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Any recent documentaries to be watching?

Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by waggy, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. waggy

    waggy Member

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    I watch at least one and more oftern two ww2 documentary 5 nights week, and have done so for quite a while.

    Unfortunately it feels like I've ran out of documentaries. Getting a bit bored of watching the same ones over and over (except for Hitler in Colour!), so much so that I've tracked that far back to old documentaries I'm now watching Victory at Sea (1952).

    Are there any new documentaries recently released or on the horizon I should take a look at?

    Churchill's German Army Looks interesting, only new one I'm aware of though.

    Just read about the new band of brothers here, so glad I've browsed back to this place!
     
  2. ghost_of_war

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    Have you checked out anything recent like Battle 360 or Patton 360?
     
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    I watched a 3 hour documentary I Sky+ on the Military Channel in the UK this morning......It was superb !
     
  4. waggy

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    Cheers, been watching them recently. I like the cgi scenes, nice twist on the usual documentary.

    Unfortunately I cant check out the sky+ one, only got virginmedia+. Was it a new documentary?

    Well if anybody else needs some suggestions, some fairly recent ones i've enjoyed are World War Two - Behind Closed Doors, Churchills bodyguard and Hitlers bodyguards.

    A must watch is Hitler in Colour
     
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    Thanks for that - I'll check those out.
     
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    I've been watching the multi-part series on PBS, which was either made in conjuntion with BBC, or was made by BBC and aired on PBS here in the states.

    The title is World War 2; Behind Closed Doors. This is a series of re-enactments of meetings between Stalin,FDR, and Churchill. Also their aides, and conferences. All compiled from actual minutes of the meetings, and/or diaries/journals of the participants.

    The fellow playing Stalin is a native Russian (not Georgian), and speaks no English so there is a real "true feeling" of the time lag between someone speaking to him and his taking it in through an interpreter. Also when he (or and non-English speaking character) is talking in his native language there are sub-titles. The meeting between he and the Polish leader come to mind.

    I've seen three episodes so far, but I don't know how many there are really. Each is about two hours long (or slightly less), and very interesting. They do seem to be "spot on" historically, but do add side-lights and such.

    I will highly recommend this series, and if I find it on Netflix I'll order it to watch all over again.
     
  7. sunny971

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    ok,

    I got a few good ones...

    Sunday may 24th - history international

    THE COLOR OF WAR - 4 part series ww2 battles filmed in color - starting at 8pm

    and my personal favourite... for all you Rommel fans out there..

    Sunday may 31st - history international 3 pt series

    rommel - the warrier 8pm
    rommel - the doubter 9pm
    rommel - the conspirator 10pm

    although its not a documentary - band of brothers marathon will be on saturday may 23 on history channel starting at 10:42am ... all the way to midnight..

    you may require medical attention if you watch all those episodes all the way to midnight ... so just be cautious ... safety first ... hehe :)

    enjoy!
     
  8. C.Evans

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    Ill be starting a documentary series about the Eastern Front-as they come in.
     
  9. blacksnake

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    If you like the CGI effects of "Battle 360", then check out "Dogfights" which is usually found on the History Channel and as of yesterday also on the Military Chanl. Excellent recreations of aerial battles from WWI right through to the present. Were possible they cover a particular "Ace's" accomplishments including first hand interviews with technical and tactical breakdowns of various dogfights, all of which is recreated in detailed CGI. Well worth a watch. :)
     
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    The East Front doc I started watchinglast night is called: The Road To Stalingrad-which has 2 episodes on it. From what i've had time to watch-I have seen mostly footage I have not seen before.

    Another very well made doc series is currently beig shown on PBS-called: Stalin-behind closed doors.
     
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    Saw Operation Valkyrie on the History Channel (what on earth is with this Ice trucker and paranormal business?). I'm tempted to buy the DVD and Valkyrie because the extras on both sound very intriguing (I've yet to see Valkyrie though...heard good things however). Any thoughts before I pull out the credit card? Or any other suggestions?
     
  12. C.Evans

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    Apprently the History Channel hs rn out of good ideas to ir. I can't stand the ice road truckers waste-o-time crap that they love showing. I saw one about te history of logging in Alaska-which was as boring and pointless as watching cement dry.

    Flat out-since Arthur Kent left the station-THC has gone downhill as fast as the Roadrunner could outrun the Coyote.
     
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    I definitely agree with you on that, it boggles my mind what they show on that channel. It's as though they've forgotten what "History" means. Makes it all the more tempting to order documentaries I know are worth watching in bluray and watch them with my theater system!
     
  14. waggy

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    Some excellent recommendations there, been watching those I could get my hands on, thanks.

    Have there been any new documentaries released in the past 6 months?
     
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    My favourite documentary was battlefield, it used to air every night at six on the military channel, but i haven't seen it on lately. The first series was made in 1994 (not on the last six months sorry) i believe, and covers the major battles of WWII. The footage is good, and i found it to be very informative. Great thread though, a lot of these sound really interresting.
     
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    I've seen Dogfights before - I highly recommend it if you are an aerial warfare buff. :) The graphics are very crisp, and the visual effects are stunning.
     
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    Shame I guess to reply to such an old thread, but…………for those who subscribe to Netflix, a new documentary; World War II from the frontlines. Just came out, I just watched the trailer. It’s looks very good and film was colorized, supposed to be some footage never seen before. I shall start watching at my leisure. Six episodes.
     
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    Report back as required.

    Or not, maybe just drop by for beer.
     
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    Ok. I JUST started episode one tonight. There are six episodes. Tonight, Germany bombs and enters Poland. All in color. The polish resistance trys to fight back. Germany thinks the Furer was sent by God. Episode two. Operation BARBAROSA. GERMANY moves troops to the Russian border and declares war on Russia. Meanwhile German subs wreck havoc with shipping in the Atlantic. Meanwhile the Germans fire bomb London. (I only give short excerpts). Hitler sends Rommel to conquer North Africa, The U.S. has still not entered the war, Pearl Harbor will help change that. Hitler’s forces are now 200 miles from Moscow. Roosevelt still will not enter the war but sends aid. November 1941, the Germans are very close to Moscow. Stalin says he wants to exterminate the Germans to the last one, Meanwhile, Japan is conquering the Pacific Islands, December 7, 1941. A surprise attack was Japans only option. The mission was a success. They sunk five battleships and sunk three destroyers. Roosevelt makes his famous speech. America fires up its war machine. Episode three. 1942. Most of Europe is under German control. North Africa, miles and miles of destroyed British tanks and equipment. At Tobruk they try to hold off Rommel’s tanks. Tobruk falls and the Germans advance, In the Pacific island of Midway the U.S. has broken the Japanese code. U.S. Navy dive bombers close in for the kill on Japanese carriers. Four Japanese air craft carriers are sent to the bottom of the Atlantic. It was an ambush. On the eastern front HItler diverts his army to Stalingrad. Germans said their tanks were as fast as lightning. Russian army now recruits over one million women. The Germans prepare for a full scale ground assault. Every house was a battlefield. For three months they fight each other to a standstill. The red army was now coming from north and south and caught the German army off guard. In the Pacific the battle continues between the U.S Navy and the Japanese navy. Winston Churchill appoints Montgomery in charge of the North Africa campaign. Now American paratroopers land in North Africa. Winter sets in in Russia, The German army runs out of food. They are starving to death. They started eating the internal organs of their dead. Now 800,000 axis troops have been killed or captured. The Soviet army rejoices. As the war enters its fourth year, the U.S. B-17’s bomb Germany. (That is all for now) Episode 4,5,6 to be watched at a later date. But this entire series has been colorized.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Amazon.com

    The World at War, from the BBC. Twenty-six episodes.
     
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