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War Docos

Innovative German film-maker Leni Riefenstahl's pioneering masterwork epic "Triumph of the Will" (1934) was explicitly propagandistic yet historical in its spectacular yet horrifying documentation of the Nazi Party Congress rally in Nuremberg in 1934. It was a revolutionary film combining superb cinematography and editing of Third Reich propaganda. She also documented the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the stunning film "Olympia" (1938) - with graceful and beautiful images of 'Aryan' athletes in competition. To respond to the Nazi propaganda, Frank Capra was commissioned by the US War Department to direct seven films in a "Why We Fight" (1943) series of narrated WWII newsreel-style films. The first in the series, "Prelude to War," a look at the events from 1931-1939, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1942. These and many other truely great War Documentaries, including the BBC's brilliant "World At War" series, are available by scrolling below. Right: William Wyler's Academy Award winning "The Memphis Belle" 

25 April (2015)

7.1/10
Director: Leanne Pooley

'25 April' is an innovative feature docudrama created to bring the story of the New Zealand experiences at Gallipoli, Turkey to life for a modern audi... Read more

75 Glorious Years: The RAF 1918-1993 (1993)

Director: Robert Garofalo
Starring: Raymond Baxter

The most comprehensive film ever, made to commemorate the anniversary of the greatest airforce in the world, and featuring over 60 legendary aircraft... Read more

A Film Unfinished (2010)

7.3/10
Director: Yael Hersonski

In 1942, more than two years after Nazi troops herded Poland's Jews into a ghetto in Warsaw, where they were to be held until they were sent to exterm... Read more

A Hero's Journey (2006)

6.2/10

President Xanana Gusmao of East Timor takes us on a very personal journey through his country, meeting men, women and children who share moving and sh... Read more

A Newsreel History of the Third Reich: European Domination 1940 (2007)

This educational and thought provoking series comprises German newsreel recordings and includes unique footage plundered by Russian troops. Directed a... Read more

A Newsreel History of the Third Reich: Hitler's Rise to Power (2007)

This educational and thought provoking series comprises German newsreel recordings and includes unique footage plundered by Russian troops. Directed a... Read more

Ace In The Hole (2005)

8.2/10

Baghdad fell after just twenty-one days of combat, but the capture of Saddam Hussein took a further eight months and was played out amid a brutal guer... Read more

Al Qaeda - 3 Documentaries (2005)

'Al Qaeda Family' tells the story of an Afghan family devastated by war and with differing views on bin Laden and the American presence in their count... Read more

Armadillo (2010)

7.6/10
Director: Janus Metz

Offering a unique glimpse into the international war against the Taliban, filmmaker Janus Metz's harrowing documentary follows a platoon of Danish sol... Read more

Arnhem: A Bridge Too Far - The True Story (2001)

5.8/10

September 1944. The Battle of Arnhem was one of the most audacious but ultimately controversial battles of the Second World War. Airborne drops in Hol... Read more