Saturday, 7 June 2014

The World At War - Episode One - A New Germany: 1933-1939

I never knew Great-uncle Clyson. He died in '45 in the Ardennes. Clyson was a member of Patton's 3rd Army and died in the counter offensive in the Battle of the Bulge.

Great-uncle Buster died on the beaches of Salerno in 1943 during the Allied Invasion of Italy.

Great-uncle Leonard was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. Because of the heavy censorship it was months before my great-grandmother knew he had survived.

My grandfather enlisted in the Navy during WWII. He began in Naval Intelligence in Brazil and ended on a Tin Can in Okinawa. He was sent back to the States before the war ended. He had lost fingers when a depth charge ran across his hand and he was filled with shrapnel when a kamikaze plane hit his ship.

Buster, Leonard, and my grandfather, three out of four of my great-grandmother's sons were all in the war at the same time.

I, as some of you know, am a amateur historian and have accumulated a large library of WWII history books. I suppose I can think my grandfather for that life long passion.

In 1973 Thames Television produced what is arguably the best WWII documentary ever produced, the 26 episode The World at War. It used to be in reruns on television all the time but hasn't been seen for some years now.

I want to thank Thames Television and Dailymotion for making these available on the Internet.

Beginning tonight and for the next 25 evenings I will post an episode of this remarkable epic series. I hope some of you can follow along and, if you can't watch every night, will book mark these can come back to them as you can. There is no finer television, no finer series, no finer a documentary.

Now, Episode 1 - The World at War - A New Germany: 1933 - 1939

The World at War Ep 1-A New Germany: 1933-1939 by waja100

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