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War Time Secrets With Harry Harris [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Go Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058OA684
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This brand new series uncovers the secrets, lies and untold stories of World War II. Following on from the popular Wartime London series, cab driver and history guide Harry Harris goes on an epic World War II journey uncovering the secrets, conspiracies and hidden stories of wartime Britain. A London cabbie for twenty years, Harry Harris has a life-long love of history. He s a trained history guide, but has a thirst for knowledge and is always keen to learn more. On this round-Britain taxi tour he discovers a whole range of fascinating secret stories from World War II.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harris is a marvellous presenter 19 Aug 2013
First impressions can not only be deceptive, they can be wildly inaccurate.

When I saw the start of the first episode, in which the presenter introduces himself with "I'm 'arry 'arris, London cab driver an' 'istory guide", I thought "cocky, irritating little Cockney", and expected the worst.

Very quickly I had to eat copious helpings of humble pie. Harris turns out to be a marvellous presenter for this series. Like many of us born after the war in a (fairly) free country, Harry is in awe of "the greatest generation" who made it possible for us to live without the yoke of tyranny.

Harris' reverence towards these now-elderly people pervades the series, leading to many memorable moments. There is the genuine shock shown by Harris when he interviews the lady who was prepared to carry out a suicide pact with her husband if the Germans had succeeded with "Operation Sea lion", the Nazi plan to invade Britain.

Then there is Harris' disarmingly spontaneous gesture of gratitude when he embraces a pair of Battle of Britain fighter pilots, kissing them on the cheek. "What men!" declares Harris, "You're heroes!" Typically, the former Hurricane pilot and former Spitfire pilot deny that they are any such thing. Harris is having none of it - and rightly so. "You saved our country" he insists.

And most memorable of all is the episode in which Harris follows the journey of a single US soldier, an ordinary infantryman, from his billet in Devon, through the D-day landings, to the corporal's final resting place. As Harris reads the inscription on the tombstone, his voice falters and he bursts into tears.

Harry Harris not only takes the viewer into some intriguing byways of WW2 history, he has personified the awe, respect, gratitude and affection that postwar Britons feel (or should feel) towards an earlier generation whose courage and resilience gave us the freedoms we enjoy today.

"The debt remains, and will increase."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what did i learn? 9 April 2013
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thank you Harry Harris and the Discovery channel for doing this, there is a lot to learn from this collection / tv series, especially about the royal british legion & how close we came to becoming another conquered country during the ww2
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vey interesting 21 Jun 2012
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After watching one or two programmes on tv i thought i might see if there was a dvd available. There was and it is worth getting.It is full of little known facts that are interesting and intriguing.Its well worth the money just for some of these.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE AND FACTUAL A GREAT SET 9 Oct 2013
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This was a gift for 89 year old uncle who was involved in the laying of the Pluto pipeline. He loved it and he enjoyed the way that Harry told the stories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The previous reviewer who gave this series a meagre one star gives the impression that he has not seen the full series. If so, he has missed a real treat. His short comments are so far off the mark, here's a more in-depth review.

'Amateur'? Yes, Cockney cab driver Harry Harris doesn't pretend to be an expert WW2 historian but approaches the subject armed merely with enthusiasm, respect and an open mind. Good for him.

This is a QUALITY series, the likes of which I have been wanting to see on TV for years. I have studied Britain in WW2 for 30 years now and although some of the subjects are familiar, Harry's fresh, down to earth, engaging approach and use of the latest research and modern historians was interesting and refreshing.

The series was first broadcast on the Discovery Channel over the last couple of years. There are all 7 episodes included in this boxset, running to 6 hours and at £4.99, is a real bargain. The series is absolutely chock full of interesting investigations. A brief resume:

Episode 1: Flirting With Hitler: Harry meets the young Press Officer of the Royal British Legion (a young injured ex-Army officer) and travels in the footsteps of a forgotten pre-war trip by WW1 RBL veterans who went to Germany on a peace/unity mission, which was hijacked by the Nazis, resulting in embarrassment and humiliation for the well-intentioned mission. Harry also investigates wartime full honour Luftwaffe burials in Britain.
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