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They were U.S. paratroopers, Norwegian operatives, and British Commandos, Allied teams leading high-risk operations throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia to fight Hitler and turn the tide of the war. WWII's Most Daring Raids puts you in the heart of the action, giving you a minute-by-minute account of the most astonishing surprise attacks against the Third Reich. We forensically examine how exactly these assaults played out, through expert analysis and testimonies from the brave men who carried them out.

Genres: History | War
Station: Smithsonian Channel (US)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Ended
Start: 2016-09-18

WWII's Most Daring Raids Air Dates

S01E03 - Churchill Strikes Back Air Date: 03 October 2016 01:00 -

Operation Archery was a British Combined Operations raid during World War II against German positions on the islands of Maaloy and Vaagso, Norway, on 27 December 1941. 570 British Commandoes raided the islands to wipe out fish oil factories used to make nitroglycerin and force Germany to keep increased forces in Norway that might be used on other fronts. Relive this pivotal moment of World War II through actual footage of the raid and demonstrations of the weaponry used.

S01E04 - Storming Mussolini's Island Air Date: 10 October 2016 01:00 -

It's July 10, 1943, and the Allied Forces have evicted the Axis Powers from North Africa and can finally begin the Italian Campaign. The first mission: Operation Husky, a massive amphibious invasion of the island of Sicily by American, British, Canadian, and French forces. Before the assault can start, however, an elite new unit of U.S. Army Rangers and combat engineers called Force X must storm and clear the beaches and main streets of Gela. Thousands of ships, aircraft, and troops depend on the success of these soldiers. It's a brutal mission, but failure is not an option. 

S01E05 - Cutting Rommel's Lifeline Air Date: 17 October 2016 01:00 -

A secret British regiment in January 1942 led a daring raid on Buerat, a Nazi-occupied Libyan harbor well behind German lines. This was a joint operation of the Special Air Service (SAS) and Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). The raid destroyed supplies, fuel, port/communication facilities vital to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps. 

S01E06 - Secret Weapon Sabotage Air Date: 24 October 2016 01:00 -

An elite force of Norwegian resistance fighters returns to their invaded homeland to carry out one of the most daring and significant acts of sabotage in World War II. During what could be a suicide mission, they must raid and destroy the heavy water production facility at the Vemork hydroelectric power plant at Rjukan, Norway in February 1943. The Nazis intended the heavy water for nuclear weapons research. The British Special Operations Executive (SOE) named this raid Operation Gunnerside. 

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