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The World at War 

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.
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1974   1973  
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Laurence Olivier ...  Self - Narrator 26 episodes, 1973-1974
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A multi-volumed documentary mini-series, "The World at War" covers the entire history of World War II from the causes of the 1920s to the aftermath of the Cold War in the 1950s. Emphasis is also placed on several inside story episodes, where events are covered which occurred inside Germany and Japan such as resistance to Hitler, life in general under a dictatorial regime, and particular emphasis is focused on the Jewish Holocaust. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Susan McConachy was responsible for locating ex-members of the SS for potential interviews. She spent months trying to find Karl Wolff, without success. However, whilst she was staying at a hotel in Berlin, Wolff arrived and introduced himself to her by saying, "I hear you are looking for me?" At first she was surprised by how charming he was, but as he tried to justify the ideology of Aryan superiority, she came to detest him. However, she did not argue with what he said, in order to gain his trust for an interview. She was unhappy with interviewing other SS veterans too, as she had to be dishonest about her own feelings and hoped that she didn't appear to totally agree with what they said. See more »

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The Ultimate World War Two Documentary Series
24 November 2005 | by trickyascupartSee all my reviews

Although too young to remember the first showing of the series (being just a baby) I later caught repeats of it on television in the late 80's, just when I was getting interested in the war and all of its aspects. It was my grandfather who first showed me the series and also gave me my first interests, relating tales of his time in the Royal Navy at Malta and later in the Pacific. Since then I have devoured many books and seen many television series about the World War Two era, with mixed opinions. The British television stations are generally very good at producing these, as The World At War can easily attest, with many gems made by both the BBC and independent companies. I strongly recommend such titles as "The Nazis - A warning From History", "Blitz" and the BBC series about Dunkirk. "Britain At War In Colour", with its companion series "Japan", "Germany" and "America" are of a very high standard. The World At War is by far the best and, despite its age, never fails to deliver. There will always be new revelations about the war that will keep cropping up that obviously aren't included in the series and of course World War Two took place over such a large canvas that to produce a series with EVERY detail would take more time and money then any other, even if such an undertaking was even possible. What I feel I must say to those who decry that it does not include everything is that The World At War can't physically do that as a series but it sure as heck can prompt you to do further research - and make it enjoyable. That certainly worked for me: I now have a very comprehensive library of books, videos, DVDs and tapes and CDs. Recommend to anyone with even a passing interest. The series was so well made that they'd find it hard not to agree that it is quality programming and highly informative.


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English | German | French | Japanese

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14 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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(26 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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