100 Days to Victory
Thursdays at 8:30pm AEDT from November 1 until November 8
The extraordinary story of how the Allies turned the tide in the final months of 1918, to win the Great War.
From command headquarters to the frontlines, this inspiring drama documentary from Electric Pictures and Bristow Global Media Inc. vividly tells the story behind WWI’s finest multinational feat of arms. Told in an accessible, popular style, the series reveals how visionary Allied leadership, revolutionary tactics and the indomitable bravery and skill of the Australian, Canadian, British and French, Armies, turned the tide to win the Great War. In early 1918, the Allies had their backs to the wall as a great German offensive swept westward in a final bid to win the bloodiest war of all. Yet, little more than six months later, Germany was forced to accept bitter, final defeat.
This two-part series offers a fresh and appealing approach: one that is focuses upon victory against the odds, a victory only made possible through great feats of courage, determination and ingenuity. This version of the events of 1918 will remind audiences of a genre they are familiar with from the movies: the super-hero movie. Faced with overwhelming jeopardy, our heroes must rise above past disasters, overcome their own personal demons and, in the face of appalling circumstances, find a way to triumph. They do so by experimenting with new ideas and learning to trust each other.
The Allied generals’ tactics are innovative. The battles of 1918 embody what came to be known 25 years later as ‘total war’ – fought out of the trenches, in towns, across bridges and canals, scaling hillsides, using covert penetration at night, ‘bite and hold’ tactics, and – for the first time – carefully co-ordinated massed artillery, tanks, aircraft and infantry. Based on vivid personal testimonies, we bring the generals’ battle plans and the searing experience of our front-line fighters powerfully to life.
Through cinematic recreations, interviews with top historians and state-of-the-art CGI, 100 Days to Victory is a gripping account of the last 100 Days of the First World War.