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The Great War in Numbers 

A six-part documentary series about the First World War which uses recorded figures to outline the full extent of the conflict.








Series cast summary:
John Heffernan ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2017
Sascha Auerbach Sascha Auerbach ...  Himself - Historian, University of Nottingham 6 episodes, 2017
Spencer Jones Spencer Jones ...  Himself - Author, Courage without Glory / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Joshua Levine Joshua Levine ...  Himself - Author, Forgotten Voices / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Andrew Robertshaw Andrew Robertshaw ...  Himself - Author, Somme 1916 6 episodes, 2017
Guy Walters ...  Himself - Author, The Voice of War / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Alexandra Churchill Alexandra Churchill ...  Herself - Author, Somme / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Benjamin Ziemann Benjamin Ziemann ...  Himself - Historian and Author / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Sarah Badcock Sarah Badcock ...  Herself - Historian, University of Nottingham 3 episodes, 2017
Rob Johnson Rob Johnson ...  Himself - Historian, University of Oxford / ... 3 episodes, 2017


The complete story of World War I - from outbreak to conclusion - and the fragile peace that followed. The Great War was a conflict driven by quantity and numbers, fought by calculating generals for who no cost was too high. For the first time in history, everything was recorded in exacting detail and this documentary reveals the startling facts behind the staggering scale of the war to end all wars. Written by AnonymousB

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4 October 2017 (UK) See more »

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La Primera Guerra Mundial en números See more »

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Wag TV See more »
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Finally a series that explains clearly why WWI was called the Great War
4 May 2019 | by narrator56See all my reviews

This is a great documentary for a number of reasons, or should I say for a reason of numbers? I have watched documentaries about WWI before. Between the grainy black and white footage and some level of monotone narration, I can't say any of these shows grabbed me. The Great War in Numbers held my interest. And not merely because of the numbers they throw at us. If it were just facts and figures, I would be napping in no time. The numbers do let us know the scale of the war with the astronomical quantity of men, weapons and other details that still seem incredible to someone who thought the U.S. Civil War was calamitous. The numbers also told me which side held the advantage at different stages of the war, and how those advantages fluctuated during the continuing stalemate in the trenches.

And yes, in between the numbers game, you still have the sometimes grainy film of the time, but they use the now standard tactic of having historians providing the human and political details of the costs of this terrible war. What they explained always seemed relevant to The images on the screen. We learn what happened not just to the countries and their leaders, but also to the masses of citizens sent to their slaughter, the civilians back at the home fronts, and yes, the costs to the colonial empires empires tied up in this world conflagration.

Two bonuses for me were the explanation of how the war started, with more detail than just that King Ferdinand and his wife got shot, and how The Great War guaranteed in a way future conflicts like the Vietnam maelstrom and, of course, World War II. I am glad I watched it and I didn't nod off once. What more can be said for a war documentary?

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