Screen Saviours: History on Television

From A.J.P. Taylor’s mesmerising lectures in front of a black backdrop to technicolour Civilisation and the ground-breaking World At War, Taylor Downing looks at the early days of history on television.

Title card for 'Victory at Sea'On November 26th, 1950, 100,000 volunteers of the Chinese People's Army launched a massive assault upon US-UN troops in North Korea. The Chinese volunteers rapidly overran the Americans who withdrew in a shambles. There were terrible scenes as even elite US marines were forced to retreat in the face of the Chinese assault. It was a rout. The withdrawal of the American 8th Army was the longest retreat of any American military unit in the nation's history. The war eventually settled into a stalemate along a front that divided the Korean peninsular. Neither side could shift the other.

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