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Karl Leuffert talks to Al Murray

Karl Leuffert was a German paratrooper, who served in Normandy and beyond. Here to talks to Al Murray about his experiences during the Second World War. For more exclusive history interviews and documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV. To subscribe click here. Producer: Natt Tapley Theme Tune: Pete Dennis

Duration: 00:42:48

America Trumped: How Did This Happen? - Matt Frei

Matt Frei is an award-winning broadcaster and author. He was the BBC’s Washington correspondent 2002 -2011 and anchored the BBC World News America Bulletin. From 2011 he reported for Channel 4 News from the Americas on everything from business and culture to US foreign policy and its view of the world. He is currently Europe Editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News. His most recent book is Only In America.

Duration: 00:59:10

Istanbul - Bettany Hughes

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books – Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore And The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and The Search For The Good Life – were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success. She is a Research Fellow of King’s College London, a Tutor at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continuing Education and a Visiting Professor of History at the New College of the Humanities and has been honoured with...

Duration: 01:05:30

Lenin on the Train - Catherine Merridale

Professor Catherine Merridale is an award-winning writer and historian, known for her acclaimed and pioneering books on Russian history. Her latest book, Lenin on the Train, is out now. She is also the author of Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History, which won the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize and the Wolfson History Prize in 2014. Her work has been translated into more than sixteen languages, and previous books have been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and have...

Duration: 01:02:02

Koh-i-noor: The History of the World’s Most Famous Diamond - Anita Anand & William Dalrymple

In a formal Act of Submission to Queen Victoria in 1849, the ten-year-old Maharajah of Punjab presented the British East India Company with an object of immense value: the celebrated Koh-i Noor diamond. Internationally acclaimed historians Anita Anand and William Dalrymple challenge the accepted version of the history of this jewel to tell a tale of greed, murder and colonialism.

Duration: 00:54:47

Katrin Himmler, great-niece of Heinrich Himmler

Katrin Himmler is a German author and political scientist. Her great-uncle was Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, and one of the principle architects of the Holocaust. Katrin has confronted her family legacy with a book, Die Brüder Himmler, translated into English as ‘The Himmler Brothers. A German Family History’. She has also edited, together with the historian Michael Wildt, private letters from Himmler that had been only recently discovered in Israel. The Private Heinrich Himmler:...

Duration: 01:02:58

Last Hope Island - Lynne Olson

In the early days of World War II, London became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of occupied Europe. In their struggles against the mightiest military force in history, Britain become known as 'Last Hope Island’. In this episode, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson discusses her book and describes how the British and their European guests joined forces to restore order to a broken continent.

Duration: 00:56:10

They Called it Passchendaele - Lyn MacDonald

Lyn Macdonald remains revered as the great chronicler of the human experience of the Western Front and has recorded interviews with more veterans of the First World War than any other. In this talk she will return to the subject of her first book, the Battle of Passchendaele, fought a hundred years ago in 1917, bringing rare insights and perspectives to this bloody, muddy and brutal battle.

Duration: 01:03:50

Al Murray on Field Marshal Montegomery of Alamein

Al Murray brought his immense knowledge to bear in defence of Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein, discussing the life, career, great victories and controversies of Britain’s most famous wartime general.

Duration: 00:56:45

Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth Century Europe - Sarah Gristwood

Sarah Gristwood has written bestselling biographies of Arbella Stuart, and Elizabeth and Leicester. Blood Sisters was a dramatic portrait of the women whose dynastic ambitions and rivalries fuelled the Wars of the Roses and her latest book is Game of Queens: the Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe.

Duration: 00:41:27

The Importance of History - Dan Snow

We live in troubling times and with people comparing the Age of Trump with some of the most disturbing periods in history, an understanding of the past has never been more relevant. In this closing festival talk, Dan Snow brought his deep passion for the subject and wide-ranging knowledge together in a polemic on the importance of history and why we should all study the extraordinary story of our past.

Duration: 01:01:55

Monty Don

Britain’s favourite gardener, renowned writer and television presenter, Monty Don talks about the evolving history of British gardens from 1600 to the present day and in particular how technology, sometimes of an unexpected kind, has influenced and shaped our landscapes and back gardens and how we use them.

Duration: 01:07:20

Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr is one of our most popular and respected political journalists.

Duration: 00:58:59

Dunkirk - James Holland

James looks at one of the most iconic moments in Britain’s history. He examines the background to the German attack on the West in May 1940, challenging many of our deeply held perceptions, and explains why the British evacuation of Dunkirk was, and remains, such a significant event.

Duration: 01:03:11

German WWII Veteran - Günter Halm

Günter Halm was an anti-tank gunner who served in North Africa under Rommel and later in Normandy, and received his Knight’s Cross for destroying nine British tanks at Alamein in July 1942. He was awarded his medal by Field Marshal Rommel in person.

Duration: 01:03:20

The Plantagenets: Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty - Dan Jones

The fifteenth century saw the crown change hands seven times as the great Plantagenet families fought to the death for power, majesty and the right to rule. Dan Jones breathes life into some of the greatest heroes and villains in English history, who tore themselves apart and enabled the Tudors to snatch the throne.

Duration: 01:01:28

Rani Lakshmibai Of Jhansi, India's Joan Of Arc - James Heneage

James Heneage is a founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival and was founder of the Ottakar’s chain of bookshops which was sold to Waterstones in 2006. He is a former Chairman of the Cheltenham Literary Festival and a Booker Prize judge.

Duration: 00:58:53

King Alfred - Michael Wood

Michael Woods speaks of the making of England under King Alfred.

Duration: 00:57:00

The Romanovs - Simon Sebag Montefiore

The House of Romanov was the second dynasty, after the Rurik dynasty, to rule over Russia, which reigned from 1613 until the abdication of Czar Nicholas II on March 15, 1917, as a result of the February Revolution.

Duration: 00:54:31

The Peasants’ Revolt - Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg paints a colourful portrait of the 1381 violent uprising, the biggest armed rebellion against Church and State in English history.

Duration: 01:01:58

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