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The World At War Video Download Series
26 Episodes

World at War Documentary series 1. GERMANY (1933-1939)

The rebirth of Germany and growth in power of the NAZI Party leading up to the outbreak of war. Interviewees included: Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist Schmenzin, Werner Pusch and Christabel Bielenberg.
More than 30 years after its initial broadcast, THE WORLD AT WAR remains the definitive visual history of World War II. Narrated by Academy Award winner Laurence Olivier, this is epic history at its absolute best.
THE WORLD AT WAR is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an International Emmy Award, The National Television Critic''''s Award for Best Documentary, and knighthood for its creator, Sir Jeremy Isaacs.

World at War vol-2

2. Distant War (September 1939 May 1940)

The invasions of Poland, the Winter War, the sinking of the Graf Spee, the "phony war", Norway and the elevation of Winston Churchill to Prime Minister. Interviewees include Lord Boothby, Lord Butler, Admiral Charles Woodhouse, Sir Martin Lindsay and Sir John "Jock" Colville.


World at War vol-3 3. FRANCE FALLS (May - June 1940)

French politics, the Maginot Line, Blitzkrieg warfare, and the Nazi invasion of France. Interviews include: General Hasso von Manteuffel and General André Beaufr



World at War vol- 4 4. ALONE (May 1940 - May 1941)

The Battle of Britain, retreats in Greece, Crete and Tobruk, and life in Britain between the evacuation at Dunkirk and Operation Barbarossa. Interviewes include Anthony Eden, J.B. Priestley, Sir Max Aitken, Lieutenant General Adolf Galland and Sir John "Jock" Colville.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 5. Barbarossa  (June -  December 1941) 5. Barbarossa (June - December 1941)

After dominating southeastern Europe, Germany begins the massive invasion of Soviet Union. Despite several quick victories, the invasion ultimately stalls after a failed assault on Moscow during Russia's harsh winter. Interviewes include General Walter Warlimont, Albert Speer, Paul Schmidt and W. Averell Harriman.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 6. Banzai (Japan 1931 - 1942) 

6. Banzai (Japan 1931 - 1942)

The rise of the Japanese Empire, the Sino-Japanese war, Pearl Harbor and the early Japanese successes, and the fall of Malaya and of Singapore.



Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 7. On Our Way  (U.S.A. (19391942)  7. On Our Way (U.S.A. (19391942)

The opposition by various factions to the United States of America entry into the war, U-boat attacks on Atlantic convoys and America''''s gradiated responses, the mobilization of America after Pearl Harbor, the loss of the Philippines, the Doolittle Raid, Midway and Guadalcanal. Interviewees include John Kenneth Galbraith, John J. McCloy, Paul Samuelson, Isamu Noguchi, Richard Tregaskis and Vannevar Bush.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 8 The Desert (North Africa (19401943) 

8. The Desert (North Africa (19401943)

The desert war, starting with Italy''''s unsuccessful invasion of Egypt and the successive attacks and counter-attacks between Germany and Commonwealth forces, and the Afrika Korps''''s eventual defeat at El Alamein. Interviewees include General Richard O''''Connor, Major General Francis de Guingand and Lawrence Durrell.



Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 9 Stalingrad (June 1942  February 1943)  9. Stalingrad (June 1942 February 1943)

The mid-war German situation in Southern Russia resulting in the Battle of Stalingrad and its ultimate German catastrophe.

Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - Episode-10 Wolf Pack (U-Boats in the Atlantic (1939-1943)  10. Wolf Pack (U-Boats in the Atlantic (1939-1943)

The submarine war emphasizing mainly the North Atlantic. Tracks the development of both the convoy system and German submarine strategy. Interviewees include Grand Admiral Karl Dnitz and Otto Kretschmer.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 11 Red Star (The Soviet Union (19411943)  11. Red Star (The Soviet Union (19411943)

The rise of the Red Army, mobilisation of Soviet production, the siege of Leningrad, the Soviet partisans and the Battle of Kursk.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 12 WHIRLWIND: Bombing Germany (September 1939  April 1944)  12. WHIRLWIND: Bombing Germany (September 1939 April 1944)

The development of British and American strategic bombing in both success and setback. Interviewees include Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, Albert Speer, James Stewart, William Reid, General Curtis LeMay, Werner Schröer, Lieutenant General Adolf Galland and General Ira C. Eaker.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR -13- Tough Old Gut - Italy (November 1942  June 1944  13. Tough Old Gut - Italy (November 1942 June 1944

Emphasizes the difficult Italian Campaign beginning with Operation Torch in North Africa, the invasion of Sicily; Salerno, Anzio, Cassino; and the capture of Rome. Interviewees include General Mark Wayne Clark, Field Marshal Lord Harding, Bill Mauldin, and Wynford Vaughan Thomas.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 14 It s A Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma (19421944)  14. It s A Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma (19421944)

The jungle war in Burma and India - what it lacked in scale was made up in savagery. Interviewees include Mike Calvert, Sir John Smyth and Vera Lynn (the episode title is the name of one of her songs), and Lord Mountbatten of Burma.



Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 15 Home Fires: Britain (1940-1944)  15. Home Fires: Britain (1940-1944)
Life and politics in Britain from post-Battle of Britain to the first V-1 attacks. Interviewees include Lord Butler, Lord Shinwell, Lord Chandos, Tom Driberg, Michael Foot, Cecil Harmsworth King, and J.B. Priestley.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 16 Inside the Reich: Germany (19401944)  16. Inside the Reich: Germany (19401944)

German society and how it changes as its fortunes of war are reversed. Censorship and popular entertainment, the transformation of German industry, the recruitment of female and foreign labour, allied bombing, German dissent - including the 20 July plot, and the mobilisation of the Volkssturm towards the war''''''''s end. Interviewees include Albert Speer, Otto John, Traudl Junge, Richard Schulze-Kossens, and Otto Ernst Remer.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 17-Morning: (June  August 1944  17. Morning: (June August 1944

The development and execution of Operation Overlord followed by the allied breakout and battles at Bocage, and Falaise. Interviewees include Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Kay Summersby, James Martin Stagg and Major General J. Lawton Collins.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 18 Occupation: Holland (19401944)  18. Occupation: Holland (19401944)

Emphasizes life in the Netherlands with German occupation, when citizens chose to resist, collaborate or remain passive. Interviewees include Louis de Jong (who also served as adviser for this episode) and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 19  Pincers: (August 1944  March 1945) 

19. Pincers: (August 1944 March 1945) (Video)

The allied breakout in France and the failure of Operation Market Garden, the Warsaw Uprising, the Battle of the Bulge, and the crossing of the Rhine. Interviewees include Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks, Wynford Vaughan Thomas, General Hasso von Manteuffel, Major General Francis de Guingand, W. Averell Harriman and Major General J. Lawton Collins.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 20-Genocide (19411945  20. Genocide (19411945)

Begins with the founding of the S.S. and follows the development of Nazi racial theory. It ends with the implementation of the Final Solution.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 21-Nemesis: Germany (February  May 1945)  21. Nemesis: Germany (February May 1945)

The final invasion of Germany by both the Western and Eastern allies, the bombing of Dresden, and the events in the Fhrerbunker. Interviewees include Albert Speer.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 22-JAPAN (19411945)  22. JAPAN (1941-1945)

Japan's society and culture during wartime, and how life is transformed as the country gradually becomes aware of increasingly catastrophic setbacks including the Doolittle raid, defeat at Midway, the death of Isoroku Yamamoto, the Battle of Saipan, Okinawa and the relentless bombing of Japanese cities.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 23-Pacific (February 1942  July 1945)  23. Pacific (February 1942 July 1945)

The successive and increasingly bloody land battles on tiny islands in the expansive Pacific, aimed towards the Japanese heartland. Following the bombing of Darwin, the over-extended Japanese are progressively turned back at Kokoda, Tarawa, Peleliu, the Philippines, Iwo Jima and finally Okinawa.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 24-The Bomb  24. The Bomb

The development of the atomic bomb, the ascendency of President Harry Truman, emerging splits in the Allies with Joseph Stalin, and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ultimately leading to the surrender of Japan. Interviewees include Toshikazu Kase, Yoshio Kodama, Marquis Koichi Kido, Major General Charles Sweeney, Brigadier General Paul Tibbets, Alger Hiss, W. Averell Harriman, Lord Avon, McGeorge Bundy, John J. McCloy, General Curtis LeMay and Hisatsune Sakomizu.


Children s Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 25-Reckoning (April 1945)  25. Reckoning (April 1945)

The situation in post-war Europe including the allied occupation of Germany, demobilisation, the Nuremberg Trials and the genesis of the Cold War. The episode concludes with summations about the ultimate costs and consequences of the war. Interviewees include Charles Bohlen, Stephen Ambrose, Lord Avon, Lord Mountbatten of Burma and Noble Frankland.


Documentary Video  THE WORLD AT WAR - 26-Remember  26. Remember

How the war - both good and bad experiences - was experienced and remembered by its witnesses.