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When first made many of the people directly involved at high level were still alive and their views, with hindsight, are fascinating. Many ordinary people, from all the countries involved (except USSR - behind the Iron Curtain at the time) give personal accounts. Not a boring history, this wonderful programme gives a clear view of the build up to, the progress of and the problems after the War that had a huge impact on my parents generation. Look at the "men" involved. 19 - 20 year olds - its unimaginable today. For any one who has only a limited idea of what went on, this is very revealing and instructive without being in any way like a school lesson. To be able to watch an episode whenever you want to is a joy and this quality of production goes to show what drivel we are now being fed.
It also gives an intriguing insight into why post war Europe has become what it now is and the whole film is, in my view, probably the most unbiased account you will get of such an event.
It stands, shoulder to shoulder, with "The Great War" which is another epic production this time covering World War 1 and produced by the BBC. Both should be compulsory viewing for schools.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2008 14:48:46 BDT
P. J. Clarke says:
Wilz, I could not agree with you more in respect of ALL world leaders being made to watch this superb piece of historical work. World At War is without any shadow of a doubt, THE definitive historical account of world war two. An absolute must for any person, whether an academic historian, or 'Joe Public.' This series was brilliantly assembled and works at all levels. A fascinating and very moving series. It is all the more gripping because many famous/infamous characters were still alive in 1973
Posted on 25 Aug 2008 15:28:51 BDT
Good review except for one mistake - people from the USSR were interviewed for this series.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2013 19:12:46 BDT
Dr S Arnott says:
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2014 19:39:51 BDT
Who said they didn't?
Posted on 8 Jun 2014 15:12:21 BDT
I absolutely agree this should be compulsory and examinable material in all schools. The world would be a very different place if it were. Even though I haven't watched this since it was first aired in the 70s, many elements from it are etched in my memory, particularly the bulldozers at work on 'Genocide'. I will be watching again soon as I just picked up the whole DVD set from a bootsale for £2.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2014 12:51:16 BDT
I watched this on TV on a Sunday
night and as a teenager I was gripped by the reality of war.I now have the box set and watch the DVDS.My son will be starting secondary school son and I want to watch it with him.The only film that goes anyway near re living WW2 is Das Boot.This should also be shown in schools.You can almost smell the men in the submarine as they fight their war against the Allies and the conditions that they have to endure
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2014 15:01:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Dec 2014 15:02:13 GMT
B. Olsen says:
Yes they did Dr Arnott, but only after Hitler had turned on his 'partner-in-crime' Stalin in June 1941. Before that, the western nations stood alone against Hitler's tyranny while Stalin supported it, for instance by taking his slice of Poland in September 1939.
Posted on 13 Mar 2015 19:07:01 GMT
Can't disagree with anything you wrote OP. The series is currently being repeated on BBC2 in the afternoon. Difficult to know which is the most horrible way to die: in a depth-charged submarine; in a torpedoed ship; in a ship battle; in a fighter; in a bomber; being bombed; in a firestorm; in a tank; well, the list just goes on and on. Should indeed be compulsory viewing, not just in schools, but for MPs and, particularly, American politicians also.
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