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A 2008 BBC History, War Documentary presented by Richard Hammond.

‘D-Day’ was the greatest amphibious invasion ever attempted. the fate of World War II turned on five beaches in Normandy, France. History remembers it as a great victory. But new research reveals that on Omaha Beach, it was very nearly a disaster. German defences there were far more ferocious than expected. A massive air strike intended to take them out, was a total failure. For the troops charged with this mission, it would become a killing zone.

Because it was the toughest and the bloodiest, Omaha Beach has become a symbol to represent all of the Normandy Invasion. History records that within hours 2,000 men were cut down. But now new research has found that in reality, the casualty figures were more than double that.

The story of D-Day has been re-told in dramas such as Saving Private Ryan. But what really happened on Omaha Beach in June 1944? What was it like for the men who had to fight their way ashore here - and how did they manage to win when so much seemed to go so wrong?

‘Bloody Omaha’ uses strong, emotional personal testimony; expert interviews with historians and military experts from both of the Atlantic; ambitious drama reconstruction and state of the art Computer Generated Imaging to she new light on one of the iconic stories of WWII.

The discovery of a captured German map and the re-emergence of an entire German battery, hidden under the Normandy soil for over sixty years, bring a new insight into how the strength of the German defences had increased significantly between the planning for D-Day and the invasion itself.

The latest historical research reveals a startling turning point to a battle we thought we knew. Timewatch goes in search of the full true story of ‘Bloody Omaha’.

A 2014 National Geographic War Documentary narrated by Jay O Sanders.

Episode 2: It's June 6, 1944, and the Allies have secured the landing beaches of Normandy. The pivotal battle for the coast is over, but the real mission has just begun. They now have three objectives: join the beaches together, take the city of Caen and, above all else, seize the Port of Cherbourg.

The civilians' confidence is renewed when they learn that the Allies are on French ground, but the Allies' advance through Normandy is slower and more difficult than expected.

A 2014 National Geographic War Documentary narrated by Jay O Sanders.

It was the biggest air and naval fleet in history to take off for France to free Europe from Nazi Germany’s clutches. As World War II entered its fifth year of combat, and despite set-backs in Russia, the power of Germany remained so strong that the Anglo American Allies had to recruit 2 million men all ready to sacrifice their lives. From the Battle of Normandy to the Liberation of Paris, tens of thousands of lives were lost; D-Day Sacrifice recounts the story of the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944 through the testimonies of those who lived it. Comprised entirely of re-mastered and colourised archive footage, much of it never before seen, the remarkable testimonies of famous individuals like Dwight D. Eisenhower and Erwin Rommel are intertwined with those of anonymous soldiers and citizens, such as film director Samuel Fuller and Eisenhower’s chauffeur

Episode 1: It's June 5, 1944, and the largest military invasion fleet in history departs for the northern coast of France in hopes of liberating German-occupied Europe. World War II is entering its fifth year of combat and tension is at its peak. Despite setbacks in Russia, the power of Germany is still so strong that the Anglo-American Allies have enlisted 2 million men, all prepared to sacrifice their lives, to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany's clutches.

Episode 2: https://www.bitchute.com/video/SVH9PSAChkA4/

Le Six Juin à L'Aube (French original title) War Documentary narrated by Jean Gremillon, published by CGCF in 1946 - French narration with English subtitles.

The film starts by a visit to bucolic Normandy before the events. This peaceful atmosphere is shattered by Operation Overlord, minutely described in the second part of the documentary. The landing on D-Day and the ensuing battles and bombings martyr the peaceful area giving the earth thousands of bodies instead of seeds.

In the last part, the dreadful aftermath of the steel storm is shown both with sympathy for the victims and hope for the future, since all these sacrifices, whether military or civilians, have not been in vain.

With thanks to MVGroup: https://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=The_Sixth_of_June_at_Dawn

A 2005 War Documentary narrated by Charles J. Kahlenberg.

June 1942 - By any ordinary standard, the United States Navy was hopelessly outclassed. They had no battleships, the enemy eleven. They had eight cruisers, the enemy twenty three. They had three carriers (one of them crippled) the enemy had eight. On one of the carriers none of the Navy pilots had ever seen combat, nor had any of the Army fliers. Of the Marines, 17 of 21 new pilots were just out of flight school - some with less than four hours of flying time since then. They were plagued with equipment problems.
Some of their dive bombers couldn't dive - the fabric came off the wings. Their torpedoes were slow and unreliable, the torpedo planes even worse. They were up against the finest fighting plans in the world. Yet they prevailed.

The Battle of Midway was the most important battle of the war in the Pacific during WW2. Not only was it a demoralizing disaster for the Japanese Navy and the War Commanders, but it deprived the Japanese of their important strategic resource that was essential in the naval battles of the Pacific War - Aircraft Carriers.

A 2012 BBC History Documentary narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith.

Pearl Harbor and the Fall of Singapore: these huge military disasters shook both Britain and America, but they conceal a secret so shocking it has remained hidden ever since. This landmark film by Paul Elston tells the incredible story of how it was the British who gave the Japanese the knowhow to take out Pearl Harbor and capture Singapore.

For 19 years before the fall of Singapore to the Japanese, British officers were spying for Japan. Worse still, the Japanese had infiltrated the very heart of the British establishment - through a mole who was a peer of the realm known to Churchill himself.

A 2008 Smithsonian Channel War Documentary narrated by Salvatore Vecchio.

Witness history's most compelling and life-altering events as they've never been seen before.
From battlefields to deep space and beyond, History in HD unearths a treasure trove of rare, archival footage, restored in stunning high definition and presented with a modern day perspective.

This touching film introduces Bill Genaust, who captured on film the flag-raising on Iwo Jima. Meet this forgotten hero through his Photo Unit commander, through the last living relative to remember him, and in his forceful, visceral footage of two of the fiercest battles in World War II.

Great Battles of WWII: The Early Pacific Battles is a 2008 Timeless Media War Documentary narrated by Dale Reed.

Episode 6: Cactus was the American code name for Guadalcanal and for the men who fought and died there, the name was eerily prophetic. The Marines most significant asset was an airstrip known as Henderson Field, little more than a wide spot in the road, but crucial to the defense of the island.

The Japanese fully undestood its strategic value and sought to wrest control of the airfield through a series of famous attacks. Frustrated by their inability to dislodge the Americans, the Japanese launch a massive assault on the island in mid-November in an all or nothing effort. The pressure on the Japanese builds to the breaking point as they struggle to regain control over what they call "The Island of Death." Contains Combat Veteran Interviews and footage from The National Archives.

Chapters includes: Reinforcement and Reassessment; Matanikau River Actions; The Battle of Cape Esperance; The Bombardment; The Battle for Henderson Field; The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands; Actions at Point Cruz & Koli Point; The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal; The Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal; The Final Push

Great Battles of WWII: The Early Pacific Battles is a 2008 Timeless Media War Documentary narrated by Dale Reed.

Episode 5: From this story of mistakes and heroism would rise the genesis of American land, sea and air strategy for the rest of the war in the Pacific. It included six major naval battles, daily aerial engagements and countless clashes on land. No campaign in either theater saw such sustained action by sea, land and air. In the summer of 1942, America was still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor and the humiliating victories of the Japanese throughout the Far East. Then came the battles of the Coral Sea and the pivotal Battle for Midway. Japan had been effectively countered and it was time to launch an attack.

Operation Watchtower, the code name for the first landing of American forces on a Japanese held island would occur on Guadalcanal, August, 7, 1942. This was the opening of a six month campaign to wrest control of the lower Solomon Islands from the Japanese Empire. From this story of mistakes and heroism would rise the genesis of American land, sea and air strategy for the rest of the war in the Pacific. Join the Marines as they go ashore on the Japanese held islands of Tulagi and Guadalcanal and watch as the enemy quickly counters their early successes.

Chapters includes : Day of Infamy; The Rising Sun; The Coral Sea; Midway; Pestilence; Watchtower; First Offensive; The Battle of Savo Island; First Days Ashore; The Tenaru; The Battle of the Eastern Solomons; Boredon & Fear; The Battle of Edson's Ridge; Loss of the Wasp

Episode 6: https://www.bitchute.com/video/KeUd3xVCTynh/

Great Battles of WWII: The Early Pacific Battles is a 2008 Timeless Media War Documentary narrated by Dale Reed.

Episode 4: As Imperial Japan sought to stretch their dominion throughout Asia, the first attempts to strike back were made as American carriers launched several successful attacks, culminating with the Doolittle Raid. In early May 1942, US and Japanese carrier forces clashed in the Battle of the Coral Sea. While both sides suffered major losses, the US Navy checked a major Japanese offensive for the first time. In response, Japanese Admiral Yamamoto formulated an elaborate, multi-faceted plot to destroy the American carrier fleet once and for all. Invasion fleets were dispatched toward the Aleutian Islands and the tiny American outpost at Midway.

The resulting Battle for Midway became the defining moment of the Pacific War. US carrier aircraft dealt a devastating blow to the Japanese navy, destroying four aircraft carriers. The battle marked the first major US victory against Japan and was a turning point in the war. By shifting the balance of naval power in the Pacific, Midway allowed US forces to take the offensive for the first time. The Allies soon set their sights on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands and on New Guinea.

Chapters includes : The Homefront; The Silent Hunters; The Carrier Raids; A Coming Storm; The Battle of Midway; War Comes to The Aleutians; The Aleutian Patrol; The Invasion of Attu; The Invasion of Kiska

Episode 5: https://www.bitchute.com/video/I9aBugryz7hx/

Great Battles of WWII: The Early Pacific Battles is a 2008 Timeless Media War Documentary narrated by Dale Reed.

Episode 3: After Pear Harbor, U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan. Japan launched a relentless assault that swept through the US territories of Guam, Wake Island, and the Philippines, as well as British-controlled Hong Kong, Malaya, and Burma.

Just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Philippines fell under the Japanese sword in the opening move of what would become an inhuman ordeal for many of the American and Filipino defenders. On the morning of December 22, the main Japanese attack began at three points on northern Luzon, with a second large landing south of Manila two days later. Douglas MacArthur, commander of all U.S. and Filipino army forces in the Philippines, began executing plans to make a final stand on the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor Island. But Bataan defenders, low on ammunition, food, and medicine, could not hold back a final Japanese offensive. Their battle ended on April 9, 1942, when Army Major General Edward P. King surrendered to Japanese General Masaharu Homma. About 12,000 Americans and 63,000 Filipinos became prisoners of war. What followed became known as the Bataan Death March — one of the worst atrocities in modern history.

Chapters includes : The Tide of Conquest; The Battle for the Phillippines; The Early Combat; The Battling Bastards of Bataan; The Phillippines' Final Agony

Episode 4: https://www.bitchute.com/video/xVJ1lPpo55B4/

Great Battles of WWII: The Early Pacific Battles is a 2008 Timeless Media War Documentary narrated by Dale Reed.

Episode 2: The attack had been a tremendous success for the Japanese, but for the Americans, Pearl Harbor became a rallying cry, and proof positive of Japan's treachery. America's resolve to fight until the bitter end was forged in the flames of battleship row.

The story told here is one of global forces, of fascism and imperialism. It is the story of one of the most momentous events in American history and of a crucial turning point in the 20th Century. Most importantly, it is the story of the people who were there, told through the eyewitness accounts of both American and Japanese veterans, some whose stories have never been told. This is a story of courage, heroism and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds. This is the story of Pearl Harbor.

Chapters includes : Rescue and Escape; Aftermath; What Went Wrong?; Pearl Harbor in Retrospect

Episode 3: https://www.bitchute.com/video/DzTJ7n2tMGK0/

Great Battles of WWII: The Early Pacific Battles is a 2008 Timeless Media War Documentary narrated by Dale Reed.

Episode 1: The story of one of the most momentous events in American history and of a crucial turning point in the 20th Century. In the chaotic aftermath of the First World War, the vast Pacific Ocean becomes the flash point for a new crisis, a struggle between militaristic Japan and isolationist America. Japan, eager for raw materials to feed her fledgling industries, invades Manchuria and later China. The fighting in Asia sets Japan on a collision course with the United States, a course that will ultimately lead to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On December 7, 1941, the uneasy peace is shattered as the Japanese carrier fleet launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu. Within thirty minutes, the power of the United States Pacific Fleet is devastated. By the end of the attack, seven battleships are damaged or sunk, half the aircraft on the island are wiped out and 2,400 American lives are lost.

Chapters includes : Rescue and Escape; Aftermath; What Went Wrong?; Pearl Harbor in Retrospect

Episode 2: https://www.bitchute.com/video/JAeP0qhIqsCP/

With thanks to MVgroup: https://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Great_Battles_of_WWII:_The_Early_Pacific_Battles

A 2005 BBC War Documentary narrated by Bill Paterson.

Episode 3: In the first three years of war, German U-boats threatened to starve Britain into submission, but by the spring of 1943 the tide had turned and the hunter had become the hunted. Eyewitness testimony, archive film and reconstructions illuminate the remarkable story of how, in just months, the Allies destroyed the U-boat fleet.

A 2005 BBC War Documentary narrated by Bill Paterson.

Episode 2: During the first eighteen months of conflict, German U-boats were to sink more than three million tons of shipping off the American coast, severely damaging the Allied war effort. But by 1941, a vital source of naval intelligence promised to transform the war in the Atlantic, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

Episode 3: https://www.bitchute.com/video/Y6fRf5TidZSx/

A 2005 BBC War Documentary narrated by Bill Paterson.

Winston Churchill once wrote that "The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril". In saying this, he correctly identified the importance of the threat posed during World War Two by German submarines (the 'Unterseeboot') to the Atlantic lifeline. This lifeline was Britain's 'centre of gravity' - the loss of which would probably have led to wholesale defeat in the war.

Episode 1: At the beginning of the war, the `U-boat peril' did not seem to be a huge threat, yet within eighteen months the campaign across the Atlantic threatened to starve Britain into submission.

Episode 2: https://www.bitchute.com/video/NZBWnrzTCDaL/

With thanks to MVGroup: https://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=The_battle_of_the_atlantic#Keeping_Secrets

A 1999 WWII History Documentary narrated by Graham McTavish, as part of Scorched Earth series.

Army Group North (German: Heeresgruppe Nord) was a German strategic echelon formation, commanding a grouping of field armies during World War II. The German Army Group was subordinated to the Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH), the German army high command, and coordinated the operations of attached separate army corps, reserve formations, rear services and logistics, including the Army Group North Rear Area.

The Army Group North was created on the 2 September 1939 by reorganization of the 2nd Army Headquarters. Commander in Chief as of 27 August 1939 was Field Marshal Fedor von Bock.

The first employment of Army Group North was in the invasion of Poland of 1939. After the end of the campaign, it was transferred to the Western Theatre and on the 10 October 1939 was renamed as the Army Group B. In preparation for Operation Barbarossa, Army Group North was reformed from Army Group C on 22 June 1941. Army Group North was commanded by Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb and staged in East Prussia. Its strategic goal was Leningrad, with operational objectives being the territories of the Baltic republics and securing the northern flank of Army Group Centre in Northern Russia between Western Dvina River and Daugavpils-Kholm Army Group boundary. On commencement of the Wehrmacht's Baltic offensive operation the army group deployed into Lithuania and northern Belorussia. It served mainly in Baltic territories and north Russia until 1944. Commander in Chief 22 June 1941: Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb.

After becoming trapped in the Courland Cauldron after 25 January 1945, the Army Group was renamed Army Group Courland. On the same day, in East Prussia, a new Army Group North was created by renaming Army Group Center. On the 2 April 1945, the army group was dissolved, and the staff formed the 12th Army headquarters.

A 1999 WWII History Documentary narrated by Graham McTavish, as part of Scorched Earth series.

Army Group South (German: Heeresgruppe Süd) was the name of three German Army Groups during World War II. It was first used in the 1939 September Campaign, along with Army Group North to invade Poland.
In the invasion of Poland Army Group South was led by Gerd von Rundstedt and his chief of staff Erich von Manstein.

Two years later, Army Group South became one of three army groups into which Germany organised their forces for Operation Barbarossa. Army Group South's principal objective was to capture Soviet Ukraine and its capital Kiev. In September 1944, the Army Group South Ukraine was renamed Army Group South in Eastern Hungary. She fought in Western Hungary until March 1945 and retired to Austria at the end of the Second World War, where she was renamed Army Group Ostmark on 2 April 1945.

Episode 3: Army Group North
https://www.bitchute.com/video/kWRA6Dxy30Jc/

A 1999 WWII History Documentary narrated by Graham McTavish, as part of Scorched Earth series.

Army Group Centre (German: Heeresgruppe Mitte) was the name of two distinct strategic German Army Groups that fought on the Eastern Front in World War II.

The first Army Group Centre was created on 22 June 1941, as one of three German Army formations assigned to the invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa). The commander in chief on the formation of the Army Group Centre (22 June 1941) was Fedor von Bock.

On 25 January 1945, after it was encircled in the Königsberg pocket, Army Group Centre was renamed Army Group North (Heeresgruppe Nord), and Army Group A (Heeresgruppe A) became Army Group Centre. The latter formation retained its name until the end of the war in Europe.

Episode 2: Army Group South
https://www.bitchute.com/video/6AgvOLAAzI1u/

A 2011 Channel One Russia World War II, produced by Star Media and Babich-Design.
English narration by David Riley and Mike Cooper.

Episode 18: In August 1945 the Red Army launched an overwhelming assault against Japanese-occupied Manchuria. It came on the same day that Japan suffered its second devastating nuclear attack, and proved instrumental in forcing the Japanese leadership to recognise that the war was lost. This is the fascinating untold story of the Red Army’s last campaign of World War Two, which included the last battle of the war - a bloody amphibious landing on the remote Kurile Islands almost a week after Japan’s surrender.

This is the last episode of the series.

A 2011 Channel One Russia World War II, produced by Star Media and Babich-Design.
English narration by David Riley and Mike Cooper.

Episode 17: On the 31st of January 1945 the tankers of the 1st Byelorussian Front reached the Oder river near Kostrin and Frankfurt. Berlin was in some 100 km aside. But the Soviet Command took the decision to suspend the attack on the German capital. The units needed resupply and replacement of troops, as well as time to move up the reserves. It was not until Pomerania and Silesia had been cleared of German troops that the Red Army continued its offensive.

Episode 18: https://www.bitchute.com/video/GDYJ8NI49vhl/

A 2011 Channel One Russia World War II, produced by Star Media and Babich-Design.
English narration by David Riley and Mike Cooper.

Episode 16: n January 1945, across the snow-covered plains of Poland, the Red Army launched an overwhelming assault against the enemy that would take it to the gates of Berlin.

These final months of the war in Europe were some of its darkest, as Soviet soldiers stormed German fortresses, uncovered evidence of Nazi death camps that shocked the world, and carried out their own terrible retribution against the German people.

Episode 17: https://www.bitchute.com/video/GLTyPpKne0K9/

A 2011 Channel One Russia World War II, produced by Star Media and Babich-Design.
English narration by David Riley and Mike Cooper.

Episode 15: Stalin’s USSR was a nation obsessed with secrecy and highly experienced in the skills of espionage. But despite establishing networks of agents across Europe and the Far East in the 1930s, the Soviets were still caught off-guard by Hitler’s invasion in 1941. But thereafter, the GRU (army intelligence) and NKVD (KGB forerunner) went on to score some amazing intelligence coups in Tokyo, Washington, and even from the heart of Berlin.

Episode 16: https://www.bitchute.com/video/HGHIYIHxv72S/

A 2011 Channel One Russia World War II, produced by Star Media and Babich-Design.
English narration by David Riley and Mike Cooper.

Episode 14: By 1943-1944, as the Germans are desperately struggling to hold their ground, they are increasingly hindered by the Soviet partisans, which contain many former Red Army soldiers that had been cut off behind enemy lines. The Germans responded with intensive counter-insurgency campaigns and brutal reprisals against the civilian population. The Germans will, because of this, fight a war against both the Soviet army and the Soviet population.

Operating under the command of a Central Headquarters in Moscow, soviet partisans created huge ‘no-go’ areas for German troops, and conducted a systematic campaign of sabotage against the enemy rail network.

Episode 15: https://www.bitchute.com/video/gc4TRR20SZRW/

A 2011 Channel One Russia World War II, produced by Star Media and Babich-Design.
English narration by David Riley and Mike Cooper.

Episode 13: Hours before the start of Operation Barbarossa, the Germans, along with their Finnish allies, begin mining the Gulf of Finland to prevent any naval evacuation of Soviet troops and ships.

When Operation Barbarossa begins, Axis U-boats begin pounding the grand Soviet Navy, primarily based at Leningrad. This turns out to be the start of a five year sea war against the Soviet Union's Baltic Navy and the German and Finnish navies.

The Soviet navy fought many different types of war, from coastal raids in the Black Sea, to convoy escorts in the Arctic Ocean and submarine patrols in the Baltic Sea. Their submarines would prove a particularly lethal force, and in 1945 were responsible for massive and controversial losses of life at sea.

Episode 14: https://www.bitchute.com/video/MAB1Spqwjs1P/

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"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

I live in Milan, Italy. This is a History documentaries channel. Mainly about ancient, medieval and WWII history. But also Arts documentaries mixed with history, Movies, TV Series and Extras bonus material.

Many of these documentaries are made available thanks to MVGroup: https://forums.mvgroup.org/
It is the best site, IMO, with a vaste number of documentaries on every possible subject.

My other channels which are about Sport and Art:
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