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Battleplan - The Complete Series [DVD]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 891 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NTPCH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This fascinating series examines the history of military tactics, from blitzkrieg to blockade, raiding operations to strategic bombing and on to guerrilla warfare. BATTLEPLAN provides an in-depth history and analysis of the development of warfare, examining how the invention of aircraft changed the way wars are fought and how a smaller force can win a battle with the right tactics.

The intellectual analysis to be found within BATTLEPLAN will fascinate viewers of all ages and all military knowledge levels.

This 5 disc set contains all 18 episodes plus exclusive bonus material.

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90 of 90 people found the following review helpful
This is military strategy documentary. Each episode discusses an aspect of a Battleplan. The series was made is in colour with some B&W clips of old war footage.

Each episode identifies then examines each stage in the strategy needed for a particular battle plan and then compares two famous battles to decide if this criteria for the battleplan was met for both.

Using mostly realtime footage from battles and some animated maps, these aspects are discussed by the narrator with expert analysis provided by Lloyd Clark from RMA Sandhurst.

Overall this is an excellent series and even if you're not in the military or studying military strategy you should find it very interesting. However, if you are interested in military strategy then this series - like Sun Tzu's Art Of War is a must.

Below are a list of each episode on the 5 dvd set. Following this is a brief synopsis of 9 of the 18 episodes.

1. Blitzkrieg
2. Assault from the air
3. Deception
4. Assault from the sea
5. Counterstrike
6. Blockade
7. Siege
8. Battlefleet
9. Pre-emptive strike
10. Control of the air
11. The defensive battle
12. Guerrilla warfare
13. Urban warfare
14. Breaking a fortified line
15. Raiding operations
16. Strategic bombing
17. Flank attack
18. Special operations

This episode draws comparisons to both Eisenhower/Patton/Monty's use of flanking to achieve a breakout after the D-Day landings in Normandy and General Schwarzkopf's attempt to drive Iraqi forces out and liberate Kuwait during the first Gulf war.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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There's definitely something about military history that just strikes a cord with people. Whether it's the historical impact on today's society; whether it's a greater understanding of tactical evolution, or just ammunition for a pub quiz; military history is a fascinating subject for many different people for many different reasons.

Catching this series initially on the History Channel, I found the breakdown of the various types of conflict to be a real eye opener; it's a really powerful feeling when you come away with knowledge, and although this serves best as an introduction, Battleplan leaves you much more informed than it found you. Battleplan is insightful, informative, scientifically analytical yet easy to understand and, at fifteen quid, absolutely fantastic value.

It works like this; each episode begins with an introduction to a specific type of warfare (say, for example, flanking manoeuvres). Once the basic concept has been laid down, Battleplan then breaks down the topic into requirements and sizeable chunks. Using real-world examples (mostly of the Gulf and World Wars) we are able to gain a real insight into how they work in reality. Battleplan then analyses the real-world examples against the requirements laid out in the episodes. Thanks to the insight of established military historians, you feel as though you can rely on the information.

In summary; if you're casually interested, or beginning your learning in military history, especially of the modern era, you really can't go wrong with Battleplan, especially at this price; enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly flawed, but still very good 24 Feb 2010
An excellent series, interesting and different from other military history documentaries. This series is all about tactics and strategy and what went right (and wrong) in certain operations. Each episode compares two operations, for example for `Assault from the Air' looks at Operation Market Garden in WW2 and Operation Junction City during the Vietnam War.

There are flaws though. Some episodes focus more on one operation and skip through too briefly on the other. In the episode `Assault from the Air', Operation Junction City is not covered so well. There is also frequent repetition (presumably where ad breaks would have been) that starts to get annoying. There also appears a few lazy and inaccurate clichés from time to time. For example, in the episode on `Blitzkrieg', it mentions the "impenetrable Maginot Line" (it wasn't impenetrable) and Poles facing German tanks with lancers (also a cliché).

These flaws are minor though, and I don't regret buying this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Entertaining 28 Dec 2012
Battleplan is a series which examines military strategies employed during modern conflicts. The series does an excellent job at dissecting complex strategies, listing the key components for success. Expert analysis is provided by several prominent and well respected academics from military colleges who feature in the series, often adding valuable insight for a conflict or military strategy. The series is well presented with some CGI models that serve as an explanation as well as a wealth of footage from the conflicts themselves.
Each episode centers around explaining and outlining a single military strategy or battleplan and listing the key components for success. Two conflicts or battles are used in the case study to draw comparison as to how one was successful and the other fell short of the main objective.

As far as educational content goes, for a TV series this show is quite good. As for entertainment, I wasn't bored and was always interested.
I would list this as the best military strategy documentary available at the time of this review. 4/5

Rating this 1/5 with the title "not for the serious military historian" is extremely misleading as the series is excellent.
No serious military historian would use a TV show or documentary as a primary source. All the experts who offer analysis in this series are well known academics, unlike what you'd find on the internet of course where everyone announces themselves to be an expert ;-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but too much US bias
I quite enjoyed the series but found the US bias quite irritating. Firstly, there is the constant American drawl of the commentator and several military experts to deal with... Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. W. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Its an very interesting DVD for people interested on battleplan/tatics.. It show examples older operations and newer operations as the desert storm, and WW2. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Marchaplin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and content
Obviously programmes like this cannot get into the subtle nature of command but this one has a good attempt at it. As a broad brush commentary the episodes are very interesting. Read more
Published on 22 May 2012 by W. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars battleplan
complete series very good suit anyone interested in the ,techniques and strategy of various battles ,land sea and air.covers ww2,korea,middle east ,etc.
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by diyer
1.0 out of 5 stars not for the serious historian
There is simply not enough time to describe the 2-3 types of strategy the producers try to cram in each 50 min episode. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by Michael Trav
5.0 out of 5 stars battleplan aok
This dvd series is a highly professional analytic critique of many batles and campaigns,highlighting the many facets of war and showing how conflicts happen and evolve.
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by stevemac
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
For learning Miltary tactics this is one of the best series, it explains complex ideas in short simple segments then goes back and reviews at the end
Published on 18 April 2011 by Mr. C. J. R. Beale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Military Strategy
I agree with most of the reviewers that this is a good introduction to military strategy, but it is going to far to include the two American wars with Iraq. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by givbatam3
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