The Battle of Verdun 1916

The Battle of Verdun is rightly considered one of the more horrendous and lengthiest battles in history. Lasting almost 10 months between February and December 1916, the Battle of Verdun cost an estimated 700,000-800,000 casualties (dead, wounded, and missing) in an area no larger than 10 square kilometres. The German assault which commenced on February…

Canadian War Museum WWI International Speakers Series 2015

The Canadian War Museum is hosting its annual International Speakers Series on Feb. 26, 2015 featuring academic events to mark the centenary of the First World War. The events, presented in a variety of formats, will provide an opportunity to hear and witness leading academics and experts in the field of WWI history, and learn about…

How the first world war changed the world

“ON JULY 28th 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, beginning the first world war. In the following four years, millions would lose their lives. What else changed? Economies shrank, stagnated and hyperinflated. It took over a decade for the German economy to recover to its size in 1913. Industry was weakened across Europe. As the continent splurged…

The Most Powerful Images Of World War I

This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. BuzzFeed has featured some very powerful images from World War I that provide for some retrospect on the Great War. The Most Powerful Images Of World War I

World War One: Thomas Highgate first to be shot for cowardice

BBC News – World War One: Thomas Highgate first to be shot for cowardice He was caught, tried and shot “as publicly as possible” within 48 hours, in the first few weeks of World War One. The 19-year-old soldier’s grave is lost and his name is not on the war memorial in his birthplace.

World War One: Family stories uncovered

BBC News – World War One: Family stories uncovered The World War One centenary means personal war diaries, letters and photos are emerging from dusty attics and drawers across the UK and beyond to offer a different perspective of the conflict.

10 big myths about World War One debunked

BBC News – Lions and donkeys: 10 big myths about World War One debunked Much of what we think we know about the 1914-18 conflict is wrong, writes historian Dan Snow.

BBC News – Dancing over the edge: Vienna in 1914

BBC News – Dancing over the edge: Vienna in 1914 One hundred years ago, Vienna was at the epicentre of a world on the brink of war. Bethany Bell reflects on a century of changes in the Austrian capital.

Hungarian announcements from the First World War | europeana

Hungarian announcements from the First World War | europeana In 1915, the Hofbibliothek (or Imperial Library; today known as the Austrian National Library) began to create its war collection. Since it had good links with the library of the Hungarian National Museum, it is not very surprising that the War Collection of the Austrian National…