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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
1976 (Denmark) See more »
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Plot:
A series of accurate documentaries about World War II. Full summary »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
still mesmerizing after 30 years See more (65 total) »

Cast

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Laurence Olivier ... Himself - Narrator (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
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Series Directed by
Hugh Raggett (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Pett (3 episodes, 1974)
David Elstein (2 episodes, 1973)
Ted Childs (2 episodes, 1974)
Michael Darlow (2 episodes, 1974)
Martin Smith (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Writing credits
Peter Batty (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Neal Ascherson (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Laurence Thompson (2 episodes, 1973)
Charles Bloomberg (2 episodes, 1974)
Jerome Kuehl (2 episodes, 1974)
David Wheeler (2 episodes, 1974)
John Williams (2 episodes, 1974)

Series Produced by
Jeremy Isaacs .... series producer / producer (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Batty .... producer (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
David Elstein .... producer (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Pett .... producer (3 episodes, 1974)
Jerome Kuehl .... associate producer / producer (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ted Childs .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
Michael Darlow .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
Martin Smith .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
Phillip Whitehead .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Original Music by
Carl Davis (3 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Film Editing by
Beryl Wilkins (5 episodes, 1974)
Alan Afriat (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Lee-Thompson (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jeff Harvey (4 episodes, 1974)
David Taylor (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Production Management
Liz Sutherland .... unit manager / production manager (25 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Art Department
Tony Bulley .... graphics (10 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lester Halhed .... graphics (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ian Kestle .... graphics (4 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Sound Department
Freddie Slade .... dubbing mixer / dubbing editor (23 episodes, 1973-1974)
Nola Schiff .... dubbing editor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bob Harvey .... dubbing editor (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Keith Barber .... sound / sound recordist (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Brian Rendle .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1973-1974)

Nigel Bell .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Lang .... camera / film cameraman (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mike Fash .... film cameraman / camera (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Goodwin .... rostrum camera (3 episodes, 1973-1974)

Ray Orton .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Alan Afriat .... mastering colorist / supervising editor (13 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Lynch .... mastering colorist (11 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Music Department
Carl Davis .... music (1 episode, 1974)
 
Series Other crew
Noble Frankland .... historical advisor (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Antonio Pinto Marques .... production staff (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Roger Chinery .... laboratory liaison (24 episodes, 1973-1974)
Isobel Hinshelwood .... researcher / stills researcher (18 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Rowe .... film research (17 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jerome Kuehl .... script associate (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
Raye Farr .... film research (14 episodes, 1973-1974)
Susan McConachy .... researcher (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Michael Fox .... film research (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ben Shepard .... researcher (4 episodes, 1974)
Alan Patient .... researcher (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Svetlana Koroleva .... researcher (2 episodes, 1974)

Sherman Grinberg .... archive source (unknown episodes)
Heinrich Hoffmann .... archive source (unknown episodes)
D.A. Spencer .... archive source (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
52 min (26 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The series was criticized for not mentioning that the UK broke its pact with Poland, and bombed Germany first on the night of 3rd September 1939. The RAF bombed German cities every night from 11th May 1940, four months before the Blitz started.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) (TV)See more »

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53 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
still mesmerizing after 30 years, 28 April 2004
Author: widescreenguy from London Canada

The music and Laurence Olivier's sombre delivery set the tone perfectly for this outstanding documentary. This is still a must see for WW II buffs, descendants of the participants of that conflict, politicians who think things always go their way when they extend their foreign policy via the deck of an aircraft carrier (did you hear that George Bush?) and anyone else curious or needing to know the whys whos and hows of some aspect of that conflict. The 26 episodes are roughly in chronological order but can be seen out of sequence since they are more or less self contained. There is bound to be new insight for the new viewer because of the sheer volume presented. Actual footage of the battles is interspersed with interviews of those involved in the stories. Many of the interviews are with second line authorities, that is, support personnel to the main characters, privates, captains, secretaries, eyewitnesses and the like. You get a real upfront taste of what war is all about.

I am presently watching the DVD version of the original television documentary. I strongly recommend this over the worn out, gaptoothed, overpriced VHS offerings available on eBay. I paid $120 Cdn for five 2-sided DVD discs. This new release includes bonus material and is in full screen mode. The menus are easy to follow, there is first a choice of which episode you want to view and then after selecting that you are given the option of various chapters in the episode or to play the whole episode. It is understandable with such a comprehensive presentation there is a tiny amount more of navigation in the menu but the impact of what you will see is not diminished after 30 years, nay, after 60 years since the war finished.

I remember watching the first broadcast on the Buffalo PBS station just before moving from London in 1975 and wishing right from that time that I could have a copy. Now my wish has finally come true.

See this documentary. Tell your friends. Buy a copy for your library. Remember and honour the sacrifices and challenges overcome by those from America, Russia, Britain, Canada and all the other nations and peoples involved in the final victory. What an eye opener.

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