World War I: The Great War
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HISTORY™ is proud to present the definitive collection of documentary programs on World War One. Experience the world-changing events from the birth of what became known as The Great War to the tragic, final day where over 13,000 men died. In the four year period from 1914 - 1918, the war was responsible for over 40 million casualties and over 20 million deaths. Join the brave servicemen of land, sea, and air as they valiantly fought alongside their Allied brothers in this "war to end all wars."
* Disc 1: Most Decorated: The Doughboys, WWI: Death of Glory, Secrets of World War I
* Disc 2: The First Dogfighters, Red Baron and The Wings of Death, Airships, Mystery U-Boat of WWI
* Disc 3: World War One: Jutland, World War One: The Somme, Halt U-Boats in Zeebrugge
* Disc 4: Dear Home: Letters from World War I, Christmas Truce, Last Day of WWI
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Personally, I generally enjoyed watching it and found some episodes particularly informative, but for someone who really wants to research the history of WWI, this set will certainly leave much to be desired.
One of the other reviewers indicated that they thought that this set seemed to lean toward looking at the war from the American perspective. I would disagree. It would be true however to state that almost none of these episodes really presented the point of view of any of the Central Powers (who ultimately lost the war).
In summary, if you like the History Channel, you will probably enjoy this sampling of programs from regular features related specifically, in one way or another, to the first world war.
Would I buy it again, knowing what I know? Definitely not.
On the second disc are such programs as "The First Dogfighters" (from the series "Dogfights") and "Red Baron and The Wings Of Death," which comes from, "Man, Moment, Machine." On the third disc, there is the shows, "WWI: Jutland" and "WWI:The Somme," both of which I believe are from the "Battlefield Detectives" series.
Overall, when one buys such a collection, it must be assumed that all the shows are those that have been played on television before. The reason to buy is because one wants to have it in their collection minus commercials or because it is unavailable elsewhere. This is by far one of the better collections on World War One and would be a prize for any fan of military history to have in their collection.
These are episodes from various History Channel programs, such as Modern Marvels, which have been thrown together to make a box set. They do not cover the war start to finish, in a chronological fashion, as other sets do. For instance there is a program on the American Dough Boys and on on the German Ace, the Red Baron. It's very disjointed.
I would recommend the "World War One" set narrated by Robert Ryan and "The First World War - The Complete Series". They are outstanding! Those sets provide an historical, chronological overview of the War in battles and effects on the Home Fronts.
The best is the Channel Four series "The First World War" based on the book by Prof. Hew Strachan, which is the most globally comprehensive overall. Its espisode "Jihad 1914-1916" provides material rarely seen, at least in the U.S., and is especially helpful in understanding some of the background to the current turmoil throughout the Middle East. Another other rightly acclaimed comprehensive, albeit too light on Eastern Europe, documentary is CBS' "The Complete Story: World War I (2003)", which was originally produced in 1964 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war's beginning. It has more of a U.S. focus whereas the other is Europe and Brt. Empire focused.
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