World War I

The Unseen Portraits of Somme Soldiers, 1916

November 20, 2017

During WW1, the village of Vignacourt in France was always behind the front lines – as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all national...

Mysterious Underground Cave Network Found Beneath Shopping Building After Sinkhole Appeared

October 13, 2017

Many people in Thanet, Kent, England have been shopping in Primark - which first opened in 2011 - with absolutely no idea that a ...

The Fake Paris You Never Knew About

October 13, 2017

Towards the end of World War I French military planners hired private firms to help build a fake with a faux Arc di Triomphe and Goud du Nord among its many “landmarks.” Viewed from pla...

The Badass Story of a Gallipoli Legend, Albert 'Hard' Jacka

September 12, 2017

The Gallipoli Campaign went down in history as an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Forces to control the sea route from Europe to Russia during the First World...

Lucky British Soldier Shows Off His Damaged Helmet, 1917

August 10, 2017

You wouldn't think a soldier who has been shot in the head would have much to smile about, but in 1915 steel helmets had just been introduced. This soldier was feel...

A Love Story: J.R.R. Tolkien Proposed to His Wife By Mail, Not Knowing She Was Engaged to Another M...

July 2, 2017

By all accounts, famous writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and his wife, Edith, had a close and happy marriage. They wer...

Britain's "Unkillable" Soldier, Adrian Carton de Wiart

May 29, 2017

Lt. General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart served as a British officer in the Boer War, the First World War, and the Second World War. He survived two plane crashes, was ...

The War Children Who Were Born YELLOW: Children of Explosive Factory Workers During WWI

May 17, 2017

The First World War left a taint on everyone - but for some it happened more literally than others. Gladys Sangster is one of Britain...

The Most Murderous Regimes in the World

April 26, 2017

The 20th century witnessed death and slaughter on an unprecedented scale. It was the century of the Holocaust and two World Wars; of communists, Nazis, fascists and military dictato...

19 Rare Lantern Slides Show the Postmen from 1914 - 1918

March 13, 2017

Here is a gallery of lantern slides from depicting postal operations for different nationalities at the time of World War One. Nearly all of these pictures were ha...

Why Was There A Full-Size Battleship In the Middle of New York In 1917?

March 1, 2017

The U.S. Navy thought of a creative idea to encourage military recruitment: build a full-sized battleship complete with a working crew in the heart o...

Women Workers of WWI: Stepping Up to Fuel the Great War

February 5, 2017

When Britain entered World War I in 1914, thousands of women joined the workforce to fill jobs left by men sent to the frontlines. They took over transit works and p...

It will Take Another 500 Years to Clear Somme Battlefields of Bombs

January 24, 2017

In 2016 alone, bomb disposal experts collected 25 tons of ammunition in the Somme battlefields. They say it will probably take another 500 years to elimi...

Faces of War: Men With Broken Faces and The Tin Nose Shop

January 4, 2017

Located inside the 3rd London General Hospital, its properly known as the "Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department" but wounded tommies humorously called it "The...

The Ideal World War I British Trench

December 8, 2016

Andrew Belsey, an architectural modelmaker from London, England, created a series of trench sections - each showing different aspect of trench warfare.   This is his "Ideal Trench...

Incredible Colorized Photos of French Army During World War I

December 5, 2016

Here is a collection of incredible colorized photos showing everyday life of French soldiers from 1914-1918, during the First World War. ...

Old Photos Show What WWI Trench Warfare Really Looked Like

November 28, 2016

Thought of as the "war to end all wars," World War I left Europe in shambles, led to the deaths of over 9 million people, and drew in countries from every contine...

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