The Last Voices of WWI - A Generation Lost
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The Last Voices of WWI is a unique and harrowing six-part documentary series featuring testimonials from more than 100 WWI veterans. This culmination of interviews captured over the last 15 years has been put together in one series for the first time, along with historic newsreel footage and dramatic reconstructions.
Winner of a Royal Television Society Documentary Award (2009), this breathtaking series is praised for providing a unique historical record of a lost generation.
Aired on the History Channel UK, 2008
Produced by multi-award winning documentarians testimony films
Features the first ever interview with Harry Patch and the only ever interview with Henry Allingham, the two last surviving veterans of the war and oldest men in the world at the respective ages of 111 and 113
Top Customer Reviews
People with hearing impairment will find the documentary quite disappointing and people with no hearing will find it useless. The interviewed veterans were quite long in years when the interviews were conducted so quite naturally many did not articulate clearly and some spoke with dialect accents which some viewers even with normal hearing will find difficult to understand. Given that this is a rather recent production I find the lack of CC to be quite surprising. I wish I could be able to give this documentary five stars, however as it exists now I can only give it three. I can only hope that someday it is re-edited and released with closed captioning.
Their voices are the substance of the program; they are heard not just for the last time but the first time, as well. These men and women had held their awful memories and crushing losses in stoic silence, for a lifetime. It never occurred to them that they might have a chance to say something or that anyone would be interested; without exception, they speak clearly and honestly. There's no point in giving a chapter-by-chapter guide; get the program. I should note that it can also be listened to, from start to finish, without a single visual image. This can be used as a follow-up, for a second or even third take. Throughout 2 discs and 6 chapters (3½ hours), there is an over-arching theme: the journey - both national and personal - from self-confidence to mute terror to disillusionment and finally hopelessness and desperation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had absolutely no problem understanding the dialogue but then I am British.Published 6 days ago by Anthony Dudley-Warde
Fascinating and highly worth while to watch. Well done.Published 2 months ago by Dennis R. Brown also April Brown
I agree with Amam. I did not know this was a British production or I would not have ordered it. I have to"listen" hard to understand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Plug
This was a very interesting documentary. Since my grandfather was a disabled, WW I veteran. It was very personal for me.Published 5 months ago by Robert
War is hell. I enjoy reading history and although its a terrible story its a story that is written well.Published 8 months ago by CharlesG