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American troops advance on a German position on the Saint Mihiel salient, north-eastern France, in 1918

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When the US expeditionary force launched its first independent action, the results were devastating

Captured German officers receiving orders from a French officer

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John Lichfield describes the unexpectedly spectacular Allied breakthrough that launched a 100-day push to victory

From left, Marshal Joffre, President Henri Poincaré, King George V, General Foch, and Field-Marshal Haig

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Chateau-Thierry, July 1918: Robert C Hoffman, a lieutenant with the US 28th Division, describes the grisly aftermath of the bloody battle for Hill 204

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An aerial dogfight between at least 5 planes can be observed here. Dogfighting was the main method of attack between aircraft since as aerial technology developed, it became increasingly difficult to drop projectiles onto another plane. This dogfight took place over the Western Front, most likely near to France or Britain.

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Vera Brittain became a nurse during the war

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘I read it in a tearing anguish’ - a nurse on receiving the telegram that brought news of her brother’s death

I had just announced to my father, as we sat over tea in the dining room, that I must do up Edward’s papers and take them to the post office before it closed for the weekend, when there came a sudden loud clattering at the front-door knocker that always meant a telegram. For a moment I thought that my legs would not carry me, but they behaved quite normally as I got up and went to the door.

Hessy Taft, now a chemistry professor in New York, was used as an example of the 'perfect Aryan baby' throughout Nazi propaganda - despite being Jewish

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Photographer submitted Taft's picture 'to make Nazis ridiculous'

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: My brother, the soldier - a young girl’s encounter

Sixteen-year-old Piete Kuhr describes in her diary a chilling visit to the Flying Corps barracks in Posen

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Battlefield heroism of a loyal messenger, Tweed the old English sheepdog

Graduates of the British War Dog School made a vital contribution to the Allied victory. Chris Green pays tribute
The German air ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Honoured by both sides, German air ace the Red Baron is downed at last

Baron Manfred von Richthofen was the most celebrated air ace of any era. Cahal Milmo describes his death, and the extraordinary reactions it provoked in friend and foe alike
Walter Tull, left, Britain’s first black Army officer, in a photograph handed down to his great-nephew Edward Finlayson

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The officer who fought prejudice with valour

Walter Tull found fame as a footballer, then made history as Britain's first black officer. Charlie Cooper on a fighter for racial equality
The immense long-range naval gun which was used to bombard Paris from behind the German lines in Picardy

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Ordeal by shellfire - a giant gun rains death on Parisians from 80 miles away

A shock artillery attack on the French capital marked the start of an offensive that nearly broke the Allies

Masked doctors and nurses treat flu patients lying on cots and in outdoor tents at a hospital camp during the influenza epidemic of 1918

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: First sniffles of a catastrophe that would claim millions of lives

As the conflict entered its final few months, a new horror was unleashed on humanity: a deadly pandemic that would ultimately kill more people than the war itself

A suffragist rally in Hyde Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A glorious dawn for Britain’s women

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