From the hindsight afforded by the passing of 70 years from the events narrated. From a totally independent standpoint and with freedom of thought, THE SECOND WORLD WAR describes the events in the most detailed and comprehensive way, just as they happened. From the atrocious moment in which Hitler ordered the invasion of Polish territory to the day in which Emperor Hirohito “had to accept the unacceptable”, all is encompassed in this series over its 21 programs.
Nº 1. Hitler, The Wolf
A survey of Hitler's early years. Nazism. His appointment as Chancellor and the men in his Government.
Nº 2. The Onset: The German-Soviet Expansion
The Munich Agreement. German invasion of Poland. Russian invasion of Poland and Finland (the Winter War).
Nº 3. The Führer's Revenge
German invasion of Denmark and Norway. The drive on Western Europe.
Nº 4. The Battle of Britain
Operation Sea Lion. The struggle for Great Britain's skies.
Nº 5. The Battle of the Atlantic
German submarine and surface sea warfare against the Allied Fleet.
Nº 6. The Desert Fox
North-African battles between the Axis and the Allied armies. Enters Rommel and his Afrika Korps. Greece. Crete and Malta.
Nº 7. The Invasion of the Soviet Union
German troops invade the Soviet Union and move rapidly forward on all fronts. Their main objectives are Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad.
Nº 8. Mr. President, What About the Japanese?
Assault on Pearl Harbor. Singapore. The Philippines. Doolittle and the B-25s.
Nº 9. Midway: Change of Course
After the naval battle in Midway the U.S.A. regain the leading drive of the war in the Pacific.
Nº 10. Stalingrad
The struggle for the city of Stalingrad went into history as the most sanguinary battle of all times and it meant the beginning of the end for the Third Reich's armies.
Nº 11. The Desert Rats
Montgomery. Counter-offensive in North Africa. Operation Torch.
Nº 12. The Decline of Fascism
Invasion of Sicily. Mussolini's downfall. Ploesti. Invasion of the Italian Peninsula.
Nº 13. The Slow Italian Campaign
Cassino. Anzio. Liberation of Rome. The Gothic Line. Liberation of Italy.
Nº 14. The Road to Tokyo
The battles for Guadalcanal, Munda, Bouganville and the South-Pacific area launch the thrust to the Japanese Empire's capital city.
Nº 15. The Pacific in Flames
The Central Pacific area, with its huge distance ranges, rekindle the war between the Japanese and the Americans.
Nº 16. D-Day
Allied invasion of Normandy. Liberation of Paris.
Nº 17. The Battle of Kursk
The greatest armoured cars' battle in history easied the way for the Soviet troops on they road to Berlin.
Nº 18. The Battle for Germany
Eastern and Western offensives of the Allied and Soviet armies in their way to Berlin. Operation Market Garden.
Nº 19. The Agony of the Third Reich
The Battle of the Ardennes (the Battle of the Bulge). Conquest of Berlin. Hitler's death. Surrender and end of the war in Europe.
Nº 20. Leyte, Imperial Destiny
Several naval clashes in the Gulf of Leyte led to the liberation of the Philippines. Along with the British victory in Burma, they opened the way to Tokyo.
Nº 21. The Peace of the Atomic Bomb
Iwojima. Okinawa. Atomic bombs and the surrender of the Japanese army bring to a close the greatest disaster so far known to mankind – World War II.