Greatest Events of World War II – Discovery

Discovery’s Greatest Events of World War II brings some of the conflict’s biggest moments to life in vivid colour with expertly restored footage

Following on from 2009’s groundbreaking documentary World War II in HD Colour, which showed some of the major events of the conflict as never seen before, the same team and state-of-the-art technology charts some of the war’s most critical moments, from D-Day to the attack on Pearl Harbor, in vivid colour in Discovery’s Greatest Events of World War II.

Using new colourisation techniques even more advanced than the original, this 10-part series, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi, brings history to life for a new generation.

German guns firing in Greatest Events Of World War II

Colour footage of German guns firing in Discovery’s Greatest Events of World War II

The first episode, entitled Blitzkrieg, focuses on the fall of France at the hands of German tanks and guns, as tensions run high between Britain and Germany in an effort to protect France.

Secrets are revealed about German soldiers’ ability to go without sleep for days, and there’s also footage of Hitler and his associates visiting Paris for the first time.

A truly fascinating watch, and not just for history buffs.

TV Times rating: ****