About Secrets of World War II

Delving into WWII mysteries such as the cracking of the Enigma code and Hitler's last moments alive.

Secrets of World War II

At the core of any conflict you'll find deceit and mystery. Given that War is chaos and carnage, it's inevitable that the truth is clouded, lost or hidden. This series delves into mysteries such as the cracking of the Enigma code and Hitler's last moments alive.

THE ENIGMA CODES

At the end of 1939, three Polish cryptologists, Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski, working for Polish military intelligence, captured a code machine called Enigma, which the Germans believed to be impenetrable. Enigma and some secret tactics enabled the Allies to read German radio transmissions undetected throughout the second world war. The code was further deciphered by a British mathematician called Alan Turing, who was born in Maida Vale, northwest London. There's a pub there called Enigma, named to honour Turing's accomplishment.

WHEN HITLER INVADED AMERICA

In June of 1942, the Nazis tried to get the drop on the Yanks when German U-boats landed spies on Long Island, New York and at Jacksonville, Florida to blow up America's key aluminium factories. Fortunately for the Allies, all of these spies were captured, then imprisoned or sent to death, thwarting one of history's most spectacular sabotage attempts.

THE CORPSE THAT FOOLED THE AXIS

On 30th April 1943, a British submarine surfaced off the coast of Spain and dropped a body into the sea. The corpse was to play a central role in one of the most elaborate deceptions in military history. How did one solitary, decomposed body cause an uproar in the German High Command, dupe Adolf Hitler and ensure the success of an allied invasion? And who exactly was the mysterious body? This episode explores the answers to those questions.

THE DESERT FOX

This was the nickname of the legendary General Rommel, who was a master tactician and who often entered into a battle of wits with the other titan of the battlefield, Bernard Law "Monty" Montgomery. But while events of his decorated life was evident for all to see, the questions emerge at the end of his career and indeed his life. Having been implicated in the plot to kill Hitler, did Rommel commit suicide or was it murder?

OKINAWA: THE GREATEST SEA/AIR BATTLE IN HISTORY

On Easter Sunday 1945. the greatest naval armada in history steamed toward Okinawa. The resulting struggle was unparalleled in size, scope and ferocity. The bloody scrap ended with thousands of American men and aircraft lost, and the Japanese losses were ten times greater.

ADOLF HITLER'S LAST DAYS

Hitler and Eva Braun spent the final days before their presumed suicide in Hitler's hidden lair, the Fuhrerbunker. But did they commit suicide or did they escape? The series uses graphic reconstructions of the bunker and Braun's personal photos to help tell the real story and evidence of any possibility of escape is diligently examined.