A gift for my WW1 enthusiast partner. Really first rate productions. I was delighted that interviews with veteran nurses taken from a immensely moving documentary "The Roses of No Mans Land" was included in this as I haven't been able to find the original documentary. Many of the veterans stories and the commentary moved me to tears of pride. These people were the real Great Britons.
When this series was aired on TV I missed a lot of the episodes so thankfully I can now watch this excellent and moving tribute to the brave men who went to defend democracy and especially the many who did not return. Excellent and at times heartbreaking hearing the experiences of the 'Last Voices' now sadly no longer with us but their cheerfulness was an inspiration despite the terrible ordeals some of these heroes went through. Should be promoted in this anniversary time of the two world wars which took too many young men and lost a generation to the folly of War.
This is a brilliant documentary and it was worth every penny.
I've only watched the first disc so far, but I am very impressed and would recommend it to anyone thinking of buying it. It is so nice to see history from the point of view of the men and women who were actually there.
It is both horrific and moving to see and hear what those poor people endured and suffered. A war to end all wars? If only it had been... But as Celia Johnson said in "This Happy Breed" (another brilliant DVD) - 'There will always be wars as long as men are stupid enough to want to go to them...' (or words to that effect).
This is essential viewing for anyone interested in the First World War. First hand accounts, not historians or commentators. Only here can we begin to touch the past, only here can we begin to understand what it was like. Stories from ordinary people who were so really quite extraordinary in their sense of service. Most illuminating, perhaps, are the different accounts of why men enlisted, what they thought they were fighting for, and what they thought of war. This is real. And special.
Excellent series that is comprised of interviews with people who had first hand experience of World War I. Combatants, children of combatants, civilians working on the home front this series has moving interviews with them all, most of whom were 90 years or older when the interviews were conducted. A terribly moving testament to bravery and stoicism I would consider it vital viewing for anyone looking to learn not only about The Great War, but about humanity.