The First World War (2003) The Complete Series - Channel 4

The First World War, Episode 3: Global War

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Episode 3:
In 1914, war for Europe meant war for the world. "Global War" tells the extraordinary story of how Germany tried to open the war up around the world, and how Britain might risk everything to protect her Empire - even victory on the Western Front.

"Global War" is packed with untold stories of the glory days of maverick warfare. Admiral Graf von Spee of the East Asiatic squadron inflicted Britain's greatest naval defeat for 250 years: the Battle of Coronel. Captain Karl von Mueller of the German cruiser Emden threatened the entire British trade fleet in the Indian Ocean. In East Africa, Commander Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck - never defeated - fought armies five times his strength. All three became legends in Britain and Germany alike. But the war in Africa mercilessly exploited its black soldiers and carriers, with death rates comparable with those on the Western Front. The world came to serve in France from around the globe: Africans, Chinese, Indians - opening minds to new horizons, customs and ideas. The war left much of Africa a wasteland, but the seeds of African self-determination were sown.

Category: Education, History

Tags: the first world global war germany britain france africa china india

Documentary Description

Television has tended to look at the First World War through a veil of tears, seeing only a tragic waste of life in the mud of Flanders. This definitive series strips away ninety years of myopia to get back to the reality of the war.

This was a global conflict from the start, involving nations in every continent and people of all classes and races. Using fresh archive footage and specially shot material from authentic locations in 22 countries, the multi-layered series demolishes myths and answers key questions from the origins of the war to its bitter end.

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest documentary series ever made about the Great War. The First World War is a powerful, original and truly comprehensive account of the conflict. It places the war in truly Global military context as never before, exploring many of the little known campaigns, battles and actions as well as the better known conflict on the Western Front. The series combines previously unseen footage from newly accessible archives in Central and Eastern Europe with exclusive film of many of the battlefields as they are today, studies key participants and weaponry, and diary entries and letters home from soldiers, officers and commanders.

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