War began between Germany and France on August 3rd 1914
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War began between Germany and France on August 3rd 1914. Five weeks later the German army had smashed its way to within eighteen miles of Paris. There the battered French miraculously rallied their forces at the Marne River and in a series of unexpected counterattacks drove the Germans back. The front was stabilized then shortly afterwards developed into a continuous line of heavily fortified trenches zigzagging their way five hundred miles from the English Channel to the Swiss frontier. By 1916, after two grisly years of trench warfare, the battle lines had changed very little. Successful attacks were measured in hundreds of yards, and paid for in lives, by hundreds of thousands.

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War began between Germany and France on August 3, 1914. Five weeks later, the German army had smashed its way... to within 18 miles of Paris. There, the battered French miraculously rallied their forces at the Marne River... - and in a series of unexpected counterattacks - - Detail, halt! Drove the Germans back. The front was stabilized... then shortly afterwards developed into a continuous line... of heavily fortified trenches... zigzagging their way 500 miles... from the English Channel to the Swiss frontier. By 1916, after two grisly years of trench warfare... the battle lines had changed very little. Successful attacks were measured in hundreds of yards... and paid for in lives by hundreds of thousands. General Broulard, sir. Hello, George. How are you? Paul, wonderful seeing you again. Really wonderful. Well, this is splendid. It's superb. It's grand, very grand. Well, I've tried to create a pleasant atmosphere in which to work. Well, you've succeeded marvelously. I wish I had your taste in carpets - - Oh! - And pictures. You're much too kind, George. Much too kind. - Sit down, George. - Thank you. I really haven't done very much. The place is much the same as it was when I moved in. Paul, I've come to see you about something big. It's top secret and must go no further than your chief of staff... and not to him unless you can trust his discretion. Of course. A group of armies is forming on this front for an offensive very soon. Headquarters is determined to make a complete breakthrough. - Why are you smiling? - I'm really sorry. I thought for just a moment I knew what you were going to say. Please go on. I never knew you were a mind reader. What did you think I was about to say? - Something about the "Anthill." - You are a mind reader. Well, it is a key position. It's in my sector. To be perfectly honest, I've heard some talk. You know, there's nothing really secret around headquarters. - Well, what do you think? - It's the key to the whole German position in this sector. They've held on to it for a year now... and it looks as though they'll hold on to it for another year if they want to. Paul, I have formal orders to take the Anthill no later than the 10th. - That's the day after tomorrow. - That comes pretty close to being ridiculous, don't you think? I don't imagine I'd be here if I really thought that. Paul, if there’s one man in this army who can do this for me, it's you.

Clip duration: 141 seconds
Views: 143
Timestamp in movie: 00:00:00
Uploaded: 12 December, 2020
Genres: drama, war
Summary: After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.


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Narrator of Opening Sequence - Peter Capell