30年战争 Age of Iron
2020年5月26日 星期二 晚上9时30分
2020年5月27日 星期三 凌晨12时
2020年5月27日 星期三 中午12时
For a long time, the triumph of the Imperial army seemed inevitable. Sweden’s intervention, however, fundamentally changed the situation. With their king, Gustavus Adolphus, they were more than a match for the Imperial forces led by General Wallenstein. City by city, the Swedes snatched territory from the emperor. In 1632, Sweden, supported by France, brought the Catholic armies to the brink of complete defeat.
In autumn 1632, the two opposing armies march in different directions. The Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus plans to launch an attack on the Imperial palace in Vienna from southern Germany. Wallenstein, on the other hand, turns on the Saxons who are allied with Sweden. In this way, he aims to cut off the Swedish forces' vital connection to the Baltic and thus their homeland. Heinrich von Holck, who switched sides after the last defeat, is now fighting on Wallenstein's side against the Swedes in Lützen. Although neither army emerges victorious from the battle, both suffer severe losses. King Gustavus Adolphus loses his life in Lützen, as does the commander of the Imperial army, Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim.
Apart from the horrors of war, famine and pestilence are also rife. Barbara Xeller, who runs a tavern in the southern German town of Biberach, knows this only too well – she has no customers. The tide turns for her with the arrival of the Lutheran Swedish troops in Biberach: these are welcome guests with full pockets.
Peter Hagendorf is also stationed in southern Germany at this time. The soldiers' camp is riddled with plague. By now, he is caring for wounded soldiers along with the medic, Melchior Bordt, to whom he owes his life after the Sack of Magdeburg. Anna Stadler, his wife, has died, along with all the children that she bore him. Embittered, he wonders what he is fighting for and why, but for him there is no alternative.
Cantonese/ English (TV Version)
RTHK 31 & 31A
2020.5.26 Tue 9:30pm
2020.5.27 Wed 12:00am
2020.5.27 Wed 12:00pm