History Documentary hosted by Eric Sevareid, published by PBS in 1978.
Repackaged as “The Road to World War II” (2011) by Questar, Inc. and available on DVD in 2011. Also known as The Road to Pearl Harbour, 1919-1941 (alternative title, US).
Series explores the political and diplomatic events and crises between World War I and World War II.
The forces favouring peace through disarmament clash with the forces for peace through military strength. In 1921, the world’s first major disarmament conference limits the post war arms race, and the most important strategic weapon of the times – the battleship. General Billy Mitchell demonstrates the superiority of air power by bombing obsolete battleships in Chesapeake bay. While the American military remains unconvinced, Japanese observers were extremely impressed as they would later demonstrate at Pear Harbour.
Between the Wars: 1918-1941 Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 05 April 1978.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Running Time: 30 minutes (per episode).
- Country: US.
- Language: English.