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Isley
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I watched some of Victory at Sea and was pretty disappointed at how biased it was and how loose it played with the facts (at least as I read them in John Keegan's "Second World War") I was just wondering what the WW2 buffs think of this documentary?

http://www.amazon.com/World-War-30th-Anniversary/dp/B0002F6A...

It sounds pretty great. Does it also give an accurate (at least mostly) portrayal of history? Would you guys recommend it?

thanks!
 
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Eric "Shippy McShipperson" Mowrer
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You're going to be hard pressed to find a well funded, well made documentary about WWII that isn't biased at least a little bit toward the Allies. They almost always gloss over stuff like Japanese internment camps, the firebombing of Dresden, et cetera.

I've seen so many, I can't recall if I've actually seen the one you're talking about, though.
 
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I guess one thing that got me about Victory at Sea was the way they portrayed the battle of Midway. It was not at all like what I read in the Keegan book. I'm just assuming that Victory at Sea is the account that fudged more details. My point being that I got the impression that Victory at Sea wasn't just avoiding the tough subjects, it was actually misrepresenting what really happened.
 
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Don't forget that The World at War is now over 30 years old. The way that historians understand events changes over time, particularly if new evidence comes to light. Approaches to the material changes as well. I'm not an expert in WW2 but from what I understand it is very comprehensive.
 
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World at War is very good and from what I've seen of it, pretty impartial. However, like Rachel said, it's quite old now (although one benefit of this is the fact that far more of the people who took part in the war were alive when it was made so you get far more first hand accounts of what happened).
 
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Mmmm...might guess that something entitled "Victory at Sea" might...just might...be written and produced from the point of view of those whose victory it was.
 
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