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Under the Eagle

The First World War Episode 2 of 10

The first months on the Western Front were mobile, fast and dangerous, casualty rates were higher than with later trench warfare. The Germans were halted by the Allies at the Battle of the Marne, fell back to high ground and dug in. The Allies followed suit. The resulting line of trenches stretched from the English Channel to Switzerland. Now 11 million French and Belgian civilians were under occupation. German brutality was no myth, resistance was ruthlessly supressed. Civilians, including women and children, were massacred, used as human shields and sent to concentration camps as hostages and forced labourers.

Release date:

50 minutes

Last on

Mon 10 Oct 2016 23:30

Credits

Role Contributor
NarratorJonathan Lewis
ProducerJonathan Lewis
Executive ProducerAlan Clements

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