Articles about World War One


Links to articles about World War One, from newspapers and popular magazines.

 

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1918: Year of Victory and Defeat

When the Great War broke out in 1914, the German imperial army was regarded as the finest fighting force on earth. Just four years later, it was crushed by Britain and its allies.

Jonathan Boff, History Today 2018

7 things you (probably) didn’t know about America’s entry and involvement in the First World War

American troops arrived on the western front in 1918 full of enthusiasm, and in the spirit of great adventure. Yet most of them were novices who, unlike their German counterparts, had seen practically no action.

Terrence J. Finnegan, History Extra 2019

How a Wrong Turn Started World War I

The assassination of Franz Ferdinand might not have happened but for an odd coincidence that placed him right in front of his assassin’s gun

Sarah Pruitt, History 2018


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Revealed: how King George V demanded Britain enter the First World War

Record of previously unknown meeting between George V and his Foreign Secretary reveals that the King told him to “find a reason” to go to war with Germany

Anita Singh, The Telegraph 2014

How students in Smith Falls, Ontario, are bringing First World War soldiers’ stories to life

One soldier at a time, these Grade 10 researchers are building a massive database of Canada’s fallen from Hill 70, Vimy Ridge and more. Roy MacGregor looks at what they’ve learned

Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail 2017

Life and death in First World War trenches

From calculated networks of tunnel systems to the ‘practical’ food that the soldier’s ate, trench warfare reached new levels of sophistication in WW1

Nigel Jones, The Telegraph 2014

Overlooked No More: Maria Bochkareva, Who Led Women Into Battle in WWI

“My heart yearned to be there, in the boiling caldron of war, to be baptized in its fire and scorched in its lava,” Bochkareva wrote in her 1919 autobiography.

Elisabeth Goodridge, NY Times 2018

New Zealand suffered the most during WWI – Yale history professor

Renowned historian Jay Winter has told Newshub he believes New Zealand suffered far more proportionally than any other country in the British Empire during World War I.

Tony Wright, NewsHub 2019

November 11, 1918 The Eleventh Hour

The final surrender was signed at 5:10am on November 11, and back-timed to 5:00am Paris time, scheduled to go into effect later that morning. The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.

Today in History 2018

The Butcher’s Bill of 1916: Europe’s Blood-Drenched Year of Horror

A century ago, Europe was busy killing itself—a nightmare we still live with today

John Schindler, Observer 2016

The First World War: a complete timeline

Saul David, Telegraph 2016

The forgotten Christmas truce the British tried to suppress

New research has uncovered the most detailed account yet of the banned 1915 Christmas Truce where British and German soldiers defied official orders to make peace in No Man’s Land

Joe Shute, Telegraph 2015

The great misconceptions of the First World War

Eleven leading historians explode some major myths that have clouded our understanding of the Great War over the past 100 years..

History Extra 2018

The Meatless, Wheatless Meals of World War I America

Recipes got a lot more creative during the days of food rationing

Lauren Young, Atlas Obscura 2017

Hour of the Dreadnought: the titans clash at Jutland

The Battle of Jutland debuted the immense destructive power of new technology. But despite facts showing a strong British advantage, the result was less clear-cut

Nick Hewitt, Telegraph 2014

The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWI

In turn, the peace talks that ended the war had an enormous impact on China’s future

Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian 2017

Football and feasts: First World War Christmas truce

The plan was to repair trenches and bury fallen soldiers. But the 1914 Christmas truce stirred human feelings, leading to jovial gatherings of wartime enemies

Alan Wakefield, Telegraph 2013

Four First World War writers who defined the conflict

From the sounding of the first gun, the First World War inspired enormous quantities of literature. Here, we focus on four writers – Henri Barbusse, Ernst Jünger, Vera Brittain and Erich Maria Remarque – whose works helped define the 1914-18 conflict

Telegraph 2014

The Zimmermann telegram: the telegram that brought America into the First World War

More than 100 hundred years after British intelligence intercepted the Zimmermann telegram, Dr David Kenyon, research historian at Bletchley Park, talks to History Extra about how the telegram altered the course of the First World War and influenced future code-breaking operations…

David Kenyon, History Extra 2019

The Women Photographers of World War I

Allison Meier, Hyperallergic 2017

Two Thousand Questions and Answers about the War

A catechism of the methods of fighting, travelling and living; of the armies, navies and air fleets; of the personalities, politics and geography of the warring countries. With 17 maps.

Review of Reviews 1918

What Was The Battle Of Verdun?

The Battle of Verdun, 21 February-15 December 1916, became the longest battle in modern history

Alan Wakefield, Imperial War Museum 2018

Why World War I is Germany’s forgotten conflict

Atika Shubert, Melina Borcak and Sheena McKenzie, CNN 2018

World War I: Injured Veterans and the Disability Rights Movement

Wendy Maloney, Library of Congress Blog, 2017

World War I: Every Day

YouTube video of animated maps. See the changing front lines of World War I every day from Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war to the armistice of November 11, 1918. This video also includes the changing front lines in Africa and the Pacific.

Emporer Tigerstar, YouTube 2014

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