It recounts the most significant events of his life and follows the Second World War as it unfolds to build up a vivid picture of the personality of the Nazi dictator and those surrounding him, using the most revealing anecdotes and exposing the myths created to maintain Hitler in power and the lies spread by his brutal regime.
It also looks at the attitude of Stalin, who was fearful that Hitler’s dictatorship would put an end to his own, the stubborn tenacity of Churchill, and the enforced passivity of Roosevelt, held back by a powerful non-intervention lobby.
These six episodes, presented by Historian teacher Mark Shaw offer a singular analysis of Hitler’s 12 years in power.
Chapter 1 – The Causes of a Mistake
Hitler’s youth and early life – His entry into politics – Rise to power – Propaganda – His relationship with the army – Röhn and the SA (Sturmabteilung) – Night of the long knives – His health – Olympic Games – Territorial expansion (the anchluss)
1938 - 1939
Chapter 2 – They will not Fight by Danzig
His relationship with women – The first army purges – His impatience and hatred of bureaucracy – People close to him – The structure of the Nazi Party and Government – His prejudice and vanity – The British policy of appeasement – His relationship with Mussolini – Awe and hatred towards Stalin – The invasion of Poland.
1939 – 1940
Chapter 3 – A Lucky Gambler
The course to war – Movements of opposition – Mass murder – Atomic energy – First major assassination attempt – Russia, Finland, Thyssen and capitalist society – The invasion of western Europe – The victorious Fuhrer and Churchill’s rise to power – Paris, the happiest day of his life – Kennedy and Roosevelt.
1940 – 1941
Chapter 4 - The Supreme Leader
Italy’s ambitions – The need of invading Great Britain – The air struggle – The Battle of the Atlantic, submarines, happy days – Churchill, whisky drinker – The RAF barrier – The first Americans fight over England – The Mediterranean theatre – Charles de Gaulle and the resistance – The invasion of the Soviet Union – Spies – Wilhelm Canaris’ tricks – Relationship between Churchill and Stalin.
Chapter 5 – To Win or to Win
Disease and conceit – Stalin and the army – Africa – Leningrad and Moscow – Himmler, concentration camps and assassinations – Roosevelt and Stalin – Pearl Harbour – Russia on the verge of surrender – General Winter – The Pacific ablaze – Magic in war – The murder of Heydrich.
Chapter 6 – He will never return
The new weapons – North Africa – Dieppe, first attempt – Stalingrad – Extermination camps – Doctors in the Third Reich – Bombings over Germany – Hitler’s great generals leave him – The US joins the fight – The fall of Mussolini – Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill in Teheran – The great escape – Parkinson’s disease – D Day – Von Stauffenberg’s plot – The Volkstum and the downfall – Yalta – Ravage Berlin – The Fuhrer, the most valuable trophy – Will and death of a visionary.