World War I – American Legacy vividly tells the many forgotten stories of the men and women who served in the Great War, reminding Americans of their impact on our country that can still be felt today.

Narrated by David Carradine




LENGTH:  112 Minutes
MSRP: $24.95
CATALOG #: 20410
UPC #: 6-4603204109-5
ISBN #: 1-56839-360-1
PRODUCER: Inecom Entertainment Company
TECHNICAL NOTES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Enhanced for 16 x 9 TV, Dolby® Digital 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS™ 5.1 Surround Sound, Color, Black and White

In addition to being available as a DVD for home-use only, this title is available to colleges, universities, non-profit institutions and community groups with both Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licenses (DSL). For PPR and DSL ordering information, click here.


From the summer of 1914 to November 1918, the Great War cost over 14 million lives, devastated entire countries and destroyed countless architectural landmarks. The war also led to important developments in literature, technology, music and social equality that have shaped the culture of 21st century America. Monuments and dedications to World War I veterans surround Americans today as a tribute to their service and sacrifice.

Charles Whittlesey of the Lost Battalion and Father Duffy of the Fighting 69th became famous for surviving against impossible odds. Pilots Victor Chapman and Quentin Roosevelt and ambulance drivers like Richard Hall made the supreme sacrifice

WWI also led to important developments in literature, technology, music and social equality that have shaped the culture of 21st century America. Writers such as e.e.cummings, Ernest Hemingway, Joyce Kilmer and Alan Seeger were inspired by the tragedy around them. African-American soldiers like James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hell Fighters made history. Female volunteers like the “Hello Girls” and Red Cross nurses risked their lives supporting the troops and started a new era for women.

Filmed in high definition and full of period music, photographs and monuments, World War I – American Legacy includes rare images that have never been seen before on screen, bringing the extreme detail of the Great War to life.

Chapter List:

1. Introduction
2. A Future that Could Have Been
3. The Start of War
4. Back in America
5. Alan Seeger
6. Airplanes
7. The Lafayette Escadrille
8. Victor Chapman
9. Quentin Roosevelt
10. Richard Hall
11. The Fighting Irish
12. Father Duffy
13. “Wild Bill” Donovan
14. Joyce Kilmer
15. Writers from The Great War
16. Harlem’s Hell Fighters
17. The Service of Supply
18. James Reese Europe
19. Charles Whittlesey and  The Lost Battalion
20.Cher Ami, Hero Pigeon
21. Animals in World War 1
22. The Women’s War
23. The Hello Girls
24. Nurses
25. The End

26. Credits

Key Dates in the Film:

• 1893 – World’s Fair in Chicago
• 1903 – The Wright brothers flew the first motorized airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
• 1910 – Alan Seeger graduated from Harvard
• June 28, 1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Europe, and his wife Sophie were killed in the city of Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist
• July 28, 1914 – Austria declares war on Serbia
• July 29, 1914 – Serbia attacked Belgrade
• August 1914 – World War I began
• May 7, 1915 – German submarine sank the luxury liner Lusitania, killing roughly 1,200 people – including more than 120 Americans
• November 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson reelected
• January 1917 – Germany declared unrestricted submarine warfare
• April 6, 1917 – United States officially declared war on Germany
• March 1918 – Three hundred women were trained as switchboard operators and sailed to France
• March 27, 1918 – A German shell landed on a hostel killing Nurse Marion Crandell. She was the first American woman to die in combat
• November 11, 1918 – World War I ended
• 1922 – e.e. Cummings’ The Enormous Room, a memoir of his time in an internment camp, was published
• 1978 – President Jimmy Carter signed a bill granting the Hello Girls honorable discharges, veterans’ benefits and long-delayed recognition as the first women veterans of the modern U.S. Army

“Shot in high definition and blending period music, photos, newspaper illustrations, artwork, maps and drawings, this powerful documentary chronicles American involvement in the Great War. An excellent resource.” – Carol Holzberg, Booklist

“Marches along stirringly with period music, rare film footage and archival photos to bring to life previously untold tales of battlefield heroism and sacrifice, the too-often-forgotten contributions of African-American soldiers and the bravery of female volunteers who risked their lives to support the troops.” – Neil Pond, American Profile

“Recounts years of change through period photographs, drawings and recordings.” – American History

“A welcome overview of a conflict that influenced much of the 20th century. Highly recommended.” – J. Wadland, Video Librarian

“David Carradine’s very effective narration is supplemented with period music; visuals include period art and illustrations, still and moving images, and contemporary location footage. A good choice.” – Mary Mueller, School Library Journal

“The forgotten stories and selfless sacrifices made by the American men and women who valiantly served in the Great War come together to offer a lasting reminder of our brave heritage in this documentary from filmmaker Mark Bussler.” – Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

“This excellent DVD documentary shows the personal cost of fighting in the ‘War to End All Wars.’ ” – Dave Kirby, WTBF Video Book Bit

“An excellent film about America’s involvement in WWI. There are many stories here, accompanied by excellent film, photos, and period music, while David Carradine lends his smooth, even voice to the narration.” – Eric Renshaw,

“A beautiful account of the war, and it’s a fitting tribute to the sacrifices made during it. Superb!” – Dante A. Ciampaglia,

“Compelling documentary that delivers a gripping look at the realities of the Great War, the first of the modern wars and long referred to as ‘the war to end all wars.’ Highly recommended.” – Dennis Prince,

“A worthy addition to the Minutes of History series.” – Tim Gebhart,

“Highly recommended. Powerful, balanced, brilliant use of stills – truly excellent. David Carradine’s commentary strikes the right note.” – Gordon Smith,

“Highly recommended. Provides a marvelous introduction to this increasingly forgotten conflict utilizing spectacular black and white stills, paintings, propaganda posters and newspaper clippings that give the viewer a more impressionistic feel for the conflict and highlight stories of influential people who impacted events in the War to End all Wars.” – Paul Mavis,

“Mark Bussler, one of my favorite documentary filmmakers, wins my admiration again with World War 1 – American Legacy. How I wish this DVD had been available when I was teaching World History to high school students!” – Betty Jo Tucker,


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