Massive Rail Networks Made World War I Possible
World War I couldn`t have happened without Europe`s railroads. Trains were the key to operational success and were the only way to supply the large armies spread out from Belgium to Switzerland. As Germany hardened its plans for war, the general staff sent out orders along the chain of command for the initial phase of its invasion of Luxembourg — take the railroads. At the eleventh hour, Kaiser Wilhelm II postponed the war, but the message didn`t reach one squad of German soldiers who drove into the sleepy town of Troisvierges on the evening of Aug. 1. Germany had invaded Luxembourg 12 hours early.
U-boat hunting sea lions feature in BBC WW1 e-book
A doomed plot to train sea lions to track German U-boats during World War One is highlighted in a new e-book published by the BBC.
British enlisted Indian children during World War I, new book reveals
Britain`s WWI army included Indian children as young as 10-years-old fighting against the Germans on the western front, according to a new book on the role of Indian soldiers in the Great War. The youngsters were shipped over to France from the far reaches of the British Empire to carry out support roles, but were so close to the front line that many were wounded and admitted to hospital, according to ‘For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18`. The account by writer and historian Shrabani Basu is based on official papers at the National Archives and British Library.
Sea Wolves Unleashed - Germany`s First U-boat War
At the outbreak of World War One, the modern submarine was still in its infancy. Although shrewd observers saw the potential of submersible fighting vessels, Europe`s military powers had yet to fully embrace the concept of undersea warfare. And to be sure, the technology at the time was far from perfect – crews risked their very lives simply by putting to sea in early subs.
Sole surviving German A7V World War I tank goes on display in Canberra
Mephisto, a unique weapon of war and the only surviving German A7V tank from World War I, has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as part of centenary commemorations.
Amazing pictures show original WW1 fighter plane Sopwith Pup B1807 on display in Tyntesfield
An original First World War night fighter aircraft – a Sopwith Pup B1807- is due to set up camp in the grounds of Tyntesfield, near Bristol.
Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War
Written by a Professor and the Director of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery and Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, it doesn`t read like an educational or academic manuscript. Published in such a timely and poignant year it`s a readable, logical and significant. Professor Hallett has published extensively on World War One Nursing and you can tell she knows her subject. It is so comprehensive, plus the bibliography is exhaustive in offering additional reading material. Included are historical writings and first hand accounts, sometimes these can distract when reading but in this book they add to the books logical format, they make the book as brilliant as it is.
Half of Brits admit to knowing NOTHING about the First World War
Britain is preparing to honour those who sacrificed everything at Sunday's Remembrance Day tributes, but many appear to have forgotten the significance of the day. A third of those surveyed had no idea that the centenary of the 'Great War' was marked last year, while almost half of people openly admitted to knowing nothing about the conflict, which claimed 17 million lives.
10 Largely Forgotten First World War Facts
In these centennial years of the First World war, lets look back at some of the more unknown facts about WW1. Were the Generals leading the troops all incompetent fools and is media manipulation really something new? We will take a look at that and more!
Photos: Red Baron's WWI German Fokker triplane rebuilt by flying enthusiast
Image gallery: Red Baron's WWI German Fokker triplane rebuilt by flying enthusiast.
Images: Forgotten fronts of the Great War
Image gallery: The First World War was fought not only in Europe, but on several continents, making it a truly global war.
The only German ever to escape from a British POW camp
The policeman didn't give a second glance to two men trudging down a country lane just before dawn on a damp May morning in 1915. A few hours later, the police officer would have cause to reconsider. Two German officers had escaped from Donington Hall, the Leicestershire country house which served as a POW camp. One would soon be recaptured. The other would become the only German PoW to escape from Britain during two world wars. His was an astonishing tale of derring-do which would end in tragedy, thousands of miles from the lanes along which he began his escape. Gunther Plüschow was born in Munich in 1886. He joined the German marines as a cadet and on the outbreak of war in August, 1914, found himself on the Chinese peninsula colony of Tsingtao.
Why are so few WW1 heroines remembered?
World War One had many heroines, including 'she-soldiers', spies and martyrs. Their heroism was praised during the war but they were not always remembered in a positive light afterwards, says Prof Alison Fell.
How deadly was the poison gas of WW1?
The first major gas attack in war occurred 100 years ago this weekend, in what is now Poland. Gas soon became a routine feature of trench warfare, horrifying soldiers more than any conventional weapon. But was it actually as deadly as its terrible reputation suggests?
The schoolboy sailors who died at Gallipoli
Much has rightly been written of the boy soldiers who were able to lie their way into serving and dying on the Western Front. But what about the schoolboy sailors deliberately sent to war, writes Andrew Thomson. It's estimated that both sides lost 130,000 dead as the Allies unsuccessfully battled the Ottoman army for control of the Dardanelles strait. Among the dead were two 15-year-old boys from Scotland - best friends Torquil MacLeod and Ronnie Faed, who served aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Goliath.
Video: Finnish divers find century-old German sub
Finnish divers have released an unprecedented video showing the well-preserved wreck of a German submarine from the First World War in the Gulf of Finland
The First World War (August 1914 to November 1918) is also known as the Great War, The War to End All Wars, World War I and WW1.
Many of the bloodiest battles in military history occurred during the First World War. In trench warfare hundreds of soldiers died for each yard of land captured. Artillery with fragmentation shells caused the most casualties and made massed infantry attacks futile.