The First World War

The Great War: The war to end all wars.. Which it didnt do, we still see the problems that stemmed from it in the Middle East, in the Balkans, in Ireland…

Here is a wonderful 10 part series from Channel 4 about what happened: The First World War:

The First World War

To Arms

Under the Eagle

Global War

Jihad

The history of Turkey’s involvement in World War I.

Shackled to a Corpse

Breaking the Deadlock

Parts: 2 3 4

Blockade

This history of the naval aspect of the war and how Germany’s blockade strategy eventually led to the United States of America to entering it.

Parts: 2 3 4

Revolution

Germany’s Last Gamble

With Russia out of the war, Germany’s Triple Alliance attempts to capitalize on the strategic advantage to win the war before the American forces join the fight.

War Without End

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Map of the participants in World War I: Allied Powers in green, Central Powers in orange, and neutral countries in grey

*** Related stuff:

World War I on wikipedia

Some great films about the war:

Paths of Glory

The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack.

http://veehd.com/video/2331905_Paths-of-Glory-1957

All Quiet on the Western Front

Paul Baumer is a young German who along with his graduating high school classmates enlist in the German Imperial Army during the First World War. Originally thinking war would be a great adventure Paul and his friends discover exactly the opposite as the war drags on and one by one the members of the class are killed in action until only Paul remains.

http://veehd.com/video/4727635_All-Quiet-on-the-Western-Front-1979-avi

Joyeux Noel (Happy Christmas)

In 1914 World War I the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history was well under way. However on Christmas Eve numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal and unauthorized truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Mans Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence.

http://veehd.com/video/4518271_Joyeux-Noel-2005-English-Subtitles

Beneath Hill 60

The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. Its 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front. Deep beneath the German lines. Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers fight to defend a leaking labyrinthine tunnel system packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War.

http://veehd.com/video/4612357_Beneath-Hill-60-2010-dvdrip-flv

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