Netflix presents a cable-style documentary of World War II events. The difference is that, well, it’s in color.
“Greatest Events of WWII in Colour” expertly restored in full color the photos and videos of the various events during World War II, told in a way that has never been seen before.
Honestly, I don’t see the fuss about it being in color. The videos and photos still looked old, but what’s more exciting to watch in this series is the new information and angles provided by the experts.
Battle of Britain
The series provides new facts about the events in Dunkirk leading to the Battle of Britain. The narrations focusing on the Supermarine Spitfires versus the Luftwaffe’s Stuka bombers and Messerschmitt Bf 109s were so cool and amazing. Despite the supposed mystery behind Hitler’s actions in Dunkirk, the series has finally told the simple truth: Göring told Hitler that the Nazi force should annihilate the allies and not the German army. That their ego failed to completely destroy the French and the British early in the war. The discussion about the use of drugs during the Blitzkrieg in France and Belgium is something not talked about in World War II documentaries.
I salivated while watching the very detailed Battle of Britain. But it was very lopsided, just giving detailed facts of the movements of the British (radar system, spotters, interviews with former RAFs) without giving a f**k on the detailed movements of the Luftwaffe. But it was made clear that the Germans were not delusional in the war. Rather, a combination of intelligence and ability coupled with the various amateur mistakes cost them the Battle of Britain. they could have easily won the war if they continued bombing the airfields.
The Pacific Front
The series sadly did not focus on the battle in the Asia Pacific, just Midway, and Hiroshima because that’s where America shone during the war. The show should be called “greatest events of America and the Allies in World War II” instead.
Battle of the Bulge and Dresden Firestorm
I don’t like the Battle of the Bulge, it’s not that strategically important but the number of casualties made it important to discuss and the details provided are astonishingly good. It’s cool that they, too, that address the bombing of Dresden and reveal the atrocities of the Allies. Though the opening part of the Dresden firestorm episode was a bore, the area bombing versus land invasion discussion is amazing.
Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars). “Greatest Events in WWII in Colour” focuses on the big events during the war but still managed to discuss the smaller events in between. You might have thought that this documentary is impartial, having discussed Blitzkrieg and Pearl Harbor attack and commending the Axis in some parts. But the impartiality and sense of wanting to elevate the Allies were there, the subjectivity very glaring. The series’ way of discussing the war by topic, regardless of the timeline, might cause some confusion with the audience. Also, the narrative tends to repeat events again and again. Despite its flaws, I honestly find myself clapping after every episode.
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