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The Battle of the Marne [electronic resource]

Pathé cinéma (France)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
The Battle of the Marne is the demarcation between the ancient and the modern world, between wars fought with white gloves and those fought by killing machines. This program examines the roots of the First World War: France's humiliating loss of Alsace and Lorraine in 1870; in the growing nationalisms, the pan-Germanism promoted by the Kaiser and the pan-Slavism by Tsar Nicholas; the jealousy and arrogance of the Germans, and their growing industrial power; the decay of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the intertwining ententes and alliances, the words of honor given that would send millions to their deaths. The program documents the struggles, the forced marches, the uneven confrontation between well-trained soldiers and patriotic farmers; portrays the leaders on both sides; and details the battle of the Marne-a vicious, unbelievably bloody battle that in earlier times would have signaled the end of a war. This one would last four more years, cost nine million lives, and solve nothing.
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30 min.
9 & up
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  • August 1, 1914 (1:22)
  • The Kaiser (2:38)
  • Scandal in England (2:25)
  • A New Czar (2:28)
  • Assassination (2:05)
  • Nothing Could Stop War Now (2:35)
  • Machine Guns (1:56)
  • War Plans (2:10)
  • French Troops (2:15)
  • The Railway System (1:44)
  • A New Plan (3:01)
  • No Officers Left (1:50)
  • Reinforcement by Taxi (2:32)
  • The German Imperial Gaurd (3:10)
  • What is Left? (0:36)
  • The Battle of Marne: Credits (2:03)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1991.
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2468 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (30 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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