‘The Great War’ tells the story of World War I’s legacy, exploring how the war changed America and the world. This landmark 3-night event tells the story of America’s fight through unpublished diaries, memoirs, and letters from the Americans who experienced the Great War firsthand.
The letter pictured here, for instance, from Sergeant Clyde Eoff to his sister in Omaha, NE, dates from April 28, 1919. In it, Sgt. Eoff recounts the harrowing story of fellow soldier Lee Fleming speeding through German shelling in an old, trusted Army-issued truck, the shells exploding as closely as fifteen feet behind him. We won’t spoil the story—read it in Eoff’s own words, and then tune in to ‘The Great War’ for more stories of World War I, told in the words of the men and women who fought at home and on the front.
Find out more about World War I’s legacy by tuning in to the final installment of The Great War, tonight at 9/8c on PBS. Learn more www.pbs.org/thegreatwar.