World War Two Documentaries

Stream a wide range of compelling World War II documentaries that bring you the full story of the global conflict. Learn more about the people, places and events that shaped the second World War including Winston Churchill and the Allies, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Auschwitz, and Hiroshima, as well D-Day and the Nuremberg Trials. And get inside accounts from those who experienced WWII through archive interviews and restored film footage.

Churchill: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

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Weeks after winning World War II in 1945, Winston Churchill found himself in a new battle: to be re-elected British Prime Minister.

He was confident of being rewarded for his leadership against Hitler and the Nazis. But as this BBC history documentary reveals, Churchill was humiliated and lost the general election.

Why did his countrymen turn so vehemently on their Great British Bulldog?


Watch D-Day with BBC Select

The planning for the Allied invasion against the Nazi forces on June 6th 1944 took two years, cost thousands of lives and involved a deception of breathtaking audacity.

Presenting events through the eyes of the men and women who were there, this extraordinary D Day documentary explores the story in full.

With personal testimonies and compelling drama, this two-part World War II series recreates the biggest seaborne invasion in history.

Countdown to War

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This fascinating World War 2 documentary explores the three days leading up to war. On Friday 1st September 1939, Hitler’s Nazi forces invaded Poland. By Sunday morning, Britain had declared war. JJ Chalmers and Raksha Dave visit key locations, meet World War II historians and unearth startling archive material. Just how did ordinary Brits react to the prospect of war?

King George VI: Brother, Husband, King

King George VI: Husband Father King

Britain’s King George VI was a complicated character. Forced onto the throne when his brother, Edward VIII, fell in love with Wallis Simpson and abdicated. He was a reluctant monarch. This gripping royal history documentary reveals he could be a brutal father with a terrifying temper, but also shy and withdrawn. He was a man who sacrificed everything when offered no choice but to serve his nation.

Belsen: The Untold Story

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The untold story of the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where over 50,000 mostly Jewish people died, primarily from starvation and disease in the last phase of World War II. Featuring powerful new interviews with some of the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust, plus archival audio and video footage, the true horrors of the camp and the Nazi regime are revealed.