The First World War

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In August 2014 the world will mark the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Why should we remember? Why should we stop and think about those events that happened so long ago?

The First World War was a turning point in world history.

It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had a huge impact on those who experienced it.

It was the first real instance of total war. Whole nations were pitted against each other; millions of men fought on land, at sea and in the air; modern weaponry caused mass casualties and civilian populations suffered hardships and came under threat of enemy attack.

The war and its consequences shaped much of the twentieth century, and the impact of it can still be felt today.

Now, one hundred years after it began, we are ensuring those who lived, fought and served during the years 1914-18 are remembered.

Explore the history of the First World War

There are many ways to get started. Here are a few places that we recommend from across our Partnership network of experts and enthusiasts.

Imperial War Museums
Australian War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Canadian War Museum

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