The First World War

The First World War

The Complete Series

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The popular view of the First World War is dominated by cliche. Young soldiers were led to ghastly deaths in muddy wastes on the Western Front by incompetent generals for reasons that were seemingly futile. And although cliches are not necessarily lies, they are, at best, a selective view of the truth.
Edition: DVD.
ISBN: 9781417240111
1417240113
Branch Call Number: 940.3 F5192
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
3 videodiscs (500 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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patch666
Sep 23, 2017

Love this series. Great Narration ~420

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RescueDog
Jul 23, 2017

I learned a lot from this series. I didn't know Germany had colonies all over. In this centennial year, I've been watching documentaries on WWI. This series of 10 episodes sounded like it was a British production. It filled in a lot of gaps. I still haven't heard anything about Spain or Portugal. I know Billy Bishop was a leading allied flying ace hailing from Canada. I haven't yet heard his name. In fact, I'm not sure I've heard anything at all about Canada. I guess I need to look for a documentary produced by them.

Tremendous history of WWI. Brings home how Western-Front-centric our common understanding of the Great War is, when in fact it was the Eastern Front where the action really was (at least for the first three years). Other facts I didn't appreciate: The Armenia genocide was a subset of WWI (the Ottoman Empire was freaked out about Armenian Christians colluding with Russia); in the early days of the war, the Japanese crippled the German fleet at Tsingtao at the behest of the British; Germany fought an epic war in Africa against the British with a huge body count and was never defeated there. Rebellion at home was a critical factor for all combatants.

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seeker472
Jun 14, 2016

This is the most complete series I have seen about the war. It describes the events in all theatres and gives clear accounts of the events and the effect they had on the people's involved. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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January1545
May 10, 2016

This is an excellent series on the First World War, with information about Britain's colonies' support, as well as insights into the role of the Russian revolution and German support for Ireland's 1916 uprising. The only thing missing is one word about Canada's contribution.

real_thing Aug 13, 2015

4 REAL!!!!!!!

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