WW1 Media

The Necessary War

A BBC Documentary screened on 4 June 2014
Published on YouTube 2 July 2015

A documentary to mark the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of war, Sir Max Hastings presents the argument that although it was a great tragedy, far from being futile, the First World War was completely unavoidable.

He presents the case that the rulers of Germany in 1914 were intent on dominating Europe and, after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in June 1914, actively encouraged the Austrians to invade Serbia. They were responsible for igniting the spark that turned a local controversy into a full-blown European war.

Life in the Trenches

Published on YouTube 2 November 2016

The story of trench warfare during World War I, with a focus on the lives of British soldiers. Includes dramatizations of the actual experiences of soldiers.

WW1 Uncut: Surviving the U-Boats

A BBC Production
Published on YouTube 31 July 2014

Dr. Sam Willis investigates the reality of being attacked by one of the German navy’s highly effective submarine fleet: a U-Boat. At first, the British Admiralty underestimated the offensive threat posed by the German U-Boats but they very quickly realized that the Royal Navy was facing one of the greatest threats in its history. Yet it wasn’t just the Navy that had to contend with the lurking threat beneath the waves. In 1915, the German Admiralty began to pursue its controversial policy of unrestricted warfare against all enemy shipping.

WW1 Uncut: A Tommy’s Sex Life

A BBC Production
Published on YouTube 23 May 2014

Rising comedy talent Thomas Gray plays the part of a young junior officer who has just returned to duty after a raucous last night on leave. It may surprise many but this fictional account of British Army soldiers visiting a brothel in northern France is based on one of the less well-known aspects of WW1.

The Somme Secret Tunnel Wars

A BBC documentary from 2013
Published on YouTube 20 May 2013

Beneath the Somme battlefield lies one of the great secrets of the First World War, a recently-discovered network of deep tunnels thought to extend over several kilometres. This lost underground battlefield, centred on the small French village of La Boisselle in Picardy, was constructed largely by British troops between 1914 and 1916. This documentary follows historian Peter Barton and a team of archaeologists as they become the first people in nearly a hundred years to enter this hidden, and still dangerous, labyrinth.

WW1 Tanks

A BBC documentary from 1995
Published on YouTube 21 August 2012

This is documentary from the Timewatch series looks at the effect of the tank on the First World War and how it was used as a propaganda weapon. Veterans contribute stories and experts put their arguments across.

Timewatch – Zeppelins: The First Blitz

A BBC documentary from 2007.
Published on YouTube 16 March 2017

Known as ‘Iron Thunderstorms’, the Zeppelin bombing raids of the First World War brought a new style of warfare directly to the British public. By autumn 1916, a wave of panic had spread across London and the South East, hundreds of thousands of residents fled the city, many sought shelter deep underground and over 1,500 people were killed in the attacks.

These horrific bombing raids ushered in a new type of warfare that would become the defining feature of 20th century combat. Timewatch looks at the effect on the British psyche of the first-ever Zeppelin raid in 1915 on the town of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, and maps in detail — using first-hand testaments and archive — how the Germans waged their first airborne terror campaign on British civilians.

The Trench

Film released on 17 September 1999
Published on YouTube 13 July 2018

A story about a group of soldiers last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916 it shows the conditions in the trenches during World War One and takes you into the minds of the soldiers.

Directed by William Boyd
Writen by William Boyd
Staring: Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig and Julian Rhind-Tutt

WW1 Film Presentations by the BBC

Six short film presentations produced by the BBC highlighting what it was like for a soldier on the Western Front. Contains contemporary photographs, dramatised diary readings and interviews with veterans of World War One.

WW1 Soldiers Memories

Allied and German Soldiers memories of WW1

WW1 Trench Songs

WW1 Allied Soldiers trench songs

Western Front Animation

BBC short animation of events on the Western Front, 1914 – 1918.

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