The Great War (BBC)

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History, War Documentary narrated by Michael Redgrave and published by BBC in 1984 - English narration

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A landmark production in British television history, unseen for almost 40 years.

In the early 1960s the BBC embarked on one of their most important and ambitious series ever. It was to be the definitive history of the First World War, complete in twenty-six 40-minute episodes. So successful were the BBC that they created one of the most highly acclaimed television documentary series ever - and an inspired account of the world-shattering events of 1914-1918 that remains totally unequalled to this day.

The Great War is narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave, and employs the voice skills of many other leading actors of the day including Sir Ralph Richardson and Marius Goring.

To tell its story, the series includes authentic archive footage and stunning photographic images gathered from 37 separate sources around the world. It also features interviews with many veterans of the war (most were still only in their 60s), as well as almost 150 separate extracts from diaries, letters & reports from the war.

Hugely successful and critically acclaimed around the world, The great war's style, content and high production values were later to inspire Jeremy Isaacs to create "The world at war".

[edit] On The Idle Hill of Summer

In 1914, the world was on the brink of enormous change. Worried by increasing German militarism, the French and the British entered into the Entente Cordiale against Germany and her allies, splitting Europe into opposing sides. Two shots would ignite the powder keg.

[edit] For Such A Stupid Reason Too

This programme details the events between June 28th 1914 and the declarations of war.

[edit] We Must Hack Our Way Through

Following the declaration of war, the German army began to carry out one of the most famous military plans in history. Known as the Schlieffen Plan, its objective was to finish the war in 40 days.

[edit] Our Hats We Doff to General Joffre

How the British Army fought its first battle at the belgian town of Mons. Despite initial success, the British infantry were forced into retreat after two weeks. Yet as the Germans pressed forward to Paris, apparently invincible, French Commander-in-Chief General Joffre slowly began to build a more solid resistance - which would lead ultimately to Allied victory.

[edit] This Business May Last A Long Time

The Battle of the Marne results in a decisive victory for Allied forces, and the phenomenon of trench warfare begins to emerge at Aisne.

[edit] So Sleep Easy In Your Beds

Britannia no longer rules the waves as the Royal Navy suffers shattering defeats, the worst being at Coronel, off the Chilean coast.

[edit] We Await the Heavenly Manna

Industrial production is failing to keep up with the Allied war effort, and shortages of materiel are beginning to appear on the front line.

[edit] Why Don't you Come and Help?

Minister of Munitions David Lloyd George struggles to modernise Britain's industrial capability, but gradually succeeds with American aid.

[edit] Please God Send Us Victory

By Christmas 1914, the bloody impasse in the trench lines on the Western Front saw Lord Kitchener looking elsewhere for victory. In an attempt to seize control of strategic Turkey, a British Navel expedition advanced on the Dardanelles, and Allied troops landed at Gallipoliwith the aim of taking Constantinople. However, events did not go according to plan and after 37 weeks, soldiers were evacuated from the beaches.

[edit] What Are our Allies Doing?

1915 brings little progress for the Allies, but a huge German offensive at Gorlice-Tarnow forces the Russians to retreat in the East. The Allied conference at Chantilly agrees on a strategy of simultaneous attacks upon the Central Powers in 1916.

[edit] Hell Cannot Be So Terrible

One of the bloodiest battles in history, the fighting at Verdun continues throughout the year 1916. French and German forces suffer over 700,000 casualties.

[edit] For Gawd's Sake Don't Send Me

Following Lord Kitchener's appeal in 1916, the British Army was reinforced by over two million volunteers. Despite the reservations of General Sir Douglas Haig, the new Commander-in-Chief, many of these mew recruits were sent to the scene of Britain's biggest military endevour - The Battle of the Somme.

[edit] The Devil Is Coming

The Battle of the Somme - which began in July 1916 and continued into February 19 - leaves 415,000 Brits in a muddy grave.

[edit] All This It Is Our Duty to Bear

Both sides make heroic bids for victory - but what will they have to show for it?

[edit] We Are Betrayed, Sold, Lost

The French Army is rallied for a great spring offensive - but mutiny looms when the plans fall foul of the Germans.

[edit] Right Is More Precious than Peace

The future of the world is changed when America joins the conflict and the Communists come to power in Russia.

[edit] Surely We Have Perished

On the Western Front in 1917, the British fought alone for three-and-a-half months during one of the wettest summers Flanders has ever seen. The horrific battle of Passchendale features in episode 17 of the 1964 series.

[edit] Fat Rodzyanko Has Sent Me Some Nonsense

Russia's short-lived democracy is examined.

[edit] The Hell Where Youth and Laughter Go

This episode recounts the war's terrible effects; not just the scale of the loss of life, but also the toll it took upon the human spirit .

[edit] Only War, Nothing But War

Exploring how modern ideas of states' responsibility for their citizens grew out of the horror of "total war".

[edit] It Was Like The End of The World

The story of the German offensive of March 1918, a desperate gamble to grab victory at a stroke.

[edit] Damn Them, Are They Never Coming In?

As Allied troops fall back in confusion under a German counter-attack, they wait for the arrival of US reinforcements.

[edit] When Must The End Be?

The first Allied counter attack against the German onslaught in July 1918.

[edit] Allah Made Mesopotamia - and Added Flies

Stalemate on the Western Front saw Allied generals look for victory via an alternative route - the Middle East.

[edit] The Iron Thrones Are Falling

Its Allies beaten, Germany faces defeat alone.

[edit] And We Were Young

The last phase of the war.

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[edit] Technical Specs

  • Filesize: ~350 MB
  • Runtime: ~40 min.
  • Number of parts: 26 + 2 extras
  • Video Codec: DivX 5.0
  • Video Bitrate: 1084 kb/s
  • Audio Codec: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s (64/ch, stereo) CBR
  • Frame Size: 592x432
  • Subtitles: None
  • Ripped by: unknown

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