Skip to main content

Ultimate Survival WWII – National Geographic

Hazen Audel Ultimate Survival WWII
(Image credit: National Geographic/Icon Films)

Hazen Audel retraces some of the gruelling journeys that had to be made during the Second World War in National Geographic’s Ultimate Survival WWII

Adventurer and survival expert Hazen Audel (pictured above) follows in the footsteps of incredibly brave World War Two soldiers who found themselves in the most extreme survival situations in Ultimate Survival WWII on National Geographic.

First up (9pm, see our TV Guide for full listings), Hazen mirrors the journey of 10 prisoners of war who escaped from a Japanese labour camp in Thailand, where they were being forced to build the infamous Thai-Burma Railway.

Hazen Audel Ultimate Survival WWII

Hazen Audel prepares a tasty snack in Ultimate Survival WWII on National Geographic

The conditions, even for fit and healthy Hazen, are horrendous, but they also had to negotiate the impenetrable jungle, the snakes, spiders, scorpions, and bugs, plus huge mountain ranges, fast-flowing rivers and the constant battle to find enough food and water.

In spite of all that, on they pressed, in a truly amazing feat of resilience and courage.

TV Times rating: ***