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The Great War

Episode 26: And We Were Young

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic BBC series. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 1918, the Armistice came into effect. Show more

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The Great War

Episode 17: Surely We Have Perished

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic BBC documentary series from 1964. Morale becomes impossible to sustain as the battle of Passchendaele lasts through the summer of 1917. Show more

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The Great War

Episode 19: The Hell where Youth and Laughter Go

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic BBC 1964 documentary series. A look at the experiences of soldiers on the Western Front and the effect this had upon the human spirit. Show more

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The Great War

Episode 22: Damn Them, Are They Never Coming In?

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic series. The German army launched a successful counter-attack in May 1918, but it was is too late - the Americans had arrived. Show more

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The Great War

Episode 23: When Must the End Be?

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

1964 BBC series. The first Allied counter attack against the Germans began on 17 July, 1918. By 5 August, the Germans had been driven back to the River Aisne. Show more

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The Great War

Episode 9: Please God, Send Us Victory

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Kitchener recognised the stalemate on the Western Front and looked elsewhere for victory. A British naval expedition tried to take the Dardanelles. Show more

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The Great War

Episode 2: For Such a Stupid Reason, Too

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary series. Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, international diplomacy breaks down completely. Show more

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The Great War

Episode 3: We Must Hack Our Way Through

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

1964 series. Following the declaration of war, the German army began to carry out the Schlieffen Plan, perhaps the most famous military plan ever. Show more

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Participant:
Ralph Richardson
Participant:
Marius Goring
Producer:
Tony Essex

The Great War

Episode 4: Our Hats We Doff to General Joffre

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic BBC documentary series. As the German forces advance on Paris, the French commander-in-chief General Joffre builds up a surer resistance. Show more

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Participant:
Ralph Richardson
Participant:
Marius Goring
Producer:
Tony Essex

The Great War

Episode 1: On the Idle Hill of Summer

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary series. In 1914 the world stands on the brink of enormous change. The French and the British enter into the Entente Cordiale against Germany. Show more

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