2001 - 2004, War, History, Other
The key battles of World War two.

Episode Guide

  • Battlefront - Operation Mercury: The Fall of Crete (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    Operation Mercury: The Fall of Crete

    Five thousand of Hitler's elite paratroopers landed in 1941, to complete the Nazi conquest of the Mediterranean.

  • Battlefront - Battle of Malta (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    Battle of Malta

    Italy's first target in WWII became the most bombed country of the war, but the Maltese and British soldiers, including RAF pilot Tony Spooner, refused to give up.

  • Battlefront - D-Day (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:


    U.S. Ranger Walter Martinez shares memories of the famous landings on June 6, 1944.

  • Battlefront - Battle of Tobruk (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    Battle of Tobruk

    In 1942, British, New Zealand and Australian forces gathered in Tobruk to launch an all-out assault on the wily `Desert Fox', General Erwin Rommel.

  • Battlefront - Mount Belvedere (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    Mount Belvedere

  • Battlefront - Liberation of the Philippines (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    Liberation of the Philippines

    In 1944, American forces launched a final push to retake the islands after two years of Japanese occupation; surviving soldiers tell their story.

  • Battlefront - Operation Dragon (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    Operation Dragon

    The tide of war turns against the Axis powers as the Allied forces push into the French Riviera.

  • Battlefront - Bombing of England (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    Bombing of England

    Spitfire pilot George Unwin describes his experiences in the momentous Battle of Britain.

  • Battlefront - North Africa (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    North Africa

    November 1942 marks the first Allied amphibious landing of World War II.

  • Battlefront - Battle of the Bulge (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Battle of the Bulge

    American forces clash with German Panzers in the Ardennes forest in December 1944.

  • Battlefront - Solomon Islands (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Solomon Islands

    A survivor of a six-month battle in the jungles of Guadalcanal during World War II describes the carnage.

  • Battlefront - Pearl Harbor (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    Pearl Harbor

    An American turret gunner and a Japanese airman describe their experiences of December 7, 1941.

  • Battlefront - Battle of Midway (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    Battle of Midway

    A U.S. Navy pilot and his Japanese counterpart revisit one of the most decisive battlegrounds of World War II.

  • Battlefront - Fall of Poland (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    Fall of Poland

    As the German military stormed Poland on September 1, 1939, WWII officially began; the Polish army was decimated by the dual threat of Germans and Soviets.

  • Battlefront - Dunkirk (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:


    The near-miraculous evacuation of hundreds of thousands of stranded, surrounded British troops in the Normandy town of Dunkirk is relived by survivors.

  • Battlefront - Gilbert Islands (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    Gilbert Islands

    American forces fought a long and bloody battle against the incumbent Japanese to regain control of the little-known Gilbert Islands; survivors recount the horror.

  • Battlefront - Last Stronghold (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:

    Last Stronghold

    A U.S. Navy pilot and his Japanese counterpart revisit one of the most decisive battlegrounds of World War II.

  • Battlefront - Taking Mount Hot Rocks (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Taking Mount Hot Rocks

  • Battlefront - Bombing of Germany (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:

    Bombing of Germany

    Strategic bombing by Allied forces of crucial German centers included targets such as factories, bridges and dams, as well as civilian housing.

  • Battlefront - Kwajalein (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:


    US troops wrestle control of the tiny coral island of Kwajalein from the Japanese, providing themselves with a military base of operations halfway between Hawaii and Japan.

  • Battlefront - Fall Of The Philippines (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Fall Of The Philippines

    The day after Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces destroy US military installations across the Philippines, sending POW's on the notorious Death March.

  • Battlefront - Battle of The Gothic Line (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Battle of The Gothic Line

  • Battlefront - Battle In Palau (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    Battle In Palau

  • Battlefront - Fall of Berlin (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    Fall of Berlin

  • Battlefront - Commerce Raiders (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Commerce Raiders

    Sneak attacks from German gunboats disguised as regular cargo ships were crippling Allied supply routes during WWII; the British Navy had to act.

  • Battlefront - El Alamein (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    El Alamein

    British General Bernard Montgomery begins a major offensive against German and Italian forces in North Africa, cutting Axis supply lines and harassing its defenses.

  • Battlefront - Liberation of Paris (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Liberation of Paris

    Following the D-Day invasions at Normandy, Allied forces joined French Resistance fighters to force the Germans out of France after four years of occupation.

  • Battlefront - Bombing Of Ploesti (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Bombing Of Ploesti

    Romania's oil refineries were targeted in a grueling 13-hour mission by 174 Allied B-24 bombers stationed in North Africa.

  • Battlefront - Battle at Remagen (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Battle at Remagen

  • Battlefront - Fall of Crete (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    Fall of Crete

  • Battlefront - Monte Cassino (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    Monte Cassino

    The ancient Italian hilltop monastery, Monte Cassino, was heavily fortified by Germans fighting to block the oncoming Allied army; Al Dietrich remembers the battle.

  • Battlefront - Siege of Malta (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Siege of Malta

  • Battlefront - Retaking France (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Retaking France

  • Battlefront - Battle of Sicily (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    Battle of Sicily

  • Battlefront - Battle of Anzio (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Battle of Anzio

    The Allied invasion of Italy met with deceptively little resistance at the town of Anzio, but Axis forces were only gathering their strength for a counter attack.

  • Battlefront - Battle Of Okinawa (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Battle Of Okinawa

  • Battlefront - Arnhem (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:


    It was to have been the largest airborne operation of WWII, with 30,000 Allied paratroopers creating a safe passage to Germany; it all went disastrously wrong at Arnhem.

  • Battlefront - The Fall of Singapore (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Fall of Singapore

    The British colony was considered impregnable, but the Japanese Imperial Army swept the city in autumn, 1941; infantryman Albert Adams was there for the fall.

  • Battlefront - Battle for Norway (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Battle for Norway

  • Battlefront - Burma - The Forgotten Front (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Burma - The Forgotten Front

    A U.S. Navy pilot and his Japanese counterpart revisit one of the most decisive battlegrounds of World War II.

  • Battlefront - Death March in the Philippines (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Death March in the Philippines

  • Battlefront - Battle of Dieppe (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Battle of Dieppe

    British and Canadian forces raided the German-held Dieppe, but the Nazis proved too strong, with over half of the 5,000 who made it ashore being killed or captured.

  • Battlefront - Battle of Stalingrad (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Battle of Stalingrad

    In one of the greatest battles of WWII, the besieged Soviet Red Army turned the tables on the German Army, ultimately forcing the Germans to surrender.

  • Battlefront - Trobruk (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:


  • Battlefront - U-Boat War (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    U-Boat War

    German U-boats sank hundreds of military and merchant supply ships during WWII, leaving the unprepared British Navy floundering.