Apocalypse: World War I

Apocalypse: World War 1, or World War 1: The Apocalypse, is a documentary series featuring carefully re-touched colorized historical footage about World War 1.

The series French production team gained rarely seen access to footage covering raging trench warfare, diplomatic interactions and society from 1914-1918. The films cover Flanders, France, Italian-Austrian, German-Polish-Russian, Japanese-German, Ottoman Empire- Allied and African German Colonies footage. It also showcases other unknown or forgotten fronts and battles.

More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result from the war, marking it as one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Apocalypse: World War I gathers some of those people for all of history to see.

Episode 1: Fury

On June 28, 1914, the assassination of an obscure Austrian archduke in Sarajevo triggers the most disastrous conflict the world has ever known. Germany becomes an enemy to France, invades Belgium, and in September arrives at the gates of Paris. Will Germany win the war so quickly?

Episode 2: Fear

The French army stops the German advance at the battle of the Marne, while the Germans halt the Russians at Tannenberg on the eastern front. In France, the warring parties dig themselves in for 4 years in the trenches. Soldiers from the colonies come lend a hand to their colonizers and the war becomes global.

Episode 3: Hell

1916. The war is raging in Europe and stretches from the trenches in France to the Italian Alps and the Balkans, and beyond to the gates of the Eastern world. The conflict becomes industrial, and millions of shells rain down on the battlefields; Verdun and the Somme are the deadliest battles in this second year of the war. Who can stop this infernal machine?

Episode 4: Rage

Russia 1917. Tsar Nicholas II is the first Emperor to fall as a result of the war. Will the Russian revolution mean an end to their involvement? A new German offensive could pull the United States into the conflict and fuel the flames of war.

Episode 5: Deliverance

All seems lost for the Allies. The Italians are defeated at Caporette, and a Bolshevik Russia pulls out of the war. But the American reinforcements are decisive, and the Allies emerge victorious. The Allies are unable to negotiate an honorable peace agreement, and the Treaty of Versailles, 20 years later, will have disastrous consequences.

Apocalypse: World War I
  • Info
  • Release date2014
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle
  • Also known asApocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale