An extraordinary war demanded extraordinary soldiers. Forged into elite bands of brothers by facing the trials of war together, these are the stories of the Second World War's most famous fighting formations and their journey through tragedy and triumph to earn their battle honours.
Battle Honours: Screaming Eagles
During World War Two, when things looked at their worst, an elite American Airbourne Unit was created for the most extreme combat missions. They were the first US soldiers to set foot in Nazi-occupied France, who took part in the biggest airbourne assault in history and stood firm in Hitler's las...
Battle Honours: Big Red One
During the Second World War, one US Army Infantry Division repeatedly proved itself as America's finest. Leading the way into action in Africa, Italy and on to bloody Omaha Beach, lightly armed G.I.s who stood their ground against Hitler's best SS Panzers.
They are the 1st Infantry Division - t...
Battle Honours: Red Devils
In Britain's Darkest Hour, a new force of crack troops was founded. Trained for combat behind enemy lines, they descended from the skies to take part in some of the most daring raids of the Second World War.
From the deadly deserts of North Africa to a heroic stand at Arnhem, they established t...
Battle Honours: Desert Rats
During the Second World War, a British Unit won fame as pioneers of armoured warfare. They were one of Churchill's favoured divisions, who tackled Hitler's most feared commanders and his worst war machines... at great cost.
Fighting all the way from the baking sands of the desert, to the hedger...
Battle Honours: US Army Rangers
Throughout World War Two, one unit came to define elite military excellence in the American Army. Superb warriors, pushed to the limits in the most difficult missions ever conceived. From assaulting African beaches, to clearing the mountains of Italy and scaling French cliffs, they were the US Ar...
Battle Honours: Mighty Eighth
In the deadly skies over war torn Europe, one unit led America's fight with Hitler. Daring aerial warriors who sacrificed all to destroy the Nazi war machine. Relentlessly attacking deep into the heart of the Reich, no matter the odds or cost. They were the 8th US Army Airforce - the Mighty Eighth.