The Naval Warfare of World War One, 1914-1918

In the years leading up to the First World War Britain and Germany engaged in a naval arms race. Britain had peaceably enjoyed its status as the world’s dominant naval force since the Napoleonic Wars but Germany now sought to contest that dominance. A new generation of ships became central to the naval race: the […]

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Animals in World War One, 1914-1918

While the First World War witnessed the development of modern, technological warfare, it also made unprecedented demands on what we might see as archaic methods of campaigning. Despite the tanks, planes and machine guns, fighting still depended on the physical and emotional suffering and sacrifice of men, who also had to contend with mud, sand, […]

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Aerial warfare of First World War, 1914-1918

Aerial warfare was by no means a First World War invention. Balloons had already been used for observation and propaganda distribution during the Napoleonic wars and the Franco-Prussian conflict of 1870-1871. Planes had been used for bombardment missions during the Italo-Turkish war of 1911-1912. Yet, aerial warfare during the First World War marked a rupture […]

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The Battle of the Somme in pictures, 1916

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was one of the largest battles of the First World War. It was fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire and it took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper […]

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Mata Hari, the notorious WWI spy, 1905-1917

Mata Hari, the archetype of the seductive female spy, was a professional dancer and mistress who became a spy for France during World War I. Suspected of being a double agent, she was executed in 1917 under charges of espionage for Germany. She first came to Paris in 1905 and found fame as a performer […]

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German cavalry patrol in gas masks and carrying lances, 1918

The picture shows a German cavalryman patrolling behind the front lines while carrying a steel lance. German lances were hollow tubes made of rolled steel, with a length of 3.2 meters they were usually made in three sections fitted together. It weighed 1.6 kg and was extremely well balanced when held at the leather wrapped […]

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World War I – Aerial Warfare

World War I – Aerial Warfare Over the course of the war, the role of the military aviator progressed from one of mere observation to a deadly offensive role. Early on, pilots would would fly off armed only with pistols (or completely unarmed)—by 1918, fighter planes and massive bombers were in use, armed with multiple machine guns and devastating explosive […]

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WWI Making A Trench Home

WWI Making A Trench Home Not all trenches in World War 1 were equal. Men strived to make a home in the hell, customising their dripping, roofed mud-gutters with flowers, pictures, bedrooms, kitchens and furniture. We’ll look at some of these make-shift homes in the gallery below. Most pictures were taken for postcards sent home. They served as propaganda, of course, signs that […]

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