Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. The Time Life series evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. This episode relates the story of American involvement in the Great War in Europe. World War I was fought on the ground, in the trenches, where the battles were close up and bloody. The cost in human life was staggering. And there was an enemy on another front: the worldwide flu epidemic killed more soldiers than the war itself. Archival film clips, photographs, journals, personal accounts, and scholarly commentary, tell the story of the "war to end all wars."
warfare, war, armed-forces, weapons, battle [war], epidemic, influenza, trenches, world-war