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How the Nazis Lost the War

It’s said victors write history - but in this case the focus is on the losing Nazi regime who did more to undermine their own war effort than the allies did fighting them.
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Overview

The history of World War II is usually told through the eyes of the victors but How the Nazis Lost the War is told through the lens of the bumbling generals and paranoid Führer who had hit the big time by tragic accident.

Hitler’s war machine was feared and ruthless – at least for a time. It cut a swathe through Europe and North Africa and threatened to overrun Russia. From 1939 into the early 1940s Hitler’s dream of a Third Reich and dominance over all of Europe was a distinct possibility. But then the cracks began to appear. The war machine became vulnerable. For the first time, How the Nazis Lost the War tells the decline of Hitler’s empire from the inside out, showing how a dysfunctional, bloated, poorly led gang of thugs managed to fool Germany then take Europe by surprise. The Nazis were murderous victors by mistake, and when faced with a mobilized opposition their homicidal ineptitude was large.

Told through expert interviews with historians, sociologists, and military strategists, How the Nazis Lost the War will shed a new light on how we view World War II.

About

Abacus Media Rights acquires and distributes a diverse slate of premium programming in the international market.

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Strange Bedfellows

01: Strange Bedfellows

Germany’s allies leading into WWII were limited to a few despots and dictators. But all of these relationships were doomed from the start and Germany’s choice of strange bedfellows would come back to haunt them and they would ultimately pay a high price for those decisions.

46 min
Wonder(Less) Weapons

02: Wonder(Less) Weapons

As Germany became overstretched during WWII, Hitler and Goebels promoted Wonder Weapons as the path to victory. This blind belief in technology as the ultimate saviour of the Reich became a critical drag on the Nazi war effort.

46 min
Drugs, Delusion & Demise

03: Drugs, Delusion & Demise

This episode examines what part Hitler’s almost daily injection of opioids and methamphetamine played in his murderous regime. Did his heavy drug use fuel an already delusional character? Hitler’s megalomania and his increasingly unstable personality proved to be one of the Allies greatest weapons and ultimately led to the destruction of Germany.

45 min
The Bitchy Inner Circle

04: The Bitchy Inner Circle

The Nazi leadership was ambitious, ruthless and cutthroat. The biggest names in the Nazi Germany hierarchy appeared to be working together but behind the scenes it was a different story. Nepotism, corruption and fear were rife…and it led to their ruin.

45 min
The Enemy Within

05: The Enemy Within

In order to realise the Aryan ideal, the Nazis were encumbered by a second ideological war. A decision which would ultimately undermine its ability to win WWII and led to the deaths of millions.

45 min
Military Blunders

06: Military Blunders

Early victories in WWII gave Hitler a delusional over-confidence but when the mistakes started they came thick and fast and in the end hubris and self interest led to ultimate defeat at the hands of the allies.

45 min