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.
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This documentary is concerned with the civil war in Darfur, Sudan. The reason for the conflict was the oppression of the non-Arabs conducted by the government of Sudan. The opposing forces of this regime were the Justice and Equality movement and the Sudan Liberation Army.The root of the conflict in the region of Darfur lies in the combination of a number of issues. They include the agricultural and herding dispute, the battle for the water sources and the government ethnic cleansing campaign against the non-Arabic population. In 2003 there was an armed uprising against the government of Sudan led by the Justice and Equality movement and the Sudan Liberation Army. The military response of the Sudanese government will result in genocide and a total death toll of over several hundred thousand human casualties.This conflict forced millions of people out of their homes and into refugee camps. A number of people died due to the starvation and disease caused by the poor living conditions. In this documentary, Brian Steidle, a former U.S. Marine Captain, shares his personal story along with the one he recorded in Darfur, working as an official military observer. Watch this emotional and shocking tale of the suffering and hardships of the people in Sudan.
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This documentary is focused on the media coverage of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and onwards. You will have a chance to see firsthand the efforts that the Qatar`s Al-Jazeera network has put into a thorough coverage of the ongoing conflict between the US and the Iraqi forces. Other issues of concern are the truth behind media coverage of this conflict. The focus is on the Qatar`s Al-Jazeera network and their approach in the coverage of the war in comparison with the heavily filtered news coming from Pentagon. Among the interviewed parties in this documentary, from the US side were the press officer from US Central Command Lieutenant Josh Rushing and correspondents from NBC and CNN, David Shuster and Tom Mintier. The parties involved from Al-Jazeera were a Sudanese journalist Hassan Ibrahim, a Syrian producer and a journalist Dima Khatib and Al-Jazeera`s editor Samir Khader.How free and unbiased the media is in today’s society? Is the information that they convey to the public valid and how well do they reflect the reality of the situation at hand? Watch this documentary and find the answer for these questions.
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This documentary is concerned with the protest of the people in Burma, also known as Myanmar, against the ruling regime. The Buddhist monks join the protest, and what began as non violent protest will turn into the aggressive outburst of the military forces in order to suppress the protest. A series of events in August 2007, including the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, an elected official and a favorite of the people, will lead to a peaceful march. Because of the characteristic color of the monks’ robes, who participated in the protest, it was called the “Saffron Revolution”. Among the participants of the “Saffron Revolution” were political activists and students. In the course of the following three months there have been several thousands of arrests and an estimated 31 fatal casualties. The detained protesters were eventually released. The documentary contains footage that was smuggled from Burma with the help of a number of journalists and political activists. At the time of the protests, the country was in complete isolation and there was almost no communication with the outside world. The crucial role in the information updates, during the protests, played the members of the Democratic Voice of Burma.
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This documentary, produced by Charles H. Ferguson, is concerned with the first American invasion on Iraq. It is mainly composed of interviews with the military personal involved with the organization and execution of the primary occupation of Iraq. It was first screened on 22nd January in 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival, followed by the DVD release on the same year.Since May 1st 2003, when the former US president George W. Bush declared victory, there have been a total of 3000 deaths and over 20,000 wounded American soldiers on the Iraqi soil in the course of the following four years. It is estimated that over 600,000 Iraqi civilians lost their lives in this conflict. The question at hand is who is responsible for this shocking death toll? The answer to this question, according to some of the participants in this documentary, is the inadequate administration apparatus of the former president Bush. Watch this spine chilling documentary and witness firsthand the situation on the streets of Baghdad. Discover what the major mistakes were in the planning and the execution of this campaign which, in turn, caused a staggering death toll and a total collapse of the campaign itself.
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A film unfinished is a powerful documentary which is focused on another documentary produced by the Nazis, titled “Das Ghetto” and it was about the Warsaw Ghetto. The film was discovered after the war and it was unfinished and had no soundtrack, and only one copy of the Nazi propaganda film shot by the Nazis in Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942, the footage was only one year before the uprising, the duration of the film was 60 minutes and it was labeled “Ghetto”.Yael Hersonski, the maker of “A Film Unfinished”, will show you the interviews with Willy Wist, the only cinematographer who was identified, working on the production of “Das Ghetto”, and he will show the film to the people who lived there while it has been filmed. They filmed the lives of poor and rich Jewish people and how they move and what they do, it was all a Nazi propaganda filming and tons of video materials were burned, but this one was untouched in the East German archive. This film was supported by the Joan S. Constantier Fund for Jewish and Holocaust Film.
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Almost 70 years ago, Europe found itself at war with one of the most sinister figures in modern history: Adolf Hitler. When the last bullet of World War II was fired, over 50 million people were dead, and countless countries were both physically and economically devastated. Hitler’s bloody struggle sought to forge the world anew, in the crucible of Nazi values. How could such a disaster occur? How could the West have overlooked the evil staring it in the face, for so long, before standing forcefully against it?Today, we find ourselves confronted by a new enemy, also engaged in a violent struggle to transform our world. As we sleep in the comfort of our homes, a new evil rises against us. A new menace is threatening, with all the means at its disposal, to bow Western Civilization under the yoke of its values. That enemy is Radical Islam.Islam is being hijacked by radical extremists, who actively seek to destroy the shared values we stand for. The world should be very concerned.This is a documentary film about Radical Islamic terror, a dangerous ideology, fueled by religious hatred. It's important to remember, most Muslims are peaceful and do not support terror. This is not a film about them.
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A ninja or shinobi was a mercenary warrior class that originates from 15th century Japan. Some of the basic operations of the ninja included infiltration, espionage, sabotage, assassination and also open combat if needed. In the troubled times of the Sengoku period, between 15th and 17th century, a class of mercenaries and spies for hire emerged in the Province of Iga and the surrounding area of the village of Kōga. The contemporary knowledge that we have on ninjas is provided from the clan records of these two areas. The figure of the ninja poses a central character in a number of folklore tales and legends, and as a consequence it is often difficult to tell the difference between historical fact and myth. Among the extraordinary abilities attributed to the ninja were the control over the elements in nature, invisibility and the ability to walk on water. That, in turn, twisted the perception of the ninja in western popular culture in the 20th century. The view on these warriors of the night is ever so often based on various legends and folklore rather than on the historical facts about them.Watch this documentary and see the truth behind the legends of the ninja warriors. Discover the mindset of people that devoted themselves to such a lifestyle of danger and discipline.
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Katana were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords that were used by the samurai warriors of feudal Japan. Modern versions of the katana are sometimes made using non-traditional materials and methods. The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands. The first use of ‘katana’ as a word occurs as early as the Kamakura Period (1185–1333) and it is used to describe a long sword that was different from a ‘tachi’. The rise in popularity of katana amongst samurai came about due to the changing nature of close-combat warfare. The quicker draw of the sword was well suited to combat where victory depended heavily on fast response times. Watch this documentary and discover the truly amazing story about a sword that is and shall remain more than a weapon. It symbolizes a lifestyle, devotion, passion and much more.
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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."