The Last Days of World War II

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  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (79)

The Last Days of World War II is a documentary series that aired in 2005. The series examines the events that took place right before the declaration of victory in Europe. The series is presented in a format of showing multiple different parts of the conflict. This includes such things as the feeling of the generals, politicians, and the troops on the ground as the allies advanced towards Berlin. The series pays particular attention to the final days before the death of Hitler, and how the German army finally surrendered. The series then introduces the occupation and rebuilding of Europe.

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Seasons
August 12-18, 1945
26. August 12-18, 1945
 
The Japanese government finally surrenders to the Allies unconditionally, and Emperor Hirohito issues an emotional statement to his nation.
August 5-11, 1945
25. August 5-11, 1945
 
The Soviet's Red Army storms Manchuria, and an American soldier risks everything to document his brutal experience as a POW.
July 29-August 4, 1945
24. July 29-August 4, 1945
 
In one of the worst naval disasters in American history, the U.S.S. Indianapolis sinks. Meanwhile, the Big Three end their meeting in Potsdam.
July 22-28, 1945
23. July 22-28, 1945
 
Truman announces that America will be dropping the atom bomb imminently. Meanwhile, a B-52 bomber has a freak run-in with the Empire State Building.
July 15-21, 1945
22. July 15-21, 1945
 
Truman and Churchill arrive at Potsdam for the Big Three conference. Meanwhile, in Japan, hundreds of U.S. planes bomb six major towns.
July 8-14, 1945
21. July 8-14, 1945
 
The 3rd Fleet joins the attack on Tokyo, and Eisenhower sends a farewell message to the Allied Troops. This episode's Weapon of the Week is the F6F.
July 1-7, 1945
20. July 1-7, 1945
 
Gen. MacArthur declares victory in the Philippines, and more than 30,000 Australian troops work to gain control of key oil regions in Asia.
June 24-30, 1945
19. June 24-30, 1945
 
Soon after British bombers annihilate the Bridge over the River Kwai, President Truman approves the decision to invade the Japanese mainland.
June 17-23, 1945
18. June 17-23, 1945
 
On the brink of the Japanese's defeat at Okinawa, Lt. General Mitsuru Ushijima commits suicide in front of his own troops.
June 10-16, 1945
17. June 10-16, 1945
 
As Eisenhower receives several awards from the British and the Soviets, the U.S. troops have the Japanese cornered in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
June 3-9, 1945
16. June 3-9, 1945
 
King Haakon returns to Norway after a half-decade of exile, and the Big Four meet to discuss the division of Germany into several occupation zones.
May 27-June 2, 1945
15. May 27-June 2, 1945
 
As British troops supervise the transfer of Nazi sympathizers to Yugoslavia, hundreds of British and Australian soldiers go on an Okinawa death march.
May 20-26, 1945
14. May 20-26, 1945
 
The Allies' all-important capture of Okinawa is compromised by a rash of torrential storms. Meanwhile, the Japanese try to defend the Wawa Dam.
May 13-19, 1945
13. May 13-19, 1945
 
As the Big Three nations start rebuilding a continent ravaged by war, the U.S. troops find themselves in a stalemate at Okinawa.
May 6-12, 1945
12. May 6-12, 1945
 
People all over the world celebrate the Allied victory in Europe, but the battles in Okinawa and the Philippines still rage.
April 29-May 5, 1945
11. April 29-May 5, 1945
 
Adolph Hitler commits suicide in his bunker. Meanwhile, the Japanese fight back at Okinawa, and a balloon bomb unexpectedly kills people in Oregon.
April 22-28, 1945
10. April 22-28, 1945
 
It takes the murder of Benito Mussolini to open a delusional Adolph Hitler's eyes. His "Thousand Year Reich" might be coming to an early end.
April 15-21, 1945
9. April 15-21, 1945
 
As the Seventh Army takes Nuremberg, the Soviet government enters a treaty with Poland that will ultimately lead to the Cold War.
April 8-14, 1945
8. April 8-14, 1945
 
As the world reels from the sudden death of President Roosevelt, the Allied forces launch an attack to remove all Nazi troops from Italy.
April 1-7, 1945
7. April 1-7, 1945
 
The Soviets take Berlin after Eisenhower stops advancing at Elbe River. Meanwhile, the troops prepare themselves for the Battle of Okinawa.
March 25-31, 1945
6. March 25-31, 1945
 
Thousands of German troops surrender as the Allied forces pour into Berlin. Meanwhile, Hitler lives out his final days in a bunker beneath the city.
March 18-24, 1945
5. March 18-24, 1945
 
As American and Canadian Allied forces approach Berlin from the west, the Soviet Red Army races toward the target from the east.
March 11-17, 1945
4. March 11-17, 1945
 
As the U.S. Air Force introduces new low-level bombing tactics, Gen. Curtis LeMay strives to secure a Japanese surrender as quickly as possible.
March 4-10, 1945
3. March 4-10, 1945
 
As Gen. Bradley leads Operation Lumberjack through the Rhineland, Hitler drafts all men born in 1929 into military service.
February 25-March 3, 1945
2. February 25-March 3, 1945
 
The Luftwaffe Air Force crumbles as the American/Canadian forces involved in the Battle of the Rhineland wreak havoc on Germany.
February 18-24, 1945
1. February 18-24, 1945
 
The battle for Iwo Jima begins, and Operation Detachment erupts into a relentlessly brutal attack of hand-to-hand combat.
Description

The Last Days of World War II is a documentary series that aired in 2005. The series examines the events that took place right before the declaration of victory in Europe. The series is presented in a format of showing multiple different parts of the conflict. This includes such things as the feeling of the generals, politicians, and the troops on the ground as the allies advanced towards Berlin. The series pays particular attention to the final days before the death of Hitler, and how the German army finally surrendered. The series then introduces the occupation and rebuilding of Europe.

  • Premiere Date
    February 2, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (79)