The History Channel series The Lost Evidence recounts the moments of key battles in the European and Pacific theaters through the use of recently unearthed reconnaissance photos that were taken during the actual battle as well as in the days and weeks prior. Interviews with men on both sides of each battle offer a fresh look at the war.
This series offers an unprecedented viewpoint of famous battles in Europe during WWII, using recently unearthed reconnaissance photos that were taken during the actual battles. For over 60 years these photographs have remained lost, or forgotten…until now. For the first time these original high-resolution images allow the viewer to track the battle, step by step from the air. Individual stories of courage and heroism can be placed in the exact location where they took place. Using cutting edge technology, unique archive film, re-enactments and extraordinary interviews with the men who were there The Lost Evidence offers a new perspective on history.
Produced by Flashback Television for The History Channel
Part 1: Alamein
October 23rd 1942, in the remote North African desert, British and Allied troops face off against the feared German Afrika Korps and their Italian Allies. This battle will become a personal duel between General Bernard Montgomery and General Erwin Rommel. In one of the greatest deceptions of the war, photo recons help to fool the Germans into making a catastrophic mistake.
Part 2: Battle of Britain
During the summer of 1940, the world held its breath and watched, as the British RAF and German Luftwaffe were locked in a battle to the death. The German Nazi war machine had conquered all in its path, only Britain stood in its way to total European domination.
Part 3: Battle of the Bulge
December 16th 1944 – three German armies have been amassed in total secrecy with one sole aim – to send the Allies back into the sea and change the outcome of World War Two. The troops on the ground will have to dig deeper than ever before if they are to destroy Hitler’s last gamble in Europe.
Part 4: Breakout from Normandy
July 10th 1944, six long weeks since D-Day. Allied forces have been caught in a murderous battle trying to breakout of the invasion beachhead. The Germans have rebounded from the shock of invasion and are fighting back furiously, inflicting horrendous casualties on the Allied ground forces; the Allies need a breakthrough, and fast.
Part 5: Crossing the Rhine
On March 7th 1945, at the town of Remagen, American soldiers discover to their amazement that a bridge across the Rhine has not been demolished. Fate would deal the men of the 9th Armored Division a lucky card, as German attempts to blow the bridge in the face of the advancing troops failed.
Part 6: Operation Market Garden
September 17th 1944: over 20,000 elite troops descend from the skies into Nazi occupied Holland in a massive airborne assault planned to end the war in Europe by Christmas of 1944. Their objective: to secure the bridges across canals and rivers in Holland, so that the Allied army can advance at high speed into Hitler’s Germany and the heart of the Third Reich.
Part 7: Stalingrad
Determined to destroy the Soviet Union once and for all Hitler has ordered his armies to strike south and seize the vital oilfields of the Caucasus region. But first they must capture Stalingrad. But the Soviet defenders make the 6th German Army pay in blood for every inch of ground and draw the Germans into a trap from which there will be no escape.
Part 8: Liberation of Paris
On August 19th Parisians rise up against their Nazi overlords, vowing to exact revenge for four years of brutal and bloody occupation. As the battle intensifies on the streets of the French capital, the race is now on for the Allies to get to Paris and save the citizens from possible slaughter and its city from complete destruction.