This four-part, well-produced documentary traces the development of the Royal Navy and its impact on the rise of English power. This is worth the four hours of watching.
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Victory at Sea is a multi-part documentary series highlighting primarily the American naval aspects of this war both in the Atlantic and Pacific. Produced in the early 1950s, it was a groundbreaking project not to be excelled until the World at War (selected episodes) appeared in the 1970s. Although some thought it was just propaganda, it was far from that – it was a distillation of millions of feet of film taken during the conflict. Some fascinating details about the production of this series can be found in this biography of the director M. Clay Adams. Additional information is available from The Encyclopedia of Television; archives. org also has all the episodes, just not in sequential order.
Yes, the whole Sharpe series is also available.
While outside the purview of the stated purpose of this blog, I feel compelled to point this out. For those who enjoyed the Horatio Hornblower series of movies, they are all available on YouTube.
usnavyhistory is the official YouTube channel for the Naval History and Heritage Command of the U.S. Navy. Dozens of videos can be viewed, ranging from the American Revolution to Desert Storm. As far as I can see, the running times range from five to thirty minutes. This is an active site with new uploads added on an irregular basis. Another good source of videos can be found at the Internet Archive.