In the dying days of World War II, much of the remains of Adolf Hitler s Nazi Germany took refuge amongst the ruins of the one time great capital city Berlin. As the Allied armies closed in, ferocious street fighting continued. Defiant SS troops, Hitler Youth and even children put up a futile last-ditch stand most of them dying in the process. Meanwhile, their half-crazed leader roamed the corridors of the Führer bunker, still convinced that his decimated army could repel the marauding hoards of Soviet troops as they thundered towards final victory.
This powerful documentary re-visits the nightmare for the civilians, the defeat of a once mighty military, the pointless loss of life and the bizarre events that took place in the labyrinths beneath the remnants of 1945 Berlin.
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Relive Nazi Germany s military attack on an unsuspecting world.
When Nazi Germany unleashed its military might on an unsuspecting world, a new word was introduced into the lexicon of warfare: Blitzkrieg, or the lightning war .
In three short years nearly all of Europe fell before the horrifying power of Hitler s seemingly unstoppable Blitzkrieg. This remarkable three-part series follows the relentless vigour of Nazi Germany as it racked up one unstoppable victory after another.
Including a full-length feature documentary, accompanied by a comprehensive and informative compendium of facts from this dark period of history, Blitzkrieg: The Lightning War reveals the incredible might of Hitler s army.
March 1939. Thousands of childrens lives are under threat from the Nazis.
Rare archival footage and interviews with Joe Schlesinger, a CBC reporter and one of the rescued children, documents not only how Winton s act changed the lives of those he rescued, but also how it continues to influence the lives of thousands of others worldwide.
Best Documentary Montreal World Film Festival.
Audience Award UK Jewish Film Festival.
Audience Award Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival.
Audience Award Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
2011 Best Music Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland.
Enthralling. Evocative. A true story of heroism - The New York Times
Voices of The First World War is a remarkable collection of films that tell the real and often heartbreaking stories of the worst conflict the world has ever seen.
Produced and sourced from original interviews and film of Imperial War Museums, this unique documentary project allows viewers of all ages to discover the moments and share the experiences that changed the world. Volume One features personal eyewitness accounts by the men and women who were there, from the first soldiers to arrive in France who would soon find themselves knee-deep in mud , to the survivors of the first air raids in Britain s history.
1. MARCHING TO WAR
2. OVER BY CHRISTMAS
3. WEAPONS OF WAR
4. SILVER CIGAR IN THE SKY
5. KNEE-DEEP IN MUD
6. DEADLY MIST
7. THE BOMB GIRLS
8. FIRST DAY OF THE SOMME
9. ANIMALS IN WAR
10. THE FIRST TANKS
Unique stories told by the men and women who lived through the First World War.
The combination of rare archive footage and oral testimony recorded by the Imperial War Museum creates a poignant and unique documentary that links the forgotten voices of an entire generation of First World War survivors, with stunning film from the time.
It is an intimate audio-visual experience in which the matter-of-fact recollections convey not just the sheer humdrum ordinariness of the Great War: the mud, the rain, the relentless loss of life and the pointless routine of attrition, but also the extraordinary bravery, spirit and sacrifice.
Voices of The First World War tells the complete story of the war, from mobilisation to Armistice, through the eyes and voices of the men and women who lived through it. From the British Tommy fighting in the trenches to the Land Girls helping to feed them; from the flying aces risking their lives in the air, to the women working in the dangerous munitions factories.
Quite simply, this is a must-have for anyone interested in the First World War.
An official Imperial War Museum film
Featuring stunning footage, rarely seen before.
Features genuine oral testimony from people who fought during the war
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Journey back to the dawn of modern warfare. From the muddy bomb craters and barbed wire of no-man s-land to the horror of the trenches and the mass-slaughter of a generation, World War I remains history s most tragic and poignant conflict. Sparked by the assassination of an archduke, The Great War of 1914-18 sucked country after country into the fighting until much of Europe, the Middle East and the world beyond became a grim theatre of devastation. This collection really brings the horror of war to life. From the first dogfighters, the Red Baron and the infamous airships all the way to The Battle of The Somme, Jutland and the final day of fighting, a combination of interviews, dramatic re-enactments and incredible archive footage tells some of the most defining and compelling stories of The Great War. Features 11 fascinating documentaries on 6 DVDs
New Reasons to Remember the Past. The Wall Street Journal. Adolf Hitler. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Benito Mussolini. Winston Churchill. Charles de Gaulle. George Patton. Before they were the giants of WWII, they were infantrymen and privates in WWI, the war to end all wars. THE WORLD WARS from HISTORYTM brings you the story of the devastating three decades of 20th-century world war through the eyes of the men whose characters were forged in the trenches before they commanded a world on the brink of disaster. See how, from Ypres and the Somme to the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Normandy, the iconic figures of WWII became synonymous with either battlefield glory or murderous fascism.
Feel the fear and exhilaration of a battlefield 25,000 feet in the air as HISTORY™ travels with four US veterans on some of the most dangerous, deadly and visually stunning aerial missions of World War II. Following in the footsteps of the Emmy® Award-winning series WWII LOST FILMS, this two-hour special takes viewers inside the US Eighth Air Force as it takes to the skies for an unsung story of bravery and sacrifice. Extraordinary archive footage in colour brings the historic fight for control of the skies to life.
One of the most important series in the history of television. Remastered with the original Richard Rodgers soundtrack never before released on DVD. Includes a bonus CD with the full soundtrack. A 26-episode World War II documentary from the American perspective, Victory at Sea is one of the most important series in the history of television. Made in 1952, the show was a huge success, winning many major awards and even spawning albums featuring the orchestral score by Richard Rodgers (South Pacific). Produced with the full cooperation of the US Navy, each 26- minute programme consists of black and white wartime film edited to a narration by Leonard Graves. Each episode contains at least one powerful stand-alone sequence in the tradition of Sergei Eisenstein, these action-suspense set-pieces giving the programmes an urgent, surprisingly modern feel. The emphasis throughout is at least as much on entertainment as information, the factual content delivered in poetic narration, the score transforming the war into a more than usually serious Hollywood adventure. The documentaries are wide-ranging, covering parts of the land war and including everything from the Atlantic convoys and Uboat Wolfpacks , to war in Alaska, the South Atlantic, the Far East, the Pacific War and the Fall of Japan.
This definitive 4 DVD collection, hosted by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, explores the dramatic rise and decline of British naval power over the last 500 years. Discover how the Royal Navy was created during the reign of King Henry VIII, travel with Sir Francis Drake aboard his famous ship Golden Hinde in 1577, admire Admiral Nelson s triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and learn why so many illustrious ships were decommissioned at the end of the Falklands War
Offering a new perspective on history unique high resolution images show World War II as never seen before This series offers an unprecedented viewpoint of famous battles in Europe during WWII, using recently unearthed reconnaissance photos that were taken during the actual battles. For over 60 years these photographs have remained lost, or forgotten...until now. For the first time these original high-resolution images allow the viewer to track the battle, step by step from the air. Individual stories of courage and heroism can be placed in the exact location where they took place. Using cutting edge technology, unique archive film, re-enactments and extraordinary interviews with the men who were there The Lost Evidence offers a new perspective on history. FEATURING Alamein Battle Of Britain Battle Of The Bulge Breakout From Normandy Crossing The Rhine Operation Market Garden Stalingrad The Liberation of Paris
WWII s most ferocious attacks, climactic battles and ultimate victories vividly come to life. Volume two of this series will continue to recount the moments of key battles in the European and Pacific theatres through the use of recently unearthed photos that were taken from high above the killing grounds. Aerial reconnaissance aircraft captured images of the desperate action below, now these original high-resolution images have been layered over a three dimensional contour map creating a unique perspective on the battle. For over 60 years these photographs have remained lost, or forgotten....until now.
Experience the true stories behind one of history s most significant days. Get to the heart of one of history s most momentous and significant days with three documentaries that take an unflinching look at the events of June 6, 1944 a date that will live on forever as the moment the tide of war in Europe turned forever: D-Day. When 156,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in the early hours of that June day, success was anything but assured. The success of the Normandy landings the largest amphibious invasion ever attempted at the time signalled the beginning of the end for Hitler and Nazi Germany, giving the Allies a firm foothold on the continent from which to press on towards the German homeland. This collection of awe-inspiring documentaries goes back to that decisive day to reveal the truth behind the legends. Using battlefield footage and the moving testimony of troops from both sides of the battlelines, one of the 20th century s defining days is brought to life as never before.
Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day saw 156,000 Allied troops storm the beaches of Normandy on the morning of June 6, 1944. Victory would strike an almighty blow in the war against the Nazis in Europe. Retreat was not an option, and defeat was simply unthinkable. This documentary series from HISTORY recounts the invasion of Normandy by blending combat footage, interviews with the soldiers who fought the battle and commentary from expert historians. The series covers the strategy, planning and buildup to the invasion, as well as the battle itself and the weeks of fighting after the landings that led to the Allied breakout and the liberation of France. Witness the heroism of men plunging into the onslaught of war, forging success out of tragic miscalculations and sheer terror. And experience the harrowing, front-line fighting that filled too many graves for the world to ever forget.
In 1914, the young men of a Scottish village left their homes to fight in the trenches. Few would ever return. In this touching film, Neil Oliver will reveal how the recruitment of a new weapon by the Germans, a ‘machine gun’, wiped out an entire generation of young Scots. He’ll discover first-hand the killing power of this machine and the impact it had, not only on a single community but also on scores of lives throughout Europe, and how it changed the art of warfare forever.
The Great War Begins encapsulates the human stories at the heart of the outbreak of war. Each vignette has been chosen because it reveals the human impact of war. Through these films we’ll see how the Great War touched and transformed the lives of millions of people: from heroic servicemen engaged in terrifying battles to painstaking technicians revolutionising the communication systems, and from an aspiring author contributing on the home front to the surprising impact on Britain’s royal family. This programme, presented by leading broadcasters and academics, brings to life and commemorates a conflict that is receding, all too fast, in our collective memory.
Beneath the surface of Pearl Harbor lies Japan s ultimate killing machine. NOVA dives beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace provocative new clues to one of the most tragic events of World War II the sinking of the USS Arizona where more than 1,000 crew members perished in the greatest loss of life in United States naval history. For decades, it has been thought that a bomb dropped by a Japanese aircraft sank the Arizona. But the discovery of a group of Japanese midget subs in and around Pearl Harbor has raised questions about the battleship s final hours. In this programme, NOVA s team of expert investigators journeys to the seafloor to explore the wreckage of the most mysterious of these subs. Did this mini-sub and its two-person crew make it into Pearl Harbor and fire torpedoes at the Arizona? NOVA pursues this puzzle with unprecedented access to the remains of the Arizona and other unique evidence, including aerial photos taken by Japanese aircraft and moving testimonials from U.S. and Japanese veterans. KILLER SUBS IN PEARL HARBOR is a gripping investigation into the possibility that these tiny but lethal mini-subs may have played a crucial and previously unsuspected part in the tragic events of that Day of Infamy.
The Battle of Jutland in 1916 was the one great showdown of the war. Although it ended indecisively, the German Fleet returned to its harbours never to pose a serious threat again. Much attention was given to submarine technology and the German blockade of Britain nearly succeeded in forcing victory. The aircraft carrier's first deck landing in 1917 was a major breakthrough but it was to play no significant role in the conflict.
Documentary that examines the German siege of Leningrad during World War II. The siege lasted from 1941 to 1944 and caused the deaths of over half a million people. The documentary aims to bring to life the story of individuals caught up in the siege and features extracts from the diaries of a 16-year-old boy and the tale of a man who played a key role in creating the 'Road of Life', a passage through which vital supplies could be smuggled into the encircled city.
The story of life in Britain during World War II. Home Front Britain is a showcase six-part documentary series produced by Discovery Channel in association with the British Film Institute. It tells the story of World War II on the Home Front through a rare collection of Ministry of Information wartime films. Presented by the much loved actor Jim Carter (Red Ridings, Cranford, Shakespeare In Love) each episode takes the viewer through the films whilst providing historical context anecdotes and wartime information. In addition Jim travels to some of the famous British landmarks which featured in these films and which became synonymous with the Home Front war effort. Home Front Britain is a fascinating, informative and nostalgic blend of Ministry of Information films interwoven with Jim Carter's guiding commentary and is a truly timeless historical insight which provides a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the most treasured gems in the nation's cultural archives.
A collection of documentaries about the First World War. From the onset of the Great War to the tragic final day on which over 13,000 men died, the films span the turbulent four-year period from 1914-1918 that saw over 40 million casualties and 20 million deaths.
A compelling look at the war on the Western and Eastern fronts. The Battle for Europe - Based on the acclaimed book Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, this superb collection is one of the most comprehensive reports ever produced on the war in Europe from an American perspective. The Battle of Russia - Franks Capra s The Battle of Russia is a fascinating look at the incredible story of the Russian army s role during the Second World War, from the Nazis initial march into Russian territory all the way to their eventual defeat at Stalingrad.
Charting the proud history of the Scottish Army. Ex-soldier and commando Ken Hames travels with the Royal Regiment of Scotland as they take their place in the front line in the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. As he joins the dayto- day life of these modern troops, he also looks back on the proud history of those men who fought in the Scottish Regiments before them. Chronicling the extraordinary stories of these regiments, from their first battles as part of a British army to their involvement in Northern Ireland, Ken shows how Scots forces played a huge part in the building of an empire on which the sun never set and helped Britain win two World Wars. Looking back on nearly 400 years of history, Scots at War features unique archive footage, paintings, heraldry and military artefacts, along with eyewitness testimonies from the soldiers and commanders who took part in the battles.
Flashback The Golden Age of Motor Racing is an absorbing and fast-paced journey through time. This unique collection of mini-documentaries takes speed-hungry viewers from motor sports earliest moments on film to the glorious technicolour era of James Hunt and Niki Lauda. We look back and enjoy the sight and furious sound of Mercedes-Benzs pre-war monsters, Formula 1s first-ever World Championship Grand Prix, and the duels between Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio that made both mens names synonymous with motor sports golden age. British drivers Graham Hill and Jim Clark dominated motor racing during the 1960s - both in Europes F1 races and at the Indianapolis 500 - before colour advertising and rocket-shaped cars provided the perfect platform for Jackie Stewart in the early 1970s. Enjoy watching history in the making - at high speed.
Battle of Atlantic & Battle of Britain - The battle of the Atlantic was a fight for Britain's survival. British Battles of World War II - Although British forces went into actin at the very outset of the second world war in 1939. Desert Battles of World War II - The desert wasteland of north Africa provided the setting for some of the toughest fighting of WWII.
Perhaps no one will ever know the extent of what went on within its ranks. Included within this remarkable set are two programmes that shed light on some of the most incredible stories that arose from one of history s deadliest regimes: these are the Secrets of the Third Reich. Messiah of The Power of Darkness Unknown paths connect Berlin - the headquarters of Hitler s Nazi Party - to the mysterious Shambhala: a mythical kingdom that is known in Buddhism as the Pure Land . According to legend no mere mortals dwell in Shambhala, only powerful creatures of the ancient Aryan race, which rose from the dead. Hitler believed in the reality of this mythical world and wished to gain support from its leaders. Could he have formed his theory of a master race based on this ancient tradition? UFOs of the Third Reich In 1947, U.S. Admiral Byrd stood before Congress to explain why his fleet withdrew from their Antarctic mission. He announced that the expedition was attacked by strange flying saucers, which surfaced from under the water and moved with great speed, bringing heavy losses to the expedition team. Who or what was actually responsible for chasing out the American expedition? Is it really true that German scientists had been developing a type of flying-disc machine?
In this fascinating collection of programmes exploring four of the most infamous figures from World War II, we detail the lives of the men whose names will forever be associated with the Nazi Party. Using rare archive footage made available for the first time on DVD and expert analysis, we ll assess the role these men played in World War II as Hitler s closest allies. From the Führer s right hand man and leader of the SS Heinrich Himmler, to the man many saw as Hitler s successor Hermann Goering, these four programmes shed light on some of the darkest characters in recent history. Martin Bormann, a master of political intrigue, was known as the shadow behind the Führer s back, while Rudolf Hess a close associate of Hitler fled to England on May 10, 1941 and later died in mysterious circumstances. We ll unwrap the mystery and intrigue that still surrounds Hitler s henchmen and piece together what happened to them once the war had ended. Join Discovery as we provide an in-depth portrayal of the World War II Angels of Death.
In this remarkable collection of bitesize mini-docs, the ghosts of the golden age of golf come flooding vividly back to life. Rescued from the film archives of Britain and the USA, these unique snapshots of golf's historic moments are the crown jewels of the game, glimpses of yesterday's heroes.
Never was so much owed by so many to so few. Winston Churchill, August 1940. The summer of 1940 will forever be remembered as a defining period when the pilots the RAF took on the thunderous assault of the German Luftwaffe and won. It is a gripping story of defiance against the brute force of the Nazi war machine and came to reflect Britains attitude of grit and determination in the face of adversity. This unique DVD collection provides a blow-by-blow account of the desperately close-run conflict that was the death or glory battle fought in the skies over England. It also tells the story of The Blitz when Hitler, having failed to destroy the threat of the RAF, tried to bomb Britain into submission. It was a ghastly few months when London was attacked on 57consecutive nights and 15 other cities suffered extensive damage. 41,000 British civilians lost their lives between 7th September 1940 and 28th May 1941 when air raid sirens, evacuations and underground bomb shelters were commonplace. But Britain could take it and out of the ashes of destroyed cities came a unified nation with a determination not to give in to the forces of evil.
In late 2015, all eyes are on Syria as the US mulls over its next steps, Russia's involvement intensifies, and tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee the war-torn country for Europe. Veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith (Obama at War; The Rise of ISIS) makes a dangerous and revealing journey into government-controlled areas of Syria as the war escalates, revealing what life is like for those who are left behind. As ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and Western-backed rebels continued to push forward, Smith sat down with regime supporters and officials who defend Bashar al-Assads actions, and insist that his leadership will save the country. As Smith sees at first hand, the regimes PR efforts are sometimes surreal “ including launching a ˜Summer in Syria marketing campaign with art fairs, film festivals and fashion shows, even as ISIS overran the ancient city of Palmyra. In the meantime, ordinary Syrians “ some seven million of whom have been internally displaced by the ongoing fighting “ remain caught in the crosshairs of the crisis, hoping for safety and security. Inside Assads Syria is a raw and rarely seen glimpse at both the Assad regimes efforts to hold onto power, and the realities of everyday life in the middle of the deepening crisis.
This film recounts the extraordinary experiences of five boys who found themselves underage, under fire and growing into men as they fought their way across World War IIs most brutal battlefields.
Uncover the dark truths behind the Nazi regime.
The true story of der Führer's angels of death.
Produced by German broadcaster ZDF, this remarkable collection of films explores the life of Adolf Hitler and the men who aided him in his rise to power and serviced the infernal machinery of the Third Reich.
With the use of newly discovered archive footage and interviews with surviving family members and Nazi insiders, these fascinating programmes attempt to draw historical psychograms of Hitler's closest colleagues, offering in-depth personal and political profiles of the men who would stop at nothing in order to serve their Führer.
What kind of men were they? What drove them to serve such a deadly regime with enthusiasm and devotion? How did their careers unfold and what was their final fate?
This fascinating DVD collection answers all these burning questions by examining the lives of eight of Hitler's most famous cohorts.
Using newly discovered film clips and sound recordings from international archives, these films provide the viewer with a revealing portrait of Hitler and his most willing executors , making it a must-watch for anyone interested in military history and World War II.
Disc 1: Goebbels & Goering
Disc 2: Hess & Himmler
Disc 3: Doenitz & Speer
Witness Stalin s bloody and ruthless reign of terror.
This is the incredibly powerful story of the Stalin years. It is based on rarely seen archival footage, contemporary diaries and documents and personal memoirs, as well as interviews with relatives and those people who survived the Gulag labour camps and World War II. It follows the events from Stalin s rise to power, his association with Hitler and the Soviet involvement in the Second World War right through to his death.
First regarded as a visionary, it soon became apparent that Stalin was a capricious, ruthless tyrant who would arrange for the removal of anyone he thought was opposing him. For nearly 30 years, he maintained power without challenge by manipulating his people through propaganda, state sponsored lies and terror.
In this tremendously moving and at times graphic, harrowing and shocking documentary, we witness the suffering and sacrifices of the people of the Soviet Union and discover what led to the death of millions of Soviet citizens during the Great Patriotic War.
Hosted by former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, this 10-hour program features never-before-seen Russian images, once-secret documents, and leading Russian historians to explore Russia from 1924 through 1953.
Recent research has uncovered new sources giving us a clearer picture of Hitlers Wehrmacht than ever before. The Wehrmacht is an incredible series which brings to light previously unseen top secret files that provide answers to questions that have been asked since the fall of the Third Reich offering a unique glimpse into the dark world of the German military elite. Produced by German broadcaster ZDF, Hitler and the Nazi High Command combines dramatic reconstructions, interviews with past members of the Wehrmacht and superb archive footage whilst simultaneously examining the lives of six of Hitler s most famous cohorts.
This is where trench warfare began, flourished and died in just four short years. Soon, these historic trenches will be paved over by motorways and housing developments. But before the bulldozers arrive, a team of archaeologists have just 10 days to find and save the weapons, tools and bones left behind on one of the bloodiest battlefields of the Great War. Digging up the Trenches is a two-hour special that reveals each stage of trench warfare by focusing on the remarkable finds made by this unique excavation. As each rifle and artefact is unearthed, dramatic re-enactments show how these tools and weapons were used by soldiers 90 years ago. We see how men fired sniper rifles, reeled from artillery and destroyed enemy machine-gun nests. The result is a glimpse into how trenches helped define the progress of the entire war, starting as shallow rifle pits and evolving to become vast underground fortresses housing thousands of men.
But then there have been very few like ˜Sir Daniel Donnelly. This gothic horror story of gravediggers, uprisings and excess tells of an unwitting hero whose bone-crunching fists brought hope to the hopeless. The Battle of Donnellys Hollow also tells the story of a people about to enter an abyss of squalor and despair but how, for one fleeting moment, 20,000 men and one fearsome right hand gave the enemy a bloody nose.
Taking over three years to plan, life for the survivors was never quite the same again after 6 June 1944. With testimonies from the UK, the US, the Commonwealth and Germany, The Shortest Day documents the meticulous planning leading up to the worlds biggest amphibious invasion, the terror and triumph of the landings and the bitterness of the fighting in the days that followed.