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Al Murray's Road To Berlin [DVD] 
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Join the Pub Landlord star on his journey through the last phase of Worlds War II.
In this moving 10-part documentary made for Discovery Channel, TV s Pub Landlord Al Murray takes an emotional journey along the road to Berlin as he follows the Allied advance that finally brought down Nazi Germany.
From the driver s seat of his Willys jeep, atop a historical Sherman tank, or jumping from a Dakota transport plane, Al Murray retraces every fateful step from breaking out at the Normandy beaches on D-Day to the discovery of the Nazi Death Camps whilst interviewing survivors from the War along the way.
Containing the ten episodes:
D-Day, The Battle for Normandy, The Push for Paris, Hitler s Terror Weapon and Arnhem A Bridge Too Far, The Air War, The Battle of the Bulge, The Eastern Front, Crossing the Rhine and The Battle for Berlin
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But don't expect geezer-banter about teaching the Huns a lesson. This is Oxford University History graduate Al Murray presenting, not the boozy diatribe of the Pub Landlord, and appropriately, there are no laughs in this ten part series.
However, this is a far from dry regurgitation of textbook history. Interspersed with original film footage, Murray's series sees him tootle from battlefield to battlefield in an original wartime jeep, visiting the key points and bloody milestones that led to Berlin.
Murray's wide-eyed, genuine interest and respect for the subject matter shows through, none more so than when he interviews veterans from all the fighting nations: from pigeon-chested, elderly British paratroops reliving the pathos of Arnhem to an aged but still fiery, bemedalled Russian recalling Berlin street battles.
This type of documentary could easily have gone the way of a gung-ho Boy's Own adventure, but refreshingly, Murray keeps the story in perspective, interviewing a weary, Jewish former slave labourer and a German who saw his father shot whilst attempting to surrender . Most poignantly, while touring the site of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, Murray suddenly deviates from the script and ends the visit.
This is a great lesson in how to revitalise history, retelling the story in an engaging, entertaining and attention-hogging manner, whilst educating the viewer and perpetuating the remembrance message in a lively and memorable way.
I was going to buy another copy as a present for a friend..however as I paid £3.39 in 2011 and it has been shown on t.v again , i have no idea how the price is now £49.99!!!!!!
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This DVD is brilliant if you are interested in ww2 history, Al's comentry style is ideally suited to this subject, using a WW2 jeep to travel around these battle sites was inspired. The programes are well put together interspersed with WW2 footage. Seeing what the sites and locations look like now was also very interesting. Interveiws with surviving battle veterans and eye witnesses, were well put to together.
If you like WW2 history, buy this DVD, you wont be dissapointed.
Tim Hake July 2011.
This is an enjoyable programme to watch (although my wife does not agree), good quality video and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to find out more about this engaging period of history.
Al presents this series in a tactful,considerate and informed way,taking us through significant strategic battle sites viewed from the passsenger seat of his WW2 Willys Jeep on the long journey to Berlin. it would be so easy to for a comedian to fall back too heavily on humour when handling such a serious subject matter. but Al shows a true professionalism in finding the perfect balance and you have to respect the man for it !
Interesting,informative,and entertaining,this would be an ideal xmas present for Al Murray fan or Historian alike.
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