Category - First World War

From Civilian To Soldier

After the outbreak of war in August 1914, Britain recruited a huge volunteer citizens’ army. In just eight weeks, over three-quarters of a million men in Britain had joined up. Every volunteer...

The Battle of Gallipoli

B A Friedman The Bridge – Medium A watershed moment in the history of modern warfare Captain B. A. Friedman, USMC is a field artillery officer and author of 21st Century Ellis, as well as...

Animals That Went To War

Over 16 million animals served in the First World War. They were used for transport, communication and companionship. In 1914, both sides had large cavalry forces. Horse and camel-mounted troops were...

The Real Story Of The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce has become one of the most famous and mythologised events of the First World War. But what was the real story behind the truce? Why did it happen and did British and German...

German First World War Posters

  1. Supply Rabbit Furs! Translation reads: ‘Supply rabbit furs! To dealers and breeding associations. The Army needs them!’.

The forgotten army of the first world war

How Chinese labourers helped shape Europe For centuries, the roots of Cheng Ling’s family burrowed deep into the wheat and potato fields of Shandong province. Yet one family member ventured far...

The Road to World War I

  1882: Triple Alliance. Bismarck, German Chancellor (1871-1890) and skilled diplomat, built a complex web of international treaties whose key element was the Triple Alliance or Triple Alliance...