Twentieth Century Battlefields

Season 1 Episode 1

1918 Western Front

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jun 04, 2007 on BBC Two
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1918 Western Front
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Peter and Dan travel to the Western Front in France to investigate the battle that gave Britain and its allies a decisive victory in World War I: Amiens.

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The following people appeared in this episode to either offer their expert opinions on this battle or in archive footage or photos:

        Gunner J.R. Armitage - Australian Field Artillery (passage read from his personal journal)
        Warrant Officer Malcolm Crowe - The Black Watch
        Major S. Evers - Australian Corps (passage read from his personal journal)
        Private Kenneth Garry - British Artillery Company (passage read from his personal journal)
        Private John Figarovsky - 1st U.S. Infantry Division (passage read from his personal journal)
        General Ferdinand Foch - French Commander (archive photo)
        Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig - British Commander (archive photo)
        Captain George Hamilton - United States Marine Corps (passage read from his personal journal)
        Captain Johnny Hanlon - Scots Dragoon Guards
        Lieutenant Ernst Jünger - 73rd Fusilier Regiment (passage read from his personal journal)
        Sergeant Melvin Krulewitch - United States marine Corps (passage read from his personal journal)
        General Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff - German Commander (archive photos)
        General John Joseph Pershing - American Commander (archive photo)
        General Sir Henry Rawlinson - British Commander (archive photo)
        Corporal Earl Recklinghausen - German Army (passage read from his personal journal)
        Lance Corporal William Sharpe - 8th Lancashire Fusiliers (passage read from his personal journal)
        Lieutenant Harlod Taylor - 205 Squadron RAF
        Captain Stefan Westmann - German Medical Officer (passage read from his personal journal)
        Herbert L. Witherby - NCO Canadian Field Artillery
        Private Arthur Wrench - 51st Highland Division (passage read from his personal journal)

      • Special thanks were given to the following people and/or groups for their assistance in producing this episode:

        -The American Battle Monuments Commission - European Region
        -Commonwealth War Graves Commission
        -Martin Marix Evans
        -The Officers and Men of the Land Warfare Centre

        Archive

        Corbis
        Footage Farm
        ITN
        IWM
        Karl Höffkes
        Movietone
        NFB Canada
        Popperfoto
        Topfoto
        Transit GhbH
        US National Archives

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Peter Snow: (Describing the first World War) The fighting involved tens of millions of troops from all around the world and led to a greater death toll than any other previous war in history.

      • Dan Snow: Life in these trenches alternated between long periods of mind-numbing boredom and short moments of extreme danger.

    • NOTES (2)

      • The BBC version of the pilot episode of this series offered a brief look into all of the battles that will be examined in the episodes to come. The North American version took this preview out and focused strictly on The Battle of Amiens.

      • The tactics first employed in the Battle of Amiens were made into the template of how a modern battles are waged today. Although the equipment used in modern warfare is much more advanced, the methods in coordinating their use is essentailly the same.

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