The BEST Episodes of WWII in HD

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2020

Network: History

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.

End Game

#1 - End Game

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 19, 2009

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 9.09
101 votes
Writers: Alec Michod, Ben Kaplan, Hunter Dunn, Matthew Ginsburg
Edge of the Abyss

#2 - Edge of the Abyss

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2009

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 9.01
81 votes
Writers: Alec Michod, Bruce Kennedy, Matthew Ginsburg
Striking Distance

#3 - Striking Distance

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 2009

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 8.59
112 votes
Writers: Alec Michod, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph, Matthew Ginsburg
Hard Way Back

#4 - Hard Way Back

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 15, 2009

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 8.29
426 votes
Writers: Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph, Matthew Ginsburg
Point of No Return

#5 - Point of No Return

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 17, 2009

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

star 8.25
199 votes
Writers: Alec Michod, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph, Matthew Ginsburg
Battle Stations

#6 - Battle Stations

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 16, 2009

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 8.24
239 votes
Writers: Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph, Matthew Ginsburg
Day of Days

#7 - Day of Days

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 17, 2009

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

star 8.23
176 votes
Writers: Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph, Matthew Ginsburg
Glory and Guts

#8 - Glory and Guts

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 18, 2009

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 8.21
117 votes
Writers: Alec Michod, Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Matthew Ginsburg
Darkness Falls

#9 - Darkness Falls

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 15, 2009

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 8.07
553 votes
Writers: Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph, Matthew Ginsburg
Bloody Resolve

#10 - Bloody Resolve

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 16, 2009

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

star 8.06
300 votes
Writers: Ben Kaplan, Bruce Kennedy, Liz Reph, Matthew Ginsburg