Model T's to War: American Ambulances on the Western Front

Model T's to War: American Ambulances on the Western Front

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Credit: WGBY

This film focuses on the valiant work of the American Field Service, ambulance sections assigned to help the French Army in its fight against German forces.

Between 1914 and 1917 — prior to the United States' entry into World War I — more than 3,000 American volunteers, paying their own passage, set sail for France to aid the war effort. These young men drove Ford-built Model T's to the frontlines and saw their greatest glory in the battle of Verdun in 1916, when Field Service ambulances transported more than 250,000 wounded. Although American readers regularly followed the adventures of these brave ambulanciers through numerous accounts published in local and national newspapers of the era, few today know about their heroic deeds. MODEL T's TO WAR seeks to shed light on this forgotten story. The film takes viewers on an archaeological journey of discovery — from French battlefield sites still littered with World War I artifacts to recently discovered silent-film footage and hundreds of previously unpublished war-time photographs. 



Re-play of Model T's to War

Yes, the program will play again on our World Channel this coming Thursday (1/26) at 5am and 11am and again at 6am on Friday (1/27).

Glad to hear that you liked what you've seen thus far!

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Model T's to War: American Ambulances on the Western Front


I watched the end of "Model T's to War: American Ambulances on the Western Front" last evening. Unfortunately I did not view it in its entirety. What I viewed was extremely educational and would like to see the whole program. Will this program be offered again?