The BEST episodes written by Peter Batty

France Falls (May - June 1940)
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8.10
392 votes

#1 - France Falls (May - June 1940)

The World at War - Season 1 - Episode 3

France discovers it is woefully unprepared for modern warfare as the Nazi war machine easily skirts around the Maginot Line. Britain retreats and prepares for invasion.

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Banzai!: Japan (1931 - 1942)
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8.00
196 votes

#2 - Banzai!: Japan (1931 - 1942)

The World at War - Season 1 - Episode 6

The rise of the Japanese Empire, the Sino-Japanese War, the Soviet-Japanese border conflicts, Pearl Harbor and the early Japanese successes in the fall of Malaya and Singapore. At war since 1931 on the Chinese mainland, the Japanese hope for easy victories over the British and Dutch. And then on December 7th 1941, Japan makes their infamous attack on Pearl Harbour.

On Our Way: U.S.A. (1939 - 1942)
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7.40
196 votes

#3 - On Our Way: U.S.A. (1939 - 1942)

The World at War - Season 1 - Episode 7

The opposition by various factions to the United States of America entry into the war, U-boat attacks on Atlantic convoys and America's gradated responses, the mobilization of America after Pearl Harbor, the loss of the Philippines, the Doolittle Raid, Midway and Guadalcanal.

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Barbarossa (June - December 1941)
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7.20
140 votes

#4 - Barbarossa (June - December 1941)

The World at War - Season 1 - Episode 5

After dominating southeastern Europe through force or intrigue, Germany begins Operation Barbarossa, the massive invasion of Soviet Union. Despite several quick victories, the invasion ultimately stalls after a failed assault on Moscow during Russia's harsh winter

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The Desert: North Africa (1940 - 1943)
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7.10
196 votes

#5 - The Desert: North Africa (1940 - 1943)

The World at War - Season 1 - Episode 8

For 2 years the 8th Army and Rommel's Afrika Corps fight in the wastes of North Africa. Finally the tide turns at El Alamein.

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Pincers (August 1944 - March 1945)
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6.80
168 votes

#6 - Pincers (August 1944 - March 1945)

The World at War - Season 1 - Episode 19

The end of the war appears close at hand with the liberation of Paris in 1944, but the British and Americans disagree on how to advance. Meanwhile, Poland suffers devastating losses to achieve victory.

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