A display of acrobatics by German internees at the prisoner of war camp at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire in October 1914.
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During First World War, the rhetoric of chivalry counteracted the inhumanity of the conflict in sometimes surprising ways.
National Library of Ireland
The events of the war caused Irish nationalists to push harder for their independence.
Wilfred Owen was killed in action on November 4, 1918.
Frontispiece from Poems of Wilfred Owen (1920)
Dead at 25, a week before World War I ended, Owen summed up the conflict's waste and futility.
Archival photographs such as the above, from Gallipoli, are one resource documentary makers draw upon to communicate understandings of historical events.
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War history used to be brought to TV audiences by donnish lecturers but historical reconstructions now hold sway. Two recent docos about Gallipoli are hybrid examples of the form that help us better understand the past.