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List of movies and documentaries on World War II, Hitler, Stalin and things related to them

I’ve not had much of a chance earlier to understand World War II and how the modern world came into being. But recently, I’ve watched a few documentaries on Netflix and have become more interested in the history of this period.

This is a placeholder and an ongoing list.

Schindler’s List
Saving Private Ryan

World War II by Frank Capra

Hitler, a career
Hitler’s circle of evil
Hitler’s bodyguard
World War II in colour
Secrets of the Third Reich
Last secrets of the Third Reich
The Last Nazis
WW II – 1941 and the man of steel
The day they dropped the bomb

After Hitler
Hitler’s secret drug habit


Sanjeev Sabhlok

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2 thoughts on “List of movies and documentaries on World War II, Hitler, Stalin and things related to them
  1. Mudit Srivastava

    There’s a long answer and then there’s a short one to the question as to what caused the second world war.
    The short answer is as follows
    Right upto the twentieth century, Europe was a feudal society. European nations routinely went to war with each other over petty grievances. (This is very similar to what the Rajputs did in India. Someone put it very succinctly, Rajput kings engaged in warfare for their own hedonistic life styles)
    Warfare is an extremely expensive exercise. Yet, France and Britain fought the Hundred Year War. The two nations didn’t declare peace for 100 years. The first world war was the result of this very European savagery. It ended in considerable death and destruction and the United States being dragged into the conflict.
    An example of the havoc that was caused by the first world war is that there are huge parts of French territory which are still inaccessible as there are large number of live munitions buried in the soil.
    After the first world war ended, the United States withdrew it’s armed forces from Europe and left Europeans incharge of their own affairs. The Europeans utilised this opportunity by drawing the treaty of Versailles which resulted in the second world war.
    After the second world war ended, the United States decided to stay behind in Europe. It realized, that Europeans couldn’t be trusted with military power. So the US played the role of a school teacher on a play ground. The children (European nations) were allowed to play as they pleased, but the school teacher was standing guard over them and wouldn’t let them over step their boundaries.
    Another reason for the US deciding to stay behind was to stop the spread of Marxism. Since Marxism requires abolishment of all property rights, it was in United States interest to curb it’s spread. A devastated Europe would have been a very fertile ground for spreading of Marxist ideas.
    One unintended consequence of the United States taking over military power from the Europeans is that the European nations have far more money to spend on social welfare programs.
    That’s the opinion that I have formed from my brief study of world affairs and twentieth century history.

  2. almostaristotle

    Hey this is exactly what i am doing right now!

    I think dan carlin’s hardcore history podcast which is a well researched story telling format covers the first world war in great detail.

    It is 3-4 hours per episode and 6 episodes in total. That’s upto 20 hours of world war 1 and 2.

    This the world war series is “Blueprint for Armageddon”. Here’s the link to the first episode.

    “The planet hadn’t seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora’s Box of violence engulfs the planet.”

    His other episodes are equally mind blowing, the conquests of genghis khan, the beginning of the protestant reformation in germany.

    This show has just proved to me how damn important history is. If we only could explain this to a majority of the people, we could change our course of actions on so many matters today.


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