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S01 E01Sep 20, 2003
To Arms (1914) Sep 20, 2003 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.
S01 E02Sep 27, 2003
Under the Eagle (1914-1915) Sep 27, 2003 The German invasion of Belgium and France was brutal and atrocities fanned the flames of war.
S01 E03Oct 4, 2003
Global War (1914-1916) Oct 4, 2003 The European empires clashed all across the world, from the South Atlantic Seas to the planes of Africa.
S01 E04Oct 11, 2003
Jihad (1914-1916) Oct 11, 2003 The Turkish Ottoman Empire proved a formidable foe, as the Allies found to their cost at Gallipoli and in the Middle East.
S01 E05Oct 18, 2003
Shackled to a Corpse (1914-1916) Oct 18, 2003 As the Germans and Austrians clashed with The Russians on the bitter Eastern Front, Italy became embroiled in a terrible slaughter.
S01 E06Oct 25, 2003
Breaking the Deadlock (1915-1917) Oct 25, 2003 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.