When War Broke Out
Using the words of interviewees, this program adds a personal insight into the events of 1939 and the beginning of the Second World War. Their stories are illustrated using archive film. These are the untold stories of ordinary people, whose words convey a true sense of what it was like to be living at a time of momentous events.
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- Ch 354The Great War: 1914-1918Concern for Germany's growing militarism, Kaiser Wilhelm II's obsession to match Britain's navy and the existence of the long established French and German war-plans only fueled the air of instability in Europe. It was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that ignited the global conflict.The Great War: 1914-1918In February the Germans began their assault on the forts at Verdun in a battle of attrition that would last until December. In the East the Russians launched an offensive to try and relief the pressure on the French. Although the Russians ultimately failed to make any gains it did draw German divisions away from the Western Front.