Sunday Morning Video: The First World War-Part 1: Race To Arms

We're approaching the 100th anniversary of the Great War, which is a source of enduring fascination to me. I was delighted to find this fabulous 2003 documentary series online courtesy of YouTuber, the Grim Doctor. He has a playlist set up if you want to see the entire 10 part series. I'm re-watching it as something of an antidote to the horrendous History Channel travesty, which I'll write about when I'm finished watching the whole thing. The things I do for my readers.


3 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Video: The First World War-Part 1: Race To Arms

  1. I have a feeling that the History Channel produced that show as a counterpoint of sorts to the series Evolution of Evil currently being featured on “American Heroes Channel”/Military Channel. The new History Channel show seemed to have many more American historians making comments and, of course, a good number of American politicians. (I wonder if the producers realized the irony of having Richard Bruce Cheney making comments on the war crimes of Nazis when he could be easily be held at The Hague for trial himself.)
    The Evolution of Evil, as well as the older series WWII in Color and World at War are joint British and American productions and have a good mixture of historians from both countries.
    I caught one blaring error — I’m sure sure there are a lot more — in the New History Channel series. They had Hitler killing himself but it seem as if he killed himself in an office or official room and they did not mention the murder/suicide of Eva Braun which occurred at the same time with his death in the living quarters of the Chancellory living quarters.
    I look forward to reading your more detailed assessment of the show.

  2. Yeah, World Wars or whatever they call it was/is…pretty grim. About all you can say about it that’s positive in any way is…fewer reruns of Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and so on, i.e., a pretty low bar.
    Anyway, thanks for posting this series. Never saw it, and am assuming your positive comments mean it’s worth a look. My grandfather, who was born in 1890, served in World War I, mostly as a truck driver, though he also interpreted (Cajun French was his first language). Not long before he died, he told me some of his war stories, like how he would volunteer for KP since it meant assignment to a back trench…which was pretty shrewd thing to do, if you ask me.

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