In 1939, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler unleashed his legions — some two million strong — on neighboring Poland, catapulting the world into a six-year war that ultimately witnessed the death of tens of millions and left Europe in ruins. Among these losses were over 200,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to liberate a captive people from the grip of a merciless dictator.
This is the story of Hitler’s fall from power and the final days of the Third Reich. From the tenacious Soviet defense of Stalingrad, Leningrad and Moscow, to Hitler’s last great offensive at the Battle of the Bulge, you will learn about the cataclysmic battles that weakened German forces and ultimately contributed to their defeat. In addition, you will hear a recently released recording of Hitler’s voice as he recounts strategic errors made in Germany’s attack on the Soviet Union.
And, we’ll show you glimpses of the fuehrer’s personal life as he descends into mental and physical decay. You’ll see home movies featuring his mistress Eva Braun as they relax at their retreat in Berchtesgaden.
In this compelling episode of “War Stories with Oliver North,” hear amazing personal stories from individuals who found themselves in the fuehrer’s service and from American soldiers dedicated to bringing Nazi power to an end. You will meet a soldier of the Waffen SS who witnessed the attempted assassination on Hitler’s life and a sixteen-year-old Hitler Youth who was in the Berlin bunker as Russian troops stormed the city. Meet General George Patton’s jeep driver as he recounts crossing the Rhine with the 3rd Army, a liberator of the Dachau Concentration Camp and an American B-17 turret gunner shot down over enemy lines.
It’s the last days of the Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich as seen through the eyes of those who were there.
Staff for this episode:
Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne
Produced and Written by: Pamela K. Browne and Ayse Wieting
Associate Producer: Bevin Mahoney
Editor: Steven Prohaska
Designer: Yong Kim