From a Scottish auxiliary nurse who accompanied the British army to Belgium, to a young Cossack girl following her father into battle, this is not just about the lives of the British.
Actors will reconstruct the experiences as we also see a German mother enduring the death of her only son, a French schoolboy who witnesses his country under occupation, a German schoolgirl forbidden to use any French words in class, and an English journalist whose age is held against him.
This isn't a historical timeline, it's telling the stories of personal tragedy, love, happiness, pain and grief in a way we've never heard before.
Great War Diaries, BBC2, 6.10pm
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