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Laurence Olivier narrates the landmark 26-part British documentary series telling the story of World War II, profiling its main campaigns and highlighting the human cost on all sides of the conflict.
Adolf Hitler wins support from millions of Germans as he offers new hope to a country recovering from depression.
Germany invades Eastern Europe, forcing unprepared Britain to face the possibility of war with approaching Nazis. France and England enter World War 2 after Germany's invasion of Poland. Except for its navy, England is uncettain how to prepare. After a failed operation in Norway lead by Churchill, Chamberlain is, ironically, replaced as Prime Minister by Churchill.
The Germans skirt the French's heavily fortified Maginot line and defeat them in six weeks with newer techniques and equipment.
British morale plunges as 350,000 allied troops are barely rescued at Dunkirk and the RAF battles the Luftwaffe over London skies. After losing the Battle of Britain, Germany begins bombing British cities. The British launch an offensive in North Africa hoping to distract the Germans attention from the British Isles.
Germany turns against Russia, but fatal German delays hold the advance a few kilometers outside Moscow in the mud and cold.
Japan strikes at Pearl Harbor and sweeps forward to capture Hong Kong, Burma, Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies and the Philippines.
FDR, determined to fight Germany as well as Japan, cannot sway Congress until Hitler declares war on the United States.
Montgomery's Desert Rats defeat Rommel's Afrika Korps at El Alamein after fighting for nearly three years for 600 miles of desert.
The German Army's defeat at Stalingrad, with 70,000 Germans killed and 100,000 captured, dispels the myth of German invincibility.
U-boat attacks on U.S. supply ships nearly starve Britain despite convoys, escorts and underwater detection devices.
Germany attacks the Soviet Union in June 1941, unsuccessfully laying siege to Leningrad from September 1941 until January 1944.
Arthur "Bomber" Harris takes over Bomber Command with the demand for revenge sorties as a means to defeat Germany.
Churchill staunchly supports an Allied invasion of Italy, which he sees as the "soft underbelly" of Europe.
The Japanese build a "superman" myth as they thrive in the nightmarish conditions of monsoons and jungles.
The Luftwaffe changes the targets of its bombing raids to outlying cities after its defeat in the Battle of Britain.
Germany's people do not feel the effects of World War II at home until the German army begins to lose key battles.
The neutral Netherlands live under increasingly harsh Nazi rule for four years, dividing citizens' loyalties.
Paris is liberated in 1944, but as Russians and Allies advance on Germany, Allied commanders cannot agree on an attack plan.
The Nazis kill 6 million Jews in specially created death camps in their determination to create a purified Aryan race.
Early victories led the Japanese to believe they would be victorious against the West, but severe supply shortages and increased Allied victories dimmed this hope.
Gen. MacArthur sweeps upward from the Solomons and New Guinea, as rival Adm. Nimitz begins an offensive in the Gilberts.
Survivors relate memories of World War II and remember the millions of combatants and civilians killed.
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