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The Great War

Called "The War to End All Wars", it was fought from 1914 to 1918, but eventually and tragically, it turned out to be simply The First World War. Total number of men mobilized to fight: 65 million. Percentage who died: 57%. Number of casualties: 37 million. "If war was once a chivalrous duel, it is now a dastardly slaughter.” —Artur von Bolfras
June 1914 - Blood-stained uniform of Archduke Franz Ferdinand July 1914 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie lying in state 4 August 1914 4 August 1914 - Declaration of War 6 August 1914 - Run on the banks
1914 - Lord Kitchener 1914 - Poster 1914 - Letter to Lord Kitchener August 1914 - Englishman enlisting August 1914 - Volunteers for Kitchener's Army waiting for their pay
September 1914 - British recruits marching off to war 1914 - Pals in training 1914 - Scottish Regiment rifle drill 1914 - Churchill inspecting sailors 1914 - Territorial soldiers eating before being shipped out
August 1914 - Ready to leave August 1914 - Englishmen off to war 1914 - Soldier saying goodbye 1914 - Australian recruitment poster Soldier who was part of the 1st Australian Imperial Force
Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany c. 1914 - Battleship on parade for Kaiser Wilhelm II August 1914 - German students going to enlist August 1914 - Germans on their way to battle 1914 - German prediction
1914 - German troops 1914 - Rifle and cane 1914 - German soldier with flowers Russian pilot German with field telephone
German officers in a trench German soldiers playing cards 1914 - Pro-Germany march in Chicago, USA 1914 - The French Army 1914 - General Joseph Joffre
1914 - French celebrating the start of the war August 1914 - Reservists called up Colonial troops from Vietnam French officers dining in the trenches
1914 - 1st French war wounded Cousins 1914 - Russian army 1914 - Russian artillery Russian Imperial Army Officer
1914 - Russian soldiers 1914 - Siberian infantrymen 1914 - German troops crossing the Place Charles Rogier in Brussels 1914 - Germans laying track August 1914 - British troops arrive in France
1914 - After rain 1914 - British canteen 1914 - Serbian soldier off to the front Serbian peasants executed by Austro-Hungarians 1914 - French boy meets Indian soldiers of the British Commonwealth forces
French cavalry horses swimming across a river 1914 - British cavalry regiment resting their horses August 1914 - After the Battle of Haelen August 1914 - Louvain, Belgium destroyed by the Germans German smoke screen generators
August 1914 - British assault on German position Dead hand 26 August 1914 - The letter no one wants September 1914 - One of the taxis that saved Paris September 1914 - The French at the Battle of the Marne
September 1914 - Makeshift bridge 1914 - Sturmpanzerwagen 1914 - Flamethrower September 1914 - Medieval city center of Termonde destroyed by the Germans 1914 - Belgian refugees
1914 - Refugees Burial of French soldiers in a shell hole October 1914 - Collecting for distressed families in Belgium British prisoners burying British and German dead 1914 - British wounded leaving the Casualty Clearing Station
1914 - King George talking to an officer 1914 - After the War a Medal and Maybe a Job October 1914 - Refugees from the Armentieres 1914 - Coming back from the front November 1914 - The Santa Claus Ship (USS Jason)
December 1914 - Germans preparing for Christmas December 1914 - The Christmas truce 1914 - American involvement 1915 - German alpine soldiers 1915 - Italian generals on the move
1915 - Alpine regiment high in the Alps 1915 - Austrian soldiers on skis 1915 - French soldier eating soup 1915 - Zeppelin over London Air raid precautions on the roof of Buckingham Palace
German patrol on the Flanders dunes 1915 - Damage caused by Zeppelin raids in England British POW suffering from shell-shock An Airedale terrier trained for coastguard duties 1915 - Dog trained to search for wounded soldiers while under fire
c. 1915 - Bandages received from the kit of a dog 1915 - An elephant, from the Hamburg Zoo, used by the Germans Censoring mail 1915 - French priest blessing an airplane 1915 - Indian infantry in gas masks
April 1915 - British sailing to Gallipoli 6 May 1915 - Landing on Cape Helles, Gallipoli 1915 - Australian soldier at Gallipoli c. 1915 - Bringing a comrade to hospital Surgery in progress, Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli
1915 - Australian giving a drink to a wounded Turk Late November 1915 - Frostbitten soldiers 1915 - Paying respects December 1915 - Stores burning on the beach Germans dropping a buoy to mark a mine
1915 - Allied warships 1915 - Mascot of the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth German U-boat 1917 - Launching a torpedo British cargo ship attacked by German U-boat
c. 1917 - Escaping from a torpedoed ship Outside the Royal Institute of Painters A German U-boat torpedoed the Lusitania on 7 May 1915 May 1915 - Londoners attack immigrant German's cigar store 1915 - Playing croquet
American isolationists Ambulance Nurse Edith Cavell, pioneer of modern nursing in Belgium c. 1916 - Pupils making their weekly contributions
January 1916 Fiddler on the tank German sharing his lunch c. 1916 - Italian soldier carrying field gun to higher ground 23 April 1916 - Italian artillery gunners
1916 - French troops throwing rocks and shooting at advancing Germans Horse-drawn German ambulances with bomb damage c. 1916 - Dead German Shell shocked Ambulance train
Russian nun with the Red Cross Tending to the wounded 1916 - Britisher giving water to a wounded German 1916 - Shells carried on horseback Carrier pidgeon transport vehicle
Carrier pigeon Carrier pigeon released from a tank Austrian soldiers punishing Russians prisoners 1916 - One on sentry dury, four sleeping 19 July 1916 - German prisoner helping British wounded to a dressing station
1916 - Civilians and soldiers of the Royal Army Medical Corps Mass on the battlefield 22 September 1916 - German balloon 1916 - Going Over the top 1916 - A stretcher case being brought in from La Boisselle
1916 1916 - German soldier at the entrance to his dugout 1916 - German soldier 1916 - Amid the ruines of Verdun
1916 - Verdun 1916 - Verdun, destroyed 1916 - British soldiers in a trench celebrating Christmas 1917 - Turkish howitzer at Harcira, Palestine c. 1917 - Trench warfare
1917 - German observation post 1917 - British nurses 1917 - Little girl rescued by a British soldier March 1917 - British advance on Bapaume Philippe Pétain
1917 - In the trenches near Willerval April 1917 - Firing Over Vimy Ridge April 1917 - Canadians tending to a German April 1917 - Celebrating victory after the Battle of Vimy Ridge April 1917 - King George V (left) with escorts
1917 - British prisoners of war 1917 - Russian troops awaiting a German attack Homeless French boy 1917 - Soldiers with field gun
1917 - Senegalese soldiers German giving British prisoner a light 1917 - Germans on the Eastern front 1917 - German prisones Russians collecting bodies from the battlefield
Russian being buried where he fell Germans with horse mounted with captured Russian machine gun Refugees on the Eastern Front 1917 - German bomber June 1917 - Schoolroom after a German air raid
June 1917 - Children in hospital 13 June 1917 - Royal Hospital Chelsea after an air raid 7 July 1917 - Roof of the General Post Office 1917 - Boy Scouts learn how to sound All Clear after air raids 1917 - Poster by James Montgomery Flagg
May 1917 - General Black Jack Pershing Doughboy 1917 - Sheet music 1917 - Boy Scouts charging up 5th Avenue, New York City 19 September 1917 - American recruits shipping out
1917 - American cavalryman in France 1917 - British road-building unit 1917 - British soldiers having lunch Germans with trench rats Children of soldiers at front
1917 - U.S. Signal Corps telephone operators 1917 - Austro-Hungarian field telephone outpost 1917 - Motorcycle adopted for combat 1917 - Americans advancing on a bunker 1917 - German dives for cover
September 1917 - Gas attack 1917 - Ypres 9 September 1917 - Ruins of the Cloth Hall 15 September 1917 - Georges Clémenceau in the trenches September 1917 - Dressing station during the Battle of Menin Road
September 1917 - After the Battle of Menin Road October 1917 - Battle of Broodseinde October 1917 - Battle of Broodseinde 12 October 1917 - Morning after the 1st battle of Paschendaele October 1917 - In Chateau Wood
1917- The mud of Passchendaele Postcard: Mata Hari October 1917 - German POWs in Britain November 1917 - Bridge over the River Scheldt Observation balloon
1917 - Directional sound finders Pilot dropping a bomb 1917 - The Red Baron Albert Ball, British flying ace Sopwith Camel
c. 1917 - An aircraft crashed and burning in German territory  Burial ceremony of a German pilot Sunday morning service German airmen at Christmas
1917 - Germans in winter 1918 - Italian Alpine units 27 January 1918 - German officers celebrating the Kaiser's birthday c. 1918 - Germans crossing a field 1918 - Austrian soldiers constructing a tunnel
6 February 1918 - Gunner with the regimental cat 1918 - Members of the Women's Royal Air Force 1918 - The Big Biplane 1918 - Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps 1918 - Hannover CL III
1918 - A German pilot lies dead in his crashed airplane 1918 - Standing guard during a German gas attack 1918 - Mother and daughter in gas masks 28 March 1918 - Old woman who fled the war zone with her cow 29 March 1918 - St. Gervais church, Paris
March 1918 - Prisoner salvaging valuables of fellow Englishmen killed in battle 9 April 1918 - The Battle of Lys begins 9 April 1918 - Furniture barricade 9 April 1918 - Drawing up battle plans 13 April 1918 - Machine gun on the bank of the Lys Canal
10 April 1918 - Casualties of a gas attack April 1918 - Comradeship 10 May 1918 - Reading message brought by messenger dog May 1918 - Machine operator 21 May 1918 - Pershing's Crusaders released
1918 - Stretcher bearers 17 July 1918 - Triage station Hitler on the right 25 July 1918 - Swiss soldier manning an outpost 1918 - Poster for French film
German prisoners in drag 1918- American troop ship 1918 - American Field Artilery American gun crew August 1918 - Messenger dogs loosed during gas attack
August 1918 - German prisoners September 1918 - Americans advancing to the Forest of Argonne Harlem Hellfighters Soldiers picking lice from their clothes
1918 1918 - Charlie Chaplin held aloft by Douglas Fairbanks September 1918 - Machine gun battalion passing through St. Baussant September 1918 - German caption: October 1918 - French town of Barastre
September 1918 - Receiving first-aid treatment from a comrade September 1918 - Shell shocked patients away from the war 1918 - German prisoners September 1918 - Shell shocked patients at leisure-Chateau de Chambord at Chambord Loir-et-Cher France 20 September 1918 - Army field hospital
1918 - End of the road 1918 - Painting names on crosses Grief 1 November 1918 - Locals watching German prisoners
November 1918 - After 4 years of German occupation, greeting Americans 11 November 1918 - Armistice signed The war is over! 11 November 1918 - Celebration Empty trench
1918 - Cutting hair Electric shock treatment Soldier with mutilated face being fitted with a mask Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated dog in the war January 1919 - The Big Four
28 June 1919 - The Treaty of Versailles November 1919 - Seein' Things (Brooklyn Eagle) 1919 - Butcher’s shop looted in a food riot 1919 - Home from the war 1919 - Waiting for parade on Veterans Day
Bastille Day 1919 - French veteran selling his medals July 1919 - Monument built ro honor the fallen warriors November 1920 - Unknown warrior 11 November 1920 - The Unknown Warrior 1923 - German veteran
Paintings of WWI
Paintings of WWI
Posters from WWI
Posters from WWI