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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.
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1996  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Narrator 8 episodes, 1996
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 Narrator (U.S.A Verison) 8 episodes, 1996
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 Kaiser Wilhelm II 5 episodes, 1996
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 Harold Owen / ... 5 episodes, 1996
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 David Lloyd George / ... 4 episodes, 1996
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 Vera Brittain 4 episodes, 1996
Jay Winter ...
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 Jean Jaures / ... 3 episodes, 1996
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 Czarina Aleksandra Romanov 3 episodes, 1996
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 Wilfred Owen 3 episodes, 1996
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 Siegfried Sassoon 3 episodes, 1996
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 Woodrow Wilson 3 episodes, 1996
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 Charles Stockwell / ... 3 episodes, 1996
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 Adolf Hitler / ... 3 episodes, 1996
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 Franz Blumenfeldt 3 episodes, 1996
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 Vera Brittain 2 episodes, 1996
Allan Hendrick
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 Cyril Lawrence 2 episodes, 1996
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 Margaret Randa / ... 2 episodes, 1996
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 Kathe Kollwitz 2 episodes, 1996
Fredrich Solms
Norman Stone ...
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A unique first-person narrative, sewn together from genuine testimonies of frontline soldiers.

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The best documentary ever produced on WW I
31 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the only reasons I finally broke down and bought a VHS-DVD dubbing recorder. Bar none, it is the best documentary ever produced on World War I. And I've been worried the VHS tape would dry-rot and crinkle and prevent my future enjoyment of this masterpiece.

From the all-star cast for the voice-over work to the beautifully restored vintage video to its hauntingly eerie soundtrack to its historically exacting accuracy and insightful commentary, there is absolutely nothing negative I can say about this documentary other than it's a shame it's not out on DVD, in the classrooms and libraries and available for future generations.

If you're lucky, you'll find a vintage VHS copy on one of the auction sites but be prepared to pay for the privilege of ownership. I've seen used sets sell for $300 and more. But, honestly, it would be worth the price in either the 4 2-hour tape or the 8 1-hour tape versions.


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