A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It offers historical accounts of what it was like be participant in, or a victim of, a second great war. Topics range from what was going on in Europe and Japan as it relates to the war effort.
Positive Role Models
Military leaders are shown mentoring young men and soldiers; others are shown discussing and doing terrible things. Some are members of the resistance.
The overall story is told from the point of view of men. There are a few accounts from Black U.S. GIs, as well as other U.S., Japanese, and German soldiers.
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Violence & Scariness
There's lots of bombings and explosions, bloodied and mutilated corpses, and people being pushed, marched, or hearded to their deaths. Kamakazi pilots are shown flying straight into ships. People are shown crying, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity (mainly male bottoms and genitals) is visible in some scenes, but not in a sexual context.
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While there are only occasional strong words, there is hate speech as it relates to an Aryan master race.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Soldiers are occasionally shown smoking and drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that World War II: From the Frontlines is a WWII documentary. It has colorized archive footage of events that transpired, and recorded first-hand accounts of what it was like to be there. It contains descriptions and footage of violent war time events (Nazi marches, suicide bombers, missile launches, etc.) as well as images of people before and after being killed. Nazi calls for a master race and genocide are also discussed. Nudity is present, but not in a sexual context. Historians and WWII buffs might like it, but those sensitive to intense imagery may want to skip it.
Is It Any Good?
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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