National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has given the greenlight to Nazi War Diggers, a four part factual series which explores battlefields from the Eastern Front of the Second World War. The series is set to roll out across National Geographic’s European channels next month and will premiere on National Geographic UK on Tuesday May 13th.
Produced by award winning indie ClearStory, Nazi War Diggers is an archaeological series which follows a team of four as they explore the warzones of the Eastern Front excavating battle relics while uncovering and sharing a snapshot of the fallen soldiers’ stories. Working in close collaboration with local archaeologists and licensed preservation organisations, the team – consisting of former US marine Craig Gottlieb, Stephen Taylor, Kris Rodgers and Polish metal detectorist Adrian Kostromski – seeks to preserve history, all while encountering frustrating false trails, fascinating finds, poignant personal effects and the remains of soldiers from both sides.
“Nazi War Diggers is a race against time to uncover lost combat relics to be meticulously preserved – stark reminders of some of the most brutal battles of WWII. Along the way, it offers viewers a powerful look at the lives of these soldiers whose last moments are frozen in time on forgotten battlegrounds,” said Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content for NGCI. “NGCI is thrilled to have partnered with ClearStory on this revealing and gripping series.”
While Executive Producer Russell Barnes added: “ClearStory continues to make its mark as a producer of content that portrays powerful human stories and for series that tackle big ideas in history and science. This series achieves all of those aims. The Eastern Front of WWII saw probably the bloodiest fighting in human history and time is running out for us to capture the historical truths of the conflict that lie literally hidden in the ground. Nazi War Diggers not only tells the lost human stories behind the battles, but it also explores ethical ways to preserve our history and the dignity of the people who made it.”