MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Eastern Panhandle residents who watch the History Channel miniseries The World Wars may – or may not – recognize some of the locations in the show, which was filmed locally.
Various locations in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties were used as doubles for locations in Germany, France, Belgium and other countries during the filming last fall, overseen by Steven David Entertainment.
According to the History Channel’s Web page about The World Wars, the miniseries takes place in the years between World War I and World War II, focusing on how a generation of soldiers in the first World War became leaders in the second.
“The World Wars takes place across 30 years, with key scenes set all over the globe, from the White House to Winter Palace, and just about everywhere in between,” said executive producer Steven David in a press release. “Shooting in West Virginia, we were able to find these incredible, well-preserved locations that doubled for such a diverse selection of countries.”
Steven David Entertainment has filmed a production in West Virginia. In the fall of 2011, the group filmed the Emmy Award-winning miniseries “The Men Who Built America” in the Eastern Panhandle.
“It was really great and so special that they chose West Virginia to double for so many countries,” said Jamie Cope of the West Virginia Film Office. “They are return customers, and it seems like they like to go to Utah and film for the winter and come back to West Virginia in the summer and fall.”
Annette Gavin, executive director of the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the film may pique the interest of those who watch the documentary and may want to see where it was filmed, thus increasing tourism in Jefferson County…