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The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century 

A unique first-person narrative, sewn together from genuine testimonies of frontline soldiers.




Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
 Narrator 8 episodes, 1996
 Narrator (U.S.A Verison) 8 episodes, 1996
 Kaiser Wilhelm II 5 episodes, 1996
 Harold Owen / ... 5 episodes, 1996
 David Lloyd George / ... 4 episodes, 1996
 Vera Brittain 4 episodes, 1996
Jay Winter ...
 Jean Jaures / ... 3 episodes, 1996
 Czarina Aleksandra Romanov 3 episodes, 1996
 Wilfred Owen 3 episodes, 1996
 Siegfried Sassoon 3 episodes, 1996
 Woodrow Wilson 3 episodes, 1996
 Charles Stockwell / ... 3 episodes, 1996
 Adolf Hitler / ... 3 episodes, 1996
 Franz Blumenfeldt 3 episodes, 1996
 Vera Brittain 2 episodes, 1996
Allan Hendrick
 Cyril Lawrence 2 episodes, 1996
 Margaret Randa / ... 2 episodes, 1996
 Kathe Kollwitz 2 episodes, 1996
Fredrich Solms
Norman Stone ...


A unique first-person narrative, sewn together from genuine testimonies of frontline soldiers.

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1996 (USA)  »

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1914-1918  »

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Great documentary...
23 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I can't really add to the other reviews. This is one of the best documentaries I've seen, and the best on this subject. It really was a case of lions being led by donkeys. I am including a poem by Wilfred Owen (killed a few days before the end of the war in a meaningless assault) that sums up what happened:

The Parable of the Old Man and the Young

So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went, And took the fire with him, and a knife. And as they sojourned both of them together, Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father, Behold the preparations, fire and iron, But where the lamb, for this burnt-offering? Then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps, And builded parapets and trenches there, And stretchèd forth the knife to slay his son. When lo! an Angel called him out of heaven, Saying, Lay not they hand upon the lad, Neither do anything to him, thy son. Behold! Caught in a thicket by its horns, A Ram. Offer the Ram of Pride instead.

But the old man would not so, but slew his son, And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

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