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The Best WWII Documentary Series 

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Updated June 26, 2019 218 votes 80 voters 4.4k views 26 items

List Rules Vote up the best documentary shows about WWII that have aired on television.

The best documentaries about World War II do the heavy job of sharing some of the most devastating moments in history. The best WWII documentary series ever shown on television range from recent conflicts to ancient battles. This list of the best WWII documentary series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

With the entire world caught up in the battles, the best WWII documentary series include both American shows such as Ken Burns's The War on PBS and shows from across the pond like BBC's History of World War II film series. There are also several Canadian WWII documentary series and even a series from Radio Television of Serbia, Yugoslavia in War 1941–1945.

Which shows do the best job sharing the stories and history of conflicts that shaped the world so shortly after The Great War? Vote up the best WWII documentary shows and add any documentary series about WWII that are missing.

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The World at War is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Laurence Olivier, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill

Premiered: 1973

The World at War is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events of the Second World War. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the most expensive series ever ...more
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Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Battlefield

Premiered: 1995

Battlefield is a documentary series initially shown in 1994 that explores the most important battles fought primarily during the Second World War and the Vietnam War. The series employs a novel ...more
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World War II In HD Colou... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
World War II In HD Colour

Premiered: 2009

World War II In HD Colour is a 13-episode television documentary series recounting the major events of World War II narrated by Robert Powell. The show covers the Western Front, Eastern Front, ...more
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Apocalypse: The Second W... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Apocalypse: The Second World War

Premiered: 2009

Apocalypse: The Second World War is a six-part French documentary by Daniel Costelle and Isabelle Clarke about the Second World War. The music of the documentary was composed by Kenji Kawai. The ...more
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Battle 360° is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Battle 360° Alan Pietruszewski, Garth R. Hassell, Pedro Sandoval

Premiered: 2008

Battle 360°, also written as Battle 360, is an American documentary television series that originally aired from February 29 to May 2, 2008 on History. The program focuses on the World War ...more
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The War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series

Premiered: 2007

The War is a seven-part American documentary television mini-series about World War II from the perspective of the United States. The program was produced by American filmmakers Ken Burns and ...more
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WWII in HD is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Gary Sinise, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Scheffel

Premiered: 2009

WWII in HD is a 10-part American documentary television miniseries that originally aired from November 15 to November 19, 2009 on the History Channel. The program focuses on the firsthand ...more
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The World Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
The World Wars

Premiered: 2014

The World Wars is a three-part, six hour event miniseries by the History Channel that premiered on Monday, May 26, 2014, airing for three consecutive nights. An extended version of the series ...more
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Greatest Tank Battles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Robin Ward, Ralf Raths, Robin Ward

Premiered: 2011

Greatest Tank Battles is a military documentary series currently airing on History Television and National Geographic Channel in Canada, where it premiered on 4 January 2010. The series was ...more
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Churchill's Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Churchill's Bodyguard

Premiered: 2005

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Victory at Sea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Leonard Graves, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chester W. Nimitz

Premiered: 1952

Victory at Sea is a documentary television series about warfare in general during World War II, and naval warfare in particular, as well as the use of industry in warfare. It was originally ...more
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Patton 360° is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Jim_In_Texas added Patton 360°

Premiered: 2009

Patton 360°, also written as Patton 360, is a weekly television series that originally ran from April 10 to June 26, 2009, on the History channel. It was produced by Flight 33 Productions in ...more
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BBC History of World War... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
BBC History of World War II
BBC History of World War II is a 30-hour, 12-disc collection of 10 BBC television films about World War II. The films include documentaries, docudramas, and "dramatized
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Remembering World War II... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Remembering World War II

Premiered: 1989

Remembering World War II is a 1989 News & Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding Informational, Cultural or Historic Programming - Segments nominated/winning TV program aired on September ...more
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Clash of Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Clash of Wings

Premiered: 1998

Clash of Wings (Discovery Channel, 1998) is an American documentary television series based on the novel of the same name by Walter Boyne, director of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. The ...more
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The Unknown War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
The Unknown War

Premiered: 1978

The Unknown War is an American documentary television series. The 20-part series documents the World War II conflict between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The show was produced and ...more
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All Our Yesterdays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
All Our Yesterdays

Premiered: 1960

All Our Yesterdays was a television programme, produced by Granada Television, which ran weekly from 1960 to 1973 and from 1987 to 1989. The format was snippets of newsreels shown in cinemas 25 ...more
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Yugoslavia in War 1941-1... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Yugoslavia in War 1941-1945

Premiered: 1992

Yugoslavia in War 1941–1945 (SRTS, 1992) is a Serbian documentary television series. The documentary includes participants and eyewitnesses from the war, as well as notable Yugoslav, British, ...more
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The Valour and the Horro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
The Valour and the Horror

Premiered: 1992

The Valour and the Horror was a Canadian television documentary miniseries, which aired on CBC Television in 1992. The series investigated three significant Canadian battles from World War II ...more
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The Secret War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
The Secret War

Premiered: 1977

The Secret War was a six–part television series produced by the BBC in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum documenting various technical developments during the Second World War. It was ...more
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Horror in the East is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Horror in the East

Premiered: 2000

Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II is a BBC documentary film series that examines certain actions, including atrocities, and attitudes, of the Imperial Japanese Army in ...more
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Canada at War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Canada at War

Premiered: 1962

Canada at War is a Canadian World War II documentary television series which aired on CBC Television in 1962.
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Fields of Armor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Jim_In_Texas added Fields of Armor
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Great Blunders of World ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
Great Blunders of World War II

Premiered: 1998

Great Blunders Of World War II is a documentary series looking some of the worst errors of World War II that affected the course of history. They are the decisions that have gone down in infamy, ...more
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World War II Behind Clos... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best WWII Documentary Series
World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West

Premiered: 2008

World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West is a 2008 6-episoded BBC/PBS documentary series on the role of Joseph Stalin and German-Soviet relations before, during, and ...more