BBC History of World War II

The Nazis: A Warning from History & History of World War II

BBC History of World War II

This definitive BBC series shaped our understanding of the world’s biggest war

This definitive BBC series shaped our understanding of the world’s biggest war
10 Films on 12 DVDs

Includes 3 full length bonus programs - Merchant Seamen, The Indian Army and Burma: The Forgotten War

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Award-winning documentary presented by acclaimed historian Laurence Rees

How could a political party as fundamentally evil and overtly racist as the Nazis come to power? Why was Japan, known for its admirable treatment of POWs in WWI, responsible for such grim atrocities in the Second World War? This comprehensive collection not only examines the details of the conflict (the Battle of Moscow, the campaign against German U-boats, the RAF bomber offensive), but digs deeper to attempt to answer the questions that still haunt us. Through startling archive footage and eyewitness testimony, this 12-disc set offers a unique perspective and true understanding of what actually happened.

The Nazis: A Warning from History

An in-depth examination of Hitler's reign, and the rise and fall of the Third Reich. What led led a civilized nation to commit the atrocities it did? Popular myths are exposed and real understanding of the forces that led to one of the darkest chapters in modern history is examined.  Seven films including an Introduction by Laurence Rees, Helped Into Power, Chaos and Consent, The Wrong War, The Wild East, The Road to Treblinka, and Fighting to the End are included as part of this comprehensive collection.

The Road to War

Examine the reasons and events that brought the world to war, as soliders around the world took up arms. Focuses on how Germany, Britain, Italy, The Soviet Union, France, Japan and the USA entered the war. 


In May 1940, Britain came closer to losing the Second World War than at any other time. For ten days, the future of the country hung in the balance. This is the story of those desperate days and the evacuation from Dunkirk.

War of the Century: When Hitler Fought Stalin

Examines Adolf Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 and the no-holds-barred war on both sides. It not only examines the war but also the terror inside the Soviet Union at the time due to the paranoia of Joseph Stalin - the revenge atrocities, the Great Purge of army officers, the near-lunacy orders, and the paranoia of being upstaged by others, especially Marshal Zhukov. 

The Battle of the Atlantic

During the course of World War II, Hitler's fleet of U-boats plagued the Allied Forces and nearly cost them the war. This gripping documentary traces the origins of these destructive nautical war machines.

Horror in the East

In the First World War the Japanese fought on the same side as the British and captured German soldiers who were fighting in Asia. They were treated well, even, following an Imperial Order of 1882, 'as guests'. The question arises: "How could the Japanese behave with such kindness towards their prisoners in World War I and then, less than thirty years later, act with such cruelty?"

D-Day: Reflections of Courage

Firsthand accounts from the heroic fighting men who took part in the June 6, 1944 Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy bring the true story of D-Day to life in this compelling documentary.

D-Day to Berlin

Follow the final 11 months of World War II with stunning archive footage and interviews with American, British, and German soldiers to take you from the Allied Forces' attack on Normandy through the assault on Berlin that would allow them to claim final victory. 

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

Examine World War II's most infamous death camp's evolution and the decisions that enabled such an inhuman place to come into being with this compelling docudrama. 

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