Command Decisions

About the show

Putting viewers in the position of decision makers at historic events.

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Upcoming episodes

May 31st
1000a

Battle Of Little Big Horn

Angered by the Gold Rush and the hasty construction of a railroad through their land, the Sioux Indians uprise, and abandon their reservations. Civil War hero General Custer marches his troops to charge a major Sioux village, the site of the rebellion. He's confident the Sioux will flee. But General Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and their warriors put up a fierce resistance. The Sioux surround Custer, and destroy his army. It's the American Indian's greatest victory in battle against the United States.
May 31st
1030a

Battle Of Hastings

IN 1066, WILLIAM, THE DUKE OF NORMANDY, LAUNCHES AN INVASION ACROSS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL, VOWING TO DEFEAT THE MIGHTY ANGLO SAXON ARMY AND SEIZE THE THRONE OF ENGLAND.
May 31st
1100a

San Juan Hill

When an American warship, the USS Maine, mysteriously blows up in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, President McKinley declares war. An invasion force lands – including cavalry and an all-black infantry regiment. One of the units, led by an ambitious young Lieutenant Colonel named Teddy Roosevelt, takes the initiative. Armed with outdated rifles, this rag-tag contingent moves across hilly terrain, and makes a frontal assault up San Juan Hill. Called the Rough Riders, their victory is to turn America into a world military power, and change the life of Teddy Roosevelt forever.
May 31st
1130a

Battle Of Rivoli

The French Revolution, just four years earlier, has left France vulnerable to attack by other European nations who want to crush the Republic and restore a monarch to the French throne. Napoleon, a 28-year-old rising star, leads troops against the Austrian army, which is gathering in northern Italy, ready to strike. Napoleon sees that his enemies, although more numerous, are scattered. He counters with what will become his trademark tactic: he assumes the central position by getting in between separated enemy forces and then defeats them, individually. The success of this first campaign vaults him to international prominence.
Jun 7th
1000a

Gulf War

It's 1990. General "Stormin" Norman Schwarzkopf has been watching Saddam Hussein maneuver in the Middle East. He knows the Iraqi dictator has a massive army. He knows Hussein is capable of extreme brutality. Now, Schwarzkopf sees signs that the dictator is about to launch a massive invasion.
Jun 7th
1030a

Battle Of Iwo Jima

It was to turn into the bloodiest and most heroic chapter in the history of the US Marine Corp. During WWII, this tiny well-fortified island acted as an advance Japanese airbase, able to identify and attack American bombers on their way to Tokyo. As the Americans advance across the Pacific, it is seen as a critical stepping-stone to the attack on mainland Japan. Garrisoned by 21,000 soldiers and fortified with a network of underground bunkers, it proves to be impervious to bomber attack. General Holland M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith’s battle-hardened Marines to clear hidden pockets of resistance. By the time the island is finally cleared and the American flag flies unchallenged over Mt. Suribachi, only 212 Japanese survive.
Jun 7th
1100a

Battle Of The Bulge

In a sneak attack, German forces storm Ardennes, where Allied forces are spread thin. Their goal is to take back Antwerp, separate Allied forces, and control their supplies. The devious attack catches U.S. troops off guard, and brutal winter weather prevents them from launching an air strike. It’s up to General Eisenhower to keep the Germans from breaking through. Ike rallies the troops, employs a bold strategy of redirection, and with the fierce fighting of the tough American G.I., forces the Germans to retreat for good.
Jun 7th
1130a

Desert Storm

Putting viewers in the position of decision makers at historic events.
Jun 14th
1000a

Battle of Cambrai

The German's Hindenburg Line, fortified by deep trenches and barbed wire, is considered unbreakable. But General Byng comes up with a strategy to storm the barricade with a barrage of tanks. It's risky - tanks are new technology, and so far, have a poor performance record on the field. Still, General Byng goes through with his plan. The tanks roll through the barricades, filling the trenches with planks so infantry can rush through. The charge is a success - the impenetrable Hindenburg Line is broken. Although the British later lose their ground, Byng's bold plan changes combat forever.
Jun 14th
1030a

Battle Of Stalingrad

Seeking oil reserves, Hitler turns his attention to the Eastern Front with Russia. Nazi armies sweep through the Soviet Union, overtaking its citizens and troops. But at Stalingrad, Germans face a fierce and determined resistance. Rubble everywhere prevents German tanks from patrolling the streets. It all comes down to hand-to-hand combat, with soldiers creeping from house to house. Soldiers on both sides must fight brutal weather, starvation conditions, and sniper fire. But when the Soviets capture a German airstrip, the battle quickly turns to their favor. Hitler, once confident, suffers one of his worst defeats of World War II.