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    For Your Historians: World War I in Photos - The Atlantic

    Link 1: World War I in Photos - The Atlantic

    A 10-Part Series By Alan Taylor

    Link 2: World War I in Photos: Introduction - The Atlantic

    A century ago, an assassin, a Serbian nationalist, killed the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary as he visited Sarajevo. This act was the catalyst for a massive conflict that lasted four years. More than 65 million soldiers were mobilized by more than 30 nations, with battles taking place around the world. Industrialization brought modern weapons, machinery, and tactics to warfare, vastly increasing the killing power of armies. Battlefield conditions were horrific, typified by the chaotic, cratered hellscape of the Western Front, where soldiers in muddy trenches faced bullets, bombs, gas, bayonet charges, and more. On this 100-year anniversary, I've gathered photographs of the Great War from dozens of collections, some digitized for the first time, to try to tell the story of the conflict, those caught up in it, and how much it affected the world. Today's entry is part 1 of a 10-part series on World War I, which will be posted every Sunday until June 29. In this installment, I hope to give a glimpse of the war's beginnings, and a preview of what is to come. Come back next week for Part 2.


    Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade walk on a duckboard track laid across a muddy, shattered battlefield in Chateau Wood, near Hooge, Belgium, on October 29, 1917. This was during the Battle of Passchendaele, fought by British forces and their allies against Germany for control of territory near Ypres, Belgium. (James Francis Hurley/State Library of New South Wales)

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    The next in this series [45 photographs] has been posted:

    Link: World War I in Photos: The Western Front, Part I - The Atlantic

    World War I in Photos: The Western Front, Part I

    In 1914, the German Army sought a swift decisive victory over France, invading from the north. The plan failed, leading to a years-long bloody stalemate where millions of soldiers braved horrific conditions fighting for mere yards of territory.

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    Oh brilliant - the WW2 series they did a year or two back (that I only saw cos you linked to it) was superb. I'll enjoy this

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    That's a very somber, but brilliant page. Great find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Oh brilliant - the WW2 series they did a year or two back (that I only saw cos you linked to it) was superb. I'll enjoy this
    For those who didn't see it the thread mentioned is here:

    Link: Photoarchive: World War II In Photos: A Retrospective In 20 Parts

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    Thank you very much - brilliant

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    ...Today's entry is part 3 of a 10-part series on World War I, which will be posted every Sunday until June 29...
    Link: World War I in Photos: Technology - The Atlantic


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    Reminder: This series is now complete. Part 10 was posted yesterday. As previously 45 photographs have been posted.



    Watches found with the remains of French WW1 soldiers, on June 3, 2013 in Verdun, France. At least 26 bodies of French soldiers were found in the cellar of a farm in the totally destroyed village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont. Seven were identified by their military identification plate.(Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images)

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