Gladiators of World War II

Gladiators of World War II

2002, War, History, Other
Fighting forces of World War II.

Episode Guide

  • Gladiators of World War II - The Anzacs (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    The Anzacs

    The Australian troops defended the Libyan port of Tobruk during Rommel's siege; New Zealanders fought the length of North Africa and Italy.

  • Gladiators of World War II - Free French Forces (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Free French Forces

    Free French forces fought in North Africa and Italy, and played a significant part in the liberation of France.

  • Gladiators of World War II - The Chindits (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    The Chindits

    The Chindits proved it was possible to live in the jungle for months at a time and that Western troops could defeat the Japanese.

  • Gladiators of World War II - The Royal Navy (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    The Royal Navy

    The Royal Navy fought a long campaign against the German U-boats and surface ships in the Atlantic; the Royal Navy's Pacific Fleet helped win victory over Japan.

  • Gladiators of World War II - Free Polish Forces (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Free Polish Forces

    Polish fighter pilots played a significant role during the Battle of Britain; Polish ground forces helped liberate Western Europe.

  • Gladiators of World War II - Kamikaze (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:


    In autumn 1944, the Japanese introduced the suicide attack aircraft, which caused severe casualties to Allied shipping in the Pacific.

  • Gladiators of World War II - Norwegian Resistance Fighters (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Norwegian Resistance Fighters

    Norwegian resistance fighters helped the British contain and destroy Germany's warships, and ensure that the Allies won the race to develop the atomic bomb.

  • Gladiators of World War II - Paras and Commandos (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Paras and Commandos

    The Commandos began as a raiding force, then spearheaded the Allied amphibious landings in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Normandy.

  • Gladiators of World War II - S.O.E. (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:


    The Special Operations Executive, or SOE, was formed to assist resistance movements in countries occupied by Nazi Germany.

  • Gladiators of World War II - RAF Fighter Command (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    RAF Fighter Command

    The Royal Air Force Fighter Command prevailed in its battle against the German Luftwaffe.

  • Gladiators of World War II - Desert Rats (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Desert Rats

    The men of the British Armored Division got their nickname Desert Rats during the campaign against the Axis forces under Erwin Rommel.

  • Gladiators of World War II - Waffen--SS (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    The Waffen-SS became a formidable fighting force during World War II, known for its tenacity in combat and for its brutality.

  • Gladiators of World War II - SAS (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    The Special Air Service specialized in operations behind enemy lines in Italy, the Greek Islands and northwest Europe.