Almost all our recollections of the Second World War are in black and white. But years of research have unearthed hours of previously unseen colour film offering a completely new portrait of the war. The result is the Second World War in Colour - a remarkable insight into the event that shaped our modern world.
Dramatic colour footage from as early as 1933 shows home movies of Adolf Hitler and his cohorts, the devastation wrought by the Blitz, life on the home front, D-Day and the Allied invasion of France, British bombers defying German fighters, the horror of the holocaust that greeted troops as they entered Germany and the jubilation of VE Day
John Thaw narrates this three-part series telling the story of the Second World War through colour film, supplemented by the letters and diaries of those who lived during the most devastating conflict in history. The first programme traces the build-up of tensions during the 1930s, including the power of Nazi propaganda, the glorious imagery of George VI's coronation and Lloyd George's afternoon tea with Hitler.
John Thaw narrates the second part of the series telling the story of the Second World War through striking colour footage, focusing on America's belated entry into the conflict after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, the battle against German U-boats in the Atlantic, Nazi atrocities against Jews and gypsies, and the horrors of the Eastern Front.
Film of the Allies' road to victory - from D-Day euphoria and the fall of Germany and Japan, to despair at the bombed-out cities and anguish as the atrocities committed in the death camps were revealed.