Introduction to the First World War

Introduction to the First World War

6 Episodes

Top up your knowledge of the key events of the First World War with our handy audio guides.

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Introduction to the First World War
  • The Western Front

    Episode 1

    Our image of the First World War has been largely shaped by the events of the Western Front. Find out more about the key battles of this theatre with our audio guide.

  • The Desert Front

    Episode 2

    It wasn't just the Second World War that saw combat spread to the deserts of Africa and the Middle East. Find out more about the desert campaigns of the First World War with our audio guide.

  • The Italian Front

    Episode 3

    When we picture the First World War, we don't necessarily think of snowy battlefields high up in the Alps. Yet that is exactly what many Italian soldiers had to contend with.

  • The 100 Days Offensive

    Episode 4

    After more than three years of paralysis, mobile warfare returned to the Western Front in 1918. The German Spring Offensive stalled in July and the Allied victory at Amiens in August heralded a period of unprecedented success for the Allies, culminating in the collapse of the German war machine.

  • The Battle of Jutland: Who Really Won?

    Episode 5

    In May 1916, the long anticipated great naval clash occurred in the North Sea between the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet. Both sides claimed victory in the battle but who really came out on top? Find out in our audio guide.

  • The Somme

    Episode 6

    It's one of the most infamous battles in history, fought over a churned up, muddy stretch of land in France, that saw tens of thousands go to their deaths. With our audio guide, learn more about the Battle of the Somme.