The Making of the World at War The story behind the production process and the challenges involved in summarising years of history and millions of feet of archive footage.
1. A New Germany: 1933 - 1939 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... 2. Distant War: September 1939 - May 1940 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... 3. France Falls: May - June 1940 The French had made the disastrous mistake of preparing for another war like the First World War. Consequently, the French army are totally humiliated. 4. Alone in Britain: May 1940 - June 1941 After Dunkirk, Britain faces the German onslaught. Although the RAF wins the Battle of Britain, the cities are blitzed and on the Continent, the last allies are conquered. The outlook is grim... 5. Barbarossa: June - December 1941 Hitler at last turns his tanks towards Russia. After a succession of devastating victories, the Germans delay fatally, and the fierce Russian winter takes a grip... 6. Banzai: Japan Strikes: 1941 - 1942 The Japanese, at war since 1931 on the Chinese mainland, hope for easy victories over the British and Dutch. And then, on December 7th 1941, the infamous attack on Pearl Harbour... 7. On Our Way: America Enters The War: 1939 - 1942 "It was felt that Britain was trying to drag us in. There was even sentiment that England would fight to the last American" Norman Corwin, American Radio Journalist.