In 1973, the BBC released its epic, and landmark 26-episode documentary on World War II, entitled "The World At War." At the time, it was the longest and most expensive factual-based production ever made. It redefined the standard for documentaries and inspired a generation of film-makers and producers.
For me, when "The World At War" appeared on our local PBS station, it was a life-changing event. The series was my first encounter with World War II in its full depth and breadth, and it was a key influence in kindling both a life-long love of history, and an eventual career as a historian.
With the world now tensely watching Europe's greatest war since the World War Two unfold between Russia and Ukraine, the ghosts of dictators and authoritarian states past are stirring, and the spectre of global war once again looms on the edges of regional conflict. Thus, it seemed fitting time for an homage to the past, and a memorial to the courage and sacrifice of those in the present who fight to defend their freedom, homes and families on the battleground between two very different worlds at war.