Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

Title: James Cameron’s Expedition Bismarck
Type: Documentary
Category: World War II, Politics

It was WWII’s most fearsome ship. A ship so powerful, it sank the pride of the British fleet with a single salvo. Hearing the news, Winston Churchill saw no choice. He sent nearly the entire Royal Navy to hunt & destroy the Bismarck. But what really happened to this German legend? Was she sunk? Or was she scuttled? Now Titanic director James Cameron returns to the high seas to tell the tale & search for the truth. Leading a team of explorers, historians & Bismarck survivors, Cameron examines the wreck three miles down & discovers the answers that may finally end the debate. With revolutionary production techniques & high-tech Remotely Operated Vehicles, Cameron lights up this dark world & gives us the first glimpse inside the Bismarck in more than 60 years. Stunning high-definition footage shows underwater images with cinematic clarity. & cutting-edge animation & ultra-realistic reenactments bring the survivors’ stories to life. Join the expedition & relive the dramatic final days of the DKM Bismarck.


Type: Documentary
Title: Apocalypse: The Second World War
Category: World War II

Thanks to the efforts of a few, private collectors & archivists, these forgotten films have been rediscovered, restored & made available by National Geographic Channel in an extraordinary six-part series: Apocalypse: The Second World War. In addition to stunning footage, the series presents WW2 in an innovative & provocative way, giving audiences an unprecedented sense of the reality of war not conveyed by black & white footage.

Made up entirely of original 35mm, 16mm & 8mm films, Apocalypse: The Second World War includes rare footage of the Polish officers’ massacre at Katyń, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, the inhumane treatment of French soldiers taken prisoner by the Nazis & the sacrifice of Soviet soldiers at Stalingrad.

By bringing this incredible footage together, Apocalypse: The Second World War provides viewers with a ground-breaking portrait of WW2 that depicts not only its complexity, but the perspectives of both its victims & its victors.

Apocalypse: The Second World War is a six-part documentary consisting of the following episodes:

The Aggression (1933-39): Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V
The Crushing Defeat (1939-40): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V
Shock (1940-41): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V
World Ablaze (1941-42): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
The Great Landing (1942-43): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
Inferno (1944-45): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Title: Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)
Type: Film
Runtime: 3h 10m 24s
Category: World War II

Anne, along with her family and friends of her family, hid in a secret annex behind her father’s office in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of Holland. She dutifully kept a diary, which became a worldwide bestseller when her father published it in the 1950s. The story has been adapted for television & movies before, but this version, which played on ABC television, moves beyond what Anne wrote, meeting up with the Frank family before Anne receives her diary, & following her past the diary’s last entries into Auschwitz & Birkenau.

Source: Cyberlocker

Title: Ruins Of The Reich
Type: Documentary
Category: News, Politics & World War II

The Ruins of the Reich focuses on the rise & fall of the Third Reich as told through it’s architecture; monuments, buildings & fortresses. From the early days of the beer hall rallies to the last days in Hitler’s bunker, the Ruins series is truly a fascinating journey into one of the darkest chapters in the history of mankind.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a four-part series. The final four full-length episodes are available to view if you follow the links below.

Ruins of the Reich: The Glory Years (Part II) | Watch Now
Ruins of the Reich: Occupied Territories (Part III) | Watch Now
Ruins of the Reich: The Final Chapter (Part IV) | Watch Now

Title: The German Wehrmacht
Type: Documentary
Category: News, Politics & World War II

Hitler’s army thundered through Europe from 1939-1945 & brought needless death & destruction to the continent. What was it like to serve in this army? To conduct one of the bloodiest wars in history? To occupy half of Europe & yet to suffer total defeat? This five-part portrait provides long-awaited answers & sheds light on the Wehrmacht’s complex bonds of loyalty, conscience & honor. This documentary stands as a thought-provoking story of an army’s evolution from defense troops to military force to exterminating power.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a five part series. The final four full-length episodes are available to view if you follow the links below. Enjoy!

The Turning Point (Part II) | Watch Now
The Crimes (Part III) | Watch Now
Resistance (Part IV) | Watch Now
To The Bitter End (Part V) | Watch Now

Title: Third Reich: Rise & Fall
Category: News, Politics & World War II

Third Reich: The Rise & Fall uncovers familiar anecdotes & fascinating details about the people who comprised the Nazi Party, & raids the treasure trove of archives the Nazis left behind, including rarely seen German newsreel recordings along with other unique footage carried home by Russian troops.

In History’s two-part, four-hour Special Presentation: Third Reich, rare & never-before-seen amateur footage tells the epic story of the Third Reich as it’s never been told before: through the eyes of the people who lived it. A unique perspective on the rise of Nazi Germany & how millions of people were so vulnerable to fascism, told through rare & never-before-seen amateur films shot by the Germans who were there. How did the Germans experience the Allied victory in World War 2? Rarely & never-before-seen amateur films recount the catastrophic downfall of the Third Reich through the eyes of the people who lived it: the Germans themselves.

As a slimmed-down history of Nazi-ruled Germany during the 1930s & 1940s, The Third Reich offers a stylish & engaging look at the rise & fall of a nation. Comprised entirely of vintage film clips shot by Russian troops, journalists, German citizens & others, it’s a visual tour-de-force of a terrifying era. Divided into two 90-minute halves (“The Rise” & “The Fall”, each given their own DVD), The Third Reich reminds viewers of the horrors of war, the dangers of a totalitarian government and the fragility of human life.

As described on DocumentaryWIRE.

Part I: The Rise

Part II: The Fall

Title: The CIA & The Nazis
Category: News, Politics & World War II

Six months after Allied Forces liberated German concentration camps, a military tribunal formed at Nuremberg to prosecute Nazi War Criminals. Some of the most dangerous were brought to justice – but not all. The CIA & The Nazis reveals how over 4,000 former Nazis went to work for the US government, without the public’s knowledge, to help fight the Soviet Union. Reinhard Gehlen, an intelligence officer for Hitler’s General Staff, was tapped to head the US Intelligence program in West Germany to spy on the Russians. At the same time, former Nazi scientists & engineers were welcomed onto American soil. But the extent of these operations is only now becoming clear: In 1998, a law was passed mandating declassification of documents concerning recruitment of former Nazis. The documentary titled The CIA & The Nazis examines these files to see how far the US went in recruiting its former enemy to fight its new one.

The truth is, thousands of former Nazis, some of whom committed atrocities, went to work for the United States government without the public’s knowledge. During the war, their crimes ranged from overseeing slave labor camps to sending orphans to their deaths. After the war, they were on the US payroll either as scientists in America or as intelligence agents in Europe.