Frightful First World War

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1. Lice wars (partly animated)

2. “Ready Steady Feast”: German wartime food substitutes

3. TNT Hair Dye (advertisement)

4. Dodgy War Inventions No. 16: Zeppelin airship (animated)

5. Twisted Fairytales: “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”

6 A soldier’s frantic hunt for his lucky charms might prove lucky itself

7. Outlining the causes of the war, as simply as possible–that is, not very

8. The evolution of the fighter plane (animated)

9. The less-than-encouraging results of the Somme campaign

10. Fabulous Fat King’s Fat Factory, for all your (surprisingly extensive) wartime fat needs (advertisement)

11. A naive young recruit tries to learn the ropes

12. Shouty Man: New! WWI Wee-Wee, the multi-purpose liquid revolution

13. A new British arrival to the trenches struggles to locate a familiar accent amid the Commonwealth forces

14. Ladies’ tights help Scots soldiers keep warm and safe in the trenches (advertisement)

15. A general arrives to inspect the troops and discovers just how hard up both sides are for new recruits

16. Video Game: Splat That Rat!

17. Trying–and failing–to keep warm in the trenches in wintertime

18. Wartime improvisation is the order of the day on “Historical Masterchef”


19. HHTV Sport: Opposing sides play a friendly game of football during the Christmas truce of 1914

20.The dos and don’ts of keeping the war effort going strong at home, including a ban on feeding ducks (educational film parody)

21. Image consultants tackle the touchy problem of renaming people and things with German antedecents

22. Now That’s What I Call Trench Music! (advertisement)

23. Computer game: Flying Aces

24. Sign up for the Girl Guides and learn to be a spy for the secret service

25.Boosting morale in the trenches via the satirical Wipers Times magazine

26. The Red Baron’s demands for a new war trophy are hampered by a shortage of silver

27. Trapped in occupied France, Patrick Fowler must find creative ways to hide from his German housemates in “Big Bother” (parody of Big Brother)

28. Scenes from the poignantly pointless chaos in the trenches, in the few minutes between learning of the November 11th truce and its actual implementation



– “Cousins” George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Tsar Nicholas II sing of the war’s impact on their family ties

— “The Suffragettes’ Song”



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