The Day When… TV Yesterday Scheduled for Wednesday 21 February
You don’t have to subscribe to the ‘great man’ theory of history to realise there are times when one leader’s actions profoundly shape what will follow. This new series uses archive material and dramatisations to hone in on days key to the course of the Second World War. It begins with Winston Churchill’s determination to keep fighting in 1940, even as Hitler’s armies conquered western Europe in the blitzkrieg offensive. The second episode focuses on Charles de Gaulle and his decision to fly to Britain to become leader of the Free French rather than sign up to a request for an armistice.