The Great War in Numbers
• 2017 • 5 episodes • 4h:24m
A six-part documentary series about the First World War which uses recorded figures to outline the full extent of the conflict.
The March to War
The opening episode tells the story of the outbreak of war in 1914. In the decades since the last European War the world changed.
Weapons of War
By the beginning of 1915 the horrific killing power of machine guns and artillery had taught all sides that the only way to survive was to find shelter and dig in.
The Home Front
How the First World War transformed life on the home front, from a greater number of women in the workplace to increased government interference in everyday life.
Episode five tells how, after 1916 and the hell of the Somme and Verdun, the imperial powers redoubled their efforts to crush their enemies.
The numbers will favoured one side, then the other in 1918. When the Bolsheviks took Russia out of the war, millions of German and Austro-Hungarian troops were freed up to attack Britain and Belgium, France and Italy. But across the Atlantic, America was training an army of two-million men.