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The magazine La Case du Siècle on France 5 will present on Sunday September 24 a documentary by the duo Clarke-Costelle devoted to Americans in the Great War. The remains revealed in the ground, as well as the poignant images from period archives, bear witness to this violent history and the emergence of a nation.
1917. In Europe, the First World War has been raging for three years already. During this last year of conflict, the United States entered the war, and sent their contingents to help the bloodless French and English soldiers. These American soldiers, who are already called the "Sammies" (Uncle Sam's envoys), do not really know why they are there or for how long. However, they will be the indisputable architects of the Allies' victory, and will give their country the stature of the world's leading military and economic power.
2017. Every year in France, bodies, objects or graves are found on the site of the battlefields of the Great War. For months, the violence of the fighting on land plowed by artillery fire killed men, sometimes making them disappear forever. When they reappear, archaeologists are faced with the same questions: Who were these soldiers? What fate could have led them here under the fire of enemy attacks?
The remains thus revealed in the ground, as well as the poignant images from period archives, bear witness to this violent history and the emergence of a nation.
La Case du Siècle: the Americans in the Great War. Sunday September 24 at 10:35 p.m. on France 5.