The World at War

10 Worst Episodes of The World at War

A documentary series that gives a historical account of the events of World War II, from its roots in the 1920s to the aftermath and the lives it profoundly influenced.

Written by Sophie and last updated on oct 24, 2022.

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#10 - Pincers (August 1944 - March 1945) (Season 1 - Episode 19)

The end of the war appears close at hand with the liberation of Paris in 1944, but the British and Americans disagree on how to advance. Meanwhile, Poland suffers devastating losses to achieve victory.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 112 votes.

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#9 - Tough Old Gut: Italy (November 1942 - June 1944) (Season 1 - Episode 13)


Churchill called Italy the 'soft underbelly of the crocodile' and thought the Allies could cut through it to the heart of Germany. But the soft underbelly turned out to be a 'tough old gut'.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 141 votes.

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#8 - It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma (1942 - 1944) (Season 1 - Episode 14)

Vera Lynn sang of a lovely day tomorrow, but the war in Burma was mud and monsoon. Britain's largest army learned to master the jungle and fought the Japanese to standstill.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 139 votes.

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#7 - Pacific (February 1942 - July 1945) (Season 1 - Episode 23)


The Americans fight their way across the Pacific towards Japan and the Philippines. Perhaps the bloodiest campaign of all, each island has to be taken by storm and the Japanese fight to the last man.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 97 votes.

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#6 - Distant War (September 1939 - May 1940) (Season 1 - Episode 2)

In Eastern Europe, the full force of the Nazi machine rolls on - but in Britain, an uneasy calm settles on the nation. It is the 'phoney' war, with the sound of distant guns thundering ominously on the horizon…

The episode was rated 7.78 from 392 votes.

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#5 - Banzai!: Japan (1931 - 1942) (Season 1 - Episode 6)


The rise of the Japanese Empire, the Sino-Japanese War, the Soviet-Japanese border conflicts, Pearl Harbor and the early Japanese successes in the fall of Malaya and Singapore. At war since 1931 on the Chinese mainland, the Japanese hope for easy victories over the British and Dutch. And then on December 7th 1941, Japan makes their infamous attack on Pearl Harbour.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 246 votes.

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#4 - Japan (1941 - 1945) (Season 1 - Episode 22)

Initially apprehensive about the outcome of declaring war, the Japanese quickly turn to celebration with early victory. In the end, their worst fears are unimaginably exceeded.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 111 votes.

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#3 - Occupation: Holland (1940 - 1944) (Season 1 - Episode 18)


Through a neutral country, Holland is attacked by Germany without warning in 1940. During the next four years, life carries on seemingly without incident, but underneath resistance never dies.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 119 votes.

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#2 - Wolfpack: U-Boats in the Atlantic (1939 - 1943) (Season 1 - Episode 10)

In a war of high technology and animal courage, the German U-Boats fight Allied merchantmen, hounding them in packs.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 150 votes.

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#1 - Home Fires: Britain (1940 - 1944) (Season 1 - Episode 15)


Finding strength in unity at home in Britain during the war, it was a time of gas masks, Winston Churchill, Dig for Victory, evacuation, George Formby, the Land Army, ITMA, the Squander Bug and the Beveridge Report.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 115 votes.

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