our guide and fixer. Our first shoot location was the prestigious West Point, home to 80,000 people living in that redefine squalor. Thousands of rotting garbage around the neighborhood, which has no sewage system.Almost everyone – including local government officials – defecate and urinate in the open. Drugs, prostitution and armed robbery are the main industries. We got to know some of the residents of West Point, they told us their stories as he smoked heroin and cocaine and we asked for money.Then we visited a local brothel. Women who lived there spoke to us about the UN peacekeepers who have sex with child prostitutes and beat older women, and then not pay.But perhaps the most revealing parts of our trip to Liberia came to the meeting of the main leaders of the nation’s civil wars. There is a tradition in the Liberian militias outrageous noms de guerre assumed. Therefore, our subjects Bin Laden named General, General Rambo and General Butt Naked. The latter, in particular, was one of the Liberian warlords, most famous. He claims to have personally killed 20,000 people, including babies, and sometimes have cannibalized his victims.Today, General Butt Naked is on his birth name, which is Joshua. During our time together, we said that Liberia will surely implode into civil war when the UN leaves again next year. But in the meantime, Joshua wants to redeem himself. He offered us a vision of Liberia that wants to establish, and we are growing for him. He took us to his church, which rehabilitates child soldiers. We watched as he preached his way through Monrovia on a Sunday.Is there a possibility that successful mission, and the civil war still can be avoided in this country so desperately? That’s one of the many questions that arose with our safe return of Liberia. View our documentary about our stay there and see what you think.
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The Bin Laden Conspiracy: Dead or Alive is a documentary that takes up questions like Whatever happened to the hunt for Bin Laden and How has he continually evaded capture, despite the claims and promises made by George Bush that he will hunt Bin laden and will not “rest until we find him.”In this controversial and fascinating documentary, many important personnel who were closely involved in the search speak out.The answer to the question Was Osama Bin Laden responsible for 9/11, given by the Bush Administration is an overwhelming yes. It cites a badly-edited videotape that surfaced in December, 2001. The tape shows a fat guy who vaguely resembles Bin Laden chortles about the success of the 9/11 attacks.It is also known that in earlier interviews, Bin Laden had denied responsibility for 9/11. He had once even deplored the loss of civilian life in the attacks and saw the attacks as un-Islamic.
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In August of 1966, in South Vietnam, 106 young Australian soldiers were surrounded by 2500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers, fighting for their lives. This documentary, narrated by Sam Worthington, The Battle of Long Tan is a tribute to the men of the D Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment who stood their ground and came out victorious in a battle that helped defeat the Viet Cong.
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An exceptional, groundbreaking and voyeuristic look into military reserve life in Israel, this film was shot over a 5 year period in director and reserve soldier Yaniv Berman’s life. A soldier in the Israeli army reserves, Alpha Company, Berman had never seen before access and filmed the soldiers as they went about their normal day and night. Crossing over to the Palestinian border the camera captured remarkably every movement of the soldiers from the frenetic night-time house arrests to the quiet moments of self reflection and despair.Capturing the humiliation of both the Palestinians who are subject to the house arrests as well as the Israeli soldiers who had to carry them out, this film is the unique story of those who every 30 days in the year drop their normal lives and under the guise of the olive green uniform, perform the toughest, most unsettling tasks, in the heart of an urban Palestinian town. The film jumps into the steely barriers of the military barracks and gains fresh insight into the views of the soldiers who speak frankly on a range of issues including the occupation, the conflict and the Army. A sensitive exploration of the conflict done first hand from an individual caught in the midst of the action, Berman’s film leaves us with no doubt that war leaves scars and victims on both sides of the camp.
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Auschwitz was the site of the largest mass murder the world has ever seen. This milestone, 6-piece set of charts the evolution of the field and the mentality of the perpetrators, and shows how the place in relation to the Nazi extermination campaign in general.Written and produced by award winning filmmaker Laurence Rees, and the use of new research, the series offers a unique perspective on the field in which more than one million people were killed mercilessly. The first episode, “Beginnings amazing,” says the first day of camp and the way it was originally intended for a very different purpose than the murder of the Jews.This film does a great job in investigating this part fascinating, disgusting and important in our history. What happened in Nazi Germany is not a story for Jews. It’s a story for all citizens of the world. This series of films gives an in depth view of what happened in Nazi Germany and exactly what happened.