How Hitler Lost the War

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How Hitler Lost the War
How Hitler Lost the War poster.jpg
Directed by Robert Denny, David Hoffman
Produced by David Hoffman
Written by Robert Denny
Starring Adolf Galland, Johann von Kielmansegg
Narrated by Norman Rose
Music by Bob Sakayama, Ed Van Fleet
Cinematography Charles Boyd
Varied Directions
Release date
Running time
67 minutes
Country United States

How Hitler Lost the War is a 1989 World War II documentary created and produced by David Hoffman and Robert Denny, and narrated by Norman Rose.[1]


The documentary explores Hitler's upbringing and efforts during World War II and includes footage from this time period. It also contains interviews and statements from military historians and veterans, and looks into what mistakes Hitler made during the war and what he could have potentially done differently in order to win.


  • Norman Rose, Narrator
  • Adolf Galland, German veteran
  • Hans Adolf Jakobson, German historian
  • Johannes Steinhoff, German veteran
  • Johann von Kielmansegg, German veteran
  • Jeffrey Page, American historian
  • Christopher Foxley Norris, American historian
  • Reginald Victor Jones, American historian
  • Trevor Dupree, French historian
  • Charles W. Sydnor Junior, German-American historian


Critical reception for How Hitler Lost the War was mostly positive.[2] Entertainment Weekly gave the movie a B- but commented that the film's thesis was "dubious".[3] The Chicago Sun-Times praised the documentary and called it "a fascinating re-examination of the misdirection of one of the greatest war machines the world has ever known".[4] In contrast, the New York Times stated that the film was "sporadically interesting but far from persuasive" and noted that it lacked a contrary analysis of the material.[5] The Los Angeles Times criticized How Hitler Lost the War for containing several pieces of misinformation and for also never fully realizing its potential, as they felt that the final portion of the documentary was a "superficial rehash of how German designers made a jet plane and other advances toward the end of the war--not exactly hot news to anyone who's read the war's history."[6]


It has since been re-released onto DVD in 2012 (Region 1, NTSC), by Varied Directions.

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  1. ^ Duthie, James A. (2012). A Handbook for History Teachers. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 69. ISBN 0-761-859-9-0-X. 
  2. ^ Stark, John. "Picks and Pans Review: Power Failures". People. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "How Hitler Lost the War (review)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Ruth, Daniel (March 16, 1989). "How Hitler Lost the War". Chicago Sun-Times (subscription required). Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Goodman, Walter (March 3, 1989). "Review/Television; Could Hitler Have Won? A Look at His Mistakes". New York Times. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Atkinson, Terry. "TV Reviews : 'How Hitler Lost the War' Loses Track of Good Premise". LAT. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 

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