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The World at War 

A series of documentaries about World War II.
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1974   1973  
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 Himself - Narrator 26 episodes, 1973-1974


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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Release Date:

31 October 1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Welt im Krieg  »

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(26 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The series was accused of downplaying the contribution of the various colonies of the British Empire to the war against Germany. See more »


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History will judge this the definitive video WW2 documentary
2 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

I remember watching this in the 1970s - then I have just recently borrowed a couple of episodes from our public library.

With a nearly 30 year hiatus, I have come to another conclusion. Most of the principals interviewed in this series - some at the center of power like Traudl Junge (Hitler's Secretary),Karl Doenitz (head of Germany's navy) Anthony Eden (UK) - are long gone but their first hand accounts will live on.From Generals and Admirals to Sergeants, Russian civilians, concentration camp survivors, all are on record here.

I can remember the Lord Mountbatten interview (killed in the 1970s)

This is truly a gem and I believe the producer of this series was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for this work - well deserved.

Seeing these few episodes from the library makes me want to buy the set.

This is the only "10" I have given any review but I have discovered like a fine bottle of wine, it is more appreciated with a little time...

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