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How Hitler Lost the War (1989)

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Through interviews with former World War II fighter aces, "How Hitler Lost the War" examines the theory that the German Armed Forces substantially won and then lost the war in Europe before... See full summary »

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Norman Rose ... Narrator
Adolf Galland ... Himself
Hans Adolf Jakobson ... Himself
Johannes Steinhoff ... Himself
J.A. Graf von Kielmannsegg ... Himself
Geoffrey Page ... Himself (as Jeffrey Page)
Christopher Foxley Norris ... Himself
R.V. Jones ... Himself
Trevor DuPree ... Himself
Charles W. Sydnor Junior ... Himself
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Heinz Guderian ... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
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Through interviews with former World War II fighter aces, "How Hitler Lost the War" examines the theory that the German Armed Forces substantially won and then lost the war in Europe before 1942. That had it not been for the political and military mistakes of Adolf Hitler, the United States would have had to stand alone against a Nazi Europe allied with an even more powerful Japan, and face a future that is barely imaginable. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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1 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

A lot seems to be missing here. Most historians agree, and there can be little doubt, that when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, the die was cast. While this documentary does cover Operation Barbarossa to it's end at Moscow, it goes no further. But there was still 3 years of heavy fighting ahead for the Wehrmacht in Russia. It fails to mention the Battle of Stalingrad that turned the tide, the Battle of Kursk which marked the last German offensive, or Operation Bagration which decimated Army Group Centre. Incredibly, 80-90% of the Wehrmacht was tied down in Russia.

While the US entry into the war and the D-day invasion were important moments in the war and brought the war to a quicker conclusion, they were not crucial to the defeat of Hitler. There is way too much time spent on the Western Front, secret weapons etc. and too little time on the real reason Hitler lost the war. Obviously this documentary was produced in the west and you can tell since it sees the war from an American and British perspective.

If you want to see a better documentary on Hitler and the war, I would recommend the War of the Century, The World at War episodes 3,5,9,11,17,19,21 and Apocalypse, the Second World War.


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