Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, Ulysses Grant
students of military history The Great Commanders series,
produced for Channel 4 in Britain, is one of the finest examinations
of the world's best-regarded soldiers yet seen.
six-part series is available on two DVDs with the first volume covering
the careers of Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar and Ulysses S.
Grant and their most important battles.
Caesar it is the siege of Alesia and his clash with Vercingetorix,
Grant's efforts in the Wilderness win him a place and, of course,
Austerlitz is Bonaparte's greatest success.
45-minute programme on Bonaparte introduces us to the young Corsican,
his tribulations, meteoric rise to fame and power and his eventual
was the crowning glory of the French leader's military successes
as he was outnumbered, but fooled his Austrian and Russian enemies
into attacking him and then, by brilliant leadership, utterly destroying
by excellent 3D graphics, experts tell just how astounding Bonaparte's
documentary uses contemporary artworks to give a flavour for the
period, but the winning touch is the use of an in-uniform actor
to voice the first-hand account of Jean-Roch Coignet, whose memoirs
are a prime source of material for Napoleonic studies.
is a fantastic look at arguably history's best general and is worthy
of a place in any enthusiast's library.
buy the DVD, it makes finding the bits you are interested in so
Caesar and Alesia
leaders have captured the imagination as well as Julius Caesar,
the man who led Rome as an unofficial dictator and met an unwelcome
end at the points of rivals daggers in 44BC.
Caesar Rome spread its influence as far as ancient Britain, but
it is his astounding conquest of Gaul that features in this episode.
politically motivated and ruthless, Caesar's career up to the Battle
of Alesia is recorded and you get to know a huge amount about how
the man thought and worked.
decisive battle at Alesia - where he was trapped between an enemy
fortress and a massive relieving army - is one history's most interesting
events are made even more exciting by the obvious respect that the
expert panel has for Caesar's abilities and courage.
S. Grant and The Wilderness
failure at almost everything but marriage and war, Ulysses S. Grant
became the commander of the Union (Blue) forces during the American
Civil War and went on to become president of the United States.
from looking at Grant's background and career, The Great Commanders
details his crucial battle - The Wilderness in 1864.
examines the lead-up to the battle, the effect of Grant's leadership
on his men's morale and how he managed to win a strategic victory
over the formidable Confederate army.
history experts give their appreciation of Grant and why he could
be considered one of the great commanders.