American troops seize the strategic Remagen Bridge over the Rhine; the British oppose General Eisenhower's plan to let the Red Army enter Berlin first; and Churchill receives word of Roosevelt's death. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton.
Churchill's immortal "blood, sweat and tears" speech of 1940 opens this account of the withdrawal of British troops from France. Interviewed is Capt. Joe Read, skipper of one of the vessels that evacuated the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk.
Resistance movements organized by Churchill pave the way for the Allied advance on Europe. Members of British Intelligence and the American OSS recall their work behind enemy lines. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton.
Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin meet in February 1945 at the Yalta Conference on the shore of the Black Sea. The leaders confer on future Allied policy in occupied territory, war criminals and the structure of the proposed UN; FDR dies in April. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator.
The Allies prepare for the invasion of Normandy under Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower. Recovering from pneumonia, Churchill is forbidden by his King to participate in D-day assaults. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Narrator: Gary Merrill.
The Allies suffer setbacks in 1941 with the fall of Guam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Rangoon and Burma. The British battleship Prince of Wales and battle cruiser Repulse are sunk, and Churchill goes to Washington, D.C., to confer with FDR. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator of the program.
Film footage and stills document Churchill's return to the British Admiralty at the outbreak of World War II. Included is an interview with former Prime Minister Clement Attlee, who comments on Churchill's character. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill narrates the program.
"D-day." On the morning of June 6, 1944, five airborne divisions spearhead the Allied invasion of France. Gen. Omar N. Bradley recalls the assault on the Normandy beachhead. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator.
The Nazis launch V-2 rockets against England; Churchill authorizes British intervention in Greece to prevent a Communist takeover; the German counterattack in Belgium becomes the Battle of the Bulge. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the program narrator.
Churchill and FDR lay plans for the second front; Allied forces land in North Africa; Churchill and Stalin meet in Moscow; and the Allies are victorious at El Alamein. Field Marshals Montgomery and Alanbrooke are interviewed. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Narrator: Gary Merrill.
Japanese victories in Burma isolate China from the Allied supply line, spurring construction of the Burma Road; in 1944 FDR and Churchill meet at the second Quebec Conference. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator.
Freedom in the Mediterranean is endangered when the Nazis overrun Greece and Yugoslavia. Britain is victorious over the Italians in East Africa, evacuates its forces from Crete and defends Malta. Also traced is Rommel's rise to power. Three veterans of the Mediterranean campaign are interviewed. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill narrates the program.
"Beginning of the End." Churchill and FDR meet in Quebec to plan the final assault on Germany; Generals Bradley and Montgomery lead the Allied forces across the German border; the Nazi battleship Tirpitz is sunk. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator.
At the Casablanca Conference in January 1943 Churchill and Roosevelt discuss a Free French government; the Red Army takes the offensive on the eastern front, trapping General Von Paulus at Stalingrad. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator for the program.
The Royal Navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck at the cost of Britain's largest warship, HMS Hood; Churchill proclaims "The Battle of the Atlantic" to focus attention on the U-Boat threat; FDR pledges U.S. aid. Churchill's Voice: Richard Burton.
Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin plan the second front at the Teheran Conference in 1943; the Allies establish the Anzio bridgehead in May 1944. Among those interviewed: Gen. Mark Clark, and FDR's bodyguard and code expert. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Narrator: Gary Merrill.
In the spring of 1940 Churchill, as First Lord of the Admiralty, dispatches British troops to aid in Norway's defense. Chamberlain's government falls after the Nazi invasion of Holland and Belgium, and Churchill becomes Prime Minister. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton.
In 1941 Hitler invades the USSR, Japan bombs Pearl Harbor and Great Britain gains crucial allies. Interviewed are Sir Leslie Hollis; and John Rupert Colville, Churchill's secretary. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator.
The Allied takeover of Sicily in 1943 paves the way for their invasion of Italy and results in the collapse of Mussolini's regime. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor recalls the campaign. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton.
The war almost over, Churchill resigns as Prime Minister and becomes a Conservative candidate in the general elections of 1945; the A-bomb is dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japan surrenders. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton.
Monte Cassino and Anzio fall to the Allies, who continue to advance on Rome. In the Atlantic, air supremacy mitigates the U-Boat menace. Deputy Air Marshal Sir Robert Saundby recounts the bombings. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton.
Britain, faced with a possible Nazi invasion, strengthens its Home Guard; Churchill begins a correspondence with FDR; Lend-Lease begins. Churchill's voice: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator.
After hard fighting at Caen and St. Lo, German resistance collapses and Paris is liberated. Photographs by Henry Cartier-Bresson show the faces of Frenchmen as the Allies enter the city. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Narrator: Gary Merrill.
William L. Shirer ("The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich") wrote the script for this episode on the collapse of the Nazi war machine. Footage recalls the meeting between Russian and American forces on the Elbe River and Churchill's address to the British people from Buckingham Palace on V-E Day. Churchill's voice: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator.
Footage documents the Luftwaffe's initial assault on Britain in the summer of 1940. The blitz is recalled in interviews with Wing Cdr. Douglas Bader; General Sir Frederic Pile; and Churchill's cook, Alice Landemare. Voice of Churchill: Richard Burton. Gary Merrill is the narrator of the program.