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The World at War Restored Edition


The World at War

The Ultimate Restored Edition

The World at War is a popular documentary of World War II produced by Thames Television in 1973. The war is presented as a series of stories in 26 episodes with narration by Laurence Olivier.

The World at War is more than a collection of combat scenes. Interviews with soldiers and civilians offer a glimpse of the effects of war on the people who lived through it in the cities and villages of Europe and Asia. Of course there are interviews with high level American, British, German and Japanese leaders. Some of the featured interviewees include:

Mark Clark

Jock Colville

Karl Donitz

Karl Wolff

James “Jimmy” Doolittle

Lord Eden of Avon

Averell Harriman

Toshikazu Kase

Vera Lynn

Lord Mountbatten

Albert Speer

James Stewart

Paul Tibbets

Takeo Yoshikawa

Stephen Ambrose

Of particular note are the insights of Gertraud “Traudl” Junge who served as a personal secretary to Adolf Hitler. She remained in his bunker until his death in 1945.

 The World at War is a British production. Given the origins of the war in Europe and the later entry into the war by the US, it is not surprising to see the emphasis on Europe. The interviews are presented without criticism thus we viewers get to consider the truthfulness of their claims. For example, was it really possible that Albert Speer did not know of the Nazi death camps?

The United States has produced many documentaries on WWII, The World at War offers a Eurocentric perspective. I found it particularly meaningful since my parents and grandparents survived the German blitz of London and many relatives fought the Germans and Italians in Europe as well as the Japanese in the Pacific. Thus, for those of us whose parents lived through the war in Britain and other parts of Europe, it is a particularly helpful context to appreciate their experiences. 

 The World at War is available on AMAZON.

 Disc and Episodes


A new Germany

Distant War

France Falls





On Our Way

The Desert



Wolf Pack

Red Star


Tough Old Gut

It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow


Home Fires

Inside the Reich









The Bomb




Extra Features


Hitler's Germany

Two deaths of Adolph Hitler


The Final Solution


Making of the series

Experiences of War

Restoring the World at War



Producer: Jeremy Isaacs

Some footage and video is in colour.

Blue-ray with 5.1 DTS in 16:9 format

9 Disc Collector’s Set by Freemantle Media

Running time about 1408 minutes + extra features 769 minutes


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