It was the war to end all wars.

And yet, in four short, yet incredibly long, years, over 16,560,000 would die and another 21,200,000 were wounded.

These pictures tell a very small part of that story.

Soldiers of World War I

The Soldiers

They were men and boys, from villages and towns and cities, from France and Britain and America and Germany, they fought The War to End All Wars.

The Civilians

They were farmers and shopkeepers, bankers and merchants, men and women, boys and girls, and they lived during one of the most horrific wars the world had ever known.

The Buildings

The war devastated vast amounts of infrastructure: Cottages and castles, churches and cathedrals, farms and factories, shops and schools, bridges and buildings.

The Children

Some of the most poignant photos are those of children growing up during war. Boys and girls whose lives were forever marked by the devastation of life and lives, they still found time to play amidst it all.

Medical

In World War I, there were hundreds of thousands of casualties. They were treated by staff such as these.

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