"The World at War" Whirlwind: Bombing Germany - September 1939-April 1944 (TV Episode 1974) Poster

Laurence Olivier: Himself - Narrator


  • Laurence Olivier - Narrator : The American air chiefs believed they could succeed in daylight, without suffering the losses the British had done. They were convinced they could bomb accuratly by day. Their aircraft were very heavily armed. Some carried up to twelve machine guns, and they were trained to fly in close formation.

  • Laurence Olivier - Narrator : [On American tactics]  Early raids into France seemed to bare out the American optimisim. Later, over Germany, it was a different story.

  • Laurence Olivier - Narrator : [Over footage of the aftermath of the Hamburg raid]  The effect of the bombing, combined with the summer heatwave, was to create a man made tornado of flame - a firestorm. At the time, Speer said that six more raids like that would have finished the war. The Allies did not have that capacity. The shock passed.

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