Slaughter

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Slaughter

  • 1996 ----- color ----- 56 min ----- vhs
  • (Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, The series, Part 4) World War I gave new meaning to death on the battlefield, a breadth of horror summed up in one word: slaughter. The Battle of Verdun became for the French what Gettysburg is for Americans; the goal of the German commander was not territory, but to bleed his enemy to death. A million men died there in only nine months. the British offered the same unspeakable sacrifice at The Somme, where another million died, and at Passchendaele, a graveyard for half a million more. Chronicles the carnage, and highlights the ingenious ways men kept their sanity behind the lines, using music, theater and trench newspapers to replicate the world they left behind. (Closed-Captioned)
  • Topics: (British Isles, Europe, Germanics, History: European, War and Peace)