Apocalypse The Second World War 2009
This captivating documentary series takes an in-depth look at the Second World War through the eyes of those who lived through it: the soldiers, the victims, and the political and military leaders.

The six-part series documents the entire war, from Hitler's exploitation of a splintered Germany leading to the rise of the Nazi party in the early 1930s, through to the only aggressive deployments of nuclear weapons in all of human history at Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945.

Instead of giving us demonstrations of coloured arrows moving around on maps, this show reminds us that it was the lives of real people, of families, that were either irreparably damaged or stolen altogether, and is infinitely more powerful as a result.
Declassified, colourised, and restored footage reveal World War II as it has never been seen before.

3 x DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 312 minutes | 21.2 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais, English
Subtitles: Francais
Genre: Documentary, War

Directors: Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle
Country: France

Episodes:

Apocalypse: The Second World War: Agression
After Hitler installed the Nazi system, he started the war against France and Great Britain. Persecutions of Jews and Gypsies began...

Apocalypse: The Second World War: Crushing Defeat
After the "Blitzkrieg- lightning war" in 1940, Hitler failed to defeat United Kingdom and decided instead to turn against his Soviet "ally".

Apocalypse: The Second World War: Shock
Journey back to events of WWII - Churchill refused to make peace. Hitler attacked the USSR.

Apocalypse: The Second World War: The World Ablaze
Following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt declared war on Japan. The war became global.

Apocalypse: The Second World War: The Great Landings
In 1942, Hilter attacked the Red Army at Kursk. The Allies were landing in Sicily and the vice was tightening in Europe around the Axis troops.

Apocalypse: The Second World War: Inferno (aka The End Of The Nightmare)
In 1944, the Allies landed in Italy but are stopped in their progression. Hitler commits suicide. The Americans launch the atomic weapon.

Extras (in French, no subs):

-- Original ECPAD Documentaries (60 mins). Spread over the first two discs of this set are an interesting assemblage of original wartime documentaries made by the French Army Film Unit, which are heavily excerpted for the series itself. These cover major battles and give a really interesting insight into the French take on the war.

-- Making of Featurette (50 mins). This featurette does give some interesting background into the two and a half year production process, and it includes a wealth of behind the scenes footage.

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