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The First World War

The First World War is a ten-part history documentary series made by Channel 4, providing a chronological look at the Great War from 1914 to 1918. The First World War shaped the twentieth century. It sparked the Russian Revolution. It launched America as a world power. It was the global conflict from the start, involving nations in every continent and people of all classes and races. The series deals with some of the war's most controversial features from the origins of the war to its end, using footage of the battlefields, diary entries and letters from soldiers, officers and commanders.

Episode 01 - To Arms
The complex origins of the Great War, and how seemingly insignificant local tensions in the Balkans exploded into World War.

Episode 02 - Under the Eagle
The German invasion of Belgium and France was brutal and atrocities fanned the flames of war.

Episode 03 - Global War
The European empires clashed all across the world, from the South Atlantic Seas to the planes of Africa.

Episode 04 - Jihad
The Turkish Ottoman Empire proved a formidable foe, as the Allies found to their cost at Gallipoli and in the Middle East.

Episode 05 - Shackled to a Corpse
As the Germans and Austrians clashed with The Russians on the bitter Eastern Front, Italy became embroiled in a terrible slaughter.

Episode 06 - Breaking the Deadlock
The Somme and Verdun saw carnage on an unprecedented scale, as armies fought to break the stalemate on the Western Front.

Episode 07 - Blockade
The war at sea was every bit as bitter as the war on land. The battle at Jutland proved inconclusive but the U-Boat menace threatened Britain as never before. Meanwhile, America entered the war.

Episode 08 - Revolution
The effect of the Great War shattered nations, inspired mass mutinies by desperate troops, caused great upheaval on the home front and changed the world forever.

Episode 09 - Germany's Last Gamble
Over one million German troops were committed to Kaiserschlacht - the last great offensive of the war - while conflict still raged on many other fronts.

Episode 10 - War Without End
The dramatic Allied victory at Amiens led to victory in just 100 days - and the signing of a bitterly-resented peace, while other nations stumbled towards their own ceasefire agreements.


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