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  1. $79.95 DVD + $7.50 p&h or $16.80 foreign delivery

    Item Code : HIST20302

    World War I: The Great War.  DVD.  Boxed set of 4 discs.  12 Hours and 30 Minutes.
    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." Set includes: Disc 1: Most Decorated: The Doughboys Comprised of innocent teenage farm boys, the doughboys in Europe faced a most horrific warfare with machine guns, mustard gas, and artillery shells. New weapons and old tactics turned an infantry charge into an act of mass suicide for the brave young soldiers of WWI. WWI: Death of Glory World War I was in every way more epochal and earth-shaking than World War II. After World War I, nothing was recognizable. What was rebuilt was a shadow of the greatness and history that had been destroyed. Secrets of World War I Experts discuss the political personalities and intolerance behind the "War to End All Wars." Discover the history behind the first weapons of mass destruction, why they were created, and how they were made. Look at documents that were once classified for reasons of national security and discover why they were kept secret until now. Disc 2: The First Dogfighters Cinch your goggles and fly with the first great aces of WWI. Experience a time when, with open cockpits and unaided targeting, aces literally saw the whites of their foes' eyes. In canvas-and-wire biplanes, these dashing warriors engaged in classic duels, inventing tactics "on the fly". Red Baron and The Wings of Death The legendary World War I flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen, managed 80 kills over WWI Europe. Watch this pioneer of the dogfight as he meets his greatest challenge- a warplane seemingly designed for the express purpose of bringing him down. Airships From bombing runs to the high-flying spy balloons that soared out of the reach of enemy planes and guns, see how airships, dirigibles, and zeppelins affected World War I. Mystery U-Boat of WWI A veteran of the brutal naval battles of World War I, the German submarine UB-107 was discovered on the floor of the North Sea in 1985. An important find itself, it harbored a surprise that would force experts to re-examine the records of the epic conflict. Disc 3: World War One: Jutland What really happened when catastrophe befell the mightiest fleet in the world? See the remarkable new analysis of the epic battle that sent Britain's unconquerable super-deadnoughts to the seafloor. World War One: The Somme In just one day almost 60,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded. Why was this first day on the Somme such a disaster for the British? Halt U-Boats in Zeebrugge Drawing on eyewitness accounts from survivors, expert testimony, rare photos, and military documents from the battle, discover the events of April 22nd, 1918, when a flotilla of British warships led by the cruiser HMS Vindictive set sail for the fortified harbor of Zeebrugge, defended by coastal batteries, a deadly mole, and a seawall bristling with guns. John J. Pershing: The Iron General From the fading frontier to the trenches of World War I, follow the career of one of the most important American generals of all time, taking a 128,000-man force and transforming it into a juggernaut of four million soldiers that won a war. Disc 4: Dear Home: Letters from World War I It was a conflict the likes of which the world had never seen, embroiling 15 nations and 65 million people, and fought with weapons unprecedented in their power to maim and kill. Drawing in on the millions of letters written home by American doughboys, nurses, drivers, and clerks; reveals what it was like to fight in the "Great War". Christmas Truce Amidst the trench warfare that defined World War I, a few days of spontaneous peace broke out. Without a signed treaty, surrender, or armistice, German and Allied soldiers alike were able to share Christmas cheer together. Last Day of WWI Discover why more soldiers died on the final day of WWI than on D-Day, as this chilling indictment of the horror and pointlessness of war is captured by rare footage and photos.
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  2. $59.95 DVD + $7.50 p&h or $16.80 foreign delivery

    Item Code : CBSN20303

    The Complete Story: World War I.  Military History Video.  DVD.  CBS News.  Boxed set of 3 discs.  10 Hours and 45 minutes.
    Excellent documentary series produced by CBS News in the early sixties and superbly narrated by the late Robert Ryan, still has an edge over the many others that were produced recently. Lots and lots of photographic and film footage, especially of the German invasion of neutral Belgium, the air and sea war, the sinking of the Lusitania, but sadly lacking in many other series. This series remains remarkably comprehensive and engaging and well worth purchasing. If you like your history in large doses and complete then you will enjoy this three disc set. It is non-political, it does not take sides, what it does is show with clarity and feeling the effect war had on the entire world. The social, economic, and political realities of the day are explained. You may be impressed with the research and scholarly approach taken by the film makers in this epic documentary. There are over 70 episodes within the three volume set. Everyone who watches will gain an appreciation for how WWI changed the geo-political landscape forever. After watching this series, you will be able to understand in depth what Lawrence of Arabia meant to the Arabs. It's beautifully narrated, in a pithy, easy-to-understand narrative, and the images are first class. This collection is designed to give the viewers a "big picture" of the so-called "War to End all Wars." While it shows all of the major battles, it is not intended for military buffs, but to an audience that cares about the politics behind the major military decisions, the role of the ordinary people, their plight, and the spreading of the conflict even to Japan and China. Also, it takes into account the early surrender of Russia and the rise of Lenin's Soviet Union. To sum up, it offers a great panoramic view of the conflict. Highly recommended!
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  3. $24.95 VHS

    Item Code : EDUC20304

    The Doughboys: Heroes Of WW I.  Military History Video.  VHS.  41 minutes.
    Experience the saga of WWI through rare film footage found in the government archives. This historic video presents authentic footage on: The Kaiser's Build-Up; German Submarine Warfare; Prisoners of War; Final Victory, and much more! "There are not many videos on WWI, and this one is as good as it gets for a quick overview."
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  4. $34.95 VHS

    Item Code : educ20305

    The Unknown Soldier.  Military History Video.  VHS.  3 Hours.
    Gary Mavers and BAFTA award-winning actress Juliet Aubrey star in this sweeping romantic drama set against the passionate backdrop of the First World War. A shell-shocked, unidentified soldier is found wandering naked on the battle fields unable to speak or remember his identity. The men dub him "Angel" because he saved the life of one of their officers.   Along with other wounded soldiers, Angel is cared for by the beautiful and spirited nurse Sophia Carey (Juliet Aubrey, Middlemarch). Romance soon blossoms between nurse and patient, but their happiness may be threatened... as the road to the truth about Angel's past proves to be a tangled and complicated web of mystery. Who is this unknown soldier? c1998 CC.
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  5. $29.95 DVD

    Item Code : pbsv20306

    Armenian Genocide.  Military History Video.  DVD.  60 minutes.
    The Armenian Genocide is the story of the over one million Armenians who died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in World War I. Produced by Emmy Award-winner Andrew Goldberg. Narrated by Julianna Margulies with additional narrations by Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney, Orlando Bloom and others, the program features interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power, author Peter Balakian and never-before-seen historical footage.
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