LAST SECRETS OF THE AXIS
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One of the most compelling stories of World War II concerns the origins of the unlikely alliance between the Axis powers. While many people imagine that the union was forged along the lines of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," the real story is far more complicated.LAST SECRETS OF THE AXIS picks up where the popular HISTORY CHANNEL special THE SAMURAI AND THE SWASTIKA left off, examining the remarkable historical confluence that led to the rise of German-Japanese cooperation. At the heart of story is Karl Haushofer, a geography professor (and the man who coined the term "geopolitics"). The program explores the professor's convoluted role, following him from the origins of the Reich to the Nuremberg Trials. LAST SECRETS also reveals details of many overlooked engagements, including a coup in Iraq, backed by German and Italian forces, that had the long-term goal of establishing a Persian Gulf base for Japanese submarines!From unsung battles to back-room dealings, this is a compelling examination of the LAST SECRETS OF THE AXIS.
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The research records the underlying story behind the organization, philosophy and world-view of the Nazis and how that shaped the thinking of Adolph Hitler. It is the story of Karl Ernst Haushofer, a man who Wikipedia describes as: "a German general, geographer and geopolitician. Through his student Rudolf Hess, Haushofer's ideas may have influenced the development of Adolf Hitler's expansionist strategies, although Haushofer denied direct influence on the Nazi regime". A bit understated, to say the least. The documentary ties together and answers most of heretofore unanswered questions of how a 'a failed, disgruntled loner - a crazed mad-man' came within inches of conquering the world. It is a story not widely publicized by the victors, and entirely unknown today in Germany. It is a must see documentary.
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