World War 1
Often referred to as ‘The Great War’, World War One was a global war that involved more than 70 million military personnel from countries and alliances from all around the globe. The war began on 28th July 1914 and lasted for over four years, finally ending on 11th November 1918 when the armistice between the allies and Germany was signed.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
The war began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. This triggered an international diplomatic crisis and within weeks various alliances were formed between different countries.
Despite it being a world war, the majority of battles and lives lost were in the trenches of Europe. During the four year conflict there were a number of technological advancements that took place. Machines entered the battleground for the first time in large numbers. Vehicles such as tanks were used in ground battles and existing vehicles such as buses were called upon to transport troops to and from the battlefield. In the later stages of the war aircraft were used for ground attacks, bombing raids and air-to-air combat.