Having recently posted Apocalypse: World War I, I thought it best to complete the series with the sequel, Apocalypse: The Second World War, which is a six-part documentary about World War II. Similar to the previous instalment, this film is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war captured by various war correspondents, soldiers, resistance fighters and private citizens. The footage itself has been brought back to life using colourisation techniques but we also see some early original colour footage too.

If you have already seen Apocalypse: World War I, you will know that the series does an excellent job at capturing the sheer scale and terror of these wars, detailing all key battles from the known to lesser known in chronological order to give you a true understanding of how history was made.


The Second World War stands as one of the most devastating conflicts in human history. With over 70 million casualties and an estimated $1 trillion in economic damage, its effects are still felt to this day. In an effort to help educate citizens on the immense tragedy of this conflict, Apocalypse: The Second World War is a six-part documentary series which uses only original archival footage to tell its story.

Beginning with Hitler’s rise to power and ending with the fall of Japan, this documentary paints a vivid picture of the war’s major battles and lesser known events alike. Using colorization techniques, the footage has been brought back to life and includes some early original color footage that bring viewers even closer to experiencing what soldiers experienced.

For those who have already seen Apocalypse: World War I, you know first-hand how well this series captures both the scale and horror of war. Not only does it detail each battle in chronological order but it also gives valuable insight into how history was made—showing viewers what people endured in order for us to be where we are today.

Apocalypse: The Second World War is an essential piece for understanding our past and should be added to everyone’s must-watch list. It offers an honest glimpse into a painful moment in history; a moment that changed our world forever—and one that should never be forgotten.