BBC World War One

BBC World War One

BBC Radio brings you stories of the war that changed who we are, with documentaries exploring the causes, politics and impact of WW1 and its legacy. From BBC National, Local, Regional and World Service Radio.

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  • 13 Nov 7MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 20 - The Baghdadi Jews & a Terrier on Zeppelin watch

    How Manchester’s Baghdadi Jews fought to be recognised as friends of Britain and Jim the dog who helped keep the

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 23 Oct 8MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 19 - Tank Trials & Making Jam for the Frontline

    The technical innovation that led to the birth of the tank, tales from the grandsons of the Guernsey soldier who

    Duration: 16 mins

  • 22 Oct 13MB

    ww1: Soldiers of the Empire 2/2 – The Fight in Fairyland

    Santanu Das tells the story of the Indian Army on the Western Front, from disembarkation in Marseilles where the troops

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 20 Oct 13MB

    ww1: Soldiers of the Empire – Recruitment & Resistance

    One and a half million Indian men were recruited from the villages and towns of British India to serve the Empire in the

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 16 Oct 8MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 18 - R&R for American Volunteers & a Bristol Love Song

    A place in the heart of London where the American soldiers got a little taste of home; a project mapping the lives of

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 11 Oct 26MB

    ww1: Keep the Home Fires Burning

    Don Black tells the fascinating story of Ivor Novello and the song that made his name. Keep The Home Fires Burning marks

    Duration: 56 mins

  • 10 Oct 7MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 17 - The Sikh Contribution & the Merseyside Ferries

    The two Merseyside ferries who earned their 'Royal' title in a daring wartime raid, a Coventry memorial which marks the

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 09 Oct 14MB

    ww1: Episode 3 - Forgotten Heroes, The Indian Army in the Great War

    In the third part of his documentary looking at the Asian contribution to WW1, Sarfraz Manzoor examines the effect of

    Duration: 30 mins

  • 02 Oct 7MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 16 - The Chilwell Explosion & a Wartime Entertainer

    Kate Adie reports on the Nottinghamshire munitions factory disaster. Also - the ambulance trains of Lowth & forces

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 24 Sep 7MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 15 - Pilot Hero Mick Mannock & Flora Sandes' Enlistment

    Three WW1 characters. Flora Sandes, who enlisted and fought as a soldier in Serbia. Mick Mannock, the British 'Ace of

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 17 Sep 7MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 14 - A Captain's Execution & U-boat Defences

    The story of Captain Fryatt - a civilian naval officer executed by the Germans, and the Royal Navy tactic of deploying

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 21 Aug 14MB

    ww1: Episode 2 - Forgotten Heroes, The Indian Army in the Great War

    In the second part of his documentary looking at the Asian contribution to WW1, Sarfraz Manzoor charts the experiences

    Duration: 30 mins

  • 20 Aug 14MB

    ww1: Episode 1 - Forgotten Heroes, The Indian Army in the Great War

    Sarfraz Manzoor tells the story of the 1.27m men from the Indian Army who fought valiantly in the Great War, through a

    Duration: 30 mins

  • 13 Aug 23MB

    ww1: Heroes at War: Frederick Kelly

    Two time Olympic gold medalist Steve Williams tells the story of Frederick "Clegg" Kelly, Olympic rowing champion and

    Duration: 49 mins

  • 12 Aug 22MB

    ww1: Heroes at War: Walter Tull

    Ex-Northampton Town player Clarke Carlisle tells the story of Walter Tull, the first Afro-Caribbean outfield player in

    Duration: 48 mins

  • 05 Aug 28MB

    ww1: Veterans: From WW1 to Afghanistan

    Radio 1's Greg James hears from British troops who served in Afghanistan as they contrast their experiences with those

    Duration: 60 mins

  • 04 Aug 9MB

    ww1: Women's lives on the Home Front

    Woman's Hour goes behind the scenes at new Radio 4 drama Home Front, as it begins its four-year run. Actor Harriet

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 03 Aug 7MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 13 - Sikh Soldiers & Pilot Heroes

    The valiant Sikh contribution, the drama of those first training flights above the meadows of Oxfordshire, and a

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 28 Jul 27MB

    ww1: How Britain Went to War

    Leading Whitehall historian Peter Hennessy examines Britain's secret war planning and preparations before 1914. Drawing

    Duration: 57 mins

  • 19 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - The Grieving Parents

    Poet Ruth Padel reflects on German artist Kathe Kollwitz's memorial for her son, who died on the battlefields of the

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 18 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - The Broken Wing

    Santanu Das discusses Indian poet Sarojini Naidu's 1917 collection The Broken Wing. Born in Hyderabad in 1879, Naidu

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 17 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - Fighting France

    BBC Correspondent Lyse Doucet introduces novelist Edith Wharton's reportage from wartime France. Wharton, best known for

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 16 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - Battleship Potemkin

    For Russians of director Sergei Eisenstein's generation, the experience of the First World War was overtaken by the

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 15 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - Le Feu

    Completed in 1916, Le Feu was the first explicit account of conditions at the front. French soldier Henri Barbusse's

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 14 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - Thoughts for the Times on War and Death

    The declaration of war in 1914 was initially met with jubilation by the people of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, in

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 09 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - The Memorandum on the Neglect of Science

    Professor David Edgerton reflects on a WW1 clarion-call from the British scientific establishment. In a letter to The

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 08 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - Der Krieg

    In 1924, six years after the end of hostiliies, the painter Otto Dix, who had been a machine-gunner in the German Army,

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 07 Jul 6MB

    ww1: Minds at War - Non-Combatants and Others

    Rose Macaulay is perhaps best remembered for her final novel, The Towers of Trebizond, but her biographer, Sarah LeFanu,

    Duration: 13 mins

  • 06 Jul 7MB

    ww1: Minds at War - Paths of Glory

    CRW Nevinson's painting Paths of Glory is a distant cry from the rallying recruitment posters that appeared at the start

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 05 Jul 21MB

    ww1: Free Thinking - Oh What A Lovely Savas

    'Oh what a lovely Savas' begins Rana Mitter in this edition of Free Thinking, using the Turkish word for War. Rana and

    Duration: 44 mins

  • 04 Jul 21MB

    ww1: Free Thinking - Wood and Trees: War and Remembrance

    From Paul Nash paintings of blasted tree stumps in the first world war to today's commemorative planting: Paul Gough,

    Duration: 45 mins

  • 03 Jul 21MB

    ww1: Free Thinking - Balancing Power in WW1 and Now

    The First World War shattered the power balance in Europe. As we confront an uncertain world order, who are the great

    Duration: 44 mins

  • 02 Jul 21MB

    ww1: Free Thinking - The Thirty-Nine Steps

    John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps first appeared in Blackwoods Magazine in August and September 1915 and depicts

    Duration: 45 mins

  • 01 Jul 21MB

    ww1: Gavrilo Princip's Footprint

    On the sunny morning of June 28 1914, Gavrilo Princip shot dead the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo.

    Duration: 45 mins

  • 30 Jun 11MB

    ww1: Sound of Cinema - The First World War

    Matthew Sweet looks at music for films set against the background of WW1, including Joseph Kosma's music for Jean

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 29 Jun 11MB

    ww1: Music Matters - The Legacy of WW1 in Music

    How did composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alban Berg and Maurice Ravel react to the horrific tragedy of the

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 27 Jun 7MB

    ww1: Month of Madness - London

    Professor Christopher Clark unpicks the complex sequence of events that led to WW1. Today, how British decision-makers

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 26 Jun 7MB

    ww1: Month of Madness - The French in St Petersburg

    Christopher Clark continues to unpick the complex sequence of events during the 1914 'July Crisis'. In this programme,

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 25 Jun 7MB

    ww1: Month of Madness - Berlin

    Christopher Clark unpicks the complex sequence of events during the 'July Crisis' of 1914. In this programme, why

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 24 Jun 7MB

    ww1: Month of Madness - Vienna

    Christopher Clark continues to unpick the complex sequence of events leading to WW1. In this programme, how Vienna

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 23 Jun 7MB

    ww1: Month of Madness - Sarajevo

    Prof Christopher Clark unpicks the complex sequence of events that led to the First World War. In the first programme,

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 17 Jun 9MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 12 - The Football Icon and The War Poet

    The football coach and Derby County football icon stranded in Berlin during World War One and the war poet who wrote in

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 06 Jun 8MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 11 - The 'White Feather' Campaign & a Popular WW1 French Tipple

    The birth of the 'White Feather' campaign in Folkestone, the pill boxes built to repel the German army, and a World War

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 31 May 8MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 10 - Medical Breakthroughs & the 'Chocolate Soldier'

    Medical innovation from a wartime surgeon, a soldier's satirical spin on World War One, and how a chocolate bar inspired

    Duration: 16 mins

  • 23 May 7MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 9 - Wartime Drunkeness & a Belgian Refugee's Tale

    The wartime experiment that aimed to tackle drunkenness in Carlisle, the grandson of Belgium refugees discovers more

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 15 May 9MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 8 - Conscientious Objectors

    The 'Winchester Whisperer' – the secret newspaper produced by the Conscientious Objectors of Winchester Prison,

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 13 May 6MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 7 - The Hartlepool Bombardment & the Glasgow Rent Protests

    The first attack on British soil for centuries, the Govan woman who battled for a fair rent for tenants in Glasgow, and

    Duration: 13 mins

  • 12 May 6MB

    ww1: Woman's Hour - Women and the War - A signaller's story

    In 1918, Annie May Martin was a telegraphist working in France. Her role with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was to

    Duration: 13 mins

  • 02 May 7MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 6 - Women's Football, Anti-German Riots & the Soldier's Song

    The Newcastle women's football champions who were unbeaten during the war, the Hull shop that bore the brunt of

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 25 Apr 10MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 5 - Brighton Pavilion: a Hospital for Indian Troops

    Over a million Indian soldiers fought alongside the British Army during WW1, and thousands were nursed at the Royal

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 17 Apr 8MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 4 - Nursing Heroines & Lost Treasure

    Kate Adie joins in a tribute to Elsie Knocker & Mairi Chisholm, famous nursing heroines of the frontline, and the price

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 11 Apr 9MB

    WW1 At Home 3 - The Spy on the Forth; Lizzie the Elephant; a Gardener Goes to War

    How a German spy raised suspicions in Edinburgh; letters home show how a gardener from Gloucestershire's Cowley Manor

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 04 Apr 8MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 2 - Zeppelin Raids; Airship Patrols; Scouts on Standby

    How a Scarborough home was immortalised in WW1 propaganda, defending the Irish coast from U-boats and how the scouts of

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 28 Mar 8MB

    ww1: WW1 At Home 1 - Spies, Bravery & Acme Whistles

    Three WW1 home front stories: how German spies were executed at the Tower of London, England's Bravest St & production

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 22 Mar 14MB

    ww1: The Cultural Front - Ep3: Kandinsky, Khaki & Kisses

    For Radio 4, Francine Stock explores how artists responded to the outbreak of war on either side of the conflict and

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 15 Mar 13MB

    ww1: The Cultural Front - Ep2 : Popular Culture

    For Radio 4, Francine Stock explores the music and images of popular culture in Britain, France, Russia and Germany, as

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 10 Mar 14MB

    ww1: The Cultural Front - Ep1 : Words for Battle

    Francine Stock begins her exploration of the culture of the Great War in 1914 with the mobilization of the word. For

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 24 Feb 6MB

    ww1: Woman's Hour Women and the War - a young widow's story

    How a night out to Manchester’s Palace Theatre in 1914 was to change forever the lives of Kitty and her young husband

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 17 Feb 6MB

    ww1: Woman's Hour: Campaign for Nurses' War Memorial

    From BBC Radio 4: During the First and Second World War at least 1700 nurses gave their lives in service, yet there is

    Duration: 12 mins

  • 11 Feb 20MB

    ww1: The Great War of Words, Episode 2

    From BBC Radio 4 Responsibility for the Great War has been a fierce battle for meaning ever since 1914. Michael

    Duration: 43 mins

  • 06 Feb 20MB

    ww1: Woman's Hour: Changing Woman's Lives 05 Feb 14

    From BBC Radio 4: How the war shaped the lives of a generation of women. While women in their thousands volunteered for

    Duration: 43 mins

  • 04 Feb 20MB

    ww1: The Great War of Words, Episode 1

    Michael Portillo reveals how our understanding of the war has been distorted through a century of intellectualising,

    Duration: 43 mins

  • 19 Dec 1MB

    ww1: Welcome

    Welcome to the new Podcast Series for World War One centenary.

    Duration: 1 min