Main title from the 1974 ‘Pincers’ 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, J Lawton Collins, Francis de Guingand
| E19 | 20th March, 1974

Operation Dragoon, the liberation of Paris, the Allied breakout in France and the failure of Operation Market Garden, the Warsaw Uprising, the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine. In the East the Romanian coup and the Soviet advance

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
J Lawton Collins
Himself – US VII Corps Commander
Francis de Guingand
Himself – Montgomery’s Chief of Staff
Averell Harriman
Himself – US Ambassador to Russia 1943-46
Brian Horrocks
Himself – 30 Corps Commander
Kenneth Strong
Himself – Eisenhower’s Intelligence Chief
Wynford Vaughan-Thomas
Himself – War Correspondent
Hasso von Manteuffel
Himself – German Panzer Commander
Siegfried Westphal
Himself – Chief of Staff, German Armies in the West
Charles de Gaulle
Himself – Leader of the Free French (archive footage)
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Main title from the 1974 ‘Pincers’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (2). August 1944 – March 1945
Main title from the 1974 ‘Pincers’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)


Peter Batty
Producer / Writer


Thames Television
Production company