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Hitler's Victory (2002)
"Hitler's Britain" (original title)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Documentary, History, War  |  2002 (UK)
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What if the Nazis had invaded and occupied Britain during World War II?

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Peter Tabb ...
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London, Spring 1941. Columns of Wehrmacht soldiers make their way along the Mall, swastikas hang from Buckingham Palace and Junkers scream low overhead-a potent symbol of Nazi victory. The Germans have conquered the capital. Churchill and his government have gone into hiding... It's a chilling picture: What would the Nazis have done if they had conquered Britain? Filmed in England and using Allied and German documents, blueprints, and archive film, this two-part documentary-covering both occupation and resistance-answers one of the most intriguing questions in history. And, for the first time ever, Britain's plans for defense are unveiled as cameras explore Churchill's secret wartime citadel and archeologists unearth top-secret bunkers and tunnels. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Interesting Alternative History
3 July 2010 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

What if? That's the question raised by this documentary that considers the question of what life in Britain would have been like had Hitler's Germany won World War II and occupied the island. This has the advantage of being based on actual documents. The Germans expected to defeat Britain and had very detailed plans for what to do with the occupation, right down to which personalities would be arrested, which organizations would be destroyed and which museums would be plundered. The first half of this film deals with that German occupation, and it's a sobering look at what British life would have become, based on the documents and on the examples of how the Germans dealt with other nations under occupation. As this half comes to a close, I thought the film lost a bit of its bite as it became highly speculative, proposing either a nuclear war between Germany and the United States or a Cold War between the two powers, and suggesting that, with Werner von Braun not being captured by the Americans, Germany would have landed men on the moon first. Maybe, but that seemed to be becoming a bit too speculative and was going a bit beyond what the purpose of the film was. The second half of the movie shifts the focus from what the Germans would have done in the occupation to what the British would have done, and focuses on the plans for the "Auxiliary Units" set up on Churchill's orders - basically, small groups of men organized on a village by village basis who were to engage in guerilla warfare against the Germans. The depiction of the types of sabotage they would have engaged in was realistic, but in the end the film suggests that their operations would have been largely hopeless, and would have led to widespread reprisals against the civilian population.

Certainly, this is a sobering and realistic documentary that makes one grateful for those who so long ago made sure that Nazi tyranny would be defeated.


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