Great War Diaries

About the Show

In 1914, most people’s knowledge of war comes from schoolbooks and newspapers. But when the heir to the Austrian throne is killed in Sarajevo, the system of alliances runs its inevitable course. Featuring the stories of a Scottish auxiliary nurse who accompanies the British army to Belgium as a matter of national honour; a young Cossack girl who follows her father into battle; a German mother who endures the untimely death of her only son; a French schoolboy who witnesses his country under occupation; a German schoolgirl who is forbidden to use French words in class; and an English journalist whose age is held against him - their diaries focus on what archive and historical analysis cannot reveal: personal tragedy, love, happiness, pain and grief. Part 1 of 3.