Special World War I

Special World War I

The First Great Escape

44m 54s

This is the story of the incredible escape attempt of 29 British Officers in July 1918 having spent 10 months constructing the tunnel right under the noses of their German captors. Ten of these officers made the journey to neutral Holland and returned to England as heroes.

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Heroes of the Somme

59m 38s

The Heroes of the Somme uses original archive from the Western Front to uncover the stories of seven of the men whose remarkable bravery in 1916 won them the Victoria Cross, Britain's most prized military medal.

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Changed Forever Episode 1

1h 17m

It is 1914 and the world is at peace; Australia, a federal commonwealth for little more than a decade and with a population of less than five million, is blissfully unaware of the tensions in Europe that will soon tear the peace to shreds and change the world.

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Changed Forever Episode 2

1h 18m

When the war ends in November 1918 those people whose lives we’ve followed for the four war years return home and we begin to understand the incredible influence they will have on the shape of Australia’s future.

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ANZAC Battlefields - The Western Front - Season 1 Episode 1 - Whitsunday Islands

25m 59s

Where is the Western Front? Why did two vast armies dig in, extending lines of trenches from the Channel ports almost to the Alps? All of this happened in the first weeks of the war so that by mid-September the German attack had faltered on the Marne and the situation became stalemated. This is the battlefield that the ANZACS, withdrawn from Gallipoli, entered at the beginning of 1916.

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ANZAC Battlefields - The Western Front - Season 1 Episode 2 - Tropical North

26m 32s

Industrial warfare at its most terrifying, gas, tanks, machine guns, barbed wire, the ANZACS find themselves fully acquainted with the texture of war on the Western Front in a series of murderous battles at Pozières where the Australians lose 12,000 men. At Flers in the battle of the Somme the New Zealanders experience great success advancing 2.5 kilometres but the price was high the loss of 2,000 casualties.

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