The World at War (1973–74) is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events of the Second World War. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the most expensive series ever made,
The man who saved the world, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a superpower nuclear war. . Arkhipov refused to agree - unanimous consent of 3 officers was required - and thanks to him, the world was saved from being scarred badly. His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary
World War 2: Three members of WAAF, (Women's Auxiliary Air Force), equipped with camera guns and aerial camera for overhaul at the School of Instrument and Repairers and Cine Projectionists. Circa 1943.
MARTIN JACKSON, born in bondage, 1847, may be the only living former slave, (at the time of these interviews) who served in both the Civil War and the World War. (Texas Slave Narratives, ca. 1936-1938)
Nancy Harkness Love, September 22, 1942. With the approach of World War II, Love recognized the coming need for pilots to ferry aircraft and identified highly qualified women pilots who could perform such duties. In September 1942, the Army Air Corps' Air Transport Command approved the creation of a temporary, civilian women's flying corps, the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), under her direction. She is pictured here leaning against a Fairchild PT-19A. SI-96-15604
Colonel and later Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart, an actor best known for the annual Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" had rather more substance to him than modern actors. He joined the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II and flew combat missions as a bomber pilot over Europe - not for publicity, but as a combatant. Today actors denigrate America; in Stewart's day they fought for it.