Triple bill of documentaries about the fall of Hitler's Third Reich.
Battle for the Fatherland By late 1944, the situation in Europe was perilous for Adolf Hitler s dreams of his 1,000 Year Reich. In the west, the German armies had been driven back across France. To the south, the Allies were battling in northern Italy and to the east, the Soviets were poised to strike into the Fatherland itself. 'Hitler's Twilight: Battle for the Fatherland' tells the story of the Führer's last great offensive, The Battle of the Bulge, and the desperate attempts to rally his people before the subsequent annihilation of Germany s forces in the west. The twilight was fast fading and the final humiliating defeat of Nazi Germany would come from the Russians in the east. The Race to Berlin By the beginning of 1945, Adolf Hitler's dreams of a Thousand Year Reich were in tatters. In the west, the last German offensive in the Ardennes had been thrown back and, to the south, the Allies were advancing towards the German frontier in northern Italy. 'Hitler's Twilight: The Race to Berlin' tells the story of the desperate German defence of East Prussia, Pomerania and the River Oder against the last massive Soviet winter offensive in the East. With the Oder Line breached, the Soviets surge into Germany itself and assault Berlin. The capture of the German capital and the death of Hitler mark the final humiliating defeat of Germany in World War II and the end of the Nazi dream. The Enemy at the Gates In 1939, Adolf Hitler had started the Second World War in Europe to further the creation of his Thousand Year Reich. By the summer of 1944 his plans were in tatters. 'The Enemy at the Gates' tells the story of the fractious relationship between the Führer, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht and the succession of generals responsible for the defence of France, as the Reich's Fortress Europe crumbles and the German army is forced back against the borders of the Fatherland. This is the beginning of Gotterdammerung, the twilight of Hitler's Reich.