This documentary covers the major events of World War Two: including the Blitzkrieg through Poland, Denmark, Norway and the Low Countries to the fall of France... Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the savage Blitz... the Duels in the Desert and the Atlantic... the invasion of Russia, the assault on Pearl Harbour... the battles of Stalingrad, Kursk, Monte Casino... the 1,000 bomber raids on Germany, the battles of the Pacific... the D-Day landings and the push to the Rhine, the reversals at Arnheim and the Ardennes... the fall of Berlin, the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps... and the awesome finale of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
World War 2 The Complete History (2000)
Episode 1: This is the story of the greatest war of world history. This is the story of great individuals, of men who cast huge shadows across time. In this 13 part series we examine the events and personalities that drove World War Two.
It is impossible to examine the events of 1939 – 1945 without first understanding the effects wrought upon Europe by World War One. In Part one of this series we look at the legacy of Versailles and the League of Nations and their impact on events to come.
Episode 2: Now that his systematic deletion of the Versailles Treaty was complete, Hitler began to turn his eyes to his weaker neighbours. The Anschluss had made Germany even stronger and now Hitler focused his attention on Czechoslovakia and Poland.
In Part Two of the series we look at how the pace of history was already propelling countries towards a war in Europe and how the public mood had changed from one of appeasement to one of opposition.
Episode 3: The time that followed the destruction of Poland in just five weeks of frenetic activity came to be known as the ‘Phoney War’, a period were neither side wanted to engage the other.
In Part Three of this series we look at how the war developed from these early months of quiet. Britain and France prepared to fight a war based on their successful tactics of World War One and a disastrous encounter in Norwegian waters ended with the resignation of a Prime Minister and the arrival of one of the wars great legends - Winston Churchill.
Episode 4: On 13th May 1940 Winston Churchill became Britain’s Prime Minister. He gave no quick solution to the conflict but swore there would be no appeasement of Hitler. This decision was made all the more difficult as, in the first few hours of Churchill taking office, the war in Europe exploded into life. After the surrender of France the population of Britain began to grow ever fearful. Their enemy was now just 20 miles away, across the English Channel and plotting an invasion. In Churchill’s words: ‘The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain has begun.’
Episode 5: In Episode 5 of this complete history we look at the impact of the Battle of Britain. Hitler’s aim was total air supremacy, to negate British Naval power and enable the German army to cross the Channel and invade Britain. But the battle proved to be more complex. Gradually this European war began to spread to all corners of the globe. As Japan and Italy attached their destiny to Hitler and the USA began to introduce peacetime conscription, it seemed that the tide of war was inevitably pulling every country into its path.
Episode 6: In Episode Six of this series we examine how, as 1940 drew to a close the conflict was spreading. Disasters were continuing to unfold around the Italian war effort. At the same time another front had opened up in North Africa; Erwin Rommel and his North Afrika Korps stepped up to take their place in history.
On 22nd June 1941 Hitler gave the order that would begin Operation Barbarossa, a three pronged attack designed to cripple the Soviet Union. But a German victory was not a foregone conclusion as the first snow of a harsh Russian winter had begun to fall.
Episode 7: Episode 7 of this series begins in Russia, with Stalin’s army fighting to defend Moscow. Although Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa faltered under the weight of a heavy Russian winter the battle for the east wasn’t over. As victory on one front inevitably meant an increasing threat from another, this time it was the turn of the Japanese. Eager to remove all outside influence in the Pacific, the Japanese began a course of action that would determine the outcome of the entire war. They attacked Pearl Harbour, a US Navy base in Hawaii and with one stroke brought America into the war.
Episode 8: In Episode 8 of this series we examine the increasingly savage fighting in the Pacific and we look to Russia, as Hitler’s forces turn their attention to the city of Stalingrad.
The fighting in the Mediterranean and North Africa took on greater prominence as the siege of the island of Malta intensified and Rommel mounted ever more threatening operations in the desert.
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