Apocalypse: The Second World War

Apocalypse: The Second World War
Created by Daniel Costelle
Isabelle Clarke
Jean-Louis Guillaud
Henri de Turenne
Narrated by Mathieu Kassovitz
Country of origin France
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) CC&C
Running time 5 hours 20 minutes
Original network France 2, RTBF, TSR
Original release 20 August – 22 September 2009

Apocalypse: The Second World War (French: Apocalypse, la 2e Guerre mondiale) (2009) is a six-part French documentary by Daniel Costelle and Isabelle Clarke about the Second World War. The music of the documentary was composed by Kenji Kawai.

The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war correspondents, soldiers, resistance fighters and private citizens. The series is shown in color, with the black-and-white footage being fully colorized, save for some original color footage. The only exception to the treatment are most Holocaust scenes, which are presented in the original black and white.

It was first aired from August 20 and 27 and September 3 on the French-speaking Belgian RTBF then on August 23 and 30 and September 6 on the French-speaking Swiss TSR and finally on September 8, 2009, to September 22, 2009, on France 2 channel. It was narrated in French by actor/director Mathieu Kassovitz. The documentary was shown on the Smithsonian Channel in the United States, where it was narrated by actor Martin Sheen,[1] on the National Geographic Channel and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Romania[2] and Asia,[3] on YLE Teema in Finland,[4] on Rete 4 in Italy, on IBA, the national public channel in Israel,[5] on RTP2, the national public channel in Portugal, and on La 2, the national public channel in Spain.


  1. Aggression (1933–1939): rise of Nazism and campaign of Poland, Phoney war
  2. Crushing Defeat (1939–1940): fall of Dunkirk and Campaign of France, Battle of Britain
  3. Shock (1940–1941): the Desert War, Invasion of Yugoslavia, Battle of Greece and Battle of Crete, Operation Barbarossa, Battle of Smolensk and Battle of Moscow
  4. World Ablaze (1941–1942): Pearl Harbor, Midway and Guadalcanal, Operation Fall Blau
  5. The Great Landings/The Noose (1942–1943): first failures of the Axis, Battle of Stalingrad, El Alamein, Operation Torch, Tunisia, Kursk and Italian campaign
  6. Inferno (1944–1945): liberation of France, invasion of Germany, surrender of Germany, atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and surrender of Japan


The documentary includes a series of portraits of the main leaders of World War II.









Some of the people documented in the series:

See also


  1. Apocalypse Press Release (PDF). smithsonianchannel.com, 2009-10-07, Web. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  4. http://teema.yle.fi/ohjelmat/juttuarkisto/maailmansodan-kurimuksessa
  5. http://www.iba.org.il/spokesman/index.aspx?classto=DoverInnerYedia&entity_code=659154

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