From the D-Day landings in June 1944 to the final declaration of peace the following year the Allied forces fought a bitter battle to the end against Hitler's Nazi Germany. Sean Longden re-tells the unexpected true story of life among the ranks of Field Marshall Montgomery's 21st Army group and reveals a tale of sex, burglary, rape, pillage and alcohol.
It might be the greatest haul of treasure ever accumulated in one place – but does it exist? This documentary examines the legend of Yamashita's Gold. Japanese imperial expansion across South East Asia during the 1930s and early 1940s saw an orgy of systematic looting across a dozen countries. Banks, government treasuries, temples and monasteries were all targeted and stripped bare. The spoils were intended to be shipped back to Japan, but this was effectively rendered impossible after 1942 as American naval superiority came to dominate the Pacific. According to legend, a huge proportion of the loot was hidden in the Philippines, using Filipino slave labour and Allied prisoners-of-war to dig tunnels to hide the spoils. Consisting of gemstones, platinum, priceless artefacts and at least 6,000 tonnes of gold, the value of the treasure is estimated at over 100 billion dollars.