Links to articles about World War One, from newspapers and popular magazines.
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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
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
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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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
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
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
“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
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
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
Nikolas Gardner, H-Net Reviews 2017
A century ago, Europe was busy killing itself—a nightmare we still live with today
John Schindler, Observer 2016
Saul David, Telegraph 2016
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
Eleven leading historians explode some major myths that have clouded our understanding of the Great War over the past 100 years..
History Extra 2018
Ross Kennedy, H-Net Reviews 2017
Recipes got a lot more creative during the days of food rationing
Lauren Young, Atlas Obscura 2017
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
Imperial War Museum 2018
In turn, the peace talks that ended the war had an enormous impact on China’s future
Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian 2017
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
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
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
Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post 2017
Allison Meier, Hyperallergic 2017
John Barrat, Smithsonian Insider 2018
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
The Battle of Verdun, 21 February-15 December 1916, became the longest battle in modern history
Alan Wakefield, Imperial War Museum 2018
Atika Shubert, Melina Borcak and Sheena McKenzie, CNN 2018
Wendy Maloney, Library of Congress Blog, 2017
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