The Best Episodes of WWII in HD

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2018

WWII in HD is the first-ever World War II documentary presented in full, immersive HD color. Culled from thousands of hours of lost and rare color archival footage gathered from a worldwide search through basements and archives, WWII in HD will change the way the world sees this defining conflict. Using footage never before seen by most Americans--converted to HD for unprecedented clarity--viewers will experience the war as if they were actually there, surrounded by the real sights and sounds of the battlefields. Along the way they'll meet a diverse group of soldiers whose wartime diaries and journals show in visceral detail what the war was really like. This visually astonishing landmark series presents the story of World War II through the eyes of 12 Americans who experienced the war firsthand. Viewers will hear the story of Army nurse June Wandrey, who served from the beginning of the war in North Africa to the liberation of the camps in Germany. They will meet Shelby Westbrook, a young African American from Toledo, who became a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen; Jimmie Kanaya, the son of Japanese immigrants, who served in the U.S. Army and was imprisoned in Europe; and Jack Werner, a Jewish émigré who escaped from Austria before the war and wound up fighting not against Hitler and the hated Nazis, but in the Pacific Theater.

Day of Days

#1 - Day of Days

Season 1 - Episode 5

The Allies are bogged down in Normandy's hedgerows in the aftermath of D-Day, while on Saipan, victory turns to horror.

star 8.37
38 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph
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Striking Distance

#2 - Striking Distance

Season 1 - Episode 7

American forces storm the Philippines while Shelby Westbrook is shot down over Europe. Jack Yusen battles the dangers of the deep when his ship is sunk after a heroic duel.

star 8.31
29 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Alec Michod, Liz Reph
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Hard Way Back

#3 - Hard Way Back

Season 1 - Episode 2

The Allies take on the daunting forces of the Axis, with victory far from certain. Charles Scheffel battles Rommel's forces in Tunisia and Jack Werner faces bitter combat in the northern Pacific.

star 8.28
72 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph
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End Game

#4 - End Game

Season 1 - Episode 10

With the end in sight, Okinawa is a bloody obstacle to victory. The third Reich ends with a single gunshot. America delivers the final blow to Japan and the world celebrates the fall of the Axis.

star 8.21
19 votes
Writers: Hunter Dunn, Matthew Ginsburg, Ben Kaplan, Alec Michod
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Darkness Falls

#5 - Darkness Falls

Season 1 - Episode 1

Darkness falls... and Europe falls under Nazi control. America was unprepared for joining the war and got hit hard with the attack on Pearl Harbor. North Africa and Guadalcanal were the first bloody battlegrounds.

star 8.09
115 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph
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Point of No Return

#6 - Point of No Return

Season 1 - Episode 6

The Allies race toward Germany as American Marines battle for ground on Peleliu and across the bloody Pacific.

star 8.05
34 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Alec Michod, Liz Reph
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Battle Stations

#7 - Battle Stations

Season 1 - Episode 4

The Allies lay plans for the invasion of France; Bert Stiles and the 8th Air Force attempt to clear the skies over Normandy, while the Pacific remains a quagmire. D-Day arrives.

star 8.02
48 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph
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Edge of the Abyss

#8 - Edge of the Abyss

Season 1 - Episode 9

The Battle of the Bulge pushes the Allies to the brink, and Rockie Blunt barely survives the fight. Okinawa erupts as the Japanese make their last stand. Hitler is handed a final ultimatum.

star 8.00
26 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Bruce Kennedy, Alec Michod
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Glory and Guts

#9 - Glory and Guts

Season 1 - Episode 8

The Marine assault on Iwo Jima brings horror and glory. Pilot Bert Stiles engages a German fighter with disastrous consequences. Reinforcements arrive in Europe to push the Allies toward victory.

star 7.97
34 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Alec Michod
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Bloody Resolve

#10 - Bloody Resolve

Season 1 - Episode 3

The Marines assault Tarawa in one of the bloodiest battles yet waged. MacArthur island-hops and Italy's front lines claim a casualty.

star 7.87
54 votes
Writers: Matthew Ginsburg, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph
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