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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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. In the English-Russian war too, an English commander sent his cavalry against the Russian cannons (his immediate subordinate protested, but that commander overruled him and shouted in ecstatic rage: "attack! - there is your enemy!) - and lost ALL his army. When he returned home he was asked: "where is your army?" Leaders' dumbness is seen only after they caused great calamity. (I would suggest you see the video titled: "The Battle Of The Clans" where you can see how a Stuart Prince of Scotland led the Scots to disaster with an incredibly stupid offensive, to march on London 6,000 men with bare swords and sticks, then start marching back, and finally to confront the cannons and guns of the pursuing English army. But my strong guess is that Stuart Prince played to the hands of the then Stuart English King to give him a pretext to invade Scotland and ban even the use of their language and culture for a long time.

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.

Aug 17, 2017

This is not the movie that is in theaters. As with most Brit film, it starts rather slow and seemingly a bit disjointed as they "set the scene". Be patient with the first episode and you'll be rewarded with the last 2. We learned a lot that we didn't know. Well worth seeing.

Aug 13, 2017

Saw it in the theatre a week before it was available to me
Great movie but with it being so realistic it's very hard to watch

brendancarlson Jul 17, 2014

This is probably the best package of WW-II information (on DVD) you're ever going to run across. Brilliant.

May 08, 2014

Wonderful collection of documentaries from the BBC. Some of them I had already seen but enjoyed watching them again.

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Jul 21, 2017

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