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December 28, 2016

Hitler: The Fall

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, TV shows, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:45 am

I had my first opportunity to watch the final installment of the six part Hitler series, entitled “The Fall”.  In preparation for my analysis of this series, I re-read David Irving’s book, Hitler’s War, the 2002 updated version.

The final episode starts with the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6th 1944, on what is called D-Day, and ends with Hitler’s suicide in his Berlin Bunker at the end of April 1945.

This is a great deal of history to cover in a one-hour show with lots of commercials.  Important topics include the aftermath of D-day landing, the July 20th, 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler, fall of France, the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler’s rapidly declining health, the Yalta Conference, the final Battle for Berlin, Hitlers marriage to Eva during the last days in the bunker, and their final suicide in the bunker after all was lost.

I would say, all in all, it was a pretty good summery of the final days of World War Two, which might be valuable for college students, who are ignorant in History, to learn about these important topics.

Most of the accounts on the final episode agree with the accounts written  by David Irving, although the show seems to have, as it’s main thesis, that Hitler was the most evil man that ever lived, while Irving simply recounts the facts of history.

The show selects the same dividing line, the D-day invasion, as Irving does for section VII of his book entitled “The Worms Turn”.  Irving concludes his book with the final section VIII Endkampf which covers the final collapse and Hitler’s suicide in his Berlin bunker.

Hitler’s doctor, Morrell, left us detailed records of Hitler’s declining health and his use of a large number of medications.  Irving’s book does a great job of citing individual entries 0f Dr. Morrel’s records, but I think that the show also did a very good job in documenting Hitler’s declining health on film.

In addition to Hitlers War, Irving also dedicated an entire other book to Dr. Morrell, and both books do a good job of telling the story of Hitler’s rapidly declining health, near the end of the war.

A little background here might be appropriate, for some of my younger readers, about my next observation.  One of Hitler’s best generals, General Rommel believed that the key to repelling an invasion was to strike quickly and not let the invading forces establish a beach head.  Irving writes on page 681 about D-day, “the Allies had established a beachhead …some 15 miles wide and two miles deep inland.”

He continues “Thus by the time Hitler’s war conference began, the Battle of France was already lost – if Rommel’s dictum about defeating the enemy on the beaches had meant anything.”

The very ending of the episode before Hitler:The Fall, called Hitler:The Monster also claims that Hitler’s over sleeping on D-day had a significant effect.  This comes in the final minute of Hitler:The Monster, but if you are watching a marathon, this bleeds right into the final episode.

I watched most of the entire six part marathon, and observed that the series never mentioned the word “typhus”, as far as I could tell, and spent no time documenting the mass rape of German women after the fall of Berlin. Although the series does mention the firebombing of Hamburg on July 27th 1943; there was very little talk about the attacks on German civilians by the firebombing of a different city in Germany every day and every night during that period.

But all in all, I would say that the last episode of the series provided a fairly good short one-hour history of the time from D-Day to the fall of Berlin.

I welcome comments by anyone else, who saw the show.

13 Comments »

  1. The white race lost that war, and now the Jews are finishing us off. Thnx Churchill! Thnx Murica!!!

    Comment by brsrkr76 — December 29, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

  2. Harry Cooper’s well-documented book, “Hitler in Argentina,” lays to rest the myth that Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in 1945. See http://HitlerInArgentina.com

    Comment by jkovilunas — December 29, 2016 @ 7:10 am

  3. FG wrote;- “Important topics include the D-day landing, the fire bombing of Hamburg…”

    The fire-bombing of Hamburg took place in the last week of July 1943. Do you mean Dresden, in February 1945 ?

    You also wrote ;- “The show also does a good job of explaining that Hitler’s over sleeping on D-day had a significant effect on D-day ”

    Most WW2 histories like to dwell on Hitler being asleep during the vital hours of D-Day, but I think this is merely a juicy anecdote to liven up the storyline about the Normandy invasions.

    In reality, in didn’t matter a dime whether the German leader was asleep or fully awake on D-Day. He could not prevent the invasion from successfully taking place. Not only did the the Allied forces have overwhelming strength at sea and in the air, but the Atlantik Wall defences along the Normandy coastline, were patchy at best. Only in half a dozen places along the 80 kilometre stretch of invasion coast did the Germans have any formidable defences to withstand the Allied assault. And the Allies were able to bypass most of these, and captured them later from the rear. In addition, the German High Command had regarded the Calais coastline as the most likely Allied invasion point, and so they had allocated over half their manpower, resources and armour to that part of Northern France – which left Normandy sadly lacking in defensive power.

    The Germans only had one armoured Panzer Division ( the XXI Panzer ) close enough to the invasion beaches on D-Day to have any effect on the battle. But the XXI was not a top-notch division, because it was in the process of re-forming, and re-training, after being badly mauled in North Africa. Plus the fact, that majority of its tanks were obsolete French-built models – and not the Panthers and Tigers of legend.

    The XXI Panzer Division did what it could during those critical 24 hours, but initially its commanders were confused by the parachute drops – which seemed to be happening all over the place, and thus they could not get a reliable “fix” on where the main enemy attack was coming from, Only later that morning did it become clear that the Allies were landing on the beaches in strength, and so the XXI panzer headed directly for the coast between “Sword” and “Juno” Beaches. They clashed several times with Allied advanced forces on the way, but by evening had reached the coast and split the British beach-head on Sword from the Canadian one on Juno. The Germans then managed to hold on to this piece of coastline for several days before being driven back inland as more-and-more Allied forces kept pouring ashore.

    The only other difficulties that the Allies faced on D-Day was the firepower coming from the German shore batteries at Le Havre, which were able to damage and sink some of the ships within the Allied Armada. But the main setback was the bloodbath which took place on Omaha Beach, where the Americans suffered fearful casualties. But even there, once Allied superiority had come in to full effect, then German resistance rapidly crumbled away, because there were no reserves to sustain the fight.

    So Hitler, who was staying at his Berghof Alpine HQ at the time, could not have done anything to have changed the situation that was unfolding on the ground, regardless of whether he was in the land of nod, or wide awake issuing frantic orders to his chiefs of staff.

    Comment by Talbot — December 28, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

    • Talbot wrote: “The fire-bombing of Hamburg took place in the last week of July 1943. Do you mean Dresden, in February 1945?”

      You are correct; actually the fire bombing of Hamburg is shown on Episode number 5 called “Hitler:The Monster” about 30 minutes into the show. The show puts the bombing on July 27th 1943. Dresden is not mentioned in the series.

      I went in and edited my blog post to correct the errors you pointed out. Also while Irving does say that by the time the beach head was established, France was already lost; however he never makes the claim that France was not already lost even before the invasion. It would be a good argument to claim that when the Allies gained overwhelming air superiority, France was lost.

      Thanks for pointing out that many people feel that Hitler’s sleep-in had no effect on the outcome of the war. I changed my explanation to say that “the show claimed” rather than state as fact that there was any effect. Thanks for your really great comment.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 29, 2016 @ 12:37 am

  4. Merry Xmas and A Happy New year to everybody!

    What do you mean ‘the show seems to have, as it’s main Theseus, that Hitler was …’?

    Comment by TJ Stretch — December 28, 2016 @ 12:31 pm

    • You wrote: “What do you mean ‘the show seems to have, as it’s main Theseus, that Hitler was …’?”

      Have you seen the show? The main theme of the show is that Hitler was the most evil man who ever lived.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 28, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

      • No, I haven’t. I’m asking what does the word ‘Theseus’ mean. Theseus was a hero from the Greek mythology. I can’t understand it. You mean ‘thesis’, as in ‘thesis or dissertation’?

        Comment by TJ Stretch — December 28, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

        • You are correct. I meant to write thesis. I have made this correction.

          Comment by furtherglory — December 28, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

  5. Nice to see you have the patience to watch any show with commercials in it.
    I usually record them and fast forward past the commercials and an hour show is cut down to 45 minutes maybe even less.

    Thanks for the input….

    JR

    Comment by jrizoli — December 28, 2016 @ 11:32 am

    • You wrote: “you have the patience to watch any show with commercials in it.”

      I like shows that have commercials. I can run to the kitchen to get snack, during the commercial.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 28, 2016 @ 11:52 am

      • You sure must be eating a lot….at least 20 commercials per show….

        JR

        Comment by jrizoli — December 28, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

    • Please don’t tell me that you still use a (((video recorder))) for that.

      Comment by Anonymous — December 28, 2016 @ 6:32 pm

      • My cable box can record 100’s of hrs of video when I’m away.
        Watch it all later..

        JR

        Comment by jrizoli — December 28, 2016 @ 7:10 pm


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