Episode guide

WW2 Price of Empire

Series 1

WW2 Price of Empire

  • The Gathering Storm

    How were nations worldwide brought to the brink of conflict in 1939? Hear of the triggers that sparked World War II in the first of a major 13-part documentary series.

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  • The Phoney War

    What were the noteworthy events at the beginning of World War II? See rare archive footage and hear remarkable testimony on early advances made by Germany, Italy and the USSR.

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  • Blitzkrieg

    'Blitzkrieg' was an innovative tactic devised by the German military. Hear how it became the new word in warfare after the Nazis' swift invasions of Holland, Belgium and France.

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  • Alone

    Dogfights over the English Channel in 1940 led to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. Meanwhile, Italian troops entered North Africa. This epic World War II retrospective expounds.

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  • Barbarossa

    The Battle of the Atlantic, fighting in North Africa and Greece and the invasion of the USSR: the pivotal events of 1941 are explored in the series that charts the course of WWII.

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  • A Date In Infamy

    America's entry into WWII in December 1941 would prove to be vital to Allied success. Discover how the United States' involvement shaped the course of the conflict in 1942.

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  • The Turning Point

    Discover how the political map of the world was remade by WWII. Recalling the spread of Japanese invasion in the Pacific and the bombing of German cities by British planes.

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  • The End Of The Beginning

    A truly global conflict, WWII in 1942 saw the Battle of Stalingrad commence, the fight for North Africa escalate and the Solomon Islands campaign begin.

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  • The Beginning Of The End

    Hear about the Allied invasion of Sicily, the battle for New Guinea and the ongoing Soviet fight to regain territory from Germany.

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  • Overlord

    The Normandy landings of June 1944 are perhaps the most well-known operations of WWII. With access to remarkable archive footage, discover how Operation Overlord started in earnest.

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  • Hell Is On Us

    By 1944, the Russians were making inroads on the Eastern Front and America had managed to reclaim the Philippines. Archive footage reveals the gathering Allied momentum.

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  • Unconditional Surrender

    The end of the deadliest conflict in history neared with Allied successes in Europe and the Far East. Through pictures and testimony, hear how victory came about.

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  • A Thousand Suns

    Reflections on the final days of WWII and the surrender of the Axis powers. Discover how empires fell and the political map of the world was remade as the guns quietened.

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