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Laurence Olivier narrates the landmark 26-part British documentary series telling the story of World War II, profiling its main campaigns and highlighting the human cost on all sides of the conflict.

Genres: History | War
Station: ITV (UK)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Ended
Start: 1973-10-31

The World at War Season 1 Air Dates


S01E01 - A New Germany (1933 - 1939) Air Date: 31 October 1973 21:00 -

Adolf Hitler wins support from millions of Germans as he offers new hope to a country recovering from depression.


S01E02 - Distant War (September 1939 - May 1940) Air Date: 07 November 1973 21:00 -

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Germany invades Eastern Europe, forcing unprepared Britain to face the possibility of war with approaching Nazis. France and England enter World War 2 after Germany's invasion of Poland. Except for its navy, England is uncettain how to prepare. After a failed operation in Norway lead by Churchill, Chamberlain is, ironically, replaced as Prime Minister by Churchill.


S01E03 - France Falls (May - June 1940) Air Date: 14 November 1973 21:00 -

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The Germans skirt the French's heavily fortified Maginot line and defeat them in six weeks with newer techniques and equipment.


S01E04 - Alone (May 1940 - May 1941) Air Date: 21 November 1973 21:00 -

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British morale plunges as 350,000 allied troops are barely rescued at Dunkirk and the RAF battles the Luftwaffe over London skies. After losing the Battle of Britain, Germany begins bombing British cities. The British launch an offensive in North Africa hoping to distract the Germans attention from the British Isles.


S01E05 - Barbarossa (June - December 1941) Air Date: 28 November 1973 21:00 -

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Germany turns against Russia, but fatal German delays hold the advance a few kilometers outside Moscow in the mud and cold.


S01E06 - Banzai!: Japan (1931 - 1942) Air Date: 05 December 1973 21:00 -

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Japan strikes at Pearl Harbor and sweeps forward to capture Hong Kong, Burma, Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies and the Philippines.


S01E07 - On Our Way: U.S.A. (1939 - 1942) Air Date: 12 December 1973 21:00 -

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FDR, determined to fight Germany as well as Japan, cannot sway Congress until Hitler declares war on the United States.


S01E08 - The Desert: North Africa (1940 - 1943) Air Date: 19 December 1973 21:00 -

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Montgomery's Desert Rats defeat Rommel's Afrika Korps at El Alamein after fighting for nearly three years for 600 miles of desert.


S01E09 - Stalingrad (June 1942 - February 1943) Air Date: 02 January 1974 21:00 -

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The German Army's defeat at Stalingrad, with 70,000 Germans killed and 100,000 captured, dispels the myth of German invincibility.


S01E10 - Wolfpack: U-Boats in the Atlantic (1939 - 1943) Air Date: 09 January 1974 21:00 -

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U-boat attacks on U.S. supply ships nearly starve Britain despite convoys, escorts and underwater detection devices.


S01E11 - Red Star: The Soviet Union (1941 - 1943) Air Date: 16 January 1974 21:00 -

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Germany attacks the Soviet Union in June 1941, unsuccessfully laying siege to Leningrad from September 1941 until January 1944.


S01E12 - Whirlwind: Bombing Germany (September 1939 - April 1944) Air Date: 23 January 1974 21:00 -

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Arthur "Bomber" Harris takes over Bomber Command with the demand for revenge sorties as a means to defeat Germany.


S01E13 - Tough Old Gut: Italy (November 1942 - June 1944) Air Date: 30 January 1974 21:00 -

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Churchill staunchly supports an Allied invasion of Italy, which he sees as the "soft underbelly" of Europe.


S01E14 - It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma (1942 - 1944) Air Date: 06 February 1974 21:00 -

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The Japanese build a "superman" myth as they thrive in the nightmarish conditions of monsoons and jungles.


S01E15 - Home Fires: Britain (1940 - 1944) Air Date: 13 February 1974 21:00 -

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The Luftwaffe changes the targets of its bombing raids to outlying cities after its defeat in the Battle of Britain.


S01E16 - Inside the Reich: Germany (1940 - 1944) Air Date: 20 February 1974 21:00 -

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Germany's people do not feel the effects of World War II at home until the German army begins to lose key battles.


S01E17 - Morning (June - August 1944) Air Date: 27 February 1974 21:00 -

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S01E18 - Occupation: Holland (1940 - 1944) Air Date: 13 March 1974 21:00 -

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The neutral Netherlands live under increasingly harsh Nazi rule for four years, dividing citizens' loyalties.


S01E19 - Pincers (August 1944 - March 1945) Air Date: 20 March 1974 20:00 -

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Paris is liberated in 1944, but as Russians and Allies advance on Germany, Allied commanders cannot agree on an attack plan.


S01E20 - Genocide (1941 - 1945) Air Date: 27 March 1974 20:00 -

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The Nazis kill 6 million Jews in specially created death camps in their determination to create a purified Aryan race.


S01E21 - Nemesis: Germany (February - May 1945) Air Date: 03 April 1974 20:00 -

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S01E22 - Japan (1941 - 1945) Air Date: 10 April 1974 20:00 -

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Early victories led the Japanese to believe they would be victorious against the West, but severe supply shortages and increased Allied victories dimmed this hope.


S01E23 - Pacific (February 1942 - July 1945) Air Date: 17 April 1974 20:00 -

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Gen. MacArthur sweeps upward from the Solomons and New Guinea, as rival Adm. Nimitz begins an offensive in the Gilberts.


S01E24 - The Bomb (February - September 1945) Air Date: 24 April 1974 20:00 -

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S01E25 - Reckoning (1945...and after) Air Date: 01 May 1974 20:00 -

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S01E26 - Remember Air Date: 08 May 1974 20:00 -

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Survivors relate memories of World War II and remember the millions of combatants and civilians killed.



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