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The Best WWII Documentary Series

Updated June 26, 2019 428 votes 104 voters 6.6k views26 items

List RulesVote 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 War1
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    The World at War

    Laurence Olivier, Adolf Hitler

    Premiered1973

    The World at War is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events...  more
  • Battlefield2
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    5

    Battlefield

    Battlefield is a documentary series initially shown in 1994 that explores the most important...  more
  • World War II In HD Colour3
    28
    16

    World War II In HD Colour

    World War II In HD Colour is a 13-episode television documentary series recounting the major...  more
  • Apocalypse: The Second World War4
    14
    4

    Apocalypse: The Second World War

    Apocalypse: The Second World War is a six-part French documentary by Daniel Costelle and...  more
  • Greatest Tank Battles5
    10
    2

    Greatest Tank Battles

    Robin Ward, Ralf Raths

    Premiered2011

    Greatest Tank Battles is a military documentary series currently airing on History Television...  more
  • WWII in HD6
    11
    4

    WWII in HD

    Gary Sinise, Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Premiered2009

    WWII in HD is a 10-part American documentary television miniseries that originally aired from...  more
  • The World Wars7
    9
    2

    The World Wars

    The World Wars is a three-part, six hour event miniseries by the History Channel that...  more
  • The War8
    14
    9

    The War

    Keith David

    Premiered2007

    The War is a seven-part American documentary television mini-series about World War II from...  more
  • Patton 360°9
    8
    5

    Patton 360°

    Patton 360°, also written as Patton 360, is a weekly television series that originally ran...  more
  • BBC History of World War II10
    13
    13

    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...  more
  • The Unknown War11
    10
    10

    The Unknown War

    The Unknown War is an American documentary television series. The 20-part series documents the...  more
  • Battle 360°12
    11
    13

    Battle 360°

    Alan Pietruszewski, Garth R. Hassell

    Premiered2008

    Battle 360°, also written as Battle 360, is an American documentary television series that...  more
  • Victory at Sea13
    6
    8

    Victory at Sea

    Leonard Graves, Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Premiered1952

    Victory at Sea is a documentary television series about warfare in general during World War...  more
  • Remembering World War II14
    8
    2

    Remembering World War II

    Remembering World War II is a 1989 News & Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding...
  • Clash of Wings15
    5
    2

    Clash of Wings

    Clash of Wings (Discovery Channel, 1998) is an American documentary television series based on...  more
  • All Our Yesterdays16
    2
    0

    All Our Yesterdays

    All Our Yesterdays was a television programme, produced by Granada Television, which ran...  more
  • Churchill's Bodyguard17
    8
    10

    Churchill's Bodyguard

  • Yugoslavia in War 1941-194518
    5
    5

    Yugoslavia in War 1941-1945

    Yugoslavia in War 1941–1945 (SRTS, 1992) is a Serbian documentary television series. The...  more
  • The Valour and the Horror19
    2
    5

    The Valour and the Horror

    The Valour and the Horror was a Canadian television documentary miniseries, which aired on CBC...  more
  • The Secret War20
    2
    8

    The Secret War

    The Secret War was a six–part television series produced by the BBC in conjunction with the...  more
  • World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West21
    5
    7

    World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West

    World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West is a 2008 6-episoded BBC/PBS...  more
  • Horror in the East22
    0
    5

    Horror in the East

    Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II is a BBC documentary film series...  more
  • Canada at War23
    5
    8

    Canada at War

    Canada at War is a Canadian World War II documentary television series which aired on CBC...  more
  • Fields of Armor24
    5
    8

    Fields of Armor

  • Great Blunders of World War II25
    5
    10

    Great Blunders of World War II

    Great Blunders Of World War II is a documentary series looking some of the worst errors of...  more