Showing posts with label World War II. Show all posts
Showing posts with label World War II. Show all posts

Hiroshima

It was the defining moment of the 20th Century - the scientific, technological, military, and political gamble of the world's first atomic attack. This drama-documentary attempts to do what no other film has done before - to show what it is like to live through a nuclear explosion, millisecond by millisecond.


Set in the three weeks from the first test explosion in New Mexico to the eventual dropping of the bomb, the action takes viewers into the room where the crucial political decisions are made; on board the Enola Gay on her fateful voyage; inside the bomb as it explodes; and on the streets of Hiroshima when disaster strikes. Parallel storylines interweave, unfolding the action from both US and Japanese perspectives, and revealing the tensions and conflicts in the actions and minds of people who were making history. Special effects recreate the reality of the mission - even going inside the workings of the bomb - and archive film replays the horrific aftermath.

Hiroshima
Hiroshima

Battlefields of the World War II (4 parts)

   Battlefields of the Second World War is what every Richard Holmes fan has been waiting for. In this fascinating and brilliantly articulated study of the Second World War, he clarifies the complexities of four of its campaigns: El Alamein, Monte Cassino, Operation Market Garden (of which Arnhem formed a crucial part) and the RAF's bomber offensive against Germany. The series originates in his firm conviction that the sacrifices made by British services personal are not properly understood. It uses eyewitness accounts to illuminate the horror, confusion and sheer enormity of war, and puts this in the context of the conflict's broader strategy. As the twentieth century, so deeply marked by war, slips away, this is the time to recognize the price so many of its men and women paid for freedom.


Alamein

Montgomery's victory over Rommel, Germany's commander in North Africa, in October 1942 was a brilliant success but was not without great human cost.


Cassino

The battle for Cassino in 1944 saw the Allies' attempting to breakthrough a German fortified mountain pass without damaging the world-famous Benedictine monastery that dominated the landscape. The men suffered terribly, as a combination of hostile terrain, atrocious winter weather and poor leadership frustrated every attack.


Bomber

Archive film footage, dramatised reconstructions and the accounts of aircrew veterans are used in this examination of the terrifying missions undertaken by the men of Bomber Command. Although enemy targets were heavily defended, the bombers became an awesome force, capable of destroying an entire city in a single night.


Arnhem

Professor Richard Holmes revisits the bridges over the Rhine which the Western Allies seized in September 1944 in their daring airborne bid to shorten the Second World War. Featuring archive film footage, eyewitness accounts from veterans of the battle, and dramatised reconstruction.

Battlefields of the World War II (4 parts)
Battlefields of the World War II (4 parts)




The Battle of the Atlantic

Winston Churchill once wrote that "The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril". In saying this, he correctly identified the importance of the threat posed during World War Two by German submarines (the 'Unterseeboot') to the Atlantic lifeline. This lifeline was Britain's 'centre of gravity' - the loss of which would probably have led to wholesale defeat in the war.


Part 1 - Grey Wolves

At the beginning of the war, the `U-boat peril' did not seem to be a huge threat, yet within eighteen months the campaign across the Atlantic threatened to starve Britain into submission.


Part 2 - Keeping Secrets

During the first eighteen months of conflict, German U-boats were to sink more than three million tons of shipping off the American coast, severely damaging the Allied war effort. But by 1941, a vital source of naval intelligence promised to transform the war in the Atlantic, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.


Part 3 - The Hunted

In the first three years of war, German U-boats threatened to starve Britain into submission, but by the spring of 1943 the tide had turned and the hunter had become the hunted. Eyewitness testimony, archive film and reconstructions illuminate the remarkable story of how, in just months, the Allies destroyed the U-boat fleet.

The Battle of the Atlantic
The Battle of the Atlantic

Auschwitz: The Nazis and The Final Solution - BBC

Auschwitz: The Nazis and ‘The Final Solution’ is a BBC six-episode documentary film series presenting the story of Auschwitz through interviews with former inmates and guards to include authentic re-enactments of relevant events.


Part 1 - Surprising Beginnings


German commanders discover the efficiency of gassing prisoners, and Auschwitz transforms from a small backwater camp for those resisting the Nazi occupation of Poland to a large scale extermination camp for Jews.


Part 2 - Orders & Initiatives


Hoss deals with complications arising from the makeshift gas chamber and increasing demand as the Nazis begin to scour all of Europe for more people to bring to Auschwitz and kill.


Part 3 - Factories of Death

The year 1942 is to be the most significant of 'the Final Solution' as the Nazis now begin to comb western Europe, even taking Jews from as far afield as the British Channel Islands.


Part 4 - Corruption

By 1943, corruption is running rampant at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The camp also gains another source of income - clothes and valuables taken from Jews arriving to be gassed.


Part 5 - Frenzied Killing

More people are killed in 1944 than ever before at Auschwitz. The Nazis try to sow seeds of confusion amongst the Allies in the East and Western Allies must make decisions about negotiating with the Nazis about the Jews and bombing the camp.


Part 6 - Liberation & Revenge

In 1945, Red Army soldiers liberate the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenuau. As other liberations occur in the following months, the world is appalled. Surviving Jews face horrors as they try to return to their lives, and few SS-men are found and put on trial.

Auschwitz: The Nazis and The Final Solution - BBC
Auschwitz: The Nazis and The Final Solution - BBC

Nazi Megastructures: Series 4 (5 parts)

Over five unforgettable episodes, Nazi Megastructures uncovers the hidden remains of Hitler's most ambitious Megastructures, telling the stories of the engineering geniuses that designed them and revealing how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.


Part 1: Hitler's War Trains: Hitler's Railways of Death


The railways were the lifeblood of the Nazi empire. It was a vast network that spread Nazi ambition and control across Europe and beyond. Through use of drama, documentary and archive the programme reveals Hitler's personal train, unseen bunkers, massive depots, railway weapons and record-breaking engines that made up what was arguably the Nazis biggest ever megastructure: the railways. The rail networks most sinister function was to facilitate the Final Solution. Hitler and the mastermind of the Holocaust, Himmler, used the vast rail network to transport Jews to concentration camps and to their death.


Part 2: Hitler's Italian Fortress


The story of one of the Nazis' toughest structures. These defensive lines spanned the Italian peninsula, stalling the Allies for almost two years.

Churchill's Desert War: The Road to El Alamein

 On September 13th 1940, 80,000 Italian troops marched into Egypt to threaten the epicentre of the British Empire at a critical point in the Second World War.
By 1942 the desert skirmish in North Africa had become pivotal to what was by then a truly global conflict, with hundreds of thousands of men from over ten nations fighting on one of the most inhospitable battlefields on earth, culminating in the Battle of El Alamein, seventy years ago. It was a triumph that marked, in Churchill's famous words, 'the end of the beginning'.


 This is the story of how the men who fought and died here were players in a volatile drama scripted by Churchill, Roosevelt, Mussolini and Hitler in the war capitals of London, Washington, Rome and Berlin.Jonathan Dimbleby travels to all the key locations, among them the Cabinet War Rooms deep beneath Whitehall, Hitler's vast bunker in Poland, the tunnels under Malta where civilians sheltered from the Nazi bombs and the Brenner Pass, where Hitler and Mussolini met to decide the world's fate.Based on Dimbleby's new book, Destiny in the Desert, the film sheds new light on the significance of this key campaign, on which Churchill gambled both his own future and that of Britain itself.
Churchill's Desert War: The Road to El Alamein
Churchill's Desert War: The Road to El Alamein 

Dunkirk - BBC (3 parts)

Drama following events at Dunkirk in May and June 1940


Part 1 - Retreat
The Allies in northern France are in retreat, but the Navy only expects to be able to pick up a few soldiers and Churchill is under pressure to make peace in order to save the rest. Alf Tombs's unit helps hold open a corridor to aid the retreat, successfully allowing thousands to escape over 48 hours; on the beaches Captain Tennant makes use of a flimsy pier to speed the evacuation. As the weather changes the pier and the beaches are bombed heavily.


Part 2 - Evacuation
The army has now made its way back to the overcrowded coast. More boats are needed and the admiralty begins to requisition a fleet of small craft including cockle fishing boats from Leigh-On-Sea. In spite of the dangers the fishermen from Leigh begin to lift men off the beaches. As the strain on the little boat begins to tell the engine fails. In England the public begin to realise the cost of the successful evacuation and are left to face the threat of invasion.


Part 3 - Deliverance
Dunkirk has become a siege town. While a large number of the army have been evacuated many tens of thousands still remain. Jimmy Langley is injured during fierce fighting trying to hold back the final German advance and taken to a casualty clearing station where Major Newman has been trying to evacuate his wounded patients. However no arrangements have been made for them and they are left behind to face the Germans who arrive on the same day as Churchill makes his famous speech vowing 'we will never surrender.

Dunkirk - BBC (3 parts)
Dunkirk - BBC (3 parts)

Secrets of the Dead - The Airmen and the Headhunters - PBS



  Secrets of the Dead investigates the extraordinary survival story of a crew of airmen shot down over the jungles of Japanese-occupied Borneo during World War II. The film recounts the rescue of a U.S. bomber crew by Dayak tribesmen, known for taking the heads of their enemies. The Dayaks fed and protected the airmen before leading them to the base of a maverick British special ops officer.

Secrets of the Dead - The Airmen and the Headhunters - PBS
Secrets of the Dead - The Airmen and the Headhunters - PBS

D-Day: Hidden Traces



D-Day - June 6th 1944 : Uncovered by recent archaeological digs, traces left behind by soldiers and civilians on the battle ground such as helmets, badges, bullets, weapons, and cans plus findings of underground passages and secret blockhouses provide new insights into WW2 history.

D-Day: Hidden Traces
D-Day: Hidden Traces

Capitulation: The Final Hours

May 8, 1945. While the Allied troops were parading through liberated towns to cheering crowds, the Second World War was in its final, apocalyptic hours.The weeks preceding the end of the conflict would usher in a new world. The Soviets, more powerful than ever, invaded conquered territories and terrorized survivors. The last Nazi soldiers attempted to escape their inevitable fates. Throughout a continent in ruins, the Allies, viewed as heroes, were preparing for the advent of a democratic Europe.


Using colorized archive images, some of which have never before been seen, the film immerses viewers into the intensity of these final events: from combats, which finally offered peace and freedom to oppressed people, to the best-kept diplomatic secrets. A victory, which also marked the first day of an historic confrontation: the Cold War.

Capitulation: The Final Hours
Capitulation: The Final Hours 

Hitlers Last Year


From the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, to the surrender of the Third Reich on May 8, 1945, it took 353 days to bring down the Nazi regime.


HITLER’S LAST YEAR returns to the eleven months that preceded Hitler’s defeat and unveils entire chapters of the war that are largely unknown. Retrace the war’s final events through rarely seen, remastered and recoloured archival footage.

Hitlers Last Year
Hitlers Last Year


Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream ep.3

Vienna was the capital of the Habsburg dynasty and home to the Holy Roman Emperors. From here, they dominated middle Europe for nearly 1,000 years. In this series, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore describes how the Habsburgs transformed Vienna into a multi-national city of music, culture and ideas. Napoleon, Hitler, Mozart, Strauss, Freud, Stalin and Klimt all played their part.


Part 3: Habsburg Extinction

From his struggles with Napoleon III and Bismarck and the suicide of his son Rudolf, to the assassination of his beautiful wife Sisi, Emperor Franz Josef's empire and his family proved impossible to control. But while the Habsburgs headed for extinction, Vienna blossomed. As the theories of Freud and the sensuality of the secession artists like Klimt and Schiele ushered in the modern age, Hitler and Stalin stalked her streets. It was here that World War I was sparked; it was here World War II was dreamed.

Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream ep.3
Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream ep.3