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Based on the book of the same name, this series looks at the war in all phases: from its beginning and how nations across the planet became involved, to the hostile ending and political ramifications afterward. This documentary also offers insight into the massive change in global relations and the global economy after World War I.

Pure History
1 Season, 10 Episodes
May 4, 2003
Documentary & Biography, Military & War
8.7/10
Cast: Jonathan Lewis
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  • 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.

  • Over 1 million German troops were committed to Kaiserschlacht -the last great offensive of the war, while conflict still raged on many other fronts.

  • The effects of The Great War shattered nations, inspired mass mutinies by desperate troops, caused great upheaval on the home front and changed the world forever.

  • 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.

  • The Somme and Verdun saw carnage on an unprecedented scale, as armies fought to break the stalemate on the Western Front.

  • As the Germans and Austrians clashed with the Russians on the bitter Eastern Front, Italy became embroiled in a terrible slaughter.

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

  • The European Empires clashed all across the world, from the South Atlantic Seas to the plains of Africa.

  • The German invasion of Belgium and France was brutal and fanned the flames of war. It was only the beginning of the slaughter.

  • The First World War began as a clash in the Balkans and grew to engulf Europe and the world.

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