The World at War

Series 1 - 5. Barbarossa

Barbarossa
Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

“Russia’s leaders seemed oblivious of the Nazi threat. Or if not oblivious, then complacent: as if by ignoring it, it might disappear.” Laurence Olivier’s magnificently delivered, if grammatically shaky, narration introduces an episode of the 1973 documentary classic (repeats have been running all week) dealing with Operation Barbarossa. General Walter Warlimont and Albert Speer are among the interviewees analysing those fateful moments in 1941 when Hitler decided a wholescale invasion of the Soviet Union was viable.

About this programme

5/27. An account of Hitler's decision to invade the Soviet Union, which produced an initial series of dazzling victories until the harsh winter of 1941 took hold, with fatal consequences for the ill-equipped German army. Narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Cast and crew

Cast

Narrator
Laurence Olivier

Crew

Director
Peter Batty
Producer
Peter Batty
Writer
Peter Batty
Categories
Documentary