World War II: I Was There - The Complete Series

Season 1
(57)2001

This haunting World War II docu-series chronicles some of the most harrowing moments of mankind's greatest conflict through rare eyewitness accounts. From the evacuation at Dunkirk to The Blitz of London, I WAS THERE brings to life important moments from the Second World War and examines the military and political strategies of the Axis and Allied leaders.

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Episodes (6)

  1. 1. The Battle of Britain
    January 1, 2001
    55min
    TV-NR
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    English
    This episode tells the story of the RAF's 501 Squadron who formed part of the retaliation against Germany's attacking aerial forces in August 1940. Although outnumbered, the RAF fighters staved off the German planes and members of the 501 tell their story here in their own words.
  2. 2. Churchill's War
    January 1, 2001
    53min
    TV-NR
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    English
    This episode examines the role of Winston Chruchill during WWII through footage and interviews with people who knew him or worked with him, a tribute and commemoration.
  3. 3. The True Story Of Dunkirk
    January 1, 2001
    51min
    TV-NR
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    English
    Those who were there tell the story of the Dunkirk evacuation over seven nights in World War II. The men and equipment trapped in France were needed desperately back home in England, and 222 naval vessels and 665 civilian craft were deployed - without any air cover - to ferry 338,226 men back home.
  4. 4. The True Story of Private Ryan
    January 1, 2001
    52min
    TV-NR
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    English
    The true story of 19-year-old Jim Ryan, a private who fought in World War II and was involved in the famous D-Day landings of June 6th 1944. Ryan was made famous by the 1998 Steven Spielberg film.
  5. 5. The Blitz
    January 1, 2001
    49min
    TV-NR
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    English
    This episode relives the dark days of the Blitz through the eyes of those who experienced it first hand. Those relating their wartime tales here include Johnny Smythe, who witnessed the raids as a boy while beachcombing, bomb diffuser Walter Higgs and evacuee James Roffrey.
  6. 6. The Home Guard
    January 1, 2001
    53min
    TV-NR
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    English
    This episode tells the story of the Home Guard, the middle-aged Local Defence Volunteers who offered their services to defend Britain's shores against German invasion. Those offering their recollections here include J. Graeme Bruce OBE, who worked on the London Transport platoon, and Ronald Quarrington who lied about his age in order to serve his country and worked in an Anti-Aircraft battery.

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