Main title from the 1973 ‘Barbarossa’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)

The World at War (1973–74)



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| TV Episode | United Kingdom | B&W | Documentary, History, War | 52min
| Stars: Laurence Olivier, Averell Harriman, John Russell
| E5 | 28th November, 1973

After dominating south-east Europe, Germany begins Operation Barbarossa, the massive invasion of the Soviet Union, which despite several quick victories ultimately stalls after a failed assault on Moscow during Russia’s harsh winter

The World at War (1973-74) opening credits
The World at War (1973–74)
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Episode cast

Photo of Laurence Oliver narrating The World at War (1973-4). The actor is in rolled-up shirt sleeves while reading the script in front of a microphone
Himself – Narrator
Averell Harriman
Himself – Roosevelt’s Special Representative in Britain
John Russell
Himself – British Embassy, Moscow 1941
Paul Schmidt
Himself – Hitler’s Interpreter
Albert Speer
Grigori Tokaty
Himself – Stalin Critic
Walter Warlimont
Himself – German High Command
Ion Antonescu
Himself – Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (archive footage)
Hermann Göring
Himself – C-in-C, Luftwaffe (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler
Himself – Führer (archive footage)
King Boris III
Himself – Bulgaria (archive footage)
King Michael
Himself – Romania (archive footage)
Vyacheslav Molotov
Himself – Foreign Minister (archive footage)
Paul Prince
Himself – Yugoslavia Acting Head of State (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin
Himself – Secretary General (archive footage)
Georgi Zhukov
Himself – Red Army General (archive footage)
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Main title from the 1973 ‘Barbarossa’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (2). June-December 1941
Main title from the 1973 ‘Barbarossa’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)


Peter Batty
Producer / Writer


Thames Television
Production company