In 1970, producer Jeremy Issacs wanted to create the " definitive televisual history of the Second World War" that "should balance out the 'view from the top' with the 'view from the bottom'". The World at War (TWaW) achieved this mammoth task and more, collecting nearly a million feet of interview and location film. Preserved indefinitely on DVD format (on 10 discs), this series, as other reviewers have already commented, is impressive (to say the least). Added gravitas is provided by the great Sir Laurence Olivier as narrator. There seems no need to re-iterate the praise this DVD very much deserves/ The full episode contents of the DVD special edition are as follows: * The Making of World at War (exclusive to DVD) * A New Germany : 1933 - 1939 * Distant War : 1939 - 1940 * France Falls : May - June 1940 * Alone in Britain : May 1940 - June 1941 * Barbarossa : June - Dec 1941 * Banzai - Japan Strikes * On Our Way - America Enters The War * Desert - The War in North Africa * Stalingrad * Wolfpack * Redstar - The Soviet Union : 1941 - 1943 * Whirlwind - Bombing Germany : September 1939 - April 1944 * Tough Old Gut * It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow * Home Fires * Inside the Reich : Germany 1940 - 1944 * Morning * Occupation * Pincers * Genocide * Nemesis * Japan 1941-45 * Pacific * The Bomb * Reckoning * Remember * Secretary to Hitler * Who Won World War II? * Warrior * Hitler's Germany: 1933 - 1939 * Hitler's Germany: 1939 - 1945 * The Two Deaths of Hitler * The Final Solution - Auschwitz Part 1 * The Final Solution - Auschwitz Part 2
Not only for the specialist or enthusiast, this is now a crucial collection of material that the forthcoming generations who should learn about their ancestors and the value of peace. This is a non-patronising series that is a must for every DVD collection.