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Countdown to Surrender - The Last 100 Days

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Episode 1: Breakthrough in the East

Summary

A look at the final 100 days of the Second World War. In the first edition, the total war, propagated by Goebbels, strikes back at the Fatherland and reaches its climax on German soil. It is the beginning of a hundred days of horror and death.

Review

This is a very well-made, German-produced documentary about the closing stages of the Second World War in Europe, done as a sort of near-daily diary, with the help of historians including Antony Beevor and powerful newsreel footage.

As we begin, it’s 28 January 1945. By this stage, the Wehrmacht have effectively been defeated, yet Hitler continues to exhort the nation to fight on. But as the weeks go on and the casualties rise (including at least 7,000 killed when a ship carrying fleeing civilians is torpedoed near Danzig, and lethal aerial attacks on Berlin and Dresden), his policy looks increasingly futile. The episode ends in March 1945, with Churchill making his presence felt on the Siegfried Line.

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  • Episode 1

    Breakthrough in the East

    Summary

    A look at the final 100 days of the Second World War. In the first edition, the total war, propagated by Goebbels, strikes back at the Fatherland and reaches its climax on German soil. It is the beginning of a hundred days of horror and death.

    Review

    This is a very well-made, German-produced documentary about the closing stages of the Second World War in Europe, done as a sort of near-daily diary, with the help of historians including Antony Beevor and powerful newsreel footage.

    As we begin, it’s 28 January 1945. By this stage, the Wehrmacht have effectively been defeated, yet Hitler continues to exhort the nation to fight on. But as the weeks go on and the casualties rise (including at least 7,000 killed when a ship carrying fleeing civilians is torpedoed near Danzig, and lethal aerial attacks on Berlin and Dresden), his policy looks increasingly futile. The episode ends in March 1945, with Churchill making his presence felt on the Siegfried Line.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour
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