There are thousands of victims in the battlefield, but there are too few doctors and nurses to provide the necessary medical care. Elfriede Kuhr helps her grandmother in a Red Cross Post in Schneidemuehl, where she sees one soldier after another. In Ypres, Scottish nurse Sarah Macnaughtan is confronted with the first victims of poison gas.
In an explosion, child soldier Marina Yurlova is severely injured. Louis Barthas experiences the horror of the flame throwers in the trenches. The Italian American Vincenzo D’Aquila does not want to watch the side line: he becomes volunteer, a choice he regrets soon.
14 Diaries of the Great War Part 3
104 years after its outbreak, this series lets viewers experience WWI solely through the eyes of those who lived it.
History tells us ‘what was’. It tells us when things happened. When kings and cultures lived and died, armies were raised and vanquished, and mighty empires rose and fell. History, as we know it from books, is often boring, for it fails to answer one very simple question: What was it like? When war broke out in Europe in July 1914, people on all sides believed it would be over by Christmas. Little could they know just how wrong they were. A seemingly petty conflict in Bosnia soon snowballed into the first truly global conflict.
This was a new kind of war, fought with means and techniques never seen before. By November 1918, ten million people had died, and the political map of the world had been re-drawn. People’s minds and attitudes had changed forever, and the Modern Age had begun. Caught up in the middle of this chaos were millions of ordinary men, women and children. Their very lives changed in ways they could never have imagined. This is their story.
14 Diaries of the Great War retells the story of the greatest war mankind had ever seen in a unique way – it lets viewers experience World War I solely through the eyes of those who lived it. From over 1,000 very dramatic stories of the war, left behind in diaries, letters, postcards and telegrams, 14 of the most vivid and emotional have been chosen, deriving from characters all over the globe.