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Breaking the Deadlock

The First World War Episode 6 of 10

Attrition, 'lions led by donkeys', the slaughter only ceasing for a brief truce one Christmas - these are old, mistaken views of the war on the Western Front. In fact there were constant tactical evolutions, hundreds of generals died in action and some men adopted a system of 'live and let live', with countless informal local truces. The Germans tried new ideas at Verdun - 750,000 French and Germans died with little gain. After terrible failure on the Somme the British used tanks at Cambrai, but the Germans clawed back lost ground. Victory on the Western Front would go to the side that learned to consolidate success.

50 minutes

Last on

Tue 25 Mar 2014 22:00


Role Contributor
NarratorJonathan Lewis
ProducerJonathan Lewis
Executive ProducerAlan Clements

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