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The First World War - carnage on a scale never-before seen. But how did it all start? And how did some key figures of WWII fare in the earlier war?

Series Cast

  1. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany

    Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany

    Self - Archival Footage

    3 Episodes

  2. Tim Pigott-Smith

    Tim Pigott-Smith

    Narrator - English Version

    3 Episodes

  3. Ian Kershaw

    Ian Kershaw

    Self - Historian

    3 Episodes

  4. Sönke Neitzel

    Sönke Neitzel

    Self - Historian

    3 Episodes

  5. Stig Förster

    Stig Förster

    Self - Military Historian

    2 Episodes

  6. Piet Chielens

    Piet Chielens

    Self - Museum Director

    2 Episodes

  7. Hew Strachan

    Hew Strachan

    Self - Historian

    2 Episodes

  8. Paul von Hindenburg

    Paul von Hindenburg

    Self - Archival Footage

    2 Episodes

  9. Czar Nicholas II of Russia

    Czar Nicholas II of Russia

    Self - Archival Footage

    2 Episodes

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Doomsday: World War I

Season 1

2012 | 3 Episodes

Season 1 of Doomsday: World War I premiered on September 18, 2012.

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Doomsday: World War I
Doomsday: World War I


Original Name Weltenbrand

Status Ended


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Type Documentary

Original Language German


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