Movies: World War II 1939AD -1945AD (Part I)
Battle of the River Plate (2006) (Peter Merritt)
On December 13th 1939, the first great naval battle of World War II took place off the coast of Uruguay. Known as the ‘Battle of the River Plate’, it set as rivals two great naval officers in a deadly psychological duel.
The King’s Choice (2016) (Rob Cooper)
In April 1940, the German war machine arrives in Oslo, leaving Norway’s king with a difficult choice that will change his country forever.
Sink the Bismark (Dave Boundy)
May 1940. The World War II story of the Royal Navy’s effort to defeat Nazi Germany’s most powerful warship.
Dunkirk (1958) (Philip Middleton)
May 1940. A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force’s 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany.
Dunkirk (2017) (Jaap Boender)
May 1940. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
de Gaulle (Deborah Southwell)
Paris, June 1940. The de Gaulle couple is confronted with the military and political collapse of France. Charles de Gaulle joins London while Yvonne, his wife, finds herself with her three children on the road of the exodus.
Die Falscher (2007?) (Terry Martin)
1940-42. The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.
Cockleshell Heroes (1955) (Dave Boundy)
Set in 1940?? During World War II, German ships are “safely” docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.
Battle of Britain / The Blitz 1940-41
Battle of Britain (1969) (Philip Middleton)
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K.
The Bells Go Down (1943) (Jim Wallman)
Comedian Tommy Trinder plays it straight in this tribute to the wartime AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service). The dedicated band who kept the fires of London under control during the blitz and fire bombings of WWII.
Danger UXB (1977) (Andy Grainger)
The series chronicles the exploits of the fictional Royal Engineer Tunnelling Company 97, which has been made a bomb disposal unit to deal with the thousands of unexploded bombs (“UXBs”) in London during the Battle of Britain.
Burma Railway / Death Railway 1940-43
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (Deborah Southwell)
British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors in occupied Burma, not knowing that the allied forces are planning a daring commando raid through the jungle to destroy it.
In which we serve (1942)
- This “story of a ship”, the British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin, is told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a life raft.
Leningrad (2009) (Terry Martin)
Winter, 1941. World War II rages on as Nazi troops invade the Soviet Union and besiege the devastated city of Leningrad. Foreign journalists are quickly evacuated, but in the chaos that ensues, Kate Davies is left behind.
The Imitation Game (2014) (Deborah Southwell)
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians while attempting to come to terms with his troubled private life.
Carve her Name with Pride (1958) (Peter Merritt)
1941-45. During World War II, Violet Szabo, a recently widowed young woman, is recruited to work as a spy in France.
The Rats of Tobruk (1944) (Deborah Southwell)
- The story of three men–Bluey, a tough two fisted drover (Taylor), Milo, a laconic dingo trapper (Rafferty), and Pete, an intellectual English “new chum” (Finch). Together they serve in North Africa, fighting against the forces of Rommel in what has now become one of Australia’s greatest wartime legends–The Rats of Tobruk.
Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) (Terry Martin)
The story of the 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, and the series of preceding American blunders that aggravated its effectiveness.
Went the Day Well? (1942) (Jim Wallman)
Produced at at time when the threat was very real for those watching it. An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.
Battle of Stalingrad (1942-3)
Stalingrad (1993) (Jim Wallman)
The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad.
Enemy at the Gates (2001) (Jim Wallman)
A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.
They Fought for Their Motherland (Oni srazhalis za rodinu) (1975) (Terry Martin)
July 1942. Soviet forces are retreating in the face of a massive German onslaught towards Stalingrad. An infantry platoon is tasked with holding a vital hill to give their comrades time to cross the Don River and regroup.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Set in 1943-44. Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American brigadier general George Carnaby prisoner, but that’s not all that’s really going on.
El Alamein Bond of Honour (Andy Grainger)
War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight with a company of Italian infantry in the Pavia Division in Africa.
Midway (2019) (Jonathon Pickles)
4-7 June 1942. The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.
Thin Red Line (1998) (Philip Middleton)
August 1942. Adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.
Kokoda: 39th Battalion (2006) (Deborah Southwell)
July-November 1942. A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.
The Dam Busters (1955) (Deborah Southwell)
16/17 May 1943. The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.
Guns of Navarone (1961)
Set in 1943. A team of Allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held Greek island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.
Indigènes (Days of Glory; 2006) (Jaap Boender)
1943-45. During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate France from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.
D-Day / Normandy landings 6 June 1944
The Longest Day (1962) (Peter Merritt)
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.
Saving Private Ryan (1998) (Philip Middleton)
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
A dramatization of Nazi Germany’s final Western Front counterattack of World War II.
Theirs is the Glory (1946) (Jim Wallman)
A re-enactment of the Battle of Arnhem during the Second World War which was later lavishly remade as A Bridge Too Far (1977).
A Bridge Too Far (1977) (Jaap Boender)
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.
Asia / Pacific Theatre
The Highest Honor (1982).
September 1944. The true story of a daring raid on Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour by Australian and British troops during WWII.
Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) (Philip Middleton)
In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.
Asia / Pacific Theatre
Flags of Our Fathers (2006) (Terry Martin)
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) (Deborah Southwell)
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) (Terry Martin)
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.
Nuremberg (2000) (Terry Martin) TV Series
The dramatized account of the war crime trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.
also “das Boot”