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Apocalypse WWI— Fury: Introduction (02:40)


Cameramen risked their lives to film images of WWI. Pvt. George Lawrence Price is the last fallen soldier of WWI. From 1914-1918, 10 million soldiers died and 20 million were wounded.

Before the War (04:01)

In France, a home movie enthusiast records his family. In Vienna, progress is "everywhere," but leader of the working class, Jean Jaurès worries about a war to end the movement of workers' demands.

Emperor Wilhelm II (03:18)

European powers prepare for war; Wilhelm II wants to increase German territory. Wilhelm, prone to violent outbursts, is married to his cousin Augusta Victoria; Queen Victoria is their grandmother. He has a conflicting relationship with his English royal family.

Emperor Franz Josef I (01:54)

The Austro-Hungarian Empire is Germany's only true ally. Franz Josef is married to Sophie Chotek; see wedding footage of the Emperor's grandnephew and Princess Zeda. Franz Josef opposes reform and does not approve of the reformist ideas of his heir presumptive Franz Ferdinand.

Serbian Assassination (02:40)

On June 28, 1914, Franz Josef learns his heir presumptive and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo. See the last images of the couple at City Hall. Hear Agatha Christie's remarks about the archduke's assassination.

Countdown to War (02:09)

By 1914, the British monarchy paid little attention to the Balkans. French President Poincaré arrived in London to reaffirm the Entente Cordiale. After the funerals of Ferdinand and Chotek, the Austrian Chief of Staff makes a declaration against Serbia.

Czar Nicholas II (03:20)

Nicholas II celebrates the tri-centennial of the Russian Dynasty; Russia experienced revolution for the first time in 1905. In July 1914, Nicholas cruises the Baltic Sea with his family. His son Alexei is a hemophiliac and Nicholas' wife seeks help from Rasputin; Alexei is unruly.

Ensuing Conflict (02:28)

See footage from Queen Victoria's funeral; her descendants occupy many European thrones. Wilhelm II decides to support Austria's invasion of Serbia; he believes Russia and France will not enter the war. In July 1914, he takes a cruise on his yacht.

Initiating War (03:08)

President Poincaré arrives in Russia in July 1914; he releases a cautious statement about Serbia. Serbia's refusal of Austria's ultimatum means war. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson wants to keep the U.S. out of the European war.

War Begins (02:37)

On July 28, 1914, Austrian artillerymen fire on Belgrade and Russia sends troops to the Austro-Hungarian border. Wilhelm II issues an ultimatum to Nicholas II, but Nicholas mobilizes and writes to George V. Germany declares war on Russia on August 1, 1914; German recruits receive infantry kits, bayonets, and helmets.

Russia and France Mobilize (03:10)

Russians sing the anthem in Saint Petersburg to the czar; Rasputin warns Russia will lose. In France, Parisians watch the Tour de France. Jaurès is assassinated on August 1, 1914 and orders for general mobilization are posted in France.

Several Countries at War (03:30)

A medical student in France describes the announcement of war. Germany declares war on France on August 3, 1914; Jaurès is buried the same day. Millions of workers rally in France, Germany, and Russia; troops embark from Algiers or Dakar.

World War I (03:31)

A family in Paris adjusts to the call of war; farmers expect to return before the end of harvest. On August 3, 1914, the Germans attack; the violation of Belgian neutrality provokes England's declaration of war on Germany. Belgian forces protect the city and the Germans fall behind in their battle plan.

British Imperial Forces (04:09)

After two weeks of fighting, the Austrian death toll was 25,000. The British Navy mobilizes and the Army expands to 1 million soldiers and 10 million horses. In Belgium, British troops experience casualties and take German prisoners.

Plan 17 (03:23)

The first objective of the French offensive is Mulhouse; see a staged victory parade in the city. A counteroffensive drives French troops out of Mulhouse. German troops launch reprisals on citizens in Mulhouse and Belgium.

"Russian Steamroller" (04:03)

On August 20, 1914, the Germans capture Brussels; Russian forces enter East Prussia and Germans flee. On August 22, 1914, approximately 20,000 French soldiers die. The German Army marches on Paris.

Credits: Apocalypse WWI: Episode 1—Fury (01:26)

Credits: Apocalypse WWI: Episode 1—Fury

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November 11, 1918. Eleven in the morning. Suddenly, there is silence. The Canadian soldier George L. Price has just fallen, one of the last victims of an unfathomable carnage that kills close to 10 million soldiers, 9 million civilians and leaves 21 million people wounded. How di did it come to this? What are the origins of this madness that takes over the world for four long years? That ruins entire countries and brings down several empires? In 1914, Europe is in the full swing of the Belle Epoque. But on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo, Franz Ferdinand, the obscure heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is assassinated by a young Bosnian nationalist.This seemingly inconsequential event will set the old patriotic grudges of European monarchies ablaze. Industrial pundits are in favor of an armed conflict, which they see as a means to avert the rising rancor of the working-class. A few weeks later, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia and this triggers the game of alliances between nations. The light-hearted departure of the troops for the war reflects the collective lack of consciousness of a people who believe that the war will be short and glorious. In October 1914, the German troops are nearing Paris. Their victory seems imminent and wartime enthusiasm turns to fear.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL120612

ISBN: 978-1-63521-653-0

Copyright date: ©2014

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