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AMERICA'S GREAT WAR 1917-1918
Authors : Stéphane Bégoin and Thomas Marlier
Produced by CC&C - Louis Vaudeville, INRAP (French national institute for preventive archaeological research)
Lenght : 52 minutes
International Distribution : Zed Distribution
First broadcast on french TV : France 5, 2017
Other broadcast on French TV : Toute l'Histoire
Broadcasting abroad :
- TV5 Québec Canada : April 3rd 2017
- National Geographic US : April 5th 2017
- RTBF : April 28th 2017
1917. In Europe, the First World War has been raging for three long years. During this last year of conflict, the USA enter the war, sending a substantial contingent to fight alongside the exhausted French and English troops.
These 2 million American soldiers, nicknamed the Sammies (sent by Uncle Sam), do not really know why they are there, nor for how long. Nonetheless, they will prove to be the undisputed artisans of Allied victory. At the same time, they will hoist their country to the rank of world's leading military and economic power...
2017. Each year in France, bodies, objects and graves continue to be discovered in the battlefields of the Great War. For many months, violent combat on fields tilled by artillery fire killed men, sometimes hiding away their remains forever. When these remains do surface, archeologists face the same questions each time: who were these soldiers? What fate brought them here, under enemy fire?
These traces revealed in the ground, combined with poignant archive footage from the 1910's, provide an emotional account of this violent tale and of the emergence of a nation.