1914-1918, The Great War
1914-1918 (The Great War) is a documentary series telling the history of the Great War, in which nine million people perished. Consisting of seven episodes, the series charts the military course of the Great War from the origins of the conflict to the post-war peace negotiations. Expert commentary, stills, letters, diary entries, paintings and vivid film footage drawn from 40 archives around the world bring to life the experiences of those who fought the war on every side and every front. Narrated by Dame Judi Dench, the series features the voices of Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Imogen Strubbs, Helena Bonham-Carter, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Tom Fleming and Tim Pigott-Smith.
Episode 1 - Explosion
Documentary series telling the history of the Great War, in which nine million people perished. Beginning with the origins of the conflict.
Episode 2 - Stalemate
As the war began, experts thought that technical advances in weaponry would bring about a quick victory, but the reality was different as armies resorted to trench warfare on the Western Front.
Episode 3 - What If ... Total War
With deadlock in the trenches, the great powers searched for other ways to break through.
Episode 4 - Slaughter
The battles of Verdun, the Somme and Passchendaele were three of the worst of the war, yet soldiers sought to keep their sanity with music, sport and theatre.
Episode 5 - Mutiny
By the start of 1917, the strain of war was so great that half the French army mutinied, while in Russia the whole regime was overthrown.
Episode 6 - Collapse
This episode looks at the poverty and unrest among the German people, how the Americans finally joined in and how the war ended.
Episode 7 - Legacy
This episode deals with the post-war peace negotiations and the unfair treatment of the defeated Germans and Austrians that gave rise to their anger, poverty and unrest.
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