Parents' Guide to

World War II: From the Frontlines

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent docuseries shows WWII in color; has nudity, smoking.

World War II: From the Frontlines poster: A colorized scene of soldiers landing on a Normandy beach.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Historical inaccuracies and misleading information

So many inaccuracies its upsetting Not only did they skip over vital points in the war that turned the tide of the conflict But never mentioned Australia in the conflict We were Involved from 03/09/1939 We helped remove the forces from tubrok in 2 days we sent thousands of troops Japan tried to attack Darwin in 1942 It was never mentioned the only mention of the armies were American and British armies its despicable and sad that no other countries were mentioned Netflix need to pull this show till it is fixed and history is shown correctly
age 18+

Liberal revisionist history.

This series shows a grossly inaccurate, politically liberal view of the war. I have been a student of WW2 for 5 decades and read numerous books and papers, and this series is not history, but revisionism. After watching this series, a young person would come away believing the Russians beat the Nazis because they recruited women soldiers, the Americans and British targeted civilians and were morally equivalent to the Nazis, and the Americans were morally equivalent to the Japanese who viciously and cruelly murdered, tortured and enslaved millions, because the Americans used a nuclear bomb to stop the war. And the accounts and descriptions of the actual campaigns that were so critical to the outcome of the war are not even discussed, or simply passed over with a couple of lines of narrative as though they were of little interest or importance.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This straightforward historical series uses colorized archival footage to offer a very intense visual chronicle of events that transpired during World War II. Like most documentaries on the subject, it features extremely violent and disturbing scenes, ranging a Polish child being removed from his/her mother by a Nazi soldier, to kamakazi planes fliying into ships. While it stops short of showing people being executed, the scenes that lead up to, and after, the murders are still disturbing to watch, especially when the audio accounts "fill in" the gaps of what happened, and describe other (often unseen) horrors that took place during those years. Granted, World War II: From the Frontlines doesn't offer much that's new by way of information, but the colored footage creates a more dimensional viewing experience. If you're interested in this sort of thing, you might find it worth the watch.

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