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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.
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 August 1914 - Englishman enlisting 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 - Letter to Lord Kitchener 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
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 - Serbian soldier off to the front 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 - 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 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 - Flamethrower September 1914 - Medieval city center of Termonde destroyed by the Germans 1914 - Sturmpanzerwagen 1914 - Belgian refugees 1914 - Refugees
1915 - Italian generals on the move November 1914 - The Santa Claus Ship (USS Jason) 1914 - King George talking to an officer December 1914 - Germans preparing for Christmas December 1914 - The Christmas truce
1914 - American involvement 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
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 1914 - British wounded leaving the Casualty Clearing Station 1915 - An elephant, from the Hamburg Zoo, used by the Germans
Censoring mail 1915 - French priest blessing an airplane April 1915 - British sailing to Gallipoli 1915 - Australian soldier at Gallipoli c. 1915 - Bringing a comrade to hospital
1915 - Paying respects 1915 - Indian infantry in gas masks 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 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 1916 - French troops throwing rocks and shooting at advancing Germans c. 1916 - Dead German Shell shocked 23 April 1916 - Italian artillery gunners
Fiddler on the tank Ambulance train Tending to the wounded Horse-drawn German ambulances with bomb damage Carrier pidgeon transport vehicle
Carrier pigeon Carrier pigeon released from a tank Austrian soldiers punishing Russians prisoners 22 September 1916 - German balloon 1916 - Britisher giving water to a wounded German
1916 - Civilians and soldiers of the Royal Army Medical Corps Mass on the battlefield 1916 - Verdun, destroyed 1916 - Verdun 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 - British soldiers in a trench celebrating Christmas c. 1917 - Trench warfare 1917 - German observation post 1917 - British nurses 1917 - Little girl rescued by a British soldier
Philippe Pétain March 1917 - British advance on Bapaume 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
German giving British prisoner a light 1917 - Germans on the Eastern front 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
1917 - Poster by James Montgomery Flagg May 1917 - General Black Jack Pershing Doughboy 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 October 1917 - In Chateau Wood 1917- The mud of Passchendaele
Postcard: Mata Hari 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 1918 - Members of the Women's Royal Air Force 1918 - Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps
1918 - Hannover CL III 1918 - A German pilot lies dead in his crashed airplane 1918 - Casualties of a gas attack 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 March 1918 - Prisoner salvaging valuables of fellow Englishmen killed in battle 13 April 1918 - Lewis machine gun on the bank of the Lys Canal May 1918 - Machine operator May 21, 1918.5.21 - Pershing's Crusaders released
1918 - Stretcher bearers 17 July 1918 - Triage station 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 - Receiving first-aid treatment from a comrade September 1918 - Machine gun battalion passing through St. Baussant September 1918 - German caption: October 1918 - French town of Barastre 1918 - German prisoners
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 1919 - Butcher’s shop looted in a food riot 1919 - Home from the war 1919 - Waiting for parade on Veterans Day
November 1919 - Seein' Things (Brooklyn Eagle) Bastille Day 1919 - French veteran selling his medals 1923 - German veteran Paintings of WWI
Paintings of WWI
Posters from WWI
Posters from WWI