The Military Channel has aired some excellent original programming over the years. Shows such as Combat Zone, Battleplan, and Special Ops Mission have all played to an enthusiastic reception among TMC’s faithful. As part of the Discovery Communications group of stations, The Military Channel has really come into its own over the past few years. Based on the first episode, their new 13-part series Nazi Collaborators may be the station’s best moment yet.
Nazi Collaborators is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 pm, with “The IRA Conspiracy.” While there were a number of alliances at the time, some have received more attention than others over the years. The efforts made on behalf of Hitler’s party by the Irish Republican Army have been metaphorically swept under the rug since the end of World War II. This hour-long documentary reveals the shocking tale.
The age-old military adage “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” best summarizes the IRA’s decision to forge an alliance with Nazi Germany. The two antagonists’ mutual target was Great Britain. The Irish Republican Army were pursuing their agenda for total Irish freedom from England, while Germany’s quest was simple and unequivocable world domination.
The IRA’s seeming naivete as to the true nature of Nazism is astounding, and their eagerness to team with anyone against Britain was ruthlessly exploited. A German soldier by the name of Hermann Goertz was the main contact, and it was with him that such plots as the Kathleen Plan and Operation Green were hatched. Coupled with riveting historical footage, and an incredible story, “The IRA Conspiracy” provides some fascinating insight into a little known side-chapter of WW II.
Nazi Collaborators looks to be a real winner for The Military Channel, here’s hoping that the remaining 12 episodes are as strong as this one.