Command Decisions

About the show

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

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Upcoming episodes

Apr 5th
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.
Apr 5th
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.
Apr 5th
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.
Apr 5th
1130a

Desert Storm

Putting viewers in the position of decision makers at historic events.
Apr 12th
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.
Apr 12th
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.
Apr 12th
1100a

Battle of Chalons

Nomadic horsemen led by Attila the Hun race through Europe. They cross the Rhine and ravage the French countryside. As he heads toward Western Europe, The Romans, Gauls, and Vandals must band against him. At the Marne River, Attila's forces take possession of a strategic hill. The Huns are expert archers, and the battle is fierce. But after Attila mistakes a Roman retreating army as a potential trap, he decides to withdraw. If he hadn't been stopped, the Huns could have ruled France and Italy.
Apr 12th
1130a

Battle of Marathon

Putting viewers in the position of decision makers at historic events.
Apr 19th
1000a

Battle Of Saratoga

Anxious to overturn George Washington’s victories, Burgoyne comes up with a devious plan. Isolate New York, split the colonies, and divide the Revolution. He recruits German mercenaries and American Indians, and marches on Albany. But rebels led by Gates block the road by felling trees, while sharpshooters attack the British troops. After a skirmish in which the rebels refuse to give up the high ground, the British force retreats. The victory keeps the Hudson free, convinces France to help the rebels, and ultimately leads to the triumph of the American Revolution.
Apr 19th
1030a

Battle Of Waterloo

Liberated from exile, Napoleon has raised nearly 300,000 men. He is attacking Belgium, heading towards Brussels. Napoleon’s a master at the “divide and conquer” strategy, and plans to attack a vital communication point between the English and Prussian armies. It is the Duke of Wellington's task to stop him. At the height of a difficult battle, he orders his secret cavalry and infantry to charge down from a ridge and destroy Napoleon’s offense. Wellington is able to destroy the army and end the 20-year career of history's greatest military genius.