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Gossip from the Forest 

Drama about the signing of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.

Director:

Brian Gibson

Writers:

Brian Gibson (screenplay), Thomas Keneally (book)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Burden ... Marshal Foch
Ronald Hines ... Admiral Roslynn Wemyss
Michael Mellinger ... General Weygand
John McGregor John McGregor ... Admiral Hope (as John MacGregor)
John Shrapnel ... Matthias Erzberger
Michael Jayston ... Alfred Maiberling
Vernon Dobtcheff ... General Von Winterfeldt
Constantine Gregory ... Captain Vanselow (as Constantin de Goguel)
David Swift ... General Groener
Frank Crompton Frank Crompton ... Premier Clémenceau
David Calder ... Major Von Helldorff
John Hollis ... Barricade Colonel
Hugh Thomas Hugh Thomas ... First German Officer
George Hagan George Hagan ... French Priest
Michael Syers Michael Syers ... Captain de Mierry
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Drama about the signing of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.

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first world war | armistice | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1979 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Men Thrust Into The Historical Cauldron
8 October 2006 | by bar_kochba132See all my reviews

I recall seeing this outstanding film more that 20 years ago. In the events of those few days, the German Armistice Delegation, led by the well-meaning liberal German politician Erzberger of the Catholic Zentrum (Center) Party, while intending to put an end to one human catastrophe, was unwittingly involved in creating an avalanche of events that led to an even greater catastrophe, the Second World War. The German High Command, led by Field Marshal Hindenburg and Quartermaster General Ludendorff, pushed off on the liberal, socialist government that replaced the Military Dictatorship nominally headed by Kaiser Wilhelm II the onus of agreeing to an Armistice with the Allies that severely damaged Germany's position. Unscupulous politicians (among them Hitler and the Nazis) falsely accused those in the Armistice Delegation and the new republican government of "stabbing Germany in the back". This film shows the events of those fateful days and how it affected those involved. Erzberger both wanted to end the slaughter, but at the same time was an ambitious politician who viewed the collapse of the monarchy as an opportunity for himself to get ahead. Tragically, his role as one of the so-called "November Criminals" caught up with him in the Black Forest where he was murdered.

I hope this film will be re-released on DVD---everyone interested in the critical events of the 20th century would be interested.


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