WWII: Total War

WWII: Total War

A Terrible Precedent
Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  November 13, 2018

World War II was the closest the world has come to a complete total war. But it was in the interwar years that nations honed the methods of destruction which were unleashed on a much wider scale in the Second World War. In this episode, we look to wars in Manchuria, China, Abyssinia and Spain to see how each in their own way served as a "terrible precedent", revealing elements of total war that soon engulfed the globe.

World War II was the closest the world has come to a complete total war. But it was in the interwar years that nations honed the methods of destruction which were unleashed on a much wider scale in the Second World War. In this episode, we look to wars in Manchuria, China, Abyssinia and Spain to see how each in their own way served as a "terrible precedent", revealing elements of total war that soon engulfed the globe.

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