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Battle Ground: The Art of War

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Military history docu reenacts violent battles without gore.

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Part educational, part entertainment, this stylized series offers detailed and dramatic reenactments of some of history's greatest military actions. It highlights the strategies employed by some of the world's greatest military minds, including Alexander the Great and Napoleon. It also reveals lots of details about the kinds of weapons used, the size of combat forces, specific maneuvers, and other particulars. Military buffs will appreciate the discussions about these finer points, but those who are more interested in the broader, human interest stories behind these campaigns may find some episodes a little boring. Others may be put off by the lack of discussion about the brutal consequences of these battles, or the less-than-perfect accent work as actors portray characters from many different countries. Nonetheless, Battle Ground: The Art of War is informative, and has a lot to offer those who are interested in military history by attempting to bring key moments back to life.

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