World War 2: The Complete History

World War 2: The Complete History

Six Months To Run Wild
Season 1  |  Episode 8  |  The History Channel  |  November 28, 2017

In this episode, we examine the might of the Japanese as they win victory after victory in the Pacific. In this phase of the conflict the Allies endured some of their most significant losses. Singapore fell to the Japanese in one of the greatest defeats the British Empire had ever known. The Americans were driven from the Philippines and in the seas off Malaya two British battleships were sunk by Japanese fighter pilots. In Russia the German forces were to endure the severest of winters but despite heavy losses were ready to go on the offensive again by spring. Renewed attacks began in the south as German forces turned their attention to the city of Stalingrad. But after a few months of triumph the tide began to turn against the Japanese. American bombers appeared in the skies over Tokyo and in two titanic battles the USA began to crush Japan's dreams of victory. The fighting in the Mediterranean and North Africa intensified as the siege of the island of Malta intensified and Rommel mounted ever more threatening operations in the desert.

In this episode, we examine the might of the Japanese as they win victory after victory in the Pacific. In this phase of the conflict the Allies endured some of their most significant losses. Singapore fell to the Japanese in one of the greatest defeats the British Empire had ever known. The Americans were driven from the Philippines and in the seas off Malaya two British battleships were sunk by Japanese fighter pilots. In Russia the German forces were to endure the severest of winters but despite heavy losses were ready to go on the offensive again by spring. Renewed attacks began in the south as German forces turned their attention to the city of Stalingrad. But after a few months of triumph the tide began to turn against the Japanese. American bombers appeared in the skies over Tokyo and in two titanic battles the USA began to crush Japan's dreams of victory. The fighting in the Mediterranean and North Africa intensified as the siege of the island of Malta intensified and Rommel mounted ever more threatening operations in the desert.

This is the story of the greatest war of world history, of men and encounters that cast huge shadows across time. In this 13-part series we examine the events and personalities that drove World War II. In part one of this series we look at the legacy of Versailles and the League of Nations and their impact on events to come. The Versailles Conference and Treaty supposedly ended World War I; the guarantee of peace was the punishment and weakening of Germany. This humiliation would fuel the fire of one man's ambition to exact revenge - Adolf Hitler. When Hitler came to power in 1933 he did so on a wave of anti-Versailles feeling, assuring the German people that he would destroy the slave treaty of Versailles and once again make Germany a great power. With the impotence of the League of Nations further illustrated by their failure to act against Italy's invasion of Ethiopia and Japan's subsequent war on China, Hitler realised there was nothing to stop his plans for German rearmament and expansion. In 1938 he announced his plans to annexe Austria. With this country now in his pocket the way was clear for Hitler to move on to his next target - Czechoslovakia. As 1938 drew to a close Britain's Prime Minister was talking of appeasement, whilst a lone voice in Parliament, Winston Churchill, was warning the world about the coming dangers of Nazism.

World War 2: The Complete History: The Stumble to War

Modern history, Ethical understanding

Years 9-10, 11-12 Modern history, Ethical understanding
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This is the story of the greatest war of world history, of men and encounters that cast huge shadows across time. In this 13-part series we examine the events and personalities that drove World War II. In part one of this series we look at the legacy of Versailles and the League of Nations and their impact on events to come. The Versailles Conference and Treaty supposedly ended World War I; the guarantee of peace was the punishment and weakening of Germany. This humiliation would fuel the fire of one man's ambition to exact revenge - Adolf Hitler. When Hitler came to power in 1933 he did so on a wave of anti-Versailles feeling, assuring the German people that he would destroy the slave treaty of Versailles and once again make Germany a great power. With the impotence of the League of Nations further illustrated by their failure to act against Italy's invasion of Ethiopia and Japan's subsequent war on China, Hitler realised there was nothing to stop his plans for German rearmament and expansion. In 1938 he announced his plans to annexe Austria. With this country now in his pocket the way was clear for Hitler to move on to his next target - Czechoslovakia. As 1938 drew to a close Britain's Prime Minister was talking of appeasement, whilst a lone voice in Parliament, Winston Churchill, was warning the world about the coming dangers of Nazism.
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