World War II Special Collection

World War II Special Collection

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From the first secret agent training school in North America to one-of-a-kind color footage of the Pacific theater to the inspirational story of seven Jewish dwarfs living under Nazi rule, Smithsonian Channel has collected its most remarkable WWII docs for military junkies and history buffs alike.
From the first secret agent training school in North America to one-of-a-kind color footage of the Pacific theater to the inspirational story of seven Jewish dwarfs living under Nazi rule, Smithsonian Channel has collected its most remarkable WWII docs for military junkies and history buffs alike.

Season 1 (9 episodes)

  • 1. America's Secret D-Day Disaster

    Original air date: 06/01/2014 Runtime: 51:15 min.

    Original air date: 06/01/2014 Runtime: 51:15 min. Six weeks before D-Day, a botched rehearsal claimed the lives of over 700 Americans. Discover what really happened.

  • 2. Fall of Japan: In Color

    Original air date: 12/07/2014 Runtime: 51:11 min.

    Original air date: 12/07/2014 Runtime: 51:11 min. Discover the untold story of William Courtenay and his remarkable color footage of World War II’s Pacific battles.

  • 3. Hitler's Riches

    Original air date: 07/14/2014 Runtime: 46:11 min.

    Original air date: 07/14/2014 Runtime: 46:11 min. Discover the untold story of how Hitler’s will was discovered, and what the document reveals about the Nazi dictator.

  • 4. Nazi Temple of Doom

    Original air date: 04/14/2013 Runtime: 44:11 min.

    Original air date: 04/14/2013 Runtime: 44:11 min. Witness a find that has baffled archaeologists and academics: a gold cauldron that may be linked to a covert Nazi cult.

  • 5. The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz

    Original air date: 05/10/2014 Runtime: 45:41 min.

    Original air date: 05/10/2014 Runtime: 45:41 min. Follow actor Warwick Davis as he uncovers the story of a troupe of Jewish dwarf entertainers in Nazi-occupied Europe.

  • 6. The Teacher Who Defied Hitler

    Original air date: 11/16/2013 Runtime: 46:10 min.

    Original air date: 11/16/2013 Runtime: 46:10 min. Learn the story of Leonore Goldschmidt, a teacher who found a loophole in Nazi law and started a school for Jewish youths.

  • 7. Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine

    Original air date: 03/29/2014 Runtime: 46:11 min.

    Original air date: 03/29/2014 Runtime: 46:11 min. More than 70 years after the Treblinka death camp in Poland vanished, archeologists uncover the site, and its hidden horrors.

  • 8. World War II Spy School

    Original air date: 01/25/2015 Runtime: 46:11 min.

    Original air date: 01/25/2015 Runtime: 46:11 min. Discover the untold stories of North America’s first spy school and its students’ covert adventures in WWII.

  • 9. The Day the Bomb Dropped

    Original air date: 08/02/2015 Runtime: 46:11 min.

    Original air date: 08/02/2015 Runtime: 46:11 min. The definitive story of the bombing of Hiroshima, from those who built it, dropped it, and remarkably survived it.