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The World at War [11 Discs] [DVD]
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Overview

Special Features

  • Bonus documentaries: "The Making of the Series," "Secretary to Hitler," "The Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler," "Warrior," "Hitler's Germany: The People's Community 1933-1939," "Hitler's Germany: Total War 1939-1945," "The Final Solution: Parts 1 and 2," and "From War to Peace"
  • "Making the Series" - A 30th anniversary feature-length retrospective
  • "Experiences of War" - Unseen interviews from the film archives of the Imperial War Museum
  • "The Making of The World at War"
  • Biographies
  • Gallery of photos from the Imperial War Museum collection

Synopsis

The World at War, Vol. 1: A New Germany 1933-39
This video is volume one in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. Originally appearing on television in 1974, the popular show was hosted by Laurence Olivier. In this first episode, the producers show the terrible cost of the war -- worldwide devastation and the deaths of 55 million people. The program examines the politics and economy of Germany that brought forth the Nazi Party and the leadership of Adolf Hitler. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 17: Morning
This video is part 17 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The award-winning television series, narrated by Laurence Olivier, first aired in 1974. The title of this episode refers to an expression of hope voiced by Winston Churchill, as he promised his country would come to the aid of France. The video details the planning and operation of the Allied offensive of June 6, 1944. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 24: The Bomb
This video is volume 24 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The award-winning television series, hosted by Laurence Olivier, was first broadcast in 1974. This episode examines the decision by the United States to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. Was that action necessary, in view of the disintegrated state of the Japanese military structure? Or, did Japan need to be convinced to surrender? Experts discuss the pros and cons of an act that still raises moral debate today. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 15: Home Fires
This video is part 15 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The highly acclaimed television series, narrated by Laurence Olivier, first aired in 1974. This episode documents life on the home front in England during the war years. Archival film footage shows the hardship and devastation caused by German bombs. Rations, gas masks, air raids, and victory gardens were well known subjects to every British citizen. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 8: Desert - The War in North Africa
This video is part eight in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The highly acclaimed series, hosted by Laurence Olivier, first aired on television in 1974. This volume chronicles the war in the desert of North Africa, where the forces of the Eighth Army finally defeated the Desert Fox. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 13: Tough Old Gut
This video is part 13 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The award-winning series, narrated by Laurence Olivier, first aired on television in 1974. This episode derives its name from a statement made by Winston Churchill that Italy was the "soft underbelly of the crocodile," easy to cut through to reach Germany. The gut of Italy proved to be tougher than originally thought. Archival film footage shows some of the fighting in Italy. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 6: Banzai - Japan Strikes
This video is part six in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. Hosted by Laurence Olivier, the programs originally aired on television in 1974. In this episode, the story of Japanese aggression leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor is told. Archival film footage shows the Nanking Massacre, as well as events in the Philippines, Singapore, and Hawaii. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 18: Occupation
This film is part of a British series that chronicles the major events and figures of World War II. With help from archival footage from both the Allied and Axis powers, the program tells the story of the devastation, destruction, and reconstruction of the war years. This episode describes the occupation of Germany and Japan after the war's end. The film traces the efforts to defuse the military machines of the Axis powers, while offering economic aid to the people of those countries. The postwar years saw a complete restructuring of Japanese society, with the imposition of Western ideology over the traditional Japanese ways. Historians discuss the impact and long-range effects. Photographs add visual details. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 19: Pincers
This video is part 19 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. Laurence Olivier narrates this highly acclaimed series, which first appeared on television in 1974. Episode 19 covers the events that led up to the Battle of the Bulge, and the hard-won Allied victory there in August of 1944. The Allies had the Germans on the run with no escape route. The Allied decision to stop short of the Rhine River and wait for supplies also gave the Nazis a chance to regroup and launch a counterattack. Archival film footage shows the fierce fighting that ensued. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 10: Wolf Pack
This video is part ten in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The television program, narrated by Laurence Olivier, originally aired in 1974. In this episode, the deadly aim of the high-tech German U-boats takes its toll on the supply ships of the Allied forces. The program addresses the internal strife that only furthered the German cause, until the Allied forces found their own key to success. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 23: Pacific - The Island to Island War
Born in the Texas Hill Country German immigrant town of Fredericksburg, the low-key Admiral Chester Nimitz (1885-1966) had a completely different command style than the arrogant, showboating General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964). Yet, as this video shows using archival combat footage, interviews, and commentary, these two military leaders teamed to lead their forces in the final drive to defeat the Japanese, resulting in some of the bloodiest fighting of the entire war. The program explains the strategy that involved MacArthur and his men fighting from the Solomon Islands and New Guinea, moving on to the Philippines, while Nimitz and the Navy began this stage of the campaign in the Gilbert Islands at Tarawa. Nimitz masterminded U.S. strategy at the Battle of the Philippine Sea (1944) and Battle of Leyte Gulf (1944). Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier and billing itself as "the definitive story of World War II," The World At War is a 26-volume history of the largest war in history, showing what the war was like for those on the killing fields. This episode was written by David Wheeler and produced by John Pett. Michael Darlow and Hugh Raggett directed. ~ Steve Blackburn, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 7: On Our Way - America Enters the War
This video is part seven in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. Originally airing on television in 1974, the series was hosted by Laurence Olivier. This episode follows the controversy in America from 1939 into the early '40s over American involvement in the "European War." Archival film footage shows the strength of the American Nazi Party and the American Labor Movement as they took opposite sides in the controversy, and how the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the German declaration of war on America ended the debate. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 12: Whirlwind
This video is part 12 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The acclaimed television series, hosted by Laurence Olivier, was first broadcast in 1974. In this episode, the air war against Germany is documented with archival film footage. The European forces bombed German cities at night, while the Americans took to the air in daytime raids. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 5: Barbarossa, June - December 1941
This video is part five in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. Laurence Olivier narrates the historic 1974 television programs. In this volume, the topic is the German-Soviet Pact of 1939, in which the two nations agreed to take control of Europe. Ultimately, Hitler, whose plan included subjugation of Slavic peoples, turned on his former ally. Graphic film footage documents the terrible losses sustained in the ensuing battle between Germany and Russia. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 21: Nemesis
Part of The World at War series, which chronicles the events of World War II, featuring interviews with military leaders and ordinary people alike, The World at War, Volume 21: Nemesis takes viewers to the weakened front lines of Germany. As the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force bomb daily, Allied prisoners taste freedom and German soldiers are taken prisoner by the truckload. Meanwhile, a suicidal Adolf Hitler decides to marry his sweetheart Eva Braun before ending his massively destructive life. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 2: Distant War 1939-40
This video is part two in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. Hosted by Laurence Olivier, the programs were originally televised on Sunday evenings in 1974. This episode focuses on the German advance on Poland and Norway from September, 1939, through May, 1940. The English and French, still untouched by war in their own lands, gather their forces. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 11: Red Star
This program explores Russia's spirit of fight which was incredible even to her adversaries. With 20 million military and civilian casualties, Russia stood firm. One German officer tells of repulsing a Soviet attack in 35-below weather: "The Soviet soldiers remained motionless about two hours lying in the snow, and in the evening they again attacked with the same spirit." Incredibly the Russians not only survived but went on to rout the Germans. ~ Corinna Richards, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 14: It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow
The World at War is an award-winning series of programs using film from national and international archives to produce a definitive history of WWII. In The World at War, Vol. 14: It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow, the Burmese army learns to endure the appalling conditions when monsoon rains fall for almost half the year. The steamy jungle environment proved incredibly difficult for European military forces, but the Japanese were able to adapt and even flourish under the same conditions. Myths began to circulate that the enemy was made of stronger stuff. Narration is provided by Sir Laurence Olivier. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 3: France Falls, May - June 1940
This video is part three in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. These historic television broadcasts originally appeared on Sunday evenings in 1974. This episode follows the advance of Hitler's army into France in May and June of 1940, and its frightening march into Paris. England stood alone in Europe against the German army. Meanwhile, Russian troops were occupying Poland and the Balkan states. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 9: Stalingrad
This video is part nine in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The award-winning television production, narrated by Laurence Olivier, first aired in 1974. In this episode, the story is told of the Battle of Stalingrad that ended in November, 1942. The brutal Russian winter and the battle with the Russians and their allies, handed Hitler a major defeat. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 16: Inside the Reich - Germany 1940-44
This video is part 16 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The programs, narrated by Laurence Olivier, originally aired on television in 1974. This volume examines life inside Germany during the war years from 1940-1944. It shows how the German people were lulled into thinking that their war was won, after early victories in Europe. As the tide began to turn, Hitler's support eroded, and discontent grew. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 25: Reckoning
This video is episode 25 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. Narrated by Laurence Olivier, the highly acclaimed series first aired on television in 1974. This program considers the aftermath of the war. The political considerations and decisions had far reaching effects. There were war reparations to be made to punish the aggressors, the stabilization and rebuilding of Europe got underway, and the Japanese sociopolitical infrastructure was revolutionized. War criminals were brought to justice at the Nuremberg Trials, and the Soviets gained control of Eastern Europe and dropped the Iron Curtain. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 4: Alone - Britain, May 1940 - June 1941
This video is part four in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. Originally appearing on television in 1974, the popular programs were hosted by Laurence Olivier. This volume features archival film footage of "Britain's finest hour," when the country beat back the German army in the Battle of Britain. The losses of life and property that the English people suffered were devastating, but the victory was theirs. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 22: Japan 1941-45
This video is part 22 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The highly acclaimed series, narrated by Laurence Olivier, first aired on television in 1974. This episode examines the Japanese war machine. Japan's military strategy was based on a quick victory, since it did not have the resources for a protracted war. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought both England and the United States into the war against Japan. The lengthy and bloody struggle in the Pacific spelled ultimate defeat for Japan. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 20: Genocide
This video is volume 20 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The highly acclaimed television series, hosted by Laurence Olivier, first aired in 1974. This episode depicts the horrors of the holocaust. Hitler's program for racial purity called for the extermination of what he deemed inferior races, including Jews, Slavs, and Gypsies. The video contains graphic archival film footage from the concentration camps at Dachau and Auschwitz. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The World at War, Vol. 26: Remember
This video is the last episode in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The highly acclaimed series, narrated by Laurence Olivier, first aired on television in 1974. This program is entitled World at War, Vol. 26: Remembering, and is a tribute to the 55 million people who lost their lives during the course of the war. The tiny French village of Oradour is emblematic of this tragic loss of life. In 1944, the German army massacred all of its inhabitants. The men were herded into barns and shot. Then the women and children, huddled in a church, were murdered. The village has never been rebuilt, and the ruins stand as a mute reminder of the evil perpetrated by Hitler's Germany. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

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