FROM THE PRODUCERS OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES
"LOCKED UP ABROAD," NEW SERIES "NO MAN LEFT BEHIND"
SHEDS LIGHT ON THE MODERN WAR HEROES AND SPECIAL AGENTS,
STRANDED IN ENEMY TERRITORY,
WHO TOOK SURVIVAL INTO THEIR OWN HANDS
In Premiere Episode, The Real Black Hawk Down, Soldiers Are Reunited for the First Time on Camera as They Recount the Extraordinary Story Behind the Devastating Battle That Sparked a Best-Selling Book and Feature Film
New Series No Man Left Behind Premieres Tuesday, June 28, at 9/8c
on National Geographic Channel
(Washington, D.C. - May 25, 2016) To be trapped behind enemy lines is every soldier's worst nightmare: a situation all fighters train for, few experience and even fewer survive. From the producers of National Geographic Channel's critically acclaimed Locked Up Abroad and Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers, new series No Man Left Behind combines gripping personal testimony with vivid reenactments and archival footage to shed light on the stories of modern war heroes and special agents who overcame incredible odds in some of the most hostile environments on earth. Premiering in the U.S. on Tuesday, June 28, at 9/8c, No Man Left Behind is produced by Raw TV and will premiere globally on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries in 45 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com or our press site www.foxflash.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.
Pilots shot down in hostile territory, Army units who strayed into the kill zone and DEA special agents on covert operations that spiraled dramatically out of control - in their own words, these heroes share their incredible and deeply personal tales of valor and survival. Gritty and visceral dramatic scenes combine with archival footage to deliver an all-too-real perspective on some of the most memorable and tragic war stories of modern time. And, a glimpse into the survivors' current lives reveals how these battle stories stay with them forever, haunting their present and shaping their lives. Wherever these survivors are, moments in everyday life can trigger vivid memories and emotions from the past.
In the special premiere episode, No Man Left Behind: The Real Black Hawk Down tells the extraordinary true-life story of the downing of two Black Hawk helicopters during a deadly battle in Mogadishu between U.S. special forces and Somali militia that inspired a best-selling book and feature film. Reunited for the first time on camera, the pilot of the downed helicopter and two of the soldiers involved in the battle recount the intense details of one of the most horrific scenes in U.S. military history since the Vietnam War.
In powerful detail, former U.S. Ranger Randy Ramaglia, former U.S. Ranger Keni Thomas and former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant describe their terrifying battle for life in the 1993 operation gone horribly wrong. The three men were among the 120 elite U.S. soldiers - made up of the Delta Force and U.S. Army Rangers - who came under unexpected attack by overwhelming Somali forces and had to fight for their lives.
Ramaglia and Thomas describe the terrifying, brutal night they spent combating enemy militia and contemplating their uncertain fate before making it to safety. Durant, who piloted one of the downed helicopters and was held captive for 11 torturous days, reveals the emotional, physical and psychological effects of the ordeal.
He recalls the moments after the crash: "It was just incredible intense pain coming ... I can't move, I can't run, I can't hide. I could hear the mob starting to overcome the site. And, it's hard to explain, but it felt like death approaching. And I knew that in all likelihood when they discovered me, they would kill me. And I distinctly recall the clouds going by overhead and believing that would be the last thing I would ever see."
Additional episodes in the six-part series include the story of Lt. Col. Dale Zelko, whose Nighthawk stealth fighter was shot down over Serbia during a NATO mission; British Special Air Services Operative Chris Ryan, who was separated from his squad and escaped Iraq after evading capture in the desert for seven days and eight nights; and DEA Special Agents Charlie Martinez and Kelley McCullough, whose intelligence mission in the war on drugs in Colombia ended in a bloodbath.
The Real Black Hawk Down
Premieres Tuesday, June 28, at 9/8c
In the special premiere episode, No Man Left Behind: The Real Black Hawk Down tells the extraordinary true-life story of the shooting down of two Black Hawk helicopters during a deadly battle in Mogadishu between U.S. forces and Somali militia that inspired a best-selling book and feature film. Reunited for the first time on camera, the pilot of the downed helicopter and two of the soldiers involved in the battle recount the intense details of one of the most horrific scenes in U.S. military history since the Vietnam War.
Premieres Tuesday, July 5, at 9/8c
It's 1982, and America's war on drugs is in full swing. In Colombia, DEA agents Charlie Martinez and Kelley McCullough's routine surveillance operation becomes a mission to stay alive when they are ordered to go after drug kingpin Rene Benetiz. Kidnapped from their hotel, they are driven into the jungle, where they are shot and separated while trying to escape. Martinez runs off to hide, assuming McCullough is dead. But in fact, McCullough manages to escape as well, and returns to the jungle to find his wounded partner. Martinez and McCullough recount the terrifying ordeal in heart-pounding detail.
To Hell and Back
Premieres Tuesday, July 12, at 9/8c
Six years into the Afghan War, a select group of U.S. Green Berets attempts a daring raid on a Taliban mountain stronghold in the infamous Shok Valley. Dropped into the bottom of the steep valley, they are lured into a deadly trap, ambushed and pinned down on a ledge by fire on all sides. Heavily outgunned and outnumbered, the Green Berets sustain serious casualties. Two of the soldiers involved in the battle share their unbelievable story of survival, recalling how, both severely wounded, they managed to hold off the enemy for seven hours until they finally evacuated the wounded and returned to safety.
The One That Got Away
Premieres Tuesday, July 19, at 9/8c
In a covert operation during the Gulf War, eight British Special Air Services soldiers are dropped 140 miles behind enemy lines to take out a network of Saddam Hussein's Scud missile launchers. But the mission goes terribly wrong and within days, three men are dead and four are captured. Only one man escapes. British Special Forces operative and solider Chris Ryan shares his unimaginable and harrowing journey to freedom, walking 200 miles and surviving for eight days without supplies.
Stealth Bomber Down
Premieres Tuesday, July 26, at 9/8c
March 27, 1999, the Kosovo War - for the first and only time in military history, a state-of-the-art U.S. Air Force F-117 stealth bomber is shot down. Pilot Dale Zelko manages to eject, moments before his plane crashes. Deep behind enemy lines and hunted by hostile forces desperate to capture him, he spends seven tense hours pinned down in a dark ditch, while a daring helicopter rescue team races to find him first. Zelko opens up about the horrifying ordeal and his struggle for survival, and his rescue team recounts their harrowing effort - and duty - to bring him back to safety.
Memories of Hell
Premieres Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 9/8c
Lt. Charles Klusmann was the first U.S. Navy pilot to be shot down and captured during the Vietnam War; he was also the first to escape. Klusmann opens up about the reconnaissance mission gone wrong and his near-death journey to freedom. When his plane was shot down over central Laos, seriously injured, he endured three months of brutal captivity before engineering a daring escape. Klusmann recalls how he trekked over 25 miles and evaded recapture for over three days before being reunited with his comrades.
No Man Left Behind is produced by Raw TV for National Geographic Channels. For Raw TV, executive producer is Mark Lewis, series producer is Sam Starbuck and supervising producer is Simon Mills. For National Geographic Channels, executive producer is Robert Palumbo, vice president of production is Matt Renner and president of original programming and production is Tim Pastore.
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Raw TV was founded in 2001 and since then has made numerous popular and award-winning shows for broadcasters including NGC, Discovery, A&E and CBS in the United States, and the BBC, Channel 4 and Five in the United Kingdom. Raw is all about great stories told with style and has built a reputation for bringing visual flair and gripping storytelling to everything they do - from factual programs and drama documentaries to digital projects and current affairs. Notable output includes long-running Nat Geo series Locked Up Abroad, which is about to air its ninth season; smash-hit reality show "Gold Rush: Alaska," the highest-rated series of all time on the Discovery Channel; and critically acclaimed feature documentary "The Imposter," winner of many international awards and shortlisted for an Oscar in 2013.