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The World at War

The World at War

ITV 1973

A groundbreaking narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The World at War

The World at War - S1E24

#1 - The Bomb (February - September 1945)


Season 1 - Episode 24

Western scientists have developed a new, immensely powerful weapon - the atomic bomb. On August 6th 1945, the Enola Gay delivers the world's first atomic bomb to Hiroshima. The world would be forever altered.

The episode was rated from 105 votes.

The World at War - S1E17

#2 - Morning (June - August 1944)


Season 1 - Episode 17

The Western Allies resolve to invade Europe. England becomes a floating supply dump and the British and Americans assemble the largest invasion fleet in history. It is June 6th 1944 - D Day.

The episode was rated from 136 votes.

The World at War - S1E20

#3 - Genocide (1941 - 1945)


Season 1 - Episode 20

The Nazi's are racist; the Aryans are a master race, others, particularly the Jews are sub-human. Himmler's SS sets about ridding Europe of millions of Jews.

The episode was rated from 123 votes.

The World at War - S1E5

#4 - Barbarossa (June - December 1941)


Season 1 - Episode 5

After dominating southeastern Europe through force or intrigue, Germany begins Operation Barbarossa, the massive invasion of Soviet Union. Despite several quick victories, the invasion ultimately stalls after a failed assault on Moscow during Russia's harsh winter

The episode was rated from 267 votes.

The World at War - S1E16

#5 - Inside the Reich: Germany (1940 - 1944)


Season 1 - Episode 16

Initial victory in Europe turns sour after the defeat at Stalingrad, yet Germany prepares to fight to the end - even after an assassination attempt on the Führer.

The episode was rated from 139 votes.

The World at War - S1E11
#6 - Red Star: The Soviet Union (1941 - 1943)
Season 1 - Episode 11

For two years the Soviet Army fights the Germans almost alone. After one of the greatest land battles in history, the nation survives and triumphs - but with a loss of no less than twenty million of its people.

The episode was rated from 147 votes.
The World at War - S1E12
#7 - Whirlwind: Bombing Germany (September 1939 - April 1944)
Season 1 - Episode 12

Bomber Command begin bombing German cities by night and the Americans reinforce the attacks by day; a whirlwind of terror and destruction that will win the war.

The episode was rated from 150 votes.
The World at War - S1E25
#8 - Reckoning (1945...and after)
Season 1 - Episode 25

The war ends slowly and messily. Britain is victorious but exhausted and the super-powers confront each other as they decide the fate of Europe.

The episode was rated from 92 votes.
The World at War - S1E3
#9 - France Falls (May - June 1940)
Season 1 - Episode 3

France discovers it is woefully unprepared for modern warfare as the Nazi war machine easily skirts around the Maginot Line. Britain retreats and prepares for invasion.

The episode was rated from 359 votes.
The World at War - S1E1
#10 - A New Germany (1933 - 1939)
Season 1 - Episode 1

Germany, a nation stricken by humiliating defeat and emerging from crippling economic depression, looks to one man for a resurgence of hope and dignity. That man is Adolf Hitler…

The episode was rated from 586 votes.

Last updated: dec 28, 2021



Absolute must see to never forget WW2.


Best documentary series of any kind, ever.


Amazing, educational series about WWII.


Deep detailed account on what happened historically during WW2. Produced while we still had a lot of people alive from the war and with their memories of it still intact. Huge and fascinating archive footage from the war that were presented for the first time in this series. Adding to the depth is one of film's biggest personalities giving his voice (Laurence Olivier) who narrated it. Only some newer "hidden secrets" from the war that has been revealed after 1973 is missing - and while gripping stuff it is impossible not to take long breaks between episodes due to it's heavy and sad subject matter as the brain need to process it all.


I feel like I lived through the WWII. An absolute must see for everyone.

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