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...  The Elder General Douglas MacArthur / ... 3 episodes, 2014
Michael Almy ...  Dough Boy / ... 3 episodes, 2014
James William Barker ...  Prime Minister Chamberlain's Aid 3 episodes, 2014
Ian Beyts ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 2014
...  Harry S. Truman 3 episodes, 2014
...  Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 3 episodes, 2014
Robyn A. Cole ...  Hitler's Butler / ... 3 episodes, 2014
...  Field marshal German army (2014) 3 episodes, 2014
...  Franklin Delano Roosevelt / ... 3 episodes, 2014
...  General George Patton 3 episodes, 2014
...  Benito Mussolini 3 episodes, 2014
...  Young Hitler 3 episodes, 2014
...  Hitler General #1 3 episodes, 2014
...  Charles DeGaulle 3 episodes, 2014
...  Young DeGaulle 3 episodes, 2014
...  Young Stalin 3 episodes, 2014
...  Narrator 3 episodes, 2014
...  Young Mussolini 3 episodes, 2014
Mike Adler ...  Hitler's Cook / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Tom Vickers ...  Young Churchill 2 episodes, 2014
...  WWI Treaty of Versailles French Delegate / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Joseph Scott Barbarino ...  Joseph Stalin 2 episodes, 2014
...  Young Patton 2 episodes, 2014
Prescott Hathaway ...  Young MacArthur 2 episodes, 2014
...  Luftwaffe General 2 episodes, 2014
Torsten Kellar ...  Baumann 2 episodes, 2014
...  Pres. Roosevelt's Aide 2 episodes, 2014
...  Narrated by 2 episodes, 2014
Ken Mattson ...  German Soldier / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Kevin McKillip ...  Young FDR / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Peter Muggleworth ...  Hitler's WWI Drill Sergeant 2 episodes, 2014
Koji Ohashi ...  Young HIdeki Tojo / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Isao Ota ...  Hideki Tojo 2 episodes, 2014
...  Adolf Hitler / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Matthew Sims ...  Winston Churchills Admiralty Aide 2 episodes, 2014
Dan Verkman ...  German Workers Party Member / ... 2 episodes, 2014
...  German General 2 episodes, 2014
Richard Walz Sr. ...  SS General 2 episodes, 2014
...  General George Marshall 2 episodes, 2014
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The World Wars tells the story of three decades of war told through the eyes of various men who were its key players: Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and MacArthur. The series examines the two wars as one contiguous timeline starting in 1914 and concluding in 1945 with these unique individuals coming of age in World War I before ultimately calling the shots in World War II. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Almost entirely wrong
30 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

In hopes that the History Channel would start making shows about history and not more pointless reality pap, I really wanted to see this show succeed. I was willing to forgive:

  • that the opening shows a full scale night attack by the British (some wearing shorts and puttees for some reason) even though full scale attacks where not done at night.


  • that the WWI french are shown driving 1941 M3 Stuart tanks.


  • that Patton is seen on a 1941 Sherman tank in WWI.


  • that the German had fully constructed and prepared trenches in Oct 16 1914; a time when the German high command was still in denial about the Marne and continued to force offensive maneuvers.


  • that if the date is actually Oct. 16 1914, it would be the Germans attacking at Yser, not the Brits at Ypres which started three days later.


  • that many of the German infantry was wearing Stahlhelm (iconic German helmets), had Gas masks and used Potato Masher grenades none of which were not issued in 1914.


  • that tear gas doesn't dissipate so fast you can hold your breath through the incident.


  • that Hitler wore a Kaiser Handlebar mustache until 1919.


All of those errors where in the opening scene. In other episodes you're treated to Nimitz class super-carriers, a long pan of a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, a C130 Hercules with German paratroopers, and other modern weaponry are placed in 1941. I chalked it up to budgetary constraints and a general disrespect the producer, Stephen David, has of his audience. But what I was not willing to forgive:

  • The dramatizations added almost nothing to the story, rather was imaginary and somewhat deceptive; for example Hitler was a charismatic and compelling speaker - the actor, not so much.


  • There was a consistent bizarre insistence that the USA, specifically Patten and MacArthur where the ones who won WWI.


  • The nationalistic bend that if the USA wasn't directly involved, the event was not important.


  • Extensive time line inaccuracies such as the Battle of Britain occurring after the Blitz, Pearl Harbor and the loss of the German 6th Army happened at the same time and many more.


  • The insistence that Dugout MacArthur was a "hero" in the Philippine campaign and not a panicked paralyzed incompetent failure who only obeyed one order: abandon post. Literally, he was directly ordered to attack Lushan and not only ignored the order, but countermanded his air commander, Major General Brereton, to do just that. Then later in the show it credits MacArthur with the success of pacific campaign when he was just a costly distraction insisting on objectives that didn't further the goal of the island-hopping campaign.


  • North Africa campaign never happened, the USA went straight to Sicily which Patton took single-handedly.


  • Implies Italy was a quick and easy campaign and the USA (and only the USA) fought Italians not Germans.


  • Apparently neither the British nor the Americans bombed Germany.


  • The talking head interviews with disgraced incompetent twits like Donald Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney are there to use highly edited examples and sound bites to whitewash and spin their own failings in Iraq and Afghanistan into a more favorable light.


This was a reworking of history with an agenda of glorifying eight "heroes"; to the detriment of everyone else involved in the struggle. It assigns blame and praise to these "heroes" for events they where neither responsible for nor, at times, involved in. It's jingoistic, nationalist and heavily skewed towards the USA's contributions. It's inaccurate to the extreme skipping whole campaigns and even years as well as utterly failing to describe causal relationships or even get chronology remotely correct. Any historian involved in this production will not be listing it on their CV. .


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