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The First World War

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DocumentaryHistory7+2003 - 20031 Season

A comprehensive survey of the history of World War I.

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Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 To Arms (1914)

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Sep 21, 2003
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To Arms (1914) This program deals with the causes and outbreak of World War 1. There is some interesting material and on a number of occasions different perspectives about the causes of the war. The national politics of Europe are discussed in the context of competing Empires. The assassination of Austria’s heir is described and discussed at some length. An interesting outline and discussion of the outbreak of war follows. The earliest actions of the war are outlined.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Under the Eagle (1914-1915)

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Sep 28, 2003
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Under the Eagle (1914-1915) The German invasion of Belgium and France was brutal and atrocities fanned the flames of war.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Global War (1914-1916)

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Oct 5, 2003
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Global War (1914-1916) The European empires clashed all across the world, from the South Atlantic Seas to the planes of Africa.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Jihad (1914-1916)

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Oct 12, 2003
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Jihad (1914-1916) The Turkish Ottoman Empire proved a formidable foe, as the Allies found to their cost at Gallipoli and in the Middle East.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Shackled to a Corpse (1914-1916)

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Oct 19, 2003
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Shackled to a Corpse (1914-1916) As the Germans and Austrians clashed with The Russians on the bitter Eastern Front, Italy became embroiled in a terrible slaughter.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Breaking the Deadlock (1915-1917)

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Oct 26, 2003
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Breaking the Deadlock (1915-1917) The Somme and Verdun saw carnage on an unprecedented scale, as armies fought to break the stalemate on the Western Front. Stalemate; attrition; lions led by donkeys; the slaughter only ceasing for a brief truce one Christmas - these are the conventional views of the Western Front and this episode brings a fresh new appraisal of the conflict in Europe. There was constant tactical evolution on the Front - not a stalemate, but innovation and counter-innovation. It was here that German storm troopers evolved. Artillery was the key weapon of the war - not the machine-gun or the tank, and the trenches were not big killers but in fact saved many lives. The generals did not skulk in chateaux, but over two hundred were killed in action. There were many little truces all along the Western Front, not just one Christmas. However, prisoners on both sides were killed by their captors.

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Season 01, Episode 07 Blockade (1916-1917)

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Nov 2, 2003
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Blockade (1916-1917) 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.

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