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Battlefield: Series 2 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2005
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007VXZKY
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THE BATTLES THAT WON THE SECOND WORLD WAR - Six classic two-hour episodes from the acclaimed TV series - 1) The Battle for North Africa The long struggle for North Africa provided US forces with invaluable battle experience, paving the way for the eventual re-conquest of Europe. 2)The Battle of the Atlantic For the British the longest and most critical battle of the entire war. The German intention was to sever Britain's trading links with the world, guaranteeing her capitulation. 3) The Battle for Russia Hitler's plan for the conquest of Russia called for a classic Blitzkrieg offensive, which would be pressed ruthlessly to its conclusion within the course of a single season's campaign.

4) The Battle for Italy When victory in North Africa seemed assured,Allied Planners turned their attention to Italy. The objective was to seize Rome, knock Italy out of the war and push north towards Austria. 5)The Battle of Leyte Gulf To restore American prestige in the Pacific, Roosevelt authorised an invasion of the Philippines, a former US territory and the scene of a humiliating defeat at the hands of Japan in 1942. 6) The Battle of the Rhine During the last months of 1944 the British and Americans pressed steadily through France and Belgium to the western frontiers of the Third Reich.

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Like Battlefield 1, this second collection of six in the WWII Battlefield series is a seriously good audio-visual review of six of WWII's most decisive campaigns. Apart from the possible inclusion of Operation Bagration, the liberation of Western Russia in the summer of 1944 (at the expense of which of the 12 battles included?), I would not take issue with any of the battles chosen.

The battles for North Africa, the Atlantic, Russia, Italy and the Rhine are covered for the war in Europe; the battle of Leyte Gulf is covered for the Pacific War. The Battle for Russia could have been better entitled `Battle for Russia 1941' so as to avoid possible ambiguity with the battle to liberate Western Russia in 1944. Not a major criticism since the placing of the battle in order within the collection makes the 1941 option by far the more likely.

Like Battlefield 1, there is something of a Eurocentric bias.

All episodes, one for each battle, run to 110-115 minutes. The time for each battle allows for a surprisingly detailed treatment of each.

Each battle is treated for the most part within a similar template but each is reviewed under a varying number of `phases' of the battle itself, reasonable appropriately for each battle, for example the battle for Italy includes five phases, Phase 1 the battle for Sicily, 2 the Allied landings at Salerno, 3 the battle of Anzio, 4 the battle for Cassino and 5 the battle for Rome.

I have one reservation to express, specifically about the Battle for North Africa which takes as its starting point the 2nd (October) Battle at El Alamein, followed by Phase 2 the Operation Torch landings in North-West Africa and Phase 3 the final battle in Africa for Tunisia.
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This is one of the most important television documentaries about the Second World War ever produced. Unlike other series, such as "The World at War", there are no interviews with either historians or participants and no descriptions of small-scale engagements, just the hard strategic facts of the engagement as seen by the top leaders. A considerable part of each film describes the run-up to the actual battle, with considerable use of maps, descriptions of the leaders, the commanders, the armies and the weapons that decided the engagement. What is emphasized is the importance of the battle within the whole strategic picture of the war. After this, a detailed presentation of how the battle played itself out is given. Finally, the strategic results of the engagement is described,
showing how the entire course of the war was affected.
This series is designed for someone who has more than just a casual interest in the history of the war, and I highly recommend it for this audience.
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Item as described and quick delivery.
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I agree with the way they divided these. Start with Series I. Those are the very best and the most important episodes. It is the one to have if you only buy one set. However, Series 2 is excellent also. I recommend it wholeheartedly. If they release a series 3, I am sure I will buy it. Meanwhile I probably will begin collecting the single episodes available on Amazon.co.uk.

I have been hoping for years this would come out on DVD. It ran on PBS in the USA, and I call it one of the two best WWII documentaries ever made (the other is The World At War). It is not available in the USA. However, these region 2 PAL DVDs play great on a PC. If you don't want to be prompted about switching regions, view on a Linux computer with Xine. However, I am happy to report I can view these on my living room DVD player too. Maybe my experience can help other non-UK customers. What I did was run it through DVDshrink. It complained about the region, so I had to install AnyDVD too. I chose remaster and selected only the main title (so it would need less compression). The result is accepted by my USA DVD player without complaining about wrong region, and the video is fine too (NTSC vs. PAL). I don't know if DVDshrink somehow turned it into NTSC or perhaps my player converts it automatically or what? But the bottom line is, USA customers can play these if you don't mind a little work as described above.
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For those interested about all aspects of the Second World War
this series of dvds is a must.The item was quickly despatched
with reasonable postage cost.
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This series of accounts of specific events in WWII contains remarkable original footage of the battles, their pre-histories and post scripts, enhanced by an excellent, intelligent commentary read by Tim Piggott-Smith. As a means of easily discovering an authoratative account of many of the important events in WWII, it is without equal. The facts concerning the men, leaders, equipment, and even morale, are described, warts (failures) and all.
These remarks apply equally well to series 1!
A small regret is that some interesting campaigns etc were not covered in this series.
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