Filmed on location throughout the world, this series looks at three individuals widely considered to be military “greats”: Alexander, Nelson and Zhukov. Leading experts including David Chandler talk about the motivation that lay behind the achievements of each commander. 3D computer animation is used to illustrate each commander’s skills.
Alexander the Great
The first, and perhaps greatest, commander of all was Alexander the Great. At the Battle of Issus, he led an audacious charge across a river, crushing a massive Persian force. Still in his early twenties Alexander went on to conquer more of the known world than anyone before or since. By the time of his death, aged 32, he had established himself not only as a great commander but a great conqueror.
Horatio Nelson is Britain’s greatest naval hero. Though at times insubordinate and reckless, Nelson’s professional skills and personal inspiration brought him uncommon successes throughout the Mediterranean and Atlantic as he fought against rival European fleets. At the remarkable Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson secured a mastery of the seas that brought the expansion of the British Empire.
Following the Russian Revolution, Georgi Zhukov rose to become Stalin’s deputy in the war against Hitler. Tough and innovative, he was a single-minded soldier whose abilities helped turn the war around. The Battle of Berlin that finally destroyed the Nazi regime was Zhukov’s ultimate triumph. There is no more difficult military objective than a major city. Zhukov’s success in taking Berlin has led him to be called the greatest commander of the 20th century.