Countdown to Victory: World War II - The Ultimate Timeline

Countdown to Victory: World War II - The Ultimate Timeline

  • 2009
  • 1 Season

Tracking the main events of World War II is a truly fascinating experience, and with the help of remarkable archive footage, you can literally see for yourself exactly what happened, and when. From the early battles right through to the complexities of the endgame, this extensive 24 episode series will help shine a spotlight on a period of history that should never be forgotten.

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Churchill's Finest Hour (April - June 1945) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
23. Churchill's Finest Hour (April - June 1945) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
The Russians entered Berlin first, and as Hitler took his own life in his bunker, the war in Europe finally came to an end. Churchill led the people of Britain in the VE Day celebrations, but the fighting continued in the Pacific. Sadly, President Roosevelt died in April, just weeks before VE Day, and the task of finishing the war was passed to the new American President, Harry S. Truman.
Liberty, Equality & Fraternity (July - September 1944) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
20. Liberty, Equality & Fraternity (July - September 1944) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
As the liberation of France got underway, the citizens of a nation oppressed since 1940 celebrated the Allied arrival with rapture. But there was still much to be achieved, on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. For Hitler the writing was on the wall, and when one of his own, Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate the F
Blueprint for Victory (January - March 1944) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
18. Blueprint for Victory (January - March 1944) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
As winter gave way to spring the world watched and waited as the Allied forces prepared for Operation Overlord. Brave and daring, risking all, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower took charge of the campaign to deliver the fight for freedom directly to Adolf Hitler.
Resistance is Never Futile (April - June 1943) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
15. Resistance is Never Futile (April - June 1943) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
Even with little hope of making an impact against the Germans, the fight for freedom continued. Polish Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto rose up in the face of the horrors of the Nazi Concentration Camps, German army units were needed to deal with the situation. The French Resistance was formed, and with the Dambuster Raids attacking the Industrial Ruhr, the Allied progress although was slow but sure.
The Tide Begins to Turn (October- December 1942) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
13. The Tide Begins to Turn (October- December 1942) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
After so many years of German supremacy, as 1942 drew to a close, the Allies were really beginning to make headway. The British made a crucial breakthrough in North Africa, and the Americans pushed the Japanese out of Burma and New Guinea, while in Russia the Germans found themselves surrounded, as the winter snow set in over Stalingrad.
The Fall of Singapore (January - March 1942) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
10. The Fall of Singapore (January - March 1942) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
With Britain no longer facing Hitler alone, the first G.l.s arrived in the UK, while the Japanese took the advantage afforded them by their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. As Singapore fell, the Allies looked on in horror as Japan also had control of Java, Burma and New Guinea, as they edged ever closer towards Australia.
The Blitz, The Bismarck & Barbarossa (April - June 1941) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
7. The Blitz, The Bismarck & Barbarossa (April - June 1941) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
With Britain failing to fall at Hitler's feet, the Blitz drew to a close, as the F
On Land, In the Air & All At Sea (January - March 1941) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
6. On Land, In the Air & All At Sea (January - March 1941) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
The Luftwaffe continued its attempts to bomb Britain into submission, while the German Afrika Korps strengthened its position as Rommel, Hitler's "Desert Fox", took charge. At sea the naval forces battle each other and the elements, as the Japanese embark upon a spy mission to gather information about the American Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
Fighting Further Afield (October - December 1940) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
5. Fighting Further Afield (October - December 1940) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
Worldwide, the conflict continued to escalate as Japan made their presence felt as signatories of the Tripartite Pact, giving Hitler's Axis of Evil more power than ever. Britain stood alone as the nightly bombing raids of the Blitz devastated major cities, while overseas British troops joined the Allied campaign for supremacy in North Africa.
Britain Under Attack (July - September 1940) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
4. Britain Under Attack (July - September 1940) - Countdown to Victory: World War II
September 1, 2009
With mainland Europe under Hitler's control, the German F
Description

Tracking the main events of World War II is a truly fascinating experience, and with the help of remarkable archive footage, you can literally see for yourself exactly what happened, and when. From the early battles right through to the complexities of the endgame, this extensive 24 episode series will help shine a spotlight on a period of history that should never be forgotten.

  • Premiere Date
    September 1, 2009