|World War Two Documentaries
|ANZACS: Australians at War in World War Two
- Created in the memory of “ANZAC”, some of the most heroic, touching, memorable, heart wrenching and just plain amazing war pictures you’ll ever see are captured on this historically significant documentary series.
- Produced in 1961 using film shot by official war photographers provided by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, this 26 part series covers every major campaign the Australian troops were involved in during the war years – 1939 to 1945.
- Introduced by former World War Two pilot, Bud Tingwell, “ANZAC” provides us with more than just a record of Australia’s role in the Second World War.
- It leaves us with a legacy of images portraying the terrible realities of life and death on the front line.
||A documentary series, produced by the Military Channel, that looks at those who protected Adolf Hitler.
- This documentary explores the fascinating and often shocking tales of how individuals from all walks of life: the privileged; the political elite; ordinary working men; turned against their nations and races to fight alongside the Nazis during World War 2.
- Many did it for financial gain, others for the promise of elevated status. Some believed that siding with imperialist Germans offered the best chance of survival for their people, whilst others later claim they would be killed if they refused.
- From the Jewish leader who offered up his people as free labour, to the ex French Prime Minister who actively aided the Nazi hunt for the Resistance. And from the IRA-German plot to usurp control of Northern Ireland to the brutal killing squads of Lithuania, this ground-breaking series explores the complex motivations behind the controversial paths these collaborators chose.
|Liberators: The Soldiers of the Red Army
- From foot soldiers to fighter pilots, step into the shoes of those who fought for one of the largest armies in history.
- This series highlights ordinary foot soldiers, intelligence officers, mine pickers, gunners, tank men, marines, alpine and airborne raiders and fighter and attack aviation pilots whose role in the Allied victory over the Nazis played a crucial part in the war effort.
- Using the latest computer graphics and technology, viewers witness the combat equipment design, tactics and strategy of conducting a battle.
- Rare newsreel shots and the reconstruction of the events allow viewers to feel they are being transported back to the battleground, allowing them to see war through a soldier’s eyes.
|The War Machines of World War II
||Features the war machines of the US and German nations during the Second World War.
|Scorched Earth: The Wehrmacht in Russia
- When Hitler ordered the invasion of the Soviet Union, his forces were divided into three separate theatres or groups, each responsible for different objectives. Each operated semi-independently and faced unique challenges within the vast territory of the Russian interior.
- Primarily based on German combat footage, each episode is a broad portrait of the objectives, campaigns, and eventual fates of these separate commands during the largest and most destructive land campaign ever launched.
- This documentary follows the travails of Army Group Centre, the group tasked with the capture of Moscow.
- Barely turned aside during bitter winter fighting, this Group came closest to winning the war with Soviet Russia.
- Later, the collapse of Army Group Centre during the Soviet Operation Bagration, would lead to the collapse of Nazi Germany and the triumphant entry of Soviet forces into Berlin.
|The World At War
||A landmark documentary series which gives a historical account of the events of the Second War World.
|World War II in HD Colour
||New insights and information into World War II.
|Die Deutschen Panzer, No.3, Panzer IV
||A documentary series focusing on the German motorised artillery of World War Two.
|Stalin: Man of Steel
- Perhaps no figure in Russian history is better known than Joseph Stalin. A highly controversial character, Stalin was a member of the powerful ‘Big Three’ during World War II as Russia played a major role in repelling the Nazi invasion of Europe.
- As leader of Russia his policies had a drastic impact on the people he ruled and almost 60 years after his death attitudes towards him in Russia are mixed; some view Stalin as a tyrant whose policies caused the death of millions, while others regard him as a capable leader.
- But what was Stalin really like and what was his legacy to Russia?
- This fascinating collection of programmes, produced by Russian Television, provides a remarkable insight into his life.
- Hear from Stalin’s granddaughter about what he was like in private, learn the story of Stalin’s particularly troubled upbringing, discover the influential role he played in the development of the infamous Soviet film industry and hear the truth behind the plots to take his life, including the German reconnaissance mission of 1944.
|The Story of Hitler’s Secret Police 1933-1945: Gestapo
- The Gestapo, abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei, or the Secret State Police, was the official secret police of Nazi Germany and German-occupied Europe.
- The force was created by Hermann Göring in 1933 by combining the executive and the judicial branches into one power. Beginning on 20 April 1934, it was under the administration of SS national leader Heinrich Himmler, who in 1936 was appointed Chief of German Police (Chef der Deutschen Polizei) by Hitler.
- In 1936, Himmler made it a suboffice of the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo) or ‘Security Police’.
- Then from 27 September 1939 forward, it was administered by the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA), or ‘Reich Main Security Office’, and was considered a sister organisation of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) or ‘Security Service’.
|The Superior Force: Great Tank Battles of WWII
- This second volume of the series chronicling the history of tank warfare in World War Two features the models used in Germany’s 1941 ‘Operation Barbarossa’ – the invasion of the Soviet Union.
- Panzers were deployed in battles at Bialystok and Minsk to encircle Soviet troops before moving on to Moscow, taking 300,000 prisoners along the way and capturing the city of Kiev.
- However, the operation to take Moscow was halted due to the Soviet T-34 tank, which held the Germans at bay twenty miles short of their target.
|Drain the Ocean: WWII
||What lies beneath the ocean? As the ocean waters drain away, National Geographic reveal seven of the most amazing undersea sites of World War 2 and delve deeper into the mysteries behind them.
|Hell in the Pacific
||The story of the battles in the Pacific between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
|WWII: Countdown to Victory
||A 24-part documentary series chronologically charting the key events of World War II, using archive footage to tell the story.
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||Documentary series charting how the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware in history and uncovering the hidden remains of Hitler’s most ambitious mega structures.
||A documentary series which uses archive footage, re-enactments and first-hand accounts from the crews, to follow the machines and technology implemented from the Second World War to the Gulf War in the land, air and sea.