Main title from the 1974 ‘Tough Old Gut’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)

The World at War (1973–74)

Tough Old Gut


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| TV Episode | United Kingdom | B&W | Documentary, History, War | 50min
| Stars: Laurence Olivier, Bill Becket, Mark W Clark
| E13 | 30th January, 1974

The difficult Italian Campaign, beginning with Operation Torch in North Africa, the invasion of Sicily; Salerno, Anzio, Cassino; and the capture of Rome

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
Bill Becket
Himself – Sherwood Foresters
Mark W Clark
Himself – Commander, US 5th Army
Walter Davis
Himself – Sherwood Foresters
Allan Francis Harding
Himself – Alexander’s Chief of Staff
Bill Mauldin
Himself – Cartoonist, ‘Stars and Stripes’
Drew Middleton
Kenneth Strong
Himself – Eisenhower’s Intelligence Chief
Wynford Vaughan-Thomas
Himself – War Correspondent
Siegfried Westphal
Himself – Kesselring’s Chief of Staff
Harold Alexander
Himself – Commander 15th Army Group (archive footage)
Alan Brooke
Himself – Chief of the Imperial General Staff (archive footage)
Winston Churchill
Himself – PM of the UK (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler
Himself – Führer (archive footage)
Albert Kesselring
Himself – Commander German Forces in Italy (archive footage)
Benito Mussolini
Himself – Former Prime Minister (archive footage)
Franklin D Roosevelt
Himself – US President (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin
Himself – General Secretary (archive footage)
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Main title from the 1974 ‘Tough Old Gut’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (2). November 1942 – June 1944
Main title from the 1974 ‘Tough Old Gut’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)


David Wheeler


Thames Television
Production company