The World at War

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The World at War is a 26 episode series about World War II, produced by ITV in 1973-1974. The episodes were narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier.

Episode One: A New Germany[edit]

Narrator: Down this road on a summer day in 1944, the soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, the community, which had lived for a thousand years, was dead. This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, the people were gathered together. The men were taken to garages and barns, the women and children were led down this road, and they were driven into this church. Here, they heard the firing as their men were shot. Then they were killed too. A few weeks later, many of those who had done the killing were themselves dead, in battle. They never rebuilt Oradour. Its ruins are a memorial. Its martyrdom stands for thousands upon thousands of other martyrdoms in Poland, in Russia, in Burma, China, in a world at war.

Episode Eight: The Desert: War in North Africa[edit]

Narrator (describing the setting of the Western desert campaign):
This land was made for war. As glass resists the bite of vitriol, so this hard and calcined earth rejects the battle's hot, corrosive impact. Here is no nubile, girlish land; no green and virginal countryside for war to violate. This land is hard. Inviolable.

Episode Twelve: Whirlwind: Bombing Germany[edit]

RAF veteran: If you couldn't get the kraut in his factory, it was just as easy to knock him off in his bed, and [if] granny Schicklgruber next door got the chop, that's hard luck.

Episode Sixteen: Inside the Reich: Germany[edit]

Narrator (describing the Volkssturm preparing to defend Berlin): They went towards the Russians, keeping their thoughts to themselves.

Episode Twenty: Genocide[edit]

Rudolf Vrba What we went through will be difficult to understand, even for our contemporaries, and much more even for the generations who already have no personal experience from those days

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