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Secrets of WWII: Above Us the Enemy
Secrets of WWII: What Really Happened to Rommel
This film chronicles the career of Germany's most brilliant World War II tactician. Field Marshall Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) was nicknamed the "Desert Fox" for his brilliant leadership of German troops in North Africa. He had an unbroken string of victories until defeated by General Montgomery's much larger forces in Egypt. This documentary contains film clips of the famed "Ghost Division" and rare footage of Rommel's state funeral. The question of Rommel's fate is addressed: was he murdered, or did he commit suicide? It is known that he became convinced that Germany would lose the war and that Hitler should relinquish power. Rommel's involvement in the plot to oust Hitler is examined, along with the intrigue surrounding Rommel's death. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Secrets of WWII: Confusion Was Their Business
Secrets of WWII: Adolf Hitler's Last Days
This film follows Hitler's last days, when he made preparations to escape from war-ravaged Berlin along with his longtime mistress, Eva Braun. Hitler (1889-1945), the German dictator and head of the National Socialist Party (Nazis), married Eva Braun shortly before their presumed deaths. The scandal of their liaison was in part responsible for Hitler's crumbling support in Germany. Did the couple commit suicide, or did they escape? When the tides of the war turned against Germany, its leader fled, hiding with Eva Braun in his secret stronghold called the Fuhrerbunker. With the help of graphic reconstructions and Eva Braun's personal photographs, the viewer learns the real facts and interesting speculation surrounding their deaths. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Secrets of WWII: The Real Heroes of Telemark
Secrets of WWII: The Minehunters
Secrets of WWII: How Germany Was Bombed to Defeat
Secrets of WWII: Merrill's Marauders
Secrets of WWII: The Corpse That Fooled the Axis
This BBC documentary tells the fascinating story of how the Allied forces used one dead body to dupe Hitler and save thousands of lives. The viewer learns the identity of "The Man Who Never Was," yet who, in death, saved untold thousands. In one of the most elaborate hoaxes of World War II, the Germans are led to discover a body on the coast of Spain in 1943. Based on this discovery, the Germans erroneously concluded that the Allies planned to attack Greece, rather than Sicily. A surprising twist is the role that German spies played in helping the Allied powers in the ruse. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Secrets of WWII: They Flew for China - Chennault's Tigers
Secrets of WWII: Secrets Behind the Battle of Guadalcanal
This documentary recounts the story of the first major Allied counteroffensive of World War II against the Japanese. The battle, fought by both land and sea forces, began with the landing of some 16,000 U. S. Marines in August of 1942, and the establishment of a beachhead on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. The Marines were outnumbered ten to one, as the Japanese continued to pour reinforcements into the area. While the naval battle ended in November, this land battle in the Pacific did not end until February of 1943, when the Japanese evacuated some 14,000 troops from the island. Twenty-three-thousand Japanese died there; the Americans lost 1,600, while many thousands more were casualties of battle and disease. This film captures the valor and hardship of the soldier fighting in the Pacific theater. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Secrets of WWII: Home Run from Colditz
Secrets of WWII: The RAF vs. the V-Weapons
Secrets of WWII: Secret Mission to North Africa
This documentary is the gripping tale of the dangerous mission that saved thousands of lives of Allied soldiers in the coming invasion of North Africa. The film traces the events that led to the invasion. In 1942, a band of American officers managed to gather with their submarines off the North African coast, where they formulated their strategy and then carried out a plan to relay crucial information to General Eisenhower. A film highlight is a look at the plan to gain French support and the American general who risked his life to get it. The viewer witnesses an attack on the French navy by a trusted ally and takes a tour of the H.M.S. Seraph. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Secrets of WWII: The Amazing Colonel Doolittle
Secrets of WWII: The End of Scharnhorst
Secrets of WWII: The Bruneval Raid
Secrets of WWII: Secrets of the Battle of the Bulge
In December of 1944, Hitler was facing defeat and tried one last gamble on the western front: a surprise attack on Allied positions in Belgium. The Germans launched their attack in the Ardennes Forest during a period of bad weather in hopes of splitting the Allied forces and taking the strategic port of Antwerp. This documentary tells the story of the astonishing blunders made and the desperate risks taken in this offensive, which drove 60 miles into Allied territory, creating a "bulge" in the lines. However, Allied resistance helped to stall the Germans, while the breaking of the code of Nazi radio transmissions ensured their defeat. Improved flying conditions enabled the Allied air forces to support counterattacks, forcing the Germans to retreat in this decisive battle. A highlight of the film is seeing the computer created to crack the Nazi codes. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Secrets of WWII: The Greatest Sea/Air Battle in History
Secrets of WWII: When Hitler Invaded America
Secrets of WWII: The Nazi Plundering of Europe
Secrets of WWII: Human Torpedoes
Secrets of WWII: Japan's Last Secret Weapon
Secrets of WWII: Cracking the Enigma Codes
This fascinating film looks at the people who worked to break the codes containing Germany's secret war plans. Blitzkrieg -- Germany's lightning attacks by plane and tank -- depended on speedy radio communications. In order to keep attack plans secret, the Germans invented the Enigma machine to code the messages, turning them into unintelligible gibberish and then back to sense when received. To crack the Enigma codes, an array of people came together at Bletchley Park, a mansion outside London. Gathered there were mathematicians, academics, crossword puzzle enthusiasts, and chess champions, whose shared goal was to stop the Nazis. They developed code-breaking machines that were harbingers of today's computers. The viewer is shown the code-cracking devices, the ingenious way they worked, and how they were implemented in a mission that stayed secret for 30 years after the end of World War II. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Secrets of WWII: Cruises of the Secret Raiders
Secrets of WWII: Destroying Hitler's Oil
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