The Road to War

The Road to War

DVD - 2005
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This documentary series explores some of the motives and options of some of the principle nations in the lead-up to WWII.
Publisher: London : BBC Video, 2005.
Edition: Full screen.
Branch Call Number: 940.5311 ROA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 195 min.) : sound, color & black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 11, 2017

I liked this non-fiction historical re-enactment very much. It has graphic scenes too graphic for children with bodies dead from war situations. It has lots of death and grief. Everyone thinking about going to war should watch this movie and remember what war is like before acting. It has a strong story. It was well acted and organized.

Dec 05, 2017

Huslika history of WWII? F -

Nov 22, 2017

As "donkeyhote" writes at the end part of his comment down here, yes, there was a secret English-German plan to divide the world between themselves. And while the Germans prepared for the action, the English were laying low. Then Rudolf Hess (this is known from some sources) flew alone in his small airplane to England and landed on Lord Lovian's estate, to ask him what's the matter with the original plan. Little Adolf rebuked him, even called him "nuts" for doing it on his own account. So, at the origin of World War Two there was a scheme, and the Germans were bamboozled and we are conned too, by keeping this a secret before the public of the world. Summing up: The West fooled Germany to make them jump into WW2 by promising them "living space" by occupying Russian territory. The West gave them the funding in secret through the Bank of International Settlements, thereby helping little Adolf to create his "economic miracle" and become a national hero and thus the West funded the creation of Adolf's war machine too. They wanted him to start the war, but they slyly jumped out of the deal in the last moment. This it the way the West bamboozled the Germans, and thus the War was initiated by the West for a purpose, to rearrange the world. And indeed, as Ted Flynn writes in "Hope of the Wicked", even the Bush family was among those who secretly funded little Adolf to start his war. And Flynn writes in his book that even the Japanese war machine was funded in secret in both world wars by American bankers! They did the same with the Japs they did with the Germans. Then they left little Adolf to stand alone and turned on him. Politics is all schemes, and the public is kept ignorant of the machinations that shape our lives. The public's only way to counter this would be to not go to any wars on their neighbors. But the public is fooled every time with propaganda.

Nov 20, 2017

British wartime propaganda managed to spin the Dunkirk evacuations into some sort of victory for the allies, actually it was the culmination of the most humiliating defeat in British history. Having showed incredible audacity in moving his main force through the Ardennes, Hitler's nervous reticence in letting Heinz Geuderian press home his advantage is one of the great mysteries of the war. The 400,000 allied troops were incredibly lucky, by contrast, a year later those attempting to flee Talinn by sea evacuation were slaughtered mercilessly.

Nov 19, 2017

This is a BBC documentary that was available back in 2004. This is an excellent documentary movie which I had commented on previous but it is not the feature movie released in 2017.

Nov 15, 2017

Not sure if the library actually has the 2017 movie release. After waiting for weeks, received the 2004 BBC documentary.

**UPDATE: spoke to a librarian, the 2017 movie release has not been added to the catalog and is not currently on-order.

Nov 12, 2017

FYI - As others mention, this is NOT the 2017 theatrical release, it is a 2004 BBC docu-drama mini series.

Oct 16, 2017

Allegedly Goering said he would take care of Dunkirk with the Air Force. But they did not bomb the thousand ships at shore or at sea, which were sitting duck for them. Some say Hitler was a British agent (some historians guess: "maybe he respected the English too much") and it looks like he let the English-French army off the hook there. Otherwise, how is it possible that only about 30 dead were seen on that shore after 400,000 soldiers were rescued from there by ships? OK, now about Dieppe. 20 years ago I listened on the Medium Waves to a local radio broadcast here. A veteran who lived in the Okanagan talked and he said: "I don't know who decided that Dieppe thing, to throw in 2,000 Canadians without a real rescue plan. He said: "I will never forgive those who decided that move." That veteran was among those 2,000 Canadians and he told in detail what happened on the shore that day (he said "there was the smell of death in the air, I can't forget it"). He was captured by the Germans and those Canadian captives were chained together in a way that they could relieve themselves only with the help of their comrades chained to them. They were made to walk thru Europe for months in chains, and it was incredible suffering. And it was not necessary; it was said afterwards that "Dieppe should not have happened." Who was the one who decided that move? Well, it was Lord Mountbatten. He decided to throw in the Canadians. And Mountbatten was, later on killed by Irish rebels (IRA) who blew up his yacht. There were several inept leaders who caused the unnecessary death of their countrymen, there was another case like this when the Allies pushed their way up thru Italy - a dumb American commander sent into death over 2-3 days maybe 2,000 soldiers in an offensive which was obviously hopeless, i.e. to cross a rapid mountain river in lifeboats under machine gun fire - later it was decided to get by the sea behind that ridge and that mountain river they wanted to cross. As for little Adolf's strange attitude toward England, I know from 2 different sources that Germany was double-crossed into starting the war. The secret plan was that the English and the Germans would rule the world together as white supremacists, and Adolf was helped secretly with Western money thru the "Bank Of International Settlements" (the Bushes were in it too) to create his "Economic Miracle" and build his military (Ted Flynn speaks about this in his book "Hope Of The Wicked"). Then, when Adlof was ready, the English silently withdrew from the plan. But Adolf maybe hoped they would come on board as agreed, and so he did not invade England, although he could have done it in the beginning. And this became his Waterloo. Not only Germany was double-crossed to make them jump into the war, but the world was duped too, and that secret background machinations are not taught in school or spoken of.The West is deeply responsible for WW2. Acc. to that secret English-German plan the Germans should have conquered Russia and turn the Russians into second-rate whites as slaves. And the allies of Germany, like Hungary, were promised to be slave drivers in that new world. We, the Crowd are lied to shamelessly by our "free" media.

Sep 22, 2017

This is in fact the 2004 BBC docudrama "Dunkirk" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, ( and not the Christopher Nolan film ).
That said, it's a very fine film. It's much more along the lines of "The Longest Day": a series of episodes all featuring the stories of actual people who were in the battle. The episodes are well-written and well-acted. While a few names may be more prominent to many viewers, the standard of acting is uniformly high. The story is longer and tells more. It begins with the fighting retreat across France to Dunkirk--fighting, not fleeing; we see soldiers standing their ground and fighting to the last round, not running away. It ends with the last ditch defense of the beachhead, and the men left behind. It also tells the political story and the struggle of the commanders, against the Germans and against each other.

Too bad politics and war go hand in hand, Dunkirk was just a political move by Britain to show France that we're right with you brother, yeah right. If Britain wanted to show France that we're behind you all the way they would have sent a lot more troops. But maybe that's a good thing when you think about it. Imagine trying to get two million troops across the channel, good luck with that.

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