Skip to comments.History Channel's 'The World Wars' Chock Full of Major Historical Errors
Posted on 05/29/2014 7:16:16 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
Did you know that the Communists stormed the Winter Palace and overthrew the Czar?
If you are right now screaming at your computer screen in anger, congratulations. That means you are more informed on the subject of history than the entire History channel. The error cited above is but one of the many that the History Channel included in their three part series, "The World Wars," this week. The amazing thing is that not only a particular History Channel writer made these errors but that nobody at the History Channel spotted them. Are they so involved in the "history" of Ancient Aliens over there that they have completely lost track of real history? The lack of historical knowledge at the History Channel is astonishing as evidenced by the following errors in the series.
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What hurts is that overall this was a very well done and entertaining mini-series. But I also noticed the several errors on some very basic stuff. They really marred what could have been a great work.
However, all too often I hear inaccuracies.
I thought portrayal of the the valkyrie in “Vikings” was probably more historically accurate than the few parts that I managed to watch without changing channels.
I was looking forward to this series, and had the opportunity to watch a little bit the other night before going to bed. I noticed the part about the Russian Revolution, and then they got to America’s entry into WWI. They made it sound like the Zimmerman telegram was the sole cause for America’s entry. Nothing about Germany resuming unrestricted submarine warfare.
Next came George Patton in Mexico and WWI. They chose an actor to look nothing like George Patton, had him unshaven, with an unbuttoned collar which seems completely out of character for him. They showed him writing on a tank in World War I, which is actually a World War II M-5 Stuart tank. I realize there are not a lot of World War I tanks running around, but there are some small Renault tanks that the US used at the time in various museums. It would have been better to use CGI in long shots, with a close-up of the actor on a tank where you couldn’t really see the detail of the vehicle.
Showing B-17s as they discussed Germany’s invasion of Poland and C-130s with paratroopers as they discussed D-Day makes you wonder if they hired Sheila Jackson Lee as their technical advisor. -:)
At first, I thought it was a good program, but as it progressed, I noticed that lots of relevant information was ommitted or ignored.
What grated on me was the Panetta and McLame “commentary”...sure could have done without those 2 weasels being involved...
I have found myself running to the internet on occasion while watching the History Channel and/or Military History Channel. There was once a story about the WWII Redtails that seemed to take the “artistic liberties” portrayed in the movie for granted as historical fact. I don’t remember exactly the issue but I think the History Channel might have suggested that the Red Tails never lost a bomber to German Fighters. This was movie lore only.
Agreed. However, part of the fault lies in what I call the format; i.e. attempting to cover thirty years in three days.
"Nothing is over until we SAY it's over!!"
Seems to me they omitted the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942. Having been to the 70th anniversary celebration of the raid (held at the Museum of the USAF in Dayton), this makes me mad.
Much of what was included got oversimplified.
NAZI Wonder Weapons of 1984
Patton's Ghost Roams Kremlin
The Haunted Tanks of Kursk
Eva Braun's Psychic Speaks
Obama the Lost Czarevich
Sorry. You are not dumbing down fast enough and we will have to take your TV.
Go buy or rent The World At War instead.
Is that a picture of the Nazis bombing Pearl Harbour? LOL
I am surprised the History Channel didn’t blame WW2 on global warming.
forget it, he’s rolling
From what I can tell, History Channel has degenerated into what I call “bubble-gum” history. It’s shallow, sensationalist, and in many cases, revisionist, which makes it to history what bubble gum is to nutrition.
Still, it’s better than “American Idol.”
The Stuart tanks shown fighting in World War I did it for me.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines!
Two big errors I saw:
In 1941-42 MacArthur was commanding troops in the Philippines wearing M1 helmets, they should have been wearing M1917 helmets.
In another scene they had a modern US warship depicted as a WW2 cruiser.
But there are some who are blaming WWII for causing global warming.
Also laughable was the recreation of the Reich Chancellery in Berlin to make it look like a fancy office building in a modern business park.
The complete series was just on the AHC channel.
I agree. I’m enjoying the insights into the major figures of WWII, and I also yelled at the TV a couple of times about the obvious (to me) historical errors.
It is misleading
Claims Wilson kept us out of war the exact opposite was the case
Neglects to mention that both Hitler and Mussolini got public approval because they were stopping Bolsheviks from taking over German and Italy
Doesnt mention that Churchill considered BOTH Nazism and Communism to be evil.
Doesnt mention the plethora of Stalin admirers (and other Communist fellow travelers) in FDRs administration.
Doesnt even mention that Lenin and Stalin were Communists
The story of his actual escape running the Japanese blockade in a PT boat is epic.
It was so weak. After a half-a-dozen shots of the White House with the caption “White House”, I gave up. I am still trying to figure out Hitler’s language.
The “celebrities” included john McCain and colin powel. Powel was VERY underwheliming as when Hiroshima was disgussed it was “guaranteed will never be used again” and powel claiming HE was in charge of 28000 of them. WHY IS HE BLABING? Does he continue in his role as leaker in chief?
You dare question a man of color?
I watched the series, and thought better to delete them off the dvr.
Using modern warships, complete with PHALANX systems, HARPOON missile tubes, and dozens of radar domes, to fly a JAPANESE FLAG???
Using B-17’s to depict German heavy bombers during blitzkrieg operations?
Yes, it was NOT the ‘communists’, but THE BOLSHEVIKS who stormed the winter palace, after the destroyer in port fired a shot.
Patton in WW1, using an M-3 Stuart tank, was way off base.
Churchill in WW1 commanding troops, waving a semi-automatic, maybe a 1911, instead of the preferred British Webley revolver, with lanyard.
Hitler’s suicide with a Luger? I thought it was a Walther.
Mussolini shooting soldiers in a field, using a Carcano rifle, which was made after WW1.
For Japanese aircraft, the first sight we see, in the outboard starboard engine of a multi-engined aircraft, representing single-engined carrier aircraft starting their engines, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
How’s that for starters? Oh yeah! Don’t forget they are doing “an extended version” on History Channel 2!!!
It is very hard to take the history channel productions seriously when they will not use “tea party” to identify the “Boston Tea Party.”
I love how every American general, save Patton, had FIVE stars.
I also love how MacArthur and Patton both had WWII European Victory ribbons on their uniforms before and during the conflict for which the medal was given.
And the German infantry wearing Italian helmets.
And Hitler preferring knit ties pre-saging the `80s trend.
I also note the Arleigh Burke class of Naval vessels in the Pacific theatre fifty years before they hit the seas.
BUT, Hitler DID do the Macarena with Mussolini! ;)
I think you missed the reference in dfwgator’s picture.
I also saw 1930’s German troops firing No 1 Mk IV Enfields, and WWI troops carrying M1 Carbines over trench walls. LOL
I saw THE WORLD AT WAR about forty years ago. The best series on WWII I have ever seen. Then around 1982, there were two or three added segments to it on the Holocaust that even I didn’t know about, namely Hitler’s wish to deport all Jews to Madagascar.
Still the best series I’ve seen.
I also noticed a young Mussolini in WWI using a Manlicher-Carcano rifle. Put a scope on it and the History Channel can place Mussolini in the Texas School Book Depository.
They might as well have thrown in some M60s and 551 Sheridan tanks for even more inaccuracies.
Until these threads, I didn’t know about this series. I’m no super expert either but I would be too annoyed with the problems to enjoy any good parts.
I used to be a hardcore history channel watcher until a few years ago.
The PT Boat took him to a B-17, which took him to a train, which took him to ?Sydney.
Congrats or condolesences to all who watched the whole thing. I lasted 1/2 hour before heading for the bunker and working on a model. I really got into ww1 about 3 years ago and have read quite a bit. Watching this would have been like watching PEARL HARBOR and believing it is accurate.
Nah. Hogan's Sheila Test only works BEFORE the unkind cut, Many Australia sheepokes are not all the way there yet. Test not 100% reliable, mate.
My reference? Only a GBTG would wear that hat Hogan sports in the movies. Lash LaRue? Meet Liberace.
I distinctly remember Bluto from “Animal House” saying:
“Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”
In the proms for this they showed before and after pictures of the various characters. Did anyone notice the impossibility in the picture of Hitler?
Hint, any photographer should notice it instantly.
The lack of historical knowledge or rewriting history?.
They also showed B-17s in the Battle of Britain part, why? There is plenty of historically accurate film footage out there.