1914:- In Germany young Michael learns from his father William that events at Sarajevo could lead to full-scale war whilst in England, another teen-ager, nature-loving Tommy is also made aware of events by his father David. Both boys are anxious to join up and fight, despite their mothers' trepidation, and both lie about their age in order to enlist. Tommy and his friend Cyril are sent to Maidstone barracks, meeting other volunteers Anthony, Ben and Kevin, all eager to fight the 'Bosch' and placing bets on who will get shot first. On arrival in France and preparing to go into battle they, like their young German counterparts, soon realize the terrifying experience of war.
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Did You Know?
The type of wide scale, interconnected trenches that are shown in the fall of 1914 did not exist until nearly two years later in 1916. During the early years of the war, battles were fought on the open field and it was not until after the Battle of the Marne that forces began to dig in and establish trenches. See more
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