World War II in Colour

Series 1 - 2. Lightning War

Lightning War

About this programme

2/13. This edition focuses on the effectiveness of the German blitzkrieg - intense military campaigns that aimed to bring about a swift victory using tanks supported by aircraft and infantry. This new type of warfare took the Allies by surprise and gave Hitler the opportunity to seize Poland and France. Actor Robert Powell narrates the story of the global conflict, told using colourised archive footage, state-of-the-art terrain mapping and cutting-edge computer graphics, and based on government papers and previously classified files.

Cast and crew


Robert Powell


Executive Producer
Matthew Barrett
Series Producer
Philip Nugus