The First World War
Ep: 1 "To Arms"
Universally acclaimed as one of the finest documentaries ever made about the Great War, this ten-part series is a powerful and comprehensive account of the conflict. It places the war in a truly global military context, covering not only the battles of the Western Front, but also the campaigns, battles and action that encompassed the entire world. Based on the bestselling book by Professor Hew Strachan, the series combines personal testimonies, previously unseen footage from archives in Central and Eastern Europe, original documents, and footage of the actual battlefield locations to create a definitive and disturbing portrait of the “war to end all wars.”
Episodes
Ep 1
To Arms
Watch Until July 15, 2:00am
Ep 2
Under the Eagle
Watch Until July 22, 2:00am
Ep 3
Global War
Watch June 28, 10:00pm
Ep 4
Jihad
Watch July 5, 10:00pm
Ep 5
Shackled to a Corpse
Watch July 12, 10:00pm
Ep 6
Breaking the Deadlock
Watch July 19, 10:00pm
Ep 7
Blockade
Watch July 26, 10:00pm
Ep 8
Revolution
Watch August 2, 10:00pm
Ep 9
Germany's Last Gamble
Watch August 9, 10:00pm
Ep 10
War Without End
Watch August 16, 10:00pm
To Arms
This definitive chronicle of WWI begins with an exploration of the tensions between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its neighbour, Serbia. (1 of 10)
Under the Eagle
The first few months of the war on the Western Front were mobile, fast, and dangerous. Later warfare saw a line of trenches stretching from the Channel to Switzerland. (2 of 10)
Global War
The extraordinary story of how, in 1914, Germany tried to open the war up around the world, and how Britain desperately tried to close it down. In Africa, the seeds of African self-determination were sown. (3 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jun 28, 10:00pm
Thu Jun 29, 2:00am
Jihad
The Ottoman Empire, which began the war as the ally nobody wanted, became a major force on Germany's side. The Ottoman and German call for a Holy War, or Jihad, struck terror into the heart of the Entente powers. (4 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jul 5, 10:00pm
Thu Jul 6, 2:00am
Shackled to a Corpse
The war on the Eastern Front was a racial war, fought between Slavs on one side and Teutons on the other. The vast front stretched from the Urals to the Alps, over brutal terrain and through freezing winters. (5 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jul 12, 10:00pm
Thu Jul 13, 2:00am
Breaking the Deadlock
There was constant movement along the 500-mile Western Front, with generals wanting to break through the trench systems. Both sides tried to stir things up with raids across No Man's Land and huge offensives. (6 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jul 19, 10:00pm
Thu Jul 20, 2:00am
Blockade
Within the first days of the war, German submarines turned the North Sea into a no-go area for Britain's great battleships. The British responded with a strategy of their own: a blockade of Europe to starve the enemy out. (7 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jul 26, 10:00pm
Thu Jul 27, 2:00am
Revolution
Starting with Russia's Revolution of February 1917, we examine the dangerous effects of war weariness: near-fatal French Army mutinies, catastrophic Italian mass desertions, and widespread British industrial unrest. (8 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Aug 2, 10:00pm
Thu Aug 3, 2:00am
Germany's Last Gamble
In March 1918, Germany launches a massive offensive on the Western Front - her last chance to win the war. Within the first few days the British Army is in retreat and Paris is bombed. (9 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Aug 9, 10:00pm
Thu Aug 10, 2:00am
War Without End
The war ended as surprisingly as it had begun - with the sudden collapse of the Central Powers. (10 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Aug 16, 10:00pm
Thu Aug 17, 2:00am