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93,910.  September 1st 1939: German troops thrust deep into Poland to win a swift and absolute victory.  World War II in Colour/HD e1: The Gathering Storm

 

93,911.  Hitler declared himself president.  ibid.

 

93,912.  London and Paris were scared of setting off a European war.  They declared a policy of non-intervention.  ibid.

 

 

93,913.  During the afternoon of August 31st 1939 German forces made their final preparations for the invasion of Poland.  World War II in Colour/HD e2: Lightning War

 

93,914.  The Allies abandoned Norway to its fate.  ibid.

 

 

93,915.  On June 22nd 1940 Britain stood alone against the Nazis ... The odds against the RAF were daunting.  World War II in Colour/HD e3: Britain at Bay

 

93,916.  Cities by night – this was the co-called Blitz.  London was attacked every night but one up to November 12th.  ibid.

 

 

93,917.  Adolf Hitler had never disguised his belief that the Soviet Union would be his regime’s ultimate aim.  He hated communism and saw the vast open spaces and natural resources of Soviet Russia as the prize that would finally enable the German people to become the master race.  World War II in Colour/HD e4: Hitler Strikes East

 

93,918.  The German army invaded the Balkans ... Greece fell almost as quickly.  ibid.

 

93,919.  Stalingrad had been a bloody battle.  The Germans had been savaged.  They had lost some 300,000 of their man.  ibid.

 

 

93,920.  At 7:56 on the morning of December 7th 1941 Japanese aircraft swooped down over Hawaii.  Their target: the US Pacific fleet at anchor at its base at Pearl Harbor.  (World War II & Pearl Harbor)  World War II in Colour/HD e5: Red Sun Rampant

 

 

26,870.  As Hitler marched triumphantly across western Europe in the early summer of 1940, his fellow dictator in Italy, Benito Mussolini, dreamt of a similar campaign further south.  (World War II & Italy)  World War II in Colour/HD e6: The Mediterranean and North Africa

 

26,871.  The Italian army was in poor fighting shape.  (World War II & Italy)  ibid.

  

26,872.  Italy could no longer be depended on to maintain control of the Mediterranean.  (World War II & Italy)  ibid.

 

26,873.  The people of Malta held on.  (World War II & Malta)  ibid.

 

26,874.  The RAF played havoc with the advancing German tanks … It was now Rommel’s turn to dig in.  ibid.

 

26,875.  For Germany it was another momentous disaster.  ibid.

 

 

26,856.  For the western Allies the problem was attacking Germany when there were no Allied troops in mainland Europe.  World War II in Colour/HD e7: Turning the Tide

 

26,857.  Carpet-bombing: ‘it would destroy the morale of the civilian population’.  (World War II & Bomb)  ibid.

 

26,858.  German city after city was hit and devastated.  (World War II & Bomb)  ibid.

 

26,859.  By the end of 1943 the Allies dominated the Atlantic.  It was a turning point in the war.  ibid.  

 

 

89,617.  Summer 1943 and on the Eastern front Hitler’s armies were in retreat.  Huge Soviet artillery barrages and tank assaults were shredding the German lines.  Hitler by now was fighting a war on two fronts.  World War II in Colour/HD e8: The Soviet Steamroller

 

90,287.  By the spring of 1944 Hitler’s forces were stretched to the limit.  All along the Eastern front there was a desperate need for reinforcements.  ibid.  

 

91,654.  Nearly 1,500 tanks and a million men pushed into Romania in late August 1944.  ibid.

 

 

26,876.  Overlord: 1944 and on the Eastern Front Hitler’s forces were being pushed back towards the German border.  But Germany was about to face a new threat: in the West, Allied forces had been preparing for months to open a new front in north-west France … An attack Hitler had long been expecting …. One of the greatest battles of World War II: D-Day.  (World War II & Battle)  World War II in Colour/HD e9: Overlord

 

26,877.  ‘I am the greatest builder of fortifications of all time.’  ibid.  Hitler

 

26,878.  Operation Overlord – the greatest sea-borne invasion ever – was underway.  D-Day had begun.  ibid.

 

26,879.  A vast armada out of the mist.  ibid.

 

26,880.  Assault troops headed for the shore.  ibid.

 

26,881.  The Americans held on to the beach-head.  ibid.

 

 

26,882.  By the summer of 1944 Allied troops were racing towards Paris.  World War II in Colour/HD: The Battle of the Bulge e10, Closing the Ring

 

26,883.  The Battle of the Bulge: the German bulge was slowly pushed back.  ibid.  

 

 

26,860.  By early 1943 the Japanese empire was at its height.  The country had occupied Malaya, Burma, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies.  (World War II & Japan)  World War II in Colour/HD e11: The Island War

 

26,861.  In January 1944 America's naval offensive in the Pacific moved on to the Marshall Islands.  (World War II & Japan)  ibid.

 

26,862.  Japanese losses had been even greater.  (World War II & Japan)  ibid.

 

 

26,863.  Stalin’s Red Army in Poland prepared to launch a major offensive on Germany’s eastern border.  Hitler’s forces in the region were poorly equipped.  (World War II & Russia & Soviet Union)  World War II in Colour/HD e12: Victory in Europe

 

26,864.  There were horrific tales of Russian rape, murder and pillage.  (World War II & Russia & Soviet Union)  ibid.

 

26,865.  In Europe the continent lay in ruins.  ibid.

 

 

91,657.  In the first months of 1945 Japan was on the run.  The American had fought their way across the Pacific.  US submarines and aircraft had destroyed Japan’s merchant fleet and air power.  World War II in Colour/HD e13: Victory in the Pacific

 

91,660.  Firestorms engulfed whole areas destroying houses and industrial facilities.  ibid.

 

 

94,190.  Bridge – Radar – got a spook.  (World War II & War & Ship & Submarine)  The Enemy Below 1957 starring Robert Mitchum & Curt Jurgens & Theodore Bikel & Al Hedison & Russell Collins & Kurt Kreuger & Ralph Manza & Frank Albertson & Biff Elliot & Doug McClure et al, director Dick Powell, radar bloke

 

94,191.  I’m sick of this war.  It’s not a good war.  (World War II & War & Ship & Submarine)  ibid.  captain of U-boat

 

94,192.  There’s no end to misery and destruction.  (World War II & War & Ship & Submarine)  ibid.  Mitchum

 

94,193.  I want something better for them than war, and I think it’s possible.  (World War II & War & Ship & Submarine)  ibid.  doctor to captain

 

94,194.  I don’t want to know the men I’m trying to destroy.  (World War II & Destroy & Ship & Submarine)  ibid.  captain to doctor

 

 

94,241.  Then you’ve got the bloody cliff overhang.  We can’t even see the bloody cave let alone the bloody guns.  And anyway, we haven’t got a bloody bomb big enough to smash that bloody rock.  And that’s the bloody truth, sir.  The Guns of Navarone 1961 starring Gregory Peck & David Niven & Anthony Quinn & Stanley Baker & Anthony Quayle & James Darren & Peter Grant & Irene Papas & Gia Scala & James Robertson Justice & Richard Harris & Bryan Forbeset al, director J Lee Thompson, Australian bloke

 

94,242.  The only way to win the war is to be just as nasty as the enemy.  (World War II & War)  ibid.  Peck

 

94,243.  They’ll be a thousand wars.  And they’ll be a thousand wars till we all kill each other off completely.  (World War II & War)  ibid.  Niven

 

 

95,151.  In WW2 American tanks were outgunned and out armored by the more advanced German tanks.

 

US tank crewmen suffered staggering losses against the superior enemy vehicles.  

 

It is April 1945.

 

The Allies fight deep in the heart of Nazi Germany, encouraging the most fanatical resistance yet.

 

In desperation Hitler declares total war, mobilizing every man, woman and child ...  Fury 2014 starring Brad Pitt & Logan Lerman & Shia LaBeouf & Michael Pena & Jon Bernthal & Jason Isaacs & Scott Eastwood & Xavier Samuel & Brad William Henke & Jim Parrack & Anamaria Marinca & Alicia von Rittbert et al, director David Ayer, opening caption

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