Great War Diaries
Confirmed for BBC Two on 9 August at 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Saturday 9 August
BBC TWO BBC TWO HD
After two years of war, soldiers and civilians are suffering on both sides of the conflict. Featuring the stories of a young Cossack girl’s experiences of a gas attack on the Russian front; an Austrian soldier’s despair as he is transported to Siberia; the desperate attempts of a Scottish volunteer nurse to help the survivors of the genocide in Armenia; a traumatised Italian American who believes he is possessed by the Holy Spirit; a British officer who has to act as tour guide for an MP; a German soldier who witnesses the horrors of the Somme and a German schoolgirl who is drawn into a brief romance with a young airman, all their writings focus on what archive and historical analysis cannot reveal: personal tragedy, love, fear, pain and grief.
Through glorious dramatic reconstruction, viewers experience the greatest war mankind had ever seen - not from the perspective of what it was, but of what it was like from within. Great War Diaries reveals the simple human experience of 1914-18, unsullied by historical interpretation.
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