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WWI: The Final Hours – BBC2

WWI: The Final Hours - Photograph taken 11 November 1918 as Marshal Foche, second from right, leaves the railway carriage in which the Armistice which
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A BBC2 docu-drama on the secret November 1918 Armistice negotiations between a German politician and two Allied decorated war leaders

On 8 November 1918, an Englishman, a Frenchman and a German met on a train to talk peace in Europe ( image from 11 November 1918, above).

WWI: The Final Hours

David Bark Jones portrays the British Navy Admiral, Rosslyn Wemyss

Admiral Rosslyn Wemyss (David Bark Jones) had an agenda to protect Britain’s seas, France’s Marshal Foch (Pip Donaghy) had seen his land decimated by war and was set on dismantling Germany at all costs, while German politician Matthias Erzberger (Chris Rogers) had been sent to negotiate on behalf of a nation on its knees.

WWI: The Final Hours

A dramatic recreation featuring Pip Donaghy as French Marshal Ferdinand Foch

WWI: The Final Hours - shows Chris Rogers as German politician Matthias Erzberger

Chris Rogers as German politician Matthias Erzberger

This film tells the story using dramatic reconstruction of that extraordinary secret meeting that ended one war but began another.

TV Times rating: ****