If you’re confused about WWI history and your ancestor’s place in the conflict, you’re not alone! The events and politics which encompass The Great War seem larger than life and not easily palatable. Instead of thinking of the war as a whole and pulling out your hair in confusion, here’s a list of videos which can help you expand your knowledge of World War I quickly without making you fall asleep in your chair.
These videos are a great way to prepare for our free Tracing Your World War I Military Ancestors Workshop and Webinar on September 23, 2017.
Crash Course History – Quick Take of History in Under 15 Minutes
I’ve been a huge fan of Crash Course History for several years, and writer/host John Green is a highly entertaining and effective narrator for these short history videos. Here are the best World War I videos from the site. Take a look around and take in some of their other offerings!
The Great War – Excellent In-Depth Videos and Week-by-Week Summaries
The Great War shows you the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918, exactly 100 years ago. There are over 160 videos on the site, which cover WWI events by chronological order as well as legions of special sections on medicine, weapons, espionage, animals, and special historical figures both well known and obscure. New videos are posted every Monday, Thursday & Saturday.
With all the episodes on the site, here are a few of my favorites:
- The USA Before Joining World War 1
- US Joins WW1 – Spring Offensives 1917
- Propaganda During World War 1 – Opening Pandora’s Box
- Inside A British Bristol Scout WW1 Airplane
- The Destroyed Villages Of France
- Sustaining Total War – Women in World War One
- Companions In The Trenches – Animals of World War 1
- “The Crime That Shook the World” – The Execution of Edith Cavell
World War I in 3D With Tony Robinson – An Intensive Look At the Great War
As America entered the Great War much later than other combatants, our ancestor’s experiences during the war are quite different from those in Europe, Canada, Australia, the Middle East, and India. Acclaimed actor, writer, and historian Tony Robinson hosts an outstanding four part BBC series entitled World War I in 3D, and I can’t endorse this series enough.
With the aid of hundreds of amazing archived 3D images of the Great War which chronicle WW1 from start to finish, this series is both engrossing and engaging. Each episode is about 50 minutes, so set aside some time to watch these videos when you’re not too rushed.
There’s still time to register for our workshop or sign up for a free webinar reminder for Here Come The Doughboys! Tracing Your World War 1 Military Ancestors. Both the in-person workshop and the webinar are free and open to the public. The webinar will be available for three years following the program, so don’t forget to share it with your genealogy friends and acquaintances.
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