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Secrets of World War II
Secrets of World War II
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2007     22hr 32min

During the chaos and destruction of WWII, ordinary men and women from all walks of life were thrown into fearsome, real-life situations worthy of any Hollywood movie -- the only difference is that this series every story i...  more »


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Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Educational, World War II, Military & War
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/06/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 22hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Three very good WW2 series from Nucus/Martin
Rudolf Schmid | Kensington, CA | 02/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In 11/07 Nucus/Martin Production released three companion DVDs dealing with World War II:
(1) Gladiators of World War II: The fighting forces of the Second World War (1998) (BBC c2007) (2 double-sided DVDs, with 13 48-minute episodes; TT10:50)Gladiators of World War II
director, writer: Charles Messenger; narrator: Robert Powell
(2) Heroes of World War II (2003) and Weapons of World War II (2003) (BBC c2007) (2 double-sided DVDs, with 10+10 24-minute episodes; TT7:55)Heroes and Weapons of World War II
director: Jonathan Martin; writer: Tim Newark; narrator: Robert Powell
(3) Secrets of World War II: Revelations from the Second World War (1998) (BBC c2007) (4 DVDs, 3 double-sided, with 26 52-minute episodes; TT22:32)
director: Jonathan Martin; writer: Robin Cross; narrator: Robert Powell
These four TV series are valuable in treating interesting phenomena of World War II that are less frequently covered on video. Each episode is in stereo, 4:3 format, and vintage B&W (mostly) and vintage color, with modern embellishments (maps, background info, etc.) in color. The quality of the archival footage is variable of course, but all is watchable. The quality of the modern color supplements is very good to excellent (e.g., Bletchley Park). Narration is by actor Robert Powell (born 1944).
CONTENTS--GLADIATORS OF WORLD WAR II (1998) (each episode 48 min):
1. Waffen-SS
2. Special Operations Executive [SOE]
3. SAS [Special Air Service]
4. The Desert Rats
5. The Free Polish Forces
6. RAF Fighter Command
7. The Paras and Commandos
8. Norwegian Resistance Fighters
9. The Kamikaze
10. The Royal Navy
11. The Chindits
12. The Free French Forces
13. The Anzacs
CONTENTS--HEROES OF WORLD WAR II (2003) (each episode 24 min):
1. The Men Who Invented Radar
2. The Man Who Designed The Spitfire
3. The Man Who Stood Up To Hitler
4. The Men Who Cracked Enigma
5. The Men Who Stopped the Bismarck
6. The Man Who Saved Britain's Cities
7. The Man Who Hoodwinked Hitler
8. The Men Who Liberated Belsen
9. The Men Who Lit Up Germany
10. The Men Behind D-Day
CONTENTS--WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR II (2003) (each episode 24 min):
1. Tanks
2. Midget Submarines
3. Gliders
4. Aircraft Carriers
5. Fighter Bombers
6. Heavy Bombers
7. The Battleship
8. Rockets
9. Fast Attack Boats
10. The Machine Gun
CONTENTS--SECRETS OF WORLD WAR II (1998) (each episode 52 min):
1. The Corpse that Fooled the Axis
2. Adolf Hitler's Last Days
3. Secret Mission to North Africa
4. When Hitler Invaded America
5. The Bruneval Raid
6. What Really Happened to Rommel
7. Cracking the Enigma Secret
8. Human Torpedoes
9. The Secrets of the Battle of the Bulge
10. The Greatest Sea/Air Battle in History
11. Above Us - The Enemy (Secrets of the Submarine War)
12. The Secrets Behind the Battle of Guadalcanal
13. The Real Heroes of Telemark
14. They Flew for China
15. How Germany was Bombed to Defeat
16. The End of the Scharnhorst
17. The RAF versus the V Weapons
18. Japan's Last Secret Weapon
19. The Minehunters
20. The Nazi Plundering of Europe
21. Confusion was their Business
22. Merrill's Marauders
23. The Amazing Colonel Doolittle
24. Destroying Hitler's Oil Fields
25. Home Run from Colditz
26. Cruises of the Secret Raiders"
Annoying sound score
J. Van Heghe | Belgium, Battle of Bulge region | 02/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The documentary is, as expected, informative. However, it is overshadowed by the totally unfit and very intrusive Sound score, consisting entirely of fast-paced action-scene, militaristic music, mixed in way too loudly. Think of the music during an action scene from an Indiana Jones movie, and stick this score on a calmly narrated documentary - it does not work at ALL. Even after watching all DVD's, this was quite annoying still."
Great Footage Very Informative
Elwoodzulu | Shelburne Falls MA | 04/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great Footage Very Informative
I love the uniforms .
The music isn't too big it keeps your attention .
If your into history of ww2 this is a must see!