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World War II: The Last Heroes

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

The personal stories of the soldiers who fought in World War II, brought back to life in reconstructions with real bombs and ammunition.

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Episode 6: World War II: The Last Heroes

Summary

Veterans of the conflict discuss the Allies' arrival at the River Rhine, the last obstacle between them and their ultimate goal - Berlin. Bill Ryan recalls crossing the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen when the Germans tried to blow it up, and Patrick Delaforce remembers the thousands of dead bodies he encountered in the village of Belsen. Jacov Krenin explains how he fired Katyusha rockets as the Russian army advanced.
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Review

In the last few months of the war, as the Allies fought their way towards Berlin, the horrors continued and thousands died. In the final, very emotional, programme of the series we hear a graphic description of what it was like flying the last bombing mission over Germany and some startling revelations about how a few soldiers took revenge on the Nazis, with no feelings of remorse.

Then there was the shock of what the soldiers saw when they liberated the concentration camps. “For 50 years I didn’t talk about it,” says Morton Waitzman, who was one of the first into Bergen-Belsen. “The horror of it just doesn’t go away.”

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  • Episode 6

    World War II: The Last Heroes

    Summary

    Veterans of the conflict discuss the Allies' arrival at the River Rhine, the last obstacle between them and their ultimate goal - Berlin. Bill Ryan recalls crossing the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen when the Germans tried to blow it up, and Patrick Delaforce remembers the thousands of dead bodies he encountered in the village of Belsen. Jacov Krenin explains how he fired Katyusha rockets as the Russian army advanced.
    Recommended

    Review

    In the last few months of the war, as the Allies fought their way towards Berlin, the horrors continued and thousands died. In the final, very emotional, programme of the series we hear a graphic description of what it was like flying the last bombing mission over Germany and some startling revelations about how a few soldiers took revenge on the Nazis, with no feelings of remorse.

    Then there was the shock of what the soldiers saw when they liberated the concentration camps. “For 50 years I didn’t talk about it,” says Morton Waitzman, who was one of the first into Bergen-Belsen. “The horror of it just doesn’t go away.”

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerPaul Wooding
    Series producerJeremy Llewllyn-Jones
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