The World at War


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EP1 A New Germany (1933–1939) Oct 31, 1973

Germany, a nation stricken by humiliating defeat and emerging from crippling economic depression, looks to one man for a resurgence of hope and dignity. That man is Adolf Hitler…

EP2 Distant War (September 1939–May 1940) Nov 07, 1973

In Eastern Europe, the full force of the Nazi machine rolls on - but in Britain, an uneasy calm settles on the nation. It is the 'phoney' war, with the sound of distant guns thundering ominously on the horizon…

EP3 France Falls (May–June 1940) Nov 14, 1973

France discovers it is woefully unprepared for modern warfare as the Nazi war machine easily skirts around the Maginot Line. Britain retreats and prepares for invasion.

EP4 Alone (May 1940–May 1941) Nov 21, 1973

After Dunkirk, Britain faces the German onslaught. Although the Rap wins the Battle of Britain, the cities are blitzed and on the continent the last Allies are conquered. The outlook is grim.

EP5 Barbarossa (June–December 1941) Nov 28, 1973

Hitler at last turns his tanks towards Russia. After a succession of devastating victories, the Germans delay and the fierce Russian winter takes a grip.

EP6 Banzai! Japan (1931–1942) Dec 05, 1973

At war since 1931 on the Chinese mainland, the Japanese hope for easy victories over the British and Dutch. And then on December 7th 1941, Japan makes their infamous attack on Pearl Harbour.

EP7 On Our Way: U.S.A. (1939–1942) Dec 12, 1973

Americans are divided between fighting the Japanese and the Nazis. Hitler solves the problem by declaring war on the U.S.A.

EP8 The Desert: North Africa (1940–1943) Dec 19, 1973

For 2 years the 8th Army and Rommel's Afrika Corps fight in the wastes of North Africa. Finally the tide turns at El Alamein.

EP9 Stalingrad (June 1942 - February 1943) Jan 02, 1974

Hitler's early successes in Russia made him reckless and he resolves to capture Stalingrad. The battle lasts six months with the Russians emerging as victors. The Wehrmacht never recovers.

EP10 Wolfpack: U-Boats in the Atlantic (1939–1943) Jan 16, 1974

In a war of high technology and animal courage, the German U-Boats fight Allied merchantmen, hounding them in packs.

EP11 Red Star: The Soviet Union (1941–1943) Jan 23, 1974

For two years the Soviet Army fights the Germans almost alone. After one of the greatest land battles in history, the nation survives and triumphs - but with a loss of no less than twenty million of its people.

EP12 Whirlwind: Bombing Germany (September 1939–April 1944) Jan 30, 1974

Bomber Command begin bombing German cities by night and the Americans reinforce the attacks by day; a whirlwind of terror and destruction that will win the war.

EP13 Tough Old Gut: Italy (1943 - 1944) Jan 30, 1974

Churchill called Italy the 'soft underbelly of the crocodile' and thought the Allies could cut through it to the heart of Germany. By the soft underbelly turned out to be a 'tough old gut'.

EP14 It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma (1942–1943) Feb 13, 1974

Vera Lynn sang of a lovely day tomorrow, but the war in Burma was mud and monsoon. Britain's largest army learned to master the jungle and fought the Japanese to standstill.

EP15 Home Fires: Britain (1940–1944) Feb 20, 1974

Finding strength in unity at home in Britain during the war, it was a time of gas masks, Winston Churchill, Dig for Victory, evacuation, George Formby, the Land Army, ITMA, the Squander Bug and the Beveridge Report.

EP16 Inside the Reich: Germany (1940–1944) Feb 27, 1974

Initial victory in Europe turns sour after the defeat at Stalingrad, yet Germany prepares to fight to the end - even after an assassination attempt on the Führer.

EP17 Morning (June–August 1944) Mar 06, 1974

The Western Allies resolve to invade Europe. England becomes a floating supply dump and the British and Americans assemble the largest invasion fleet in history. It is June 6th 1944 - D Day.

EP18 Occupation: Holland (1940–1944) Mar 13, 1974

Through a neutral country, Holland is attacked by Germany without warning in 1940. During the next four years, life carries on seemingly without incident, but underneath resistance never dies.

EP19 Pincers (August 1944–March 1945) Mar 20, 1974

The end of the war appears close at hand with the liberation of Paris in 1944, but the British and Americans disagree on how to advance. Meanwhile, Poland suffers devastating losses to achieve victory.

EP20 Genocide (1941–1945) Mar 27, 1974

The Nazi's are racist; the Aryans are a master race, others, particularly the Jews are sub-human. Himmler's SS sets about ridding Europe of millions of Jews.

EP21 Nemesis (February–May 1945) Apr 03, 1974

Hitler retreats to the Fuhrer bunker is Berlin as Germany crumbles around him and his lieutenants abandon him to a fate of suicide. Meanwhile, the Russians raise the red flag in Berlin.

EP22 Japan (1941–1945) Apr 10, 1974

Initially apprehensive about the outcome of declaring war, the Japanese quickly turn to celebration with early victory. In the end, their worst fears are unimaginably exceeded.

EP23 Pacific - The Island to Island War (February 1942–July 1945) Apr 17, 1974

The Americans fight their way across the Pacific towards Japan and the Phillipines. Perhaps the bloodiest campaign of all, each island has to be taken by storm and the Japanese fight to the last man.

EP24 The Atomic Bomb (February–September 1945) Apr 24, 1974

Western scientists have developed a new, immensely powerful weapon - the atomic bomb. On August 6th 1945, the Enola Gay delivers the world's first atomic bomb to Hiroshima. The world would be forever altered.

EP25 Reckoning (April 1945) May 01, 1974

The war ends slowly and messily. Britain is victorious but exhausted and the super-powers confront each other as they decide the fate of Europe.

EP26 Remember May 08, 1974

For many the Second World War was the most significant experience of their lives. Heartbreaking first hand remembrances from a vast array of survivors on both sides of the war.
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Released: 31 October 1973 Ended
Producted By: FremantleMedia
Country: United Kingdom
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A documentary series that gives a historical account of the events of World War II, from its roots in the 1920s to the aftermath and the lives it profoundly influenced.

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