Monday, December 7, 2009

Apocalypse: The Second World War

Last night, I hurried on home to try and watch at least parts of the six-hour marathon of Apocalypse: the Second World Wary by National Geographic to commemorate Pearl Harbour.

I managed to watch episodes 3-6 last night and let me tell you, it blew my head away!

Filled with clips from collectors and other various sources, it is the definitive documentary that gives you an insight peek on what really happened during World War II.

I love, love, love, love, loved this documentary! If there's a DVD out I would definitely get it. Not only did I learn a lot about this historic event that changed peoples lives, I also gained an insight on how and why this war had happened and how it became a world war.

Now I'm not sure if this series will be airing sometime soon [believe me, I've just checked tonight's and tomorrow's programme listing on National Geographic], please do look out for it in National Geographic! It's the channel's highest rating documentary ever [and believe me, it totally deserves all the top ratings].

Now I don't have my own war story to tell, but my mom tells me that her brother died during the war. He was sick at the time and since going out of hiding during the war is out of the question, he passed away. :(
Another story was about the LaSallian brothers that were killed in the chapel in the university grounds when the Japanese trooped in to the school.
Trivia: Manila, Philippines was the second most affected/destroyed city during the war after Warsaw, Poland.
So, if you want to learn more trivia, do watch this series!

I vow to read more about World War II and find out what was in the mind of the leaders that were involved at the time, of course I'll TRY not to be unbiased and read more about both parties: the Allies and the Axis.

Any suggestions on books, both historical fiction based during the time and also non-fiction books? Would really appreciate it if you could comment below with your suggestions and I'll see if those books are available in the bargain bins or in local bookstores here in my country.


Nina said...

I did not know Nat Geo did a marathon!!!! Haha anyway I got my "copy" already.

I am fascinated by World War II and I thought I already knew a lot but this documentary blew my mind out of the water! Every episode moved me. If I see a DVD copy I'd buy it but for now at least I have a copy. :)

Esme said...

Wow-that last comment is some serious spam. Try Ghost Soldiers by Hampton SIdes and The Bedford Boys-do you like Holocaust Stories? I will try to think of some-are you on Good Reads?

xoxo E.

fickle fan said...

Hi Esme!
Thanks for the recommendation! I am on goodreads! I think my nickname there is Ruby or rubs917 :P
Go add me as a friend. What's your goodreads handle? :)

Nina!!! Thanks to you [and my new external HD] I will now get apocalypse! I am just troubled at some of the scenes shown in the documentary. My gosh, what destruction a war could do to a place!