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

The World at War (1973–74)

France Falls


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| TV Episode | United Kingdom | B&W | Documentary, History, War | 52min
| Stars: Laurence Olivier, André Beaufre, Maurice Chevalier
| E3 | 14th November, 1973

French politics, the Maginot Line, the Saar Offensive, Blitzkrieg warfare and the Nazi invasion of France and the Low Countries

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
André Beaufre
Himself – French High Command (archive footage)
Maurice Chevalier
Himself – Entertainer
Lawrence Durrell
Himself – British Foreign Service
Edward Spears
Charles Trenet
Himself – Entertainer
Hasso von Manteuffel
Himself – German Panzer Command
Walter Warlimont
Himself – German High Command
Gordon Waterfield
Himself – War Correspondent
Siegfried Westphal
Himself – Staff Officer Western Front
Charles de Gaulle
Himself (archive footage)
Duke of Windsor
Himself (archive footage)
Maurice Gamelin
Himself – C-in-C, Maginot Line (archive footage)
Henri Giraud
Himself – Commander, French 9th Army (archive footage)
Heinz Guderian
Himself – German Colonel (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler
Himself – Führer (archive footage)
Philippe Pétain
Himself – Marshal of France (archive footage)
Paul Reynaud
Himself – Prime Minister of France 1940 (archive footage)
Maxime Weygand
Himself – C-in-C, French Army (archive footage)
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Main title from the 1973 ‘France Falls’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (2). May-June 1940
Main title from the 1973 ‘France Falls’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)


Peter Batty
Producer / Writer


Thames Television
Production company