WWI: The Great War: 100th Anniversary Collectible (Videobook)
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The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 ignited a political powder keg that would engulf the world in its first "total war". Soon, the fighting spread far beyond the confines of Europe – and beyond the battlefields themselves. Modern technological advances catapulted combatants into the sky and plunged them deep beneath the waves, while ruthlessly efficient machine gunners riddled the traditional rules of ground engagement with bullet holes. The twin horrors of the trench and the civilian bombing raid were born – and a war that was expected to be "over by Christmas" stretched on year after casualty-stricken year. Now, a century after "The Great War" began, you can experience every twist and turn of its torturous course around the globe. This collectible video-book features over 7 hours of footage and 24 pages of detailed history and fascinating photos that bring "the war to end all wars" vividly to life.
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I wanted to say this because unless you are intimately familiar with the geography of the countries involved in the war you will be completely lost during the descriptions of the troop movements during the battles that are described. There are some visual aids but they are limited and do not remain on the screen for long. So, if you are interested in the ebb and flow of the battles then you will be very disappointed.
This was an extremely brutal conflict. I wanted to get a sense of the horrors that these men and women experienced, at least as much as any documentary can do that for a viewer, but this did not do it for me.
Then there is the background music; it is extremely annoying and in some cases drowns out the commentary.
Lastly the 24 page booklet that comes with the video is an enigma since there would be no need for the information it contains if the documentary told the story.
In short, if you are looking for a "collectable" then you should leave this one on the table.