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  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9780091917531
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $32.99
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The World at War

The Landmark Oral History from the Previously Unpublished Archives



A phenomenal oral history of the Second World War using interviews from the classic 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 recorded material made it to the final cut. For more than 30 years the interviews have never been allowed to be published – until now.

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).

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

  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9780091917531
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $32.99
Categories:

About the author

Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes was educated at Cambridge, Northern Illinois and Reading University. He was a member of the Department of War Studies at RMA Sandhurst between 1969 and 1985, when he left to command 2nd Battalion The Wessex Regiment. He was appointed Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University in 1995. Professor Holmes has written over a dozen books on military topics, is general editor of Oxford University Press's Companion to Military History and he has written and presented several television programmes, including two six-part BBC TWO series, War Walks I and War Walks II, as well as a series on the Western Front which was televised in the summer of 1999.

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Praise for The World at War

The World at War was one of the greatest television series of all time. It demonstrated the potential power of history on television and inspired a generation. It is tremendously exciting that the complete interviews with the participants from The World at War are now published here for the first time. Most of the people who were interviewed for the series are now dead, but their vital history - thanks to this book - still lives

Laurence Rees, author of AUSCHWITZ

A treasure trove of eyewitness accounts

BBC History magazine

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