World War II in Colour

World War II in Colour

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World War II in ColourA collection of rare and unseen footage of World War II and the very latest colorization techniques come together in World War II in 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 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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Tim
Tim
4 years ago

A very bad documentary, especially the US guys who try to explain things, such actors. Very biased on allies.

Gem
Gem
4 years ago

I think that this documentary is quite informative but biased towards the winners. I think that one fact in WWII, Axis Powers have the greater prowess in terms of tactics but they were pushed the might of Allies in terms of numbers of people and military artillery. Though, this is just my opinion.

Another thing regards this documentary is sometimes, it explains a part of the history of this war in a very comprehensive way but there are events in the war that was simply skipped over or just skimmed over it.

Diana Blomgren
Diana Blomgren
4 years ago

Excellent in archival footage, narration, and good use of color.
Even history buffs who believe they know all there is to know about
WWII will find interesting and factual episodes. Well worth seeing.

Nikhita Minas
Nikhita Minas
4 years ago

The Britishers were no less than the Nazis. What Nazis did to the Jews was almost the same as what Britishers did to the Indians. Causing famines, killing more than 3 million Indians, Jalianwala Bagh massacre, looting India’s wealth... YOUR WINSTON CHURCHILL played a major role in destroying our country. And you say he held the world together. Even till date Britishers are not at all sorry for their actions. At least the Germans realize what the Nazis had done in the past was very cruel, unlike the Britishers. PLEASE DO READ YOUR HISTORY!

Phyllis Mongiello
Phyllis Mongiello
5 years ago

For those of you that THINK that this film is biased from a Great Britain or American view, you have obviously not DONE YOUR RESEARCH! Winston Churchill held the WORLD TOGETHER until (as he had prayed) Roosevelt got the Americans into the fight after the bombing of Pearl Harbor ( which they had no desire to do). READ YOUR HISTORY.

Melissa
Melissa
5 years ago

Whilst it is quite interesting and even takes into account the Spanish Civil War and some lesser known battles, it is American so essentially it portrays the war as America's versus everyone and they won single handedly.

David Young
David Young
6 years ago

Me too. I would like to buy this. Let me know how. Thanks.

Elizabeth Stice
Elizabeth Stice
7 years ago

I'm with Cathy. Where can we buy this at?

Cathy
Cathy
7 years ago

I am trying to find a dvd or blu-ray version of this that is playable in the U.S. and am not having any luck. Any of you know where I can buy this from a reputable company or seller?

Richard Parker
Richard Parker
7 years ago

First it was not known as the Jewish problem But (The Jewish Question) Second it wasn't proven that Hitler committed suicide there was a body brunt beyond recognition in his bunker with Eva Braun who was over killed having being shot in the head after drinking enough arsenic that could have kill 10 elephants so don't add or take away from history and I also found a few other discrepancies in this report of World War II IN COLOUR... Thank You, remember we who truly love history are watching and will point anything that is a stretched fact which is in fact a lie...

Si Burma
Si Burma
8 years ago

All the things of this topics are interesting .
Remember the words I have read in a movie that " Older men declare war , young men fight and died".
Could someone tell that which General is the best in the whole WW2?
Honestly , I've 1st learned about WW2 by playing COD games.
You guys are wealth at knowledge.

Thanks for sharing the knowledge. :)

Debbie
Debbie
8 years ago

This is a phenomenal and comprehensive review of WW2 realpolitik - the players, the ideologies, the technologies, capabilities and all the rest of the factors that played into what happened. The combination of detailed movies in color really brought the people to life and made them more in the present than the usual B&W views into the past, and the military films from the Allies and Axis (less from Russia) were fascinating. Really, all these men were so alike - young, healthy, active. When they were filmed marching in, they were glorious; when routed broken.

All is not perfect though. The vertical topic focus confuses the parallel things, so it's sometimes hard to track. Yes it leans toward the British view, but they produced it. Yes it has some historical inaccuracies. It curiously left out some major pieces of the story. E.G.: the competition between the British and American generals (Montgomery and Patton) in the 2-pronged Italian invasion and who would get there first and get the PR benefit; glossing over the Philippines and MacArthur; overlooking the garrulous Japanese ambassador and his wordy daily reports decoded via Enigma that gave the Allies a view into Japanese strategies and conditions, including the navy.

Overall, A+ for history buffs - really ties things together. Should be shown in all high school history classes.

Nigel Hornsby
Nigel Hornsby
8 years ago

Thumbs up for a nicely done production. Only complaint is the obvious bias towards Britain. Not surprising considering the film's creators.

Jennifer
Jennifer
10 years ago

I have a question about WWII in color.. It is a picture I see time and again in footage of shows about WWII... The picture is of things the Nazis took from concentration camp prisoners. The picture shows hair, gold teeth, dentures, rings and then something long and slim. At first I thought it was limbs (bones) but the ends do not have the correct structure to them. Does anyone know what that last thing is? In WWII in color it is a shot from left to right and my question is about the thing(?) on the far right. I know referring to the "thing" is barbaric, however, I'm not sure what else to call it. Does anyone know??

Borat Sagdiyev
Borat Sagdiyev
10 years ago

Once again Western democracies failed to react...- that's a good summarizing...

The history repeats itself right now with Putin taking Hitler's place. And the West reacting as usual (no reaction)...

Captain Daniel
Captain Daniel
10 years ago

I'm with Heart Winter, this is THE BEST WWII documentary I've ever watched, and I've watched tons! I'm only 10, but I know everything ( or almost everything ) there is to know about WW2. Heart Winter IS right, we should be showing this stuff to the new generation, show them war IS NOT NICE!! I mean, I love these documentaries and now I'm a WW2 know-it-all.

Heart Winter
Heart Winter
10 years ago

Precisely the documentary I am looking for. Very easy to understand, complete with geographical mapping, actual footage and beautiful narration. One of the best documentaries I have watched, so far.

What's ironic is that these pawns of war died, imprisoned, suffered under the selfish and egoistic command of leaders who stayed comfortably making decisions inside their palace. Now, World War II means almost nothing to those who have never been actually there. The appalling number of fighters who lost lives giving trust to incapable and ambitious leader end up being buried unknown. Funny how saints are known better than true heroes of war, right? :D

I think this video should be shown to the new generation. What we have now is a product of history, and it cost them so much to the point that we can't understand right now. I have not witnessed real war but I certainly hope I will never will, no one will. Even movies, in games that I occasionally play, never had I pictured vividly the cities actually crumbling flat to rubble; or witnessing millions of civilians becoming homeless and dying being caught up in war they never have anything to do with.

What I wanted is for people to understand what the WWII and its severity was. They're lucky not to have been born at that time.
People really wondered why I would spend time learning about the past. If people know how it was in the past, they wouldn't be wasting their precious life right now getting preoccupied by trivialities and sometimes even real nonsense stuff.

Steve Mcconnell
Steve Mcconnell
10 years ago

I think the Japanese would fight as long as there was a fight. They seldom surrendered and generally fought to the last man. The prospect of the US A-Bombing them from a distance and not invading was to much. The fight was over, the war was over.
I could be wrong.

Meodudang
Meodudang
11 years ago

My English is not good enough for understanding the film with just listening. If you don't mind, would you please show me where I can get subtitle for this series?

April M. Templeman
April M. Templeman
11 years ago

My grandpa was a gunner on THE FLYING FORTRESS for the Americans. Cheers to all allies who fought in this horrific war to save Europe.

fender24
fender24
11 years ago

After all comments i have seen here no one mention Norway at all. Do not forget we ended Hitlers Atomic Program, and we sunk Donau which was two major events that changed the war. they invaded us but that does not mean we didn't fight for freedom. Go see Max Manus a great man and movie.

Vwbus
Vwbus
11 years ago

Is the more to the WWII in colour, if so, where is it?

Tayopa
Tayopa
11 years ago

Ladies & Gentlemen: Since I was in the Pacific at that time, I don't believe that there there was man out that didn't cheer the use of the A bomb. If they hadn't, I might not be here. Right up to the second A bomb they were happily slaughtering Chinese and other groups. Remember they had a completly intact and fully equiped army in China and other countries to use to bargain with.

A not so small matter was that time was against them, they were within 3-4 months of having their own A bomb, which I have no doubt they would have happily used.

If they had had the time to finish it, we may not have won the war.

What I hated most was the complete loss of so many beautiful Japanese girls. Sigh

Don Jose de La Mancha
"I exist to Live, not live to exist"

Hazem Malek
Hazem Malek
12 years ago

i love it good work

Kulvurt Roke
Kulvurt Roke
12 years ago

I could be wrong, but it seems that half this playlist is missing.

Alex Tripleh
Alex Tripleh
12 years ago

awesome alltough a little bit on the allied side

Illi Aouf
Illi Aouf
12 years ago

fake i think

?..Grimmige Vallende Engel..??
?..Grimmige Vallende Engel..??
12 years ago

Staind716: If you're going to correct someone, at least do THAT correctly.. It's really ''grammar'', not ''grammer''. ;)

who_me_yeah_you
who_me_yeah_you
12 years ago

@Staind716 re:- Ryan Langdaler. Ryan also says " Now to do this, you really need to pay attention to things like history or current events or things like that." Having stated "Pay attention to things like..." there was no need to end the sentence with "...or things like that." I wouldn't have bothered had he not been so imperious as to offer links re: your grammar and been so obnoxious about his alleged adherence to the English language being delivered correctly.

Spanishviewer1
Spanishviewer1
12 years ago

Definitely, it is the most comprehensive documentary any person interested in Contemporary History can see about the Second World War. The quality is superb and narration is clear. Besides, it is recommended being seen as educative tool about the facts and atrocities committed by the Nazi regime and the Japanese Empire. The sound track adds special dramatism to the development of events. Thank you so much for such a fine work.

Matthew Boucher
Matthew Boucher
12 years ago

but was i willing to clap out everyone but white people to achieve hilter's ideals. **** no. i'm glad Hitler drew it in black and white showing me the Evil behind him and his plan. If he had forgot about his warped ideals towards race i could see support to unified planet. Motive is everything my dear adilrye

Meforthefunofit
Meforthefunofit
12 years ago

Oh god this is what really makes the internet terrible. Not many educated concepts in here, O and I always love when grammar and speeling take a front seat to underlying concepts. Please, please learn a few things about history before you post, and don't spout peace crap cuz it just will not happen (at least for a long, long time). That being said, watch the documentary again and then read a little about the 1st and second world war. If you like what your are reading keep going. The usual best place to start is the Naploeanic wars. They sort laid the foundations for alot of the things that happened later. If not at least understand that the Treaty of Versailles was horrible, the League of Nations was very amusing and unfortunately Russia was the largest component involved in the Allied Victory. A-Bomb is all good and well but Russia and the other allied nations would have invaded Japan from the North and south. The war would've dragged but the end was really preordained. Thats all I guess for now.

O and nobody cares that any of you are engineers.

Space_Cadet_1952
Space_Cadet_1952
12 years ago

Speaking of Canadians, you forgot to mention that during WW2 Canadians were recruited as cannon and ack ack fodder anywhere that a human sacrifice was expected. Canadians got all the suicide details and high-attrition flying missions. Something to do with the exploitation of trust, good will and loyalty to the mother country..? A an ex-emigre to London, Ontario in 1957-58, it guts me to see Canadians running each other down. It will always be the best country in the world to me (compared to Northern Ireland) with the most hospitable and civilised people in the western world.

Yousef Negash
Yousef Negash
12 years ago

but why hiter hate jews that much seriously why???

adilrye
adilrye
12 years ago

Uh...okay, I'm going to avoid the wildly random comments. I do love the colour, as it brings this all to perspective. Watching it in black and white, it almost seems like an alien world. This gives is a sense of realism. It sounds weird, because we all know it happened, but to see it in colour is like seeing it completely differently.

Anyway, I always find docs like this fascinating. Know a lot about WW II, but as I said before, it's nice to see it in colour. It isn't really comprehensive though, very quickly it jumps from point to point, but then again, it says here the whole series is 11 hours, and I guess if you really wanted an IN DEPTH analysis and explanation of everything, you wouldn't find a longer special...or you could buy a text book.

Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy
12 years ago

hey lets get episode 4 rolling instead of it stopping at 21:15

Guest
Guest
12 years ago

You're probably right. Peace is always a good thing.

Well worth remembering on this very day. A day which will live in infamy.

Guest
Guest
12 years ago

Ok, I agree with you on two points. The allies were exhausted and the USA was not. And beyond those you have a good argument also.

Now let me ask we drop Vietnam and Iraq. After all each came after WWII and could not possibly have any bearing on events in 1945.

I still stand by my Monday morning quarterbacking. The key here is the USA. Wait, let me correct that. The not exhausted, and most importantly, bomb carrying USA.

Anyway we didn't go that route, but what we did do is to use that bomb to insure the freedom of Europe. I think we should have used it or the threat of it much earlier. Seems to me since it worked later it should have worked earlier.

Guest
Guest
12 years ago

There is a sad and tragic irony here. Germany invades Poland and England, being the guarantor of Poland's independence, declares war on Germany. Six years later after tens of millions of deaths, England hands Poland over to the Soviets. What was the point of declaring war?

Second, the Soviets also invaded Poland along with Germany. Where was England's declaration of war against the Soviet Union?

magarac
magarac
12 years ago

Well that was a very interesting documentary.
Watched the whole thing now and there is a lot of good information, especially about the beginning of the war.
The parts about the pacific war are good too because they are not ass well know to me being from europe.
It´s always nice to learn something new!

urban deadite
urban deadite
12 years ago

also the Myth that Britain was on its own against the Nazi Horde is still told even in these Documentries 70 years later, Britain was still an Industrial Powerhouse as anyone who has studied WWII properly will know with armies all over the World and fighting all over the World, so why is this still said....the power of propaganda, i would like to see a Documentry on the East African battles and other parts never usually seen.
China too held up more Japanese than the British and Americans combined, even with no tanks or aircraft they did occasionally inflict severe defeats on the Japanese early on.
Its as if the war against Japan was fought in the Pacific with China,Britain, Papa new Guinea etc as a side note when facts show otherwise.

I wonder if propaganda and the like will keep winning over reality?
China is a current Global major player and its role in WWII will be better known in the future i think and this Americans won against the Japanese myth will go (i am not disrespecting the lives lost and efforts by ALL allies in WWII in these posts btw).

urban deadite
urban deadite
12 years ago

Britain gave thousands of Tanks and APC's (the Universal Carrier one of the most produced AFV in History, more produced than either the T34 or Sherman and thats just from WII, Canada supplied 1,348 of them too) in lend lease to the USSR like America apart from it started nearly a year earlier than Americas lend lease ....never usually hear about that....^^

urban deadite
urban deadite
12 years ago

Germans Armies destoryed - Western Allies less than 190 divisions - Soviets - over 600 divisions

oddsrhuge
oddsrhuge
12 years ago

On a serious note this is a very good doc to watch. I have lost all my bias about this war. In my world, I was and still am fed the ALLIES = good, AXIS = bad.

The simple conclusion is that it was GREAT that the Germans and Japanese were beaten...

My father was a German soldier, my MUM was an RAF nurse....it's how they met...my Dad was 17, when he was sent to North Africa, to fight for a cause that was created by...patriotism. Both sides had this "word" rammed down their throats.

Know what they both told me? War, is just wrong. Try and find a mainstream western news broadcast that agrees with that statement.

misterwong
misterwong
12 years ago

Okay,I understand the resistance to the idea that America may not be the impervious unassailable super-duper power of the universe.Only natural for the placated culture believe so.After all,the closest these experts on the realities of war ever came to a decomposing body is from playing Halo 3.Wow.A whole nation of video tough guys.It's cool,boys.Just stay on your X-boxes.We'll let you know if we need any battle expertise from your vast experience

drinker69
drinker69
12 years ago

The world is sick of war and sick of American warmongers. There is a secret plan in the works to teach the United States a harsh lesson. Canada and Mexico are allies in a devious plot to attack them. While American armies are killing everything that moves in the Mid East, Mexico will attack from the south with 12 divisions of men all carrying fully gassed leafblowers. In a co-ordinated move Canada will then attack from the North with hockey sticks and stale donuts. Its called operation "Rugburn". Watch your asses.

Joe Jones
Joe Jones
12 years ago

Very good doc, well done..God Bless the USA

misterwong
misterwong
12 years ago

Amerika..Heed this history lesson well.As our economic power diminishes,our societal structure weakens,national identity becomes evermore introverted and distracted and militarism supplants global diplomacy,the past is poised to overtake our future.Who will benefit?...Clearly,Those who have always stood to profit from human misery.They will be our new masters.And it is we who will allow it

BeardHero420
BeardHero420
12 years ago

Excellent stuff from the History Channel - WW2 is the only thing they do well. God awful how many died over the twisted visions of a few crazy men.

drinker69
drinker69
12 years ago

Russia won this war for everyone with the crazy sacrifice of 23 million people. America thought they were the great savior. Don`t worry though America, keep running around the world like its a military playground and you`ll have your very own WW3 all to yourself.