Episode 5. Ulysses S. Grant
Narrated by Brian Cox
“I have just started listening to The Great Commanders on Audible and then watching the films too. It is well worth it! I remember them from Channel 4 and they are still totally absorbing. The clarity of exposition is a model of how it should be done”. Michael Attwell, ex-Chair of BAFTA UK
In a world where war proves to be just as much a part of our lives as it has been throughout history, we investigate the lives and achievements of Alexander The Great, Julius Caesar, Horatio Nelson, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ulysses S. Grant and Georgi Zhukov, all acclaimed as military ‘greats’. Filmed on location, each programme is based around one battle, using 3D computer animation to illustrate the skills, tactics and strategy of each of the Commanders. Leading experts talk about the motivation that lay behind the achievements of each Commander and examine the scale and nature of their successes.
For Caesar it is the siege of Alesia and his clash with Vercingetorix, Grant’s efforts in the Wilderness win him a place and, of course, Austerlitz is Bonaparte’s greatest success. The 45-minute programme on Bonaparte introduces us to the young Corsican, his tribulations, meteoric rise to fame and power and his eventual defeat. Austerlitz was the crowning glory of the French leader’s military successes as he was outnumbered, but fooled his Austrian and Russian enemies into attacking him and then, by brilliant leadership, utterly destroying them.
Episode 5: Ulysses S. Grant
The Battle of the Wilderness
At the beginning of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant worked in a store. Within four years he was commanding the Union Armies and within eight, he was President of the United States. The Battle of the Wilderness was an indecisive, bloody tangle in a dense forest. Though it ended in a tactical stalemate, it was a vital strategic victory – one which led to the defeat of the Confederacy.
Written & directed by Phil Grabsky
A Seventh Art Production for Channel Four (UK) in Association with A&E (USA), Ambrose Video (USA), SBS Australia, and Sovtelexport (Russia)
Running time: 45 mins