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  • Voices from the BBC Archive
  • By: Sarah Kilgarriff
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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First World War: The Complete Collection

By: Sarah Kilgarriff
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Summary

A unique collection of authentic eyewitness accounts chronicling the events of the First World War from Sarajevo to the Armistice.

In this selection of historic recordings from the BBC Archives, British, French and American servicemen recall their harrowing experiences of the conflict. German officers also tell their stories, their misery palpable in defeat. Inevitably the horrors of the Western Front dominate and the battles of the Somme and Passchendaele evoke bitter memories. But the war was fought on many fronts - on land, at sea and in the air - its scope illustrated with reminiscences of Russia, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Palestine, the Austro/Italian line, the Battle of Jutland and the Royal Flying Corps’ ‘bloody’ April of 1917.

Also included among the many memorable voices are participants from both sides of the Easter Rising, conscientious objectors defending their beliefs and women contemplating their lasting grief. With diplomats, politicians and poets offering a range of differing opinions, the honesty and intimacy of these recollections brings the period vividly to life.

This exclusive compilation concludes with a postscript on 1919 and the Treaty of Versailles, followed by a sequence of First World War poems read by Stephen Moore, Tim Pigott-Smith, Juliet Stevenson and Samuel West..

©2018 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2018 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
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Amazing

I'm a WW1 obsessive. This is a true gem of a find. Heearing the voices of them men whose books I've read is a treat!

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Fantastic.

So good to hear personal experiences of those who took part. Horrific times for ordinary men and women. Every one, very humble and no trace of bitterness. Sad times.

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