World War II: The Apocalypse

Monday 10:00

Cert 16
World War II: The Apocalypse

WHEN TO WATCH

  1. Monday 26 June at 10:00

    American Allies

  2. Tuesday 27 June at 10:00

    Allies Strike Back

  3. Wednesday 28 June at 10:00

    Retreat And Surrender

Synopsis

Declassified, colourised and restored footage reveals World War II as it has never been seen before. As the French evacuated Paris in June 1940, amateur filmmakers documented the exodus as thousands lined the roads with their families and most precious possessions. As the British sifted through the rubble, people grabbed cameras to capture what it meant to stand up to Hitler throughout the Blitz. And as the Nazi army slogged through the mud and snow of Soviet Russia on the way to Moscow, soldiers used 8mm cameras to film the hardships of the war as they experienced it. This was not the stock, newsreel or propaganda footage from World War II that authorities approved and audiences became accustomed to seeing. This was sometimes provocative footage taken by those who witnessed the war first-hand. This was the footage deemed 'unfit' for civilians to see. At the end of the war, this and other 'Top Secret' footage of the war's destruction was stashed away and forgotten.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Hitler's Rise To Power

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    Hitler's Rise To Power: From footage of Hitler relaxing in his Alpine retreat shot by Eva Braun, to haunting images of Jewish persecution, see the true story of World War II.

  • Collapse Of France

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    Collapse Of France: Footage reveals the hidden stories behind the collapse of France, from German soldiers celebrating on the Dunkirk beaches, to French civilians fleeing the Nazi advance.

  • Origins Of The Holocaust

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    Origins Of The Holocaust: Previously unseen footage reveals how, as Nazi soldiers enjoy rest and recreation in Paris, Jews and Polish prisoners are forced into slave labour.

  • American Allies

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    American Allies: New footage reveals the conflict raging in Asia, Stalingrad and Egypt. While in Europe, the darkest days of the war approach as the Nazis instigate The Final Solution.

    Next Showing
    Monday 26 June at 10:00
    SDNSH
    On National Geographic
  • Allies Strike Back

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    Allies Strike Back: From the landings in Saipan to D-Day in Normandy, this dramatic unseen footage reveals World War II's most significant moments.

    Next Showing
    Tuesday 27 June at 10:00
    SAT
    On National Geographic
  • Retreat And Surrender

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    Retreat And Surrender: Previously unseen footage reveals some of the most significant moments of WWII as fighting reached a bloody climax and the US prepared to drop the atomic bomb.

    Next Showing
    Wednesday 28 June at 10:00
    SAT
    On National Geographic