Was the sacrifice of an entire generation worldwide an avoidable or a necessary tragedy? Are the roots of World War II to be found in the devastation of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles? Trace the journeys of the civilians and soldiers across the world who fought for survival in this unprecedented period in human history, both heroic and barbaric.
In October 1914, the German troops are nearing Paris. Their victory seems imminent and wartime enthusiasm turns to fear.
In 1914, the French and British allies call upon their colonies, including Australia and New Zealand, for help. The war is now global and large-scale bloodshed seems unavoidable.
In September 1915, millions of men are caught in a gigantic war. From the trenches in France to the Italian Alps, the whole of Europe is on fire. Warfare has become industrial and chemical.
By June 1917, the soldiers have reached the breaking point. They want it to end. They want to go home. On the home front and behind the lines, anger seethes as hunger stalks the population.
By July 1918, there are more than one million American troops on European soil. The great German offensives, predicting a conclusive victory, now suffer a number of decisive defeats.
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