Black and white: German troops advance on the Ardennes

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Apocalypse: The Second World War

More than six hundred hours of video taken by front-line soldiers, top-secret operatives, resistance fighters, and private citizens have been declassified and restored in full-color high definition. This six-part series, containing never-before-seen footage, will forever change the way we look at the Second World War.


    • Tomorrow
    • 2:00am
    Jan 28
    The World Ablaze
    • Tomorrow
    • 6:00pm
    Jan 28
    The World Ablaze
    • Monday
    • 7:00pm
    Feb 02
    The Noose

Episode Guide

  • Troops climb a steep hillside near the end of World War II

    The Second World War: Inferno

    Unconditional surrender. Two fateful words full of terrible implications for the Axis countries, but also for the Allies.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill during World War II

    The Second World War: The Noose

    Stalingrad. In a war with many turning points, none was more horrific than the battle for this key Soviet city.

  • Five kamikaze pilots drink tea

    The Second World War: The World Ablaze

    See Japanese pilots and crewmen waking up in the predawn hours of December 7, 1941, as they prepare to attack their powerful neighbor across the ocean.

  • Siberian troops on the march holding rifles

    The Second World War: Shock

    Restored, unseen footage follows both sides of the war in the east, as sweeping summer victories turn to frozen winter nightmares outside Moscow.

  • Sergeant in the Royal Marines looks at five British women holding wooden mock rifles

    The Second World War: Crushing Defeat

    Holland, Belgium, Norway, and once-mighty France. One by one, allied and neutral countries alike find themselves outmaneuvered and overrun by a ruthless, seemingly unstoppable Wehrmacht.

  • Little girl in France is fitted with a gas mask

    The Second World War: Aggression

    It's 1945 when Berlin lies in ruins as the Red Army ravages its way across Eastern Europe, and the Allies close like pincers on the German capital.


  • Martin Sheen
  • Martin Sheen

    Martin Sheen

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    Multiple Emmy(c) and Golden Globe(c) Award winner Martin Sheen has appeared in more than 65 films including Apocalypse Now, Wall Street, Ghandi, Catch Me If You Can, The American President, Love Happens, Talk To Me, and The Departed. For television audiences, Sheen is best recognized for his six-time Emmy(c) nominated performance as President Josiah Bartlet in NBC's The West Wing (1999-2006). A passionate advocate for global peace and justice, Sheen is a recipient of the University of Notre Dame's prestigious Laetare Medal.