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Good for Anglophiles,
This review is from: Hitler's War (Four Discs With Book) (DVD)
This 4-DVD version of Hitler's War covers major events quite thoroughly, has great footage and is really quite well done overall as far as production values. However, it suffers from an extreme level of rah-rah Anglophilia and Germanophobia that is very off-putting for non-Churchill worshippers. A more accurate title would be 'The War on Hitler' or 'Churchill's War' as it is from the British point of view.
Hitler did not undo the Versailles Treaty without firing a shot, take over Europe and North Africa, and almost conquer the USSR by being a moron or a madman. And Churchill did not declare war on Germany only to lose the British Empire and destroy Europe by being a strategic genius. Don't even get me started on the war crimes of Stalin and FDR.
Acknowledging these facts and a bit more balance would have made this a genuine 5-star effort. I suggest Hitler's War for a more balanced view of Hitler and Germany in WWII, from their point of view.
Edit: I recently re-watched this series and abandoned the effort after watching for less than 10 minutes. It is literally unwatchable due to the omnipresent editorializations. If they had stuck with facts, it would have been great. I would now give it 1 star.
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Initial post: Mar 21, 2008 12:47:11 AM PDT
Steven E. Romer says:
wow, finally a review by someone who knows what they are talking about... and is not taken in by the massive and idiotic WW2 propaganda!
Posted on Mar 27, 2008 9:14:46 AM PDT
I agree with you too. Not only the often-seen British attitude of "we won WW2 single handedly" but with a heaping helping of "The unhelpful stupid yanks" and "cowardly French better off on the side of the enemy" as well. I read a history book recently that had just the exact same attitude. There are many factual errors as well. For instance, in the episode about The Battle of Britain, the famous quote about wanting a "squadron of spitfires" is attributed to Herman Goering as said to Hitler himself, a scene that would never have happened for many reasons. Most histories attribute this phrase to Adolf Galland, a German fighter leader, as said to Herman Goering. I guess the makers of this show just saw the name Adolf and off they went.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2008 3:10:54 PM PDT
James E. Egolf says:
I liked the review and the comments. Readers should pause and think.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009 7:18:22 PM PDT
J. Cornelius says:
Churchill did not declare war. That was done under Chamberlain's government.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2009 3:50:21 PM PDT
Michael Ludwig says:
True, Churchill did not declare war is he was not yet in the position to do so. But he was the champion of the war party, and after "Munich", Chamberlain was not the driving force of British foreign policy any more.
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