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The World at War 1973 is documentary series covering the word war II in 26 episodes,this series is  best summary of world  war II history

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Num Epsoide Date Story
01 A New Germany: 1933-1939 31 Oct. 1973 Program chronicles the draconian measures taken by Adolf Hitler to become absolute dictator of Germany and begin his domination of Europe.
02 Distant War: September 1939-May 1940 7 Nov. 1973 France and England enter World War 2 following Germany’s invasion of Poland. But with the exception of its navy England is rather uncertain how to prepare. After a failed operation in Norway lead by Churchill, Chamberlain is, ironically, replaced as Prime Minister by Churchill.
03 France Falls: May-June 1940 4 Nov. 1973 As their forces invade Northern Europe German strategists capitalize time and again on French preconceptions confounding French defenses.
04 Alone: May 1940-May 1941 21 Nov. 1973 In the end of May 1940, when the last French cities are captured by the Germans, half a million British and French soldiers retreat to the last channel port still open to them: Dunkerque. The following days Great Britain carries out the biggest evacuation in history. 330.000 French and British soldiers are picked up by boats and brought over the channel to England. German aircrafts start bombing English airfields, but the Royal Air Force wins this part of the battle of Britain. Göring orders his Luftwaffe to bomb London instead. During 76 successive nights German
05 Barbarossa:June-December 1941 28 Nov. 1973 Following the conquest of France Hitler, almost casually by blitzkrieg standards, turn his eyes toward Russia. But Stalin is equally lackadaisical in preparing defenses against Germany. The German invasion rapidly reaches the gates of Moscow where it is stopped cold by the onset of winter then crushed by the Russian counterattack.
06 Banzai! Japan: 1931-1942 5 Dec. 1973 Following Japan’s conquest of eastern Asia the Allies finally respond with sanctions. They prove so threatening to Japan that it prepares to conquer Southeast Asia to secure the resources it needs. But first the threat from the British and American Pacific fleets must be eliminated.
07 On Our Way: U.S.A. – 1939-1942 12 Dec. 1973 Although those in the know figured it was just a matter of time, the United States only reluctantly participated in World War 2. But it was not a foregone conclusion that the United States would side against both Germany and Japan. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor precipitated a quick decision. But in Germany’s case a long series of mutual provocations, some intended, some not, gradually turned the United States against Germany.
08 The Desert: North Africa – 1940-1943 19 Dec. 1973 In 1940 Mussolini deploys a massive army to invade British held Egypt, to capture the Suez Canal and most of all to establish an Italian empire to rival Germany’s. So begins a multi-year campaign over a meaningless stretch of desert involving forces from a dozen nations and characterized by persistent attackers, stubborn defenders and ultimately controlled by supply line challenges.
09 Stalingrad: June 1942-February 1943 2 Jan. 1974 Germany is dealt a crushing defeat when the Russians’ stubborn defense of Stalingrad delays the German offensive giving the Russians time to mass their forces for a counter attack that surrounds then destroys the German Sixth Army and its supporting forces.
10 Wolf Pack: U-Boats in the Atlantic – 1939-1944 9 Jan. 1974 For three years German u-boats ravage transatlantic convoys. Despite the critical need for the supplies and materiel British leadership give scant attention to the matter for two years. Finally in 1943 the allies begin introducing new tactics and weapons while Germany continues to focus on the numbers game.
11 Red Star: The Soviet Union – 1941-1943 16 Jan. 1974 Bent on fulfilling Hilter’s policy of colonizing Russia, German forces invade subjecting inhabitants of occupied lands to servitude or death. Russians respond with a mass evacuation and scorched earth policy, reestablishing their industrial capacity far to the east. After German forces fail to break Lenigrade or to capture Kursk and the surrounding Russian forces Russia goes on the offensive with its military production at full capacity.
12 Whirlwind: Bombing Germany – September 1939-April 1944 23 Jan. 1974 While the British continue to rely on night bombing the American forces attempt to use more dangerous but more precise daylight bombing to interdict German military production and crush the national will.
13 Tough Old Gut: Italy – November 1942-June 1944 30 Jan. 1974 After driving the Germans from North Africa the Allies turn their sites on Italy. But the Italian campaign turned out to be tougher the anyone expected. American reluctance to divert resources from the planned Normandy invasion, geographic challenges and German reinforcements hinders the Allied campaign which continued until the eve of the Normandy invasion.
14 It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma – 1942-1944 6 Feb. 1974 Allied forces were totally unprepared for the Japanese invasion of Burma in 1942. The Japanese quickly overran the country. The Allies counter-attacked using troops unfamiliar with jungle warfare which were unsuccessful against the Japanese guerrilla forces. But the Allies persisted and gradually adapted to the jungle environment. As additional forces arrived the Allies succeeded in destroying the Japanese forces.
15 Home Fires: Britain – 1940-1944 13 Feb. 1974 The war effort required total commitment from British citizens stretching their bodies and spirits to the breaking point and occasionally beyond it. As a result of grim news early in the war, German bombing of British cities and disagreements on critical policies Churchill faced a no confidence vote. But extraordinary measures gradually put the kingdom on an effective war footing.
16 Inside the Reich: Germany – 1940-1944 20 Feb. 1974 Germany is jubilant after the surrender of France. Then the unsuccessful expansion of the war to include Russia and England gradually turns German morale from joy to fatalism. Even der Führer falls victim to the insidious fatalism caused first by the crushing defeat at Stalingrad then the bunker bombing that nearly killed him. All the while the tightening Nazi grip and Allied assaults adds to the gloom of fear.
17 Morning: June-August 1944 27 Feb. 1974 Four years after France fell the Allies invade Normandy. Caught by surprise the German defenses are quickly overcome. Heading inland the Allies win major victories against fierce resistance.
18 Occupation: Holland – 1940-1944 13 Mar. 1974 The Dutch are shocked when the Germans bomb Rotterdam and invade their neutral country. But Germany follows with insidious conciliatory gestures that ease tensions. Germany gradually exploits the populace with conscriptions, forced labor and deportation of Jewish citizens. Finally anticipating liberation as the Allies move westward, Dutch suffering intensifies. As the German propagandists had claimed, liberation brought devastation, not from warfare but from a brutal German embargo and intensified deportations.
19 Pincers: August 1944-March 1945 20 Mar. 1974 As the Allies debate how to prosecute the the invasion of Germany, Hitler settles the question with a massive counter attack in the Ardenne. Failure of the attack leaves German defenses of the Western Front in shambles. Meanwhile, Russian forces are also closing in but Stalin orders a pause so the SS can crush the Polish resistance.
20 Genocide: 1941-1945 27 Mar. 1974 The history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews, showing events leading to the “Final Solution”. Footage and Interviews with SS officers and Jewish survivors from various countries describe how the extermination camps operated and what existence was like there.
21 Nemesis: Germany – February-May 1945 3 Apr. 1974 The closing weeks of the European war bring retribution for Germany in the form of carpet bombing cities like Dresden, the collapse of the Whermacht, atrocities by Soviet forces, and finally the fall of Berlin and suicide of Hitler.
22 Japan: 1941-1945 10 Apr. 1974 After the victories in 1941-2, Japanese fortunes reverse as America succeeds in destroying their aircraft fleet and Pacific island bases
23 Pacific: February 1942-July 1945 17 Apr. 1974 The island hopping strategy of Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur leads from one costly, battle after another. The Japanese fight fanatically as the war gets ever closer to home, but Americans finally use their newest weapon, the A-bomb.
24 The Bomb: February-September 1945 24 Apr. 1974 How the empire had a useless emperor and the barbarians destroyed the town… how Rome fell
25 Reckoning: 1945… and After 1 May 1974 As wretched survivours suffer deprivations amongst the ruins, half of Germany and eastern Europe trade one socialist tyranny for another as the Soviets take power. Japan is occupied by the U. S., but the colonial empires disintegrate.
26 Remember 8 May 1974 For many the Second World War was the most significant experience of their lives.

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