8.3
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World War II in HD Colour

World War II in HD Colour

Military Channel 2009

A new collection of rare and unseen footage of World War II and the very latest colorization techniques come together in WORLD WAR II IN HD COLOUR . With satellite-delivered terrain mapping and state-of-the-art graphics, this new series reveals the epic conflict of the 20th century in a fresh light. Narrated by English actor Robert Powell, WORLD WAR II IN HD COLOUR is a vivid, in-depth experience that provides viewers with new insights and information. Newly divulged documents, files and photographs, code breaking revelations, and recently released government papers on both sides of the Atlantic add a different dimension to our understanding of the strategies and battles of World War II.

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The 10 Best Episodes of World War II in HD Colour

World War II in HD Colour - S1E12

#1 - Victory in Europe

8.28

Season 1 - Episode 12

From three sides, the British, Americans, and Soviets are starting to shred through what is left of the Third Reich. As the Nazi forces see their final days, Hitler commits suicide, and the Allies begin dividing up Europe.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 47 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E1

#2 - The Gathering Storm

8.13

Season 1 - Episode 1

Just years after World War I, Germany and other nations are in an economic depression. Leader approval ratings of Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain are shallow, giving the rise to military dictators along with their parties. Years after Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany, he and his generals plot the invasion of Poland.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 99 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E2

#3 - The Lightning War

8.07

Season 1 - Episode 2

The Germans develop a new military tactic known as Blitzkrieg. The Nazis use Blitzkrieg, dominating land and air warfare, allowing them to take Poland and conquer France in matters of weeks.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 88 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E13

#4 - Victory in the Pacific

8.07

Season 1 - Episode 13

The Americans wipe out Japan's air force through a strategy of island-hopping. As the Americans face the decision of what to do with mainland Japan, President Truman calls to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear weapons. Japan had no choice but to surrender, and the Cold War begins.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 45 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E4

#5 - Hitler Strikes East

8.03

Season 1 - Episode 4

After the unsuccessful attempt to defeat the British, Hitler focuses his attention on the Soviet Union. This proves to be quite a military gamble.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 74 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E3

#6 - Britain at Bay

8.01

Season 1 - Episode 3

July 1940, Britain is standing on its last legs while being pummelled by Germany. Though Hitler has better soldiers and a more powerful air force, critical errors of the Luftwaffe allow Britain to regain strength and start pushing back.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 75 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E6

#7 - The Mediterranean and North Africa

7.95

Season 1 - Episode 6

After success in North Africa and Greece, Allies push Benito Mussolini's forces all the way back to Italy. Italy is then knocked out of the war, Mussolini is deposed, and the Allies start to put real pressure on Nazi Germany.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 65 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E10

#8 - Closing the Ring

7.94

Season 1 - Episode 10

The Allies are now on the offensive on all three fronts. As their forces push through Europe soldiers start uncovering Hitler's death camps. This was the Allies' first concrete knowledge of the Holocaust.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 48 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E5

#9 - Red Sun Rampant

7.93

Season 1 - Episode 5

On 7 December 1941, the Japanese bomb the U.S. Fleet in Pearl Harbor. The United States officially enters World War II starting with the Pacific Front.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 67 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E8

#10 - The Soviet Steamroller

7.91

Season 1 - Episode 8

After Hitler's gamble in the East fails, failing to defeat Stalingrad and Moscow, the Soviet Union, with its vast resources and armies, starts to slowly push back and grow. Hitler is now on the defence on โ…” of his fronts.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 58 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E9
#11 - Overlord
7.88
Season 1 - Episode 9

After careful planning and tremendous secrecy but more importantly the lack of Hitler's attention, the Allies successfully breach mainland Western Europe through the Normandy landings. After thousands of lives are lost to the operation, the Allies are able to start the liberation of Western Europe.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 52 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E7
#12 - Turning the Tide
7.86
Season 1 - Episode 7

The Allies and the Axis are searching for a final blow to each other to end the war. While the Allies try out strategic fire bombing, Hitler tries cutting off American supply lines with submarines. Right now this is a stalemate.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 56 votes.

World War II in HD Colour - S1E11
#13 - The Island War
7.85
Season 1 - Episode 11

An aggressive war is being waged against the Japanese. The United States is now starting to use a new tactic of island-hopping, resulting in the slow crumbling of the Japanese air force and navy.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of World War II in HD Colour from 47 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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A great world war 2 documentary, it feels a little bit fast at some points. But that is to be expected when trying to put 7 years of war in 12 hours. Although the series is quite good I a bit disappointed that it only covers the battles. And doesn't give an in depth view of WW2.

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You won't find anything new in terms of content, of course, if you already know that part of history. So it comes down to the footage and presentation. That is a matter of personal taste. I don't like re-coloured footage, I see it more as manipulating than restauration. And, quite frankly, the source material is oftentimes not that good to deliver good results. This is far from being HD. In fact the footage varies from good to awful with the majority below average. The colour looks unnatural and the picture is blurred. And almost everything is overdubbed. I am not sure where this "rare and unseen footage is" because, having seen many WWII docus I knew a lot of it already (and I am talking about docus older than this). And the presentation ? Well, it's like listening to an audio book with moving pictures in the background. And I am certain that they were using stock footage that fits the narration instead of actual pictures from the described event often. So far I am still waiting for "satelite-delivered terrain mapping". All I see is 2D maps with pointing arrows. My conclusion is that for someone with no or little knowledge of WWII this could be a good starting point. If you have profound knowledge already you could skip this as the footage itself does not warrant to make it nessessary to watch this.

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I agree with JorisA. It focusses on the main politics at the start and ending of the war, but it is mostly about the events that happened during the war itself, and how it unfolded. They sacrificed chronology and jumped back and forth in time between episodes to focus on 1 front at a time. It used some images multiple times, maybe because it is unclear when they were shot, but this distracted only slightly. The images are impressive and depict an impressive view of the war. At some point I started to get overwhelmed by all the gun fire, but the fact I binged this might have something to do with it. It makes you imagine the horrors the soldiers went through a bit better though. I would say this is a must-see for those interested in (modern) history, but I would recommend it to the more casual viewer too because of the good job they did in presenting the images and sounds.

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