GREATEST EVENTS OF WORLD WAR II has used advanced technology to expertly restore WWII archives to full colour in HD. It gives us explosive rare footage as we have never seen before.
With the likes of WWII In Colour, documentaries portraying the Second World War have now been able to give us more than the poorly tinted coloured and black and white scratchy footage we used to know.
Greatest Events of World War II now showing on the Discovery Channel has a lot to compete against, as there is an abundance already out there. Yet this brand new series dives in deeper with pockets of facts and knowledge that other series simply brush over.
In the first episode of this gripping 10-part series, the episode surrounds the subject of Blitzkrieg, also known as the “Lightning War”. For those that do not know anything about Blitzkrieg, needn’t worry as the whole episode covers it from its bare-bones basics. Therefore it is interesting for anyone with any level of knowledge of WWII and perfect for those that want to educate themselves but have always been too intimidated to know where to begin.
We are greeted by the soft-sounding Sir Derek Jacobi narrating throughout aiding us with the use of a map animation where countries bleed red wherever Nazi Germany had successfully taken over to explain the Blitzkrieg timeline.
We then get a chop between hearing from several professionals such as professors studying Military History and the author of The War in the West. Allowing us to hear the different perspectives you may not usually hear in other documentaries.
What pulled me into this episode deeper was the rare footage and tidbits of unique facts that others that cover these great battles, brush over. It's always a good sign when you've been watching these kinds of things for a while that you still learn something new.
A good example was the fact German civilians commonly used crystal meth, that led to German soldiers themselves taking it to battle their fatigue. This, of course, would lead to many side effects such as recklessness that would, as you can imagine, be disastrous in the hands of war but as one historian had placed it: “Better to suffer the side effects than be dead.”
I also was grateful for the audio archive from soldiers and sailors, such as a Royal Engineer voiceover as we watch the miraculous scenes from the evacuation of Dunkirk, saving 340,000 of those stranded. There was something more heartwarming with hearing a voice who was there, than a narrator talking about it throughout, something more impactful and emotional where there would be more of a detachment especially with such a scene that reminds us of how impactful and huge the event of Dunkirk was.
Though the ending of the first episode was a bit jarring and different to the rest of the tone of the episode, as well as a bit confusing, the episode as a whole has made me curious for more.
- You can catch up on Prime Video.