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Battlefield Detectives: The War of 1812: The Chesapeake and the Shannon DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2005
2 ships, 11 minutes, 103 dead. What made this naval duel so fatally vicious? New findings shed light on this historic turning-point in modern warfare.

  • Settles longstanding controversies and definitively solves historical puzzles.
  • Utilizes cutting-edge technology from diverse fields of research.
  • The definitive analysis of the Battle of The Chesapeake and The Shannon, June 1813.

Where soldiers die, history is made. BATTLEFIELD DETECTIVES offers a remarkably fresh and exhilarating look at the most fascinating conflicts in history by focusing on the bloody ground where they were waged. This groundbreaking series definitively re-examines what we think we know about history’s great clashes. BATTLEFIELD DETECTIVES redefines the military documentary by utilizing every possible technique – demonstrations, reenactments, advanced forensic and historical analysis, and more – to perfectly clarify battles from the legendary to the obscure.

In this dramatic clash of titans, the “kill rate” of ten men per minute far eclipsed the death toll of any previous naval battle. The War of 1812 marked the transition to a more technological era of greater killing efficiency: the Modern Age of War. In this context, American “super frigates” had been soundly drubbing British warships, and the captain of the USS Chesapeake, James Lawrence, had every reason to think an encounter with HMS Shannon would prove no exception.But in the evening of June 1, 1813, eleven minutes of carnage left 103 men dead and the American captain – for whom a victory feast awaited in Boston – mortally wounded. The Chesapeake was captured, the British victorious. Why was the battle between Shannon and Chesapeake so ferocious and bloody? How did the British win such a crushing victory against the odds? BATTLEFIELD DETECTIVES brings together scientists and historians to solve this compelling mystery.

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