World War I in Color

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World War I in Color is a documentary film series made with the cooperation of the Imperial War Museum, designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st century audience.

Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives. The human cost is conveyed by rare archive footage from worldwide sources including Russia, Germany, France, Italy, the USA and Britain’s own Imperial War Museum.

1. Catastrophe, looks at the fact that between 1914 and 1918, 65 million men took up arms. Ten million were killed and 20 million were emotionally and physically incapacitated. The war ushered in new terminologies, new and massive weapons and a scale of artillery barrages never before imagined.

2. Slaughter in the Trenches, looks at trench warfare on the Western Front, which was at stalemate in 1915. Communications proved to be a major drawback for both sides, as messages were sent by runners – who invariably faced death.

3. Blood In The Air, In the battles of WWI a new theatre of war was to emerge — the sky. This new warfare was to prove just as deadly as the trenches, where pilots flew into battle with as little as five hours flying experience, with an average life expectancy of 11 days in 1914.

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