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Ancient Assassins

Ancient Assassins

  • Premiered: 
    October 3, 2014
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  • Network: AHC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

Using re-enactments, first-person interviews with experts and video demonstrations, ANCIENT ASSASSINS features elite men from a wide swath of history who were trained to perfection, skilled with a devastating array of weaponry. The season premiere features the story of the 47 Ronin, the followers of Asano Naganori who braved Japan and mounted the perfect Black Op after the Samurai prince lost his temper and attacked a senior official in 1703. The second episode chronicles the story of The Ghost Warriors, a fanatical corps of proud and independent warriors in the elite special forces of ancient Germany, who were trained to fight at night and would appear out of the dark, sowing fear and panic among their enemies.
Returning for a second season on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on AHC: American Heroes Channel, ANCIENT ASSASSINS continues to showcase the fatal tactics, immense physical strength and treacherous skillset of the most feared assassins, elite units and mercenaries throughout time. The premiere episode, "Vlad The Impaler," features Prince Vlad Dracula III, the inspiration for the fictional character of Dracula. In 1462, Vlad's tiny Christian kingdom of Wallachia faced the crushing might of the Ottoman Empire on its borders. Outnumbered three to one, Vlad embarks on one of the most horrific military campaigns in history, ultimately earning the Prince his terrible title. Contributions from eminent historians and military experts in this and all episodes examine the key tactics that gave these innovative commanders their victories and the weapons and skills used by their men to devastating effect. Subsequent episodes focus on: Alexander the Great, who must remove a rebel warlord called the "Spiderman"; female samurai Tomoe Gozen, whose tactics were long revered as being so brilliant that the Green Berets still mirror her strategies to this day; Julius Civilis, a young chieftain of a barbarian tribe called the Batavians, who spearheaded the amphibious Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43; and more.