This documentary from The History Channel features rare color footage of World War II. With diaries and personal accounts from the men who were on the front lines, this film presents the war as the soldiers saw it in full color and graphic detail. Color segments from D-Day and Hiroshima truly reveal the horrors of war. The experience continues with WWII: Lost Color Archives – Total War and WWII: Lost Color Archives – Triumph and Despair.
The instability created in Europe by the First World War (1914-18) set the stage for another international conflict–World War II–which broke out two decades later and would prove even more devastating. Rising to power in an economically and politically unstable Germany, Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist (Nazi Party) rearmed the nation and signed strategic treaties with Italy and Japan to further his ambitions of world domination. Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 drove Great Britain and France to declare war on Germany, and World War II had begun. Over the next six years, the conflict would take more lives and destroy more land and property around the globe than any previous war. Among the estimated 45-60 million people killed were 6 million Jews murdered in Nazi concentration camps as part of Hitler’s diabolical “Final Solution,” now known as the Holocaust.