Those who shaped our country were themselves shaped by the Great War. This is their story. Everything was changed forever by the First World War, this series charts how and why through the lives, trials, triumphs and tragedies of a dozen Australians who fought, waited, argued, survived, or died. It tells the story of the First World War through the experiences – of survival, repatriation, death, being honoured, passing unnoticed – of diverse Australians, from political leaders to sporting champions, military commanders to serving soldiers, opera divas to newspaper reporters. This is the First World War as experienced by Australians on Gallipoli, in the Middle East and on the Western Front and, equally, it is the story of the Australian home front during the war years, using these same men and women as our portal to their families, colleagues, and mates.