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, telling the story of how the Allied generals worked together in new ways to win the war. Four of history’s most visionary leaders Marshal Ferdinand Foch (France), Field Marshal Douglas Haig (Britain), General John Monash (Australia) and General Arthur Currie (Canada) came together to defeat the enemy with unprecedented teamwork and innovation. Exciting and dramatic, this docu-drama brings the men and women behind WWI’s finest multinational feat of arms vividly to life.
Episode 1: The Spring Offensive
In early 1918, the Germans launch a mighty attack advancing more than 60 kilometres in only three days. The onslaught triggers a command crisis: British and French Field Marshalls Haig and Foch want Australia’s General Monash and Canada’s General Currie to apply their minds to perfecting a new way of waging war – one that will deliver ultimate victory. The generals arrive at the same conclusion: the path to victory lays with the use of the latest communication equipment to carefully co-ordinate artillery, tanks, aircraft and infantry. It’s not only the beginning of ‘total war’, but the birth of modern warfare. By August, they’re ready…for what will become a major turning point in the War: the battle of Amiens.
Episode 2: The Fightback The Allies win a great victory at Amiens. The tide is turning but there are no illusions: the German Army remains a daunting fighting force … and it has an ace up the sleeve: the Hindenburg Line - the most formidable defensive system in military history. The generals formulate an ambitious plan incorporating the newly minted ‘combined arms’ tactics on a massive scale and lead their forces in a series of battles to break the line. The Canadians get close, the French get close, then on 29th September, a combined Australian, British and American force breaks through the ‘impregnable’ Hindenburg Line. The Germans have no answer to this onslaught and soon seek peace negotiations.