The World At War: The Landmark Oral History from the Previously Unpublished Archives

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A unique oral history is now available to us in the never-before-published interviews of the landmark TV series.

The World at War is the definitive television work on the Second World War. It set out to tell the story of the war through the testimony of key participants — from civilians to ordinary soldiers, from statesmen to generals. First broadcast in 1973, the result was a unique and irreplaceable record, since many of the eyewitnesses captured on film did not have long to live.

The programme’s producers committed hundreds of interview hours to tape in its creation, but only a fraction of that material made it to the final cut. For more than thirty years, the interviews have never been allowed to be published — until now.

Respected historian and bestselling author, Richard Holmes, has skillfully woven this valuable original material into a compelling narrative, creating a truly phenomenal oral history of the Second World War.

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The World at War was the definitive television work on World War II. First broadcast in 1973, it was a unique and irreplaceable record since many of the eyewitnesses captured on film did not have long to live. The program’s producers committed hundreds of interview-hours to tape in its creation, but only a fraction of that recorded material made it to the final cut. The well-known names interviewed for the series include Albert Speer, Karl Wolff (Himmler’s adjutant), Traudl Junge (Hitler’s secretary), James Stewart (USAAF bomber pilot and Hollywood star), Anthony Eden, John Colville (Parliamentary Private Secretary to Winston Churchill), Averell Harriman (US Ambassador to Russia), and Arthur "Bomber" Harris (Head of RAF Bomber Command). Richard Holmes has skillfully woven this valuable original material into a compelling narrative, creating a truly phenomenal oral history of World War II.

About the Author:

Richard Holmes is the author of several bestselling books including In the Footsteps of Churchill; Redcoat and Tommy, and has written and presented a number of popular series for the BBC, such as Battlefields; War Walks; and The Western Front. He is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University.

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