Thursday, January 11, 2007

Voices Of The Great War

Voices of the Great War is a very human, very real and very moving exploration of a world at war.

Far removed from sweeping and impersonal military and political histories of the First World War, Voices of the Great War is informed candidly and colourfully by the men and women who were there.

For forty years the Imperial War Museum in London has conducted an active programme interviewing veterans of the Great War and archiving their first hand experiences on audio tape for the benefit of future generations.

Taking full advantage of these unique interviews, Voices of the Great War is based around the words of these veterans and through them takes us back to the front line in order to re-live endless artillery barrages, suicidal assaults across no-man's land and torpedo attacks on the high seas.

Veterans interviewed in English include combatants and civilians from the United States, Britain and Germany.

Telling the tales of ordinary people in extraordinary times, Voices of the Great War is full of surprising and often amusing detail of the every day life that made up four and a half years of total war.

Informative and emotional, comic and tragic in its approach, it tells of the contrasting fortunes that befell these participants, the boredom and the horror, the fear and the relief, of the time they spent at war.


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