See ex-Nazis and former English Spies show and tell how Hitler LOST WWII. Most historians tell you that the allies WON it. The PBS Special shows, moment by moment, how Hitler LOST the war. Filled with RARE AND NEVER BEFORE SEEN footage.
Many people still believe that Hitler was some mad genius who could have done great good, if only he had not directed his efforts toward war and dominance of the world. This DVD provides considerable evidence to the contrary. He was a poor student in school and a faulty pilot in steering Germany. Rather, he was a stirring orator who knew the right buttons to push when the German people were down and out in the decade or so after they lost The Great War.
And Hitler was lucky. France and England simply lacked the willingness to stop him when he violated treaties and his word and entered the Rhineland and Austria and Czechoslavakia. His own generals believed Hitler would be swatted down on any of these occasions, but he was not and was thus encouraged to go on and on.
At Dunkirk he could have wiped out the British and French armies. Instead, he stopped the tanks. Some historians have speculated that he consulted his phrenologist or his astrologer and was advised to be cautious because the stars were in the wrong alignment. In Russian he ordered wrong moves and timing. He eschewed the jet fighters that could have defeated the RAF, in favor of rockets that did not work so well against British targets. And so it goes.
This video uses evidence from men who were there, men who saw the errors as they happened and knew that Hitler was no mad genius. Mad, yes--genius no. Rather he had convinced too many Germans, through his voice, to be afraid of crossing him. They paid dearly for their fear of him--in lives, in destroyed cities, in loss of respect from a more civilized world.
I don't think the average person today, understands how close the Allies came to losing WW2. In June 1940, the Nazi's had beaten the French, the Dutch, the Belgians, the Poles, the Czech's, the Danish, the Norwegians etc and Britain was on it's knee's. Most of the British Army's equipment had been left on the beaches at Dunkirk and the United States wasn't interested in getting involved in another European War or supplying Britain the weapons & munitions to fight a World War. If the German's had a more logical, intelligent leader the Nazi's would have won the war and our freedom's & liberties that we take for granted today, wouldn't exist. Most people with an interest in WW2 history, would be well aware of the blunders that Hitler made, but this is still a very interesting documentary.
Not too long, very affordable ($[...] as of Dec 2010), and super informative. I think that if you are looking for a documentary on Hitler you have found a great source. OK, so people may have other recommendations - but for [...] bucks how can you go wrong.
If you do get a better, higher ranked, documentary, I would suggest adding this one to the cart simply because of its value. I will add no more as there are several lengthy reviews giving you the details of the doc.
BUT - let's face it, you have made it here - so you have interest in the topic. It will be hard to beat the value here anywhere.
The DVD "How Hitler Lost the War" narrates succinctly the key mistakes that Adolf Hitler made in leading and micro-managing the conduct of WWII. To their credit, producer David Hoffman and his team clearly articulate the miscalculations and blunders for which Hitler was responsible in waging war on the Eastern and Western fronts. Unfortunately, this production takes big shortcuts in covering the second half of WWII. This production will appeal the most to whoever already has an in-depth knowledge of this period. To appreciate the documentary under review, less knowledgeable viewers will be better served by first watching other documentaries such as "The World at War" by A&E, "World War II" by the BBC, "The Century of Warfare" by the History Channel, or "Apocalypse La 2ème Guerre Mondiale" by France Télévision Distribution. In summary, the DVD "How Hitler Lost the War" is a nice addition for whoever has already acquired an advanced knowledge of WWII.
This dvd is the first that I have watched that provided historical information on the colossal blunders from the German side that might have resulted in an Axis victory. Yes, I knew about the duplicity of the German/Soviet relationship. The idea that they would carve up Poland and that the Soviets could invade and conquer the slavic nations. Up until that point, Hitler had made a number of bold and unchecked moves from the Sudentland to the Czech Republic. Germany had a massive army that was rolling up victories through it's blitzkrieg attacks. When it all went to hell (after the US entered the war), there was still opportunities to salvage if not outright victory-at least a stalemate with the allies. Germany was to achieve this through its innovations in military armanents. Many of which were so innovative that they were the forerunners to the very weapons employed today by the US military; jet fighters, B1 Bomber and AWACS to name a few. If nothing else, this short dvd provided me with that area of history that I was unfamiliar with.
The documentary covers critical events that caused the failure of the Nazi assault on the world. It presents a very strong case that the only reason the Nazi regime lost the war was because Hitler made bad decision and the Nazi power structure did not have governmental mechanism in place to replace him with someone more competent in battle strategy. Hitler and thus the Nazi regime beat themselves and that is why we are not living in a Nazi ruled world at this time. An interesting lesson for us to think about: Just because a country has advanced technology does not guarantee that the country will be successful in ruling the world. The Nazi had much more advanced technology than any other country but the top leaders did not have a technological mindset that was sufficient enough to know how to effectively use their great technology...so now....we use it.