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John Oborne went into the trenches in February 1918: 'We spent most of our time sat in a hole in the damp old earth'

The First World War in the words of the men who fought it: "Everything was mud and water and continuous shelling. Hell with the lid off"

Ten years ago, Max Arthur interviewed the last 21 British veterans of the Great War, the oldest of which was 109. Nearly all the men were talking about their experiences for the first time

The interior of the railway carriage in which the Armistice ending the First World War was signed

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

John Lichfield on the strange meeting in the forest of Compiègne that culminated in the signing of the Armistice

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke, circa 1920

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke describes to his wife the rising tide of popular unrest in Munich

Wilfred Owen in uniform as a 2nd Lieutenant. The poet was teaching in France when the war began

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

Wilfred Owen’s death, like his poems, captured the pity of war. John Walsh charts his journey from innocence to iconic status

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

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: America unleashes the doughboys of war in the battle of Saint-Mihiel

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

Captured German officers receiving orders from a French officer

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The ‘blackest day’ of the German army - and the assault that finally broke its spirit

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

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A big day at the enchanted chateau

The military top brass plotted the war far from the horrors of the front. Jonathan Brown on the day George V came to stay

Remains of a soldier on the Western Front, where millions were killed or wounded, or went missing

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘Their identification tags were embedded in the putrid flesh’

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

The aftermath of the explosion at the munitions plant in Chilwell

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When corpses fell from the Nottinghamshire sky

An explosion at Britain’s biggest munitions plant killed 134 workers, but news of the disaster was suppressed

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.

First World War in images: Hidden and extraordinary - a unique new gallery

Images from varied collections brought together for the first time

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

Hessy Taft: ‘Perfect Aryan baby’ of Nazi propaganda was actually Jewish

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

Dogs at the British War Dog School in Essex

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
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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
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Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

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Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
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Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'