Posts Tagged ‘nazi germany’

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.

Title: Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed The World (1940-41)
Author: Ian Kershaw
Genre: World War II, History, Politics

The series of events that marked the opening of the Second World War left most of the world in a state of shock. Suddenly it seemed almost anything was possible. For the aggressors there was no limit to what they could do; for their victims a new Dark Age seemed to beckon. Within this hurricane of events, small groups of individuals were faced with a huge range of decisions on which triumph or extinction could turn.

In this gripping book Ian Kershaw re-creates ten critical decisions taken between May 1940 (when Britain decided to fight on rather than surrender) & the autumn of 1941 (when Hitler decided to destroy Europe’s Jews). In London, Tokyo, Rome, Moscow, Berlin & Washington, politicians & generals, often working with very poor information & vast logistical, financial, economic & military problems, had to decide how they were going to exploit or combat the unfolding crisis. These decisions really did determine the future of the world.

Fateful Choices gives the reader an extraordinary sense both of the real constraints within which leaders worked but also of the role of personality: Churchill fighting on in the face of the catastrophe in France, Hitler ordering the invasion of the USSR despite Germany’s failure to defeat Britain, Stalin trusting Hitler & leaving his country wide open to Operation Barbarossa, Roosevelt realizing that the revolutionary idea of lend-lease could keep Britain fighting, the Japanese high command opting to attack the USA even in the face of evidence that it would fail.

Fateful Choices is a remarkable book that looks into the terrible heart of the modern age, & attempts to understand how decisions that changed or ended millions of lives really came about.

Read more about Sir Ian Kershaw @ Wikipedia

Title: A Place of Hiding
Author: Elizabeth George
Genre: World War II, Espionage, Mystery

An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey’s wealthiest inhabitants & its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum honoring those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II. It is from this period that his murderer may well have come. But there are others on Guernsey who want Buy Brouard dead. As forensic scientist Simon St. James & his wife, Deborah, soon discover, seemingly everyone on the history-haunted island has something to hide. & behind all the lies & albis, a killer is lurking.

Visit George’s website @ Elizabeth George Online

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: Secrets of World War II: What Really Happened To Rommel
Type: Documentary
Category: News, Politics & World War II

This film chronicles the career of Germany’s most brilliant World War II tactician. Field Marshall Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) was nicknamed the “Desert Fox” for his brilliant leadership of German troops in North Africa. He had an unbroken string of victories until defeated by General Montgomery’s much larger forces in Egypt. This documentary contains film clips of the famed “Ghost Division” & rare footage of Rommel’s state funeral. The question of Rommel’s fate is addressed: was he murdered, or did he commit suicide? It is known that he became convinced that Germany would lose the war & that Hitler should relinquish power. Rommel’s involvement in the plot to oust Hitler is examined, along with the intrigue surrounding Rommel’s death.

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