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The First World War. One of the most brutal conflicts in history. Millions of troops huddle in trenches stretching across Europe.
Twelve years after the Wright Brothers pioneer powered flight, the aeroplane has become a deadly killing machine. This drama documentary traces the pioneering efforts of Britain and France in the early days of aviation, the struggle to master the unfamiliar, untested business of aerial warfare and the bitter fighting as the airmen of both nations challenge German pilots in the skies above the Trenches.
They were the eyes of the big guns of the artillery, summoning a storm of accurate fire crashing down upon the enemy, pulverising men and material in an effort to break the stalemate of a prolonged and brutal conflict.