World War II In Colour

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  • 2009
  • 1 Season
  • 8.7  (7,418)

World War II In Colour is an epic and vivid account of one of the most fiercely fought wars in human history. This show, from the Discovery Channel, premiered in 2009 and was presented by the legendary actor Robert Powell. The series spans the entirety of the six-year war, from the invasion of Poland to the fall of Berlin, and is presented entirely in color, using an incredible array of archival footage.

Through its 13 episodes, World War II In Colour takes viewers to the heart of the conflict, showing us the lives of soldiers and civilians alike, and revealing the harsh realities of life on the front line. Using newly-discovered footage and advanced colorization technology, the show brings to life the blood, sweat, and tears of those who fought in the deadliest conflict in human history.

Robert Powell serves as an amiable and charismatic host, guiding us through the various battles and campaigns of the war. His narration is informative and engaging, providing viewers with a deep understanding of the events that shaped the modern world. Powell's presence is a wonderful touch, giving the series a sense of gravitas and importance that complements the stunning footage on display.

The use of colorization in World War II In Colour is truly remarkable. Although the show features a wealth of footage that has been seen before, the use of color gives the images an amazing new dimension. The colorization is subtle and never feels gimmicky, making the show both informative and cinematic. The footage is enhanced by an excellent score, composed by renowned composer Colin Towns. The music adds to the emotional resonance of the images, helping to transport viewers to the time and place of the events.

One of the highlights of the show is the way it examines the impact of the war on ordinary people. It is not just a show about tanks and aircraft carriers, but one that shows the human side of conflict. World War II In Colour takes us into the homes of families affected by bombing raids, introduces us to soldiers trying to survive in the face of fierce opposition, and shows us the incredible courage of those who stood up to tyranny.

The show also does an excellent job of exploring the various campaigns of the war. It covers the major theaters of operation, such as the Eastern Front, the Pacific War, and the North African Campaign. However, it also delves into lesser-known aspects of the conflict, such as the Battle of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Theater. The show provides detailed analysis of each battle, explaining the strategic objectives and the tactics employed by both sides.

One of the key strengths of World War II In Colour is its balance. While it does not flinch from showing the violence and horror of war, it also celebrates courage and humanity. The show is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the triumph of good over evil. It is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by so many to preserve our freedom and way of life.

Overall, World War II In Colour is a must-see for anyone interested in history, war, or film. It is a groundbreaking achievement, using advanced technology to bring the past to life in a way that has never been seen before. The show is packed full of gripping images, powerful stories, and valuable insights. It is an essential addition to any collection of documentaries and a fitting tribute to the brave souls who fought and died in the conflict.

World War II In Colour is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on September 4, 2009.

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Victory in the Pacific
13. Victory in the Pacific
November 20, 2009
The end of the War in the Pacific is one of the great and most terrible tales of modern history. The Japanese simply would not surrender and continued to fight island by island, foxhole by foxhole. US Air Force commander tried bombing Japan into submission, firebombing Tokyo. Over 200,000 people died, yet still Japan clung on. In the end, President Truman had to go nuclear and the fates of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were sealed. The films ends with Japan subdued and the revelation of Japanese war crimes.
Victory in Europe
12. Victory in Europe
November 13, 2009
The months of the war in Europe were shocking and desperate. This film follows the British and the Americans as they cross the Rhine and the Russians as they push through Poland into Germany itself. It covers the horrors of the liberation of Belsen and Buchenwald, and the final terrible street fighting in Berlin. The story culminates in the suicide of Hitler, the carving up of Germany between the Allies and the Nuremberg trials.
The Island War
11. The Island War
November 6, 2009
Since December 1941, a vicious war against Japan was being waged in the Pacific. The Japanese were driven back across the ocean, island by island, in savage hand-to-hand fighting. American dominance at sea was finally established in "The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot", when radar gave the US Navy Advance warning of a huge Japanese attack and the last vestiges of Japanese naval air power were destroyed. But this film also looks at the war in the jungles, in places like Burma, where new specialist fighting units - like Ord Wingates Chindits - slowly pushed back the Japanese despite horrific conditions.
Closing the Ring
10. Closing the Ring
October 30, 2009
In 1944 America and Britain in the West and Russia in the East began to close their pincer around Germany. But even now, the outcome was in the balance. The film explores the Allied disaster at Arnhem and the tragedy of the Warsaw uprising, when Polish freedom fighters were abandoned to their fate by Stalin. It tells the shocking story of the liberation of the death camps, when the full extent of the Holocaust became clear for the first time. The film ends with Hitler's last great gamble, as he threw all his last reserves against the oncoming Allied forces in the Ardennes.
9. Overlord
October 23, 2009
Today it is easy to see D-Day as an inevitable - a straightforward victory against a German army that was already all but defeated. This film explodes that myth. It charts the careful planning of the campaign, the development of specialised equipment needed for the amphibious landing. It reveals the deception plan that wrong-footed Hitler. It shows how the Americans were very nearly driven off Omaha beach. If that had happened, the whole operation might have failed. The film ends with the liberation of Paris, as the Free French forces led by Charles de Gaulle marched down the streets of the capital.
The Soviet Steamroller
8. The Soviet Steamroller
October 16, 2009
By July 1943, the full extent of Hitler's failed gamble in the East had become clear. After failing to deliver knock-out blows at Stalingrad and Moscow, his army was now at the mercy of the vast Soviet war machine. With its huge resources and seemingly limitless numbers of men, the Red Army slowly pushed the Germans back out of Russia through Ukraine, Poland, the Balkans and Hungary. This was war on a monster scale, pitching armies of millions against each other. But it was also a war fought by small bands of partisans, men like Tito in Yugoslavia, leading guerrilla bands against Nazi forces.
Turning The Tide
7. Turning The Tide
October 9, 2009
Both the Allies and the Nazis were always looking for a single knock-out blow to end the war. Britain's Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris thought the answer might lie in "strategic bombing." This, he argued, would cripple the Nazis' ability to wage a war and the ordinary people would soon lose the will to fight. But it led directly to the tragedy of Dresden, when Allied planes firebombed tens of thousands of ordinary Germans. The Germans believed that the knock-out blow would come from their submarines. If they could only cut American supply lines to Britain across the Atlantic, then the Allied effort would collapse. So began a long game of cat-and-mouse between U-Boats and British and American convoys.
The Mediterranean and North Africa
6. The Mediterranean and North Africa
October 2, 2009
Mussolini's ambition had always been to recreate the old Roman Empire. The trouble was, militarily he as a disaster. After failed attacks in North Africa and Greece, his armies were on the run. Hitler now faced a difficult choice. Did he divert troops needed at other fronts to support his ally, or did he let Mussolini fall? Hitler chose to support him - a decision that would spell disaster for both of them. Hitler would, lose hundreds of thousands of troops. Mussolini would lose his life. This film tells the extraordinary story of the war in North Africa and features the heroics of the tiny island called Malta as it withstood wave after wave of Nazi assault. It ends with the Allies fighting their way up Italy and Germany in retreat.
Red Sun Rampart
5. Red Sun Rampart
September 25, 2009
December 7th 1941 is "a date that will live in infamy" proclaimed President Franklin Roosevelt. That was the day that Japan entered World War II, with its surprise attack upon the US Fleet in Pearl Harbour. Japan swiftly followed this up with the defeat of a huge British army in Singapore. For a while Japan was rampant in the Pacific. But gradually, America, the sleeping giant, awoke. The war that would follow would be characterised by major innovations. In particular it saw the battleship consigned to history and the emergence of the aircraft carrier as the decisive weapon of the seas.
Hitler Strikes East
4. Hitler Strikes East
September 18, 2009
When Hitler expounded his intention to invade Russia his generals looked at him in horrified silence. The Soviet Union was vast and had matchless resources. Hitler's whole plan depended upon striking a swift and decisive knock-out blow. Get sucked into a long, drawn-out war and Germany would surely lose. Hitler was certain his forces could do it. No one had so far defeated them. But there had never been a military gamble like it... This film takes in Stalingrad and the battle of Kursk, the biggest tank battle in all history.
Britain at Bay
3. Britain at Bay
September 9, 2009
In July 1940, Britain stood alone against the Nazis. Hitler was convinced that it was only a matter of days before it sued for peace. He had more troops, a better air force and the better weapons. This film shows how close Britain came to defeat, as its exhausted air force struggled to fight off the German Luftwaffe. However, because of critical errors by the Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering, Britain was able to regroup. Then using its brilliant team of code crackers and specially trained spies, it begin the fightback, working alongside the resistance movements in the occupied territories.
Lightning War
2. Lightning War
September 4, 2009
This film shows how the Nazis developed a terrifying new military tactic - Blitzkrieg - and how it caught first Poland and then Britain and France utterly unprepared. It charts the fall of Poland and how Hitler then conquered France in just a few weeks, an achievement that had eluded Germany throughout all the four years of World war One. It also reveals how heroic French resistance allowed the British to escape from Dunkirk and live to fight another day.
The Gathering Storm
1. The Gathering Storm
September 4, 2009
The series starts with that great paradox. How could the settlement at the end of World War One - the "war to end all wars" - lead to an even greater conflict just a few years later? The answer is a tale with terrible resonance today. This film shows how the Great Depression sapped the will of the emocracies of the West to face up to a new and disturbing political phenomenon - the rise of militaristic dictators, in Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. The result was that the major powers ignored all the warning signs and allowed the likes of Mussolini and above all Hitler to begin the course that would lead the world into catastrophe. The programme ends as Hitler plots his attack upon Poland.
Where to Watch World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch World War II In Colour on demand at Philo, Netflix and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 4, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (7,418)