Great War Diaries
Confirmed for BBC Two on 16 August at 8.15pm to 9.15pm
Saturday 16 August
After more than three years, the war is beginning to draw to a close. Men, women and children urge themselves on through the last year until hostilities finally cease. Featuring the stories of a young Cossack woman caught up in the Bolshevik revolution; a wealthy English lady who, as part of the newly formed Women's Police force becomes involved in a strike at an ammunition factory; an Australian piano-teacher trying to get home from behind enemy lines; an Italian American committed as insane who leads a revolt in a mental institution; a German soldier caught up in a mutiny; a German schoolgirl who attempts suicide; an experienced English journalist who is sickened by the Allies' behaviour as the war comes to a close and a young French boy who witnesses the German retreat and the final end of the war - their diaries focus on what archive and historical analysis cannot reveal: personal tragedy, love, happiness, pain and grief.
Through 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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