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The Great War Diaries

Broadcaster

BBC World Service

TX Date

25th Dec 2014

Presenter

Ingrid Sharp

Producer

Kristine Pommert

Quotes

"Writings which portray the little-known human side of the world's first truly global conflict: stories of love and loss, hope and grief, fervour and brutal death."

BBC Media Centre

How ordinary people – soldiers, mothers, nurses, even children – experienced World War One.
Elfriede Kuhr, a 12-year-old German schoolgirl living in a small town near the border with Russia; Marina Yurlova, a Russian teenager and daughter of a Cossack colonel; and Charles Edward Montague, an Englishman who was too old to volunteer for the army, but lied about his age to be allowed to fight: just three of the people who come to life in this radio version of our TV programme through their own letters, diaries and memoirs.
Ingrid Sharp, a historian from the University of Leeds, traces their stories one hundred years after the First World War began.
Their writings – some of them dramatised – portray the little-known human side of the world’s first truly global conflict: stories of love and loss, hope and grief, fervour and brutal death. The diaries are woven into a vivid tapestry of the Great War, with voices from the UK and France, Germany and Russia – not focusing on military strategy or political causes, but on what it was like for ordinary people to live through a conflict that is otherwise too overwhelming to grasp.