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The Dawn of War: The Early Battles of WW11

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The Dawn of War The Early Battles of WWII takes viewers to the front lines of the European, the Pacific and the African theatres of the deadliest conflict in human history. Entire hours are devoted to the rise of the Axis powers, the horrific battle over Stalingrad, the diplomatic pleas and military ambushes that would unite the Allies and much more.

This compelling 11-part series chronicles the first half of this global military conflict in a masterfully scripted presentation filled with rare and authentic archive footage produced by internationally acclaimed documentarian, Pacific Media.

Featuring rare and never-before-seen footage from the most important early battles of WWII including:

  • Battle of Britain
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Stalingrad
  • El Alamein and much, much more!


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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 574 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003R0G4QE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you take the point of view this is entertainment, then the footage is great. If you want correct history, this is poor at best. For example, in the segment on the invasion of Poland, obvious errors are: showing the PzKwIV with the KwK L46 gun which didn't make its appearance until 1942, several segments which are obviously Ukraine are shown as Poland; mispronouncing most German generals names; showing Frech troops and calling them Polish, saying Guderian applied JFC Fuller & Basil Liddell-Hart's (BLH) theories and developed blitzkrieg. First, Guderian never heard of BLH until after the war when BLH interviewed him in a holding pen, among many, many, other errors in this segment. After the Poland segment, showing Erwin Rommel meeting Hitler which never happened until he achieved success in the desert - again 1942. Showing Erich von Manstein in a field marshall's uniform as part of the planning team for the French 1940 invasion. Manstein became Field Marshall in 1942 after the capture of Sevastopol in the Crimea. In the segment on the fall of France, saying Guderian led 50 panzer divisions through the Ardennes Forest. The real number is around 8. Again showing a PzKwIV with the wrong gun which is east front footage. The funniest one is showing the back end of a T34/76 (a Russian tank) and talking about the German breakout to the English Channel.

It is like no one knew or vetted the film for basic history, military equipment, or the sequence of the war at this company. So as history it is fraught with errors. As entertainment, the footage is very nice and it's fun to find all the footage and textural mistakes.

Like above, rarely seen footage makes this a 3 1/2-star event. The manifold errors drove me to distraction - subtract 2 stars.
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I swear, I don't know who's writing reviews that rate documentaries like this one 5 stars. First, the voice over for the entire series is very drab and can even be desrcibed as nerve jarring. Second, the man cannot even pronounce half of the names correctly; nor does he ever develop any rhythm... It's not that this documentary gets too many facts wrong, it's that the production value is haphazard and lackadaisical. I recommend turning of the sound and relying on Closed Captioning if you must view.
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I agree with Jeffrey Turner's review... the basic facts are correct on this DVD, but the narrator for "The Dawn of War" is simply terrible. I know that's a harsh statement, but unfortunately, it's a valid one. For example with "The Battle of Britain" segment of the 11-part series on this DVD, the narrator continuously refers to it as "The Battle of England." Often his pronunciations are wrong, and somewhat comically so, as he changes the pronunciations of the same word throughout a given segment. And, as Mr. Turner observed, his narration is boring, in a very monotone-type delivery sort of way.

The historical film available on this DVD is worth the price, and more. Again, I agree with Mr. Turner's review... turn off the audio, and use the closed captions.

For WWII history buffs, this DVD is worth it. I've never seen some of the archival film, and I've been viewing WWII battle films for over 40 years. It's obvious that the narrator is young, and never heard of some of the locations, or war equipment used, before. He's simply reading a poorly written script.

I give it 3 stars based upon the historical information provided, but deducted the 2 stars due to the poor narration.
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I bought this DVD set to replace a DVD purchased elsewhere that was damaged during the "Stalingrad" episode. I enjoy a variety of historical sources about past lives and events. This wasn't the best, but it did provide good timeline events and the people and occasions that called for a specific person's deed that warranted their names and images being talked of.
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