Every battle is both a victory and a defeat - it depends which flag you fly. Across every theatre of the Second World War battles were decided not only by strategy but by armies in their element, capitalizing on the terrain and with better access to supplies or by forces stretched beyond their limits, facing unforeseen conditions and targets underestimated. These battles won and lost would determine possession of territory, of resources, and of the strength to go on fighting. For some of the battles it was the victory that most influenced the future course of the war. For others, it was the defeat. From sweeping offensives to special operations, this is the story of the battles won and battles lost that shaped the outcome of the greatest conflict in history.
Quite superficial: only for those who want a very basic, not entirely objective history of WW2
The history of WW2, focusing on several key campaigns and battles.
Very basic. Covers key WW2 battles in a very brief, superficial way. No discussion of the strategy, tactics, heroism, flaws, key moments or leadership styles and personalities. It's not even continuous, jumping from one campaign to an unrelated one on the other side of the world. Throw in some very crude map animations and this has all the markings of a very cheap production.
For example, we have 10 minutes on the American Guadalcanal campaign followed by 5 minutes on RAF Bomber Command's bombing campaign of Germany. Even then there is an element of editorial bias, as the narrator tries to paint 'Bomber' Harris's strategy as incorrect. A sense of strategy is only derived from two guys pushing digital markers around a map, and doing so in a very macro sense.
Avoid if you have any knowledge of the history of WW2. Only for those who want a brief glimpse of the key battles of WW2, in no particular order and with a dollop of revisionist history thrown in.
For the definitive history of WW2, watch 'The World at War' (TV Series 1973-76) instead. Easily the best WW2 documentary ever made.
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