World War 1
2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One and the start of four years of tributes, ceremonies and reflection. To commemorate the technological developments of military machinery, Corgi presents the World War One Centenary Collection – a series of four die-cast metal vehicles which were involved in the global conflict.
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 the 28th July 1914 and lasted for over 4 years, finally ending on the 11th November 1918 when the armistice between the allies and Germany was signed. 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.