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TV Show on World War Two Starts Tonight November 10, 2008

Posted by Garibaldy in Film and Television, History.

Just to bring to people’s attention a new six part show on the secret diplomacy of World War II. World War II: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis, and the West starts tonight on BBC 2 at 9pm. A puff piece for the show, with some very dodgy comments on Stalin’s reputation today can be found here. My response to it and some of the issues it raises can be found here (those of a disposition inclined to be upset by discussions of Stalin and the USSR that are not simple orgies of condemnation may wish to skip my response). The people behind this show have a great track record, and I am looking forward to it, and assume it will be of interest to many here.


1. Dunne and Crescendo - November 10, 2008

I thought every bloody programme on war this week was about the ‘Great’ War? On C4 at 8pm there is a docu on objectors to the slaughter.


2. Garibaldy - November 10, 2008

Thank God they are not all about the First World War. I don’t think my blood pressure could take it. The sight of Soviet military prowess should soothe my nerves.


3. Dunne and Crescendo - November 10, 2008

Yeah, they did well against the Finns in 1940!


4. Garibaldy - November 10, 2008

Merely luring the enemy into a false sense of security :p


5. Starkadder - November 10, 2008

On the subject of Uncle Joe in popular culture……I remember watching the cartoon “the Tick” years ago, and IIRC one of the villain’s sidekick’s was a buffoonish Joseph Stalin.

The Tick, Ren and Stimpy, Animaniacs….’90s American cartoons were
really off-the-wall. They were funny though.


6. Garibaldy - November 10, 2008

Evil capitalist propaganda designed to slander socialism among the child masses no doubt Starkadder.


7. Dunne and Crescendo - November 10, 2008

Uncle Joe was quite popular in iconography in both Britain and the USA during the war of course. I believe that the BBC radio used to play the Internationale as an allied anthem for a while.


8. D. J. P. O'Kane - November 10, 2008

Josef Vissaronivich (sp?) apparently had a fit when he heard that US pr men had given him the soubriquet ‘Uncle Joe’.


9. Garibaldy - November 11, 2008

This website is a mine of information 🙂


10. Context. Or How to Ignore it When Making a Documentary « The Cedar Lounge Revolution - November 11, 2008

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