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

Stream Churchill: Winning the War, Losing the Peace on BBC Select

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?

Countdown to War

Watch Countdown to World War II documentary on BBC Select

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?

Three Days in June: The Story of the D-Day Forecast

Three Days in June: The Story of the D-Day Forecast

For a few tense days in June 1944, the success of the greatest military invasion the world had ever seen depended on weather readings taken by one woman. Maureen Sweeney worked at the remote Blacksod weather station on Ireland’s west coast. 96-year-old Maureen tells the extraordinary story of her D-Day data and how it influenced one of the most important moments of the Second World War.

WWII: Women on the Frontline

WWII: Women on the Frontline

Defying expectations, overcoming prejudices, and often outperforming their counterparts, these are the courageous, and unwritten stories of the women who fought the Nazis. This remarkable documentary explores the daring and unknown histories of the remarkable pilots, journalists, guerrillas and spies who fought, flew, and died across Britain, Germany, France and beyond during World War II.

WWII: Women on the Frontline

WWII: Women on the Frontline

Defying expectations, overcoming prejudices, and often outperforming their counterparts, these are the courageous, and unwritten stories of the women who fought the Nazis. This remarkable documentary explores the daring and unknown
histories of the remarkable pilots, journalists, guerrillas and spies who fought, flew, and died across Britain, Germany, France and beyond during World War II.