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Apocalypse: WWI

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A century after the war was fought, this five-part series explores whether or not World War I could have been avoided and how people endured the battles for four years. The program uses more than 500 hours of colorized, archival footage -- much of which has not been seen previously -- to tell the story of the worldwide conflict on a human level. Viewers are transported into the heart of battle -- in countries that include France, Russia and Palestine -- and inside the day-to-day lives of civilians behind the front lines.

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The end of the war draws near as the overwhelming number of American troops and their allies swing the conflict decisively away from Germany.
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Tsar Nicholas II of Russia becomes the first emperor to fall in the conflict; the United States enters the war as mutinies break out on both sides.
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After 16 months of fighting, neither side has gained any ground until a new machine is introduced, the tank.
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Russia and Germany clash in the Battle of Tannenberg in August 1914; France defeats the German army in the Battle of the Marne; colonial troops join the global conflict.
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The beginnings of the conflict known as "The War to End All Wars," including the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914.

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