The World at War was a truly excellent series and shoots the ground from under some folks who push a lazy view that the 70s was just crap.But returning to telly progs of old, and war n stuff.
I do remember something called "The World at War" that my Pa and Bro seemed inexplicably keen on watching.
The series seemed to go on for interminable years, on BBC 2 Sunday afternoons, whenever it was grey drizzly weather, and there was also that extra drear thought of the weekend coming to a close...
Even just glimpses of the endless grainy footage, of people having unimaginably horrible times in the trenches, or being blown up in variously nasty ways, certainly served to impress upon my young mind the full inglorious horror of war.
And how we should really do our very utmost to avoid it.
And build peace, and humane coexistance instead,
The whole 'Prancing Generals' on snorting steeds goes counter to all that imo.
It was made at a time when there were still loads of folk who had been there on all sides to interview.
My mum I think kind of subtly engineered things so that I saw the Holocaust episode.
And it leaves folk in no doubt about war- especially the last one or two episodes.
I assume father and brother took this message from it as well.
It's a masterwork - the title sequence with that music still gets me - Olivier's narration is superb - it's still shown a lot of course and I really saw it properly on one of its endless reruns.
Note - not a lot of trenches in it.