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Women leaving a munitions factory on Eiswerder Island in Spandau, near Berlin, at the end of their shift, in around 1917. They are crossing the bridge over the river Havel

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Blood and gutsy fortitude on the factory floor

Missile-maker Käte Kestien recalls the tough conditions endured by German women workers
The conscription of reserve soldiers in Greece to fight on the Salonika front in 1916. The Greek city was ravaged by a fire the following year, which devastated the area and left thousands homeless

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Great Fire of Salonika

Ottoman Empire (Greece), 18 August 1917: One of the most destructive incidents of the entire conflict was probably caused by a kitchen accident. Dr Isabel Emslie Hutton witnessed a conflagration that made 70,000 people homeless

Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970), whose 1929 novel, ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’, was based on his wartime experiences. Here he isseen with Carl Laemmle of Universal Pictures (left)

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: All unquiet outside the ‘dying room’

Wounded by shrapnel on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque later wrote this fictionalised account of his time in a military hospital in Germany

Siegfried Sassoon was sent to Craiglockhart Hospital to be treated for ‘shell shock’ following his protest

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘Mad Jack’ takes on the War Office

Siegfried Sassoon was decorated for his courage. Then, dramatically, he refused to fight. Andy McSmith on an extraordinary episode of wilful defiance

Ernst Jünger’s German platoon overcame the enemy forces with his ‘mastery of the situation and iron command’

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: We heard unfamiliar cries… when I asked, ‘Quelle nation?’ one said, ‘Rajput’

In an extract from the war diary on which he based ‘Storm of Steel’, Ernst Jünger describes an encounter with the Indian Corps

An early colour photograph of the crater left by the biggest of the blasts beneath German positions near Messines on 14 June 1917

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A blast that obliterated 10,000 Germans

When the British detonated 19 mines at Messines on 7 June 1917, it was the biggest man-made explosion ever seen
French ‘poilus’ at Chemin des Dames, where the bloody Nivelle Offensive of 1917 pushed many into mutiny

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Nivelle offensive - when the lambs refused to march to the slaughter

The catastrophic Nivelle offensive saw 40,000 Frenchmen killed in three days. Shortly afterwards, the war’s most significant mutinies began
War effort: Women war workers at Cross Farm, Shackleton, Surrey, in 1917

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The new British front - in the fields

With food imports blocked by German U-boats, the Women's Land Army was vital to Britain's survival
Supporters greet Lenin on his arrival at Finland Station, Petrograd, on 16 April 1917, after a week-long journey by sealed train from Switzerland

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Sealed and delivered - Russia’s most feared revolutionary returns

In a single-carriage train at Gottmadingen, a tiny hillside station on the German side of the Swiss border, one of two German officers drew a line across the floor of the carriage corridor. This chalk divide would have the status of an international border, and if the carriage’s most notorious passenger stepped across it, he would be committing treason.

People watch as a parachute drop takes place near Ranville, France

D-Day 70th anniversary: ‘People ask if I was afraid. It’s a stupid question’

The Paras’ return to Normandy brought back chilling memories

The moment that ushered in the American century: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to ratify a declaration of war against Imperial Germany

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘We desire no conquest, no dominion. The world must be made safe for democracy’

Few US presidents have been so averse to warfare as Woodrow Wilson. And few have changed history so profoundly as he did when he led America into the Europe conflict

WW2 veteran Fred Holborn, from the Fleet Air Arm, looks at British Legion Union flags carrying thank you messages planted in the sand on Gold beach

D-Day 70th anniversary: Seven decades on, a band of brothers meet to pay their respects one last time

As world leaders head to Sword Beach, John Lichfield reports on the private ceremony being ushered into the pages of history

WW2 veteran Fred Holborn, from the Fleet Air Arm, on Gold beach

D-day 70th anniversary: Emotional veterans gather to begin Longest Day commemorations across historic sites of Normandy landings

Event today in Normandy marked the first Allied breakthrough on day of greatest ever military invasion

Ruins of the church of Aunay-sur-Odon in late 1944

D-Day 70th anniversary: ‘I could see the town, my town, burning behind us’

Seventy years after the invasion, Allied bombing that killed 10,000 civilians is being questioned

Filling shells at the Vickers munitions factory, Barrow-in-Furness. Strikers’ grievances included the use of female labour

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The munitions workers who made the British government tremble

It was a struggle within a struggle, in which industrial unrest was brought  to heel only by the direst threats. Chris Blackhurst on a forgotten strike

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