The Complete History of World War II carries viewers back to the conflict that will end all conflicts with astounding ambition and an epic storytelling sense. The movie, which is divided into two concisely presented sections, is a feast for audiences seeking new perspective and insight on this pivotal period in human history.
Part 1 picks off where Part 0 left off. Over 130,000 civilians are killed when the US delivers two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, essentially ending the war. The circumstances leading up to this were no less dramatic than the fight itself, which came to an unspeakably terrible end.
The majority of historians attribute Adolph Hitler’s ascent to power and the Nazi Party’s invasion of Poland in 1939 as the beginning of the conflict. The immediate and catastrophic reaction from Britain and France to this bold conduct was to threaten full-scale war if German soldiers did not leave. Their admonition was ignored.
The narrative that follows is a complex one of rapidly spreading tyranny, inventive combat tactics, the strengths and weaknesses of the world’s most powerful leaders, and a number of military turning points like the fall of France, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and Hitler’s initial overture to war with the Soviet Union.
The second part immerses us in the escalating hostilities between the United States and Japan as well as the unexpected air attack on Pearl Harbor. The U.S. had to act quickly and severely in retribution as they formally entered the war after the date that would live in infamy.
The documentary pays homage to the vast canvas of the Second World War with profound and solemn respect, covering everything from the unfathomable atrocities of tens of millions of dead troops and civilians to the incredible deeds of courage in the face of impossible odds.
The movie features an outstanding collage of images from the time period, and it skillfully and meticulously conveys a steady stream of information.
The Complete History of World War II is a meticulously researched account of one of history’s most expensive and important wars.