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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A poet leads his nation into war

For nine months, Italy had kept clear of the carnage. Then dissolute, charismatic Gabriele D’Annunzio intervened

Cunard liner RMS Lusitania, after secret Whitehall misgivings about the official account of one of the most controversial and tragic episodes of the First World War were revealed in newly-released government documents. Almost 70 years after the Cunard liner RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland, some officials expressed concern that the truth was still being covered up

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The sinking of the ‘Lusitania’ - the torpedo that changed the course of war

Germany said the British liner was a legitimate target. But the U-boat attack that killed 1,198 civilians caused such outrage that it sounded the death knell for US neutrality

Volunteer nurse Florence Farmborough was part of the Russian retreat from Gorlice

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A British nurse on the Eastern front

A teacher in Moscow at the outbreak of war, Florence Farmborough was a volunteer nurse with the Russian army. This is her account of the Gorlice-Tarnow Offensive on the Polish front

Allied troops at Anzac Cove (Gaba Tepe) during the Gallipoli campaign

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Bloodbath at Anzac Cove

It was meant to provide a quick breakthrough to offset the deadlock in Europe. Instead, the Gallipoli campaign was a ghastly shambles, spawning legends of betrayal and heroism that continue to fire Antipodean imaginations

Children of Armenian refugees in a camp

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Turkish holocaust begins

23-24 April 1915: The overnight arrest in Constantinople of hundreds of intellectuals was the first public act of the war’s most terrible crime. Robert Fisk on the Armenian genocide
German infantrymen attack through a cloud of poison gas. By the end of the war, both sides had employed various kinds of gas

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: An eye-witness account of the first gas attack

De Panne, 22 April 1915: Anthony R Hossack, of Canada’s Queen Victoria Rifles, was near the Ypres front line when the Germans unleashed a terrible new weapon: poison gas. This is his eyewitness account of the deadly effects of a monstrous military innovation
Residents assess the damage after Suffolk was rocked by bomb attacks mounted by German Zeppelin

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Terror from the sky marked the start of total war

Even a quiet Suffolk seaside town was not safe. Charlie Cooper on the night it rained bombs
Russian artillery positions outside Przemysl, during the six-month siege of the heavily fortified Austro-Hungarian city, part of present-day Poland

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The fall of a mighty Austro-Hungarian stronghold

The city of Przemysl was considered impregnable. Bernard Pares witnessed its abject surrender

Indian soldiers serving in France were known for their fighting spirit

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A moment of glory on the Western Front for the soldiers of the Raj

The contribution of imperial troops to the Allied war effort is often overlooked. But the Indian Corps made a dazzling debut in the European theatre of war

A mass execution by firing squad following the unsuccessful Singapore mutiny of 1915

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The mutiny that sent a ripple of fear through the Empire

A revolt by a regiment of Indian troops in Singapore was nearly disastrous for Britain

A wounded American in a London hospital reads a magazine with a red cross nurse by his bedside.

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: Medals for the nurses dubbed the 'mad Englishwomen' of Belgium

Thousands of nurses flocked to the Western Front in the early months of the war. Few were so unorthodox, or had such dramatic impact, as Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm. Andy McSmith examines the legend of the ‘women of Pervyse’

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: When Britain tried to rule the North Sea waves

Continuing our centenary series, Jamie Merrill describes the Battle of Dogger Bank on 24 January 1915, a naval encounter that didn’t quite live up to the official spin

British and German soldiers mixed on the front lines during the Christmas of 1914

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the guns fell silent for Christmas

Continuing our series marking the centenary  of the First World War, Archie Bland revisits the moment – stranger than fiction – when  both sides spontaneously stopped fighting and, for a while, goodwill reigned in no-man’s-land

The remains of the restaurant and buffet of the Grand Hotel, Scarborough, following the German navy’s attack

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The day they shelled Scarborough

For much of 1914, the conflict remained a remote, almost abstract concept for people in Britain. Then, just  before Christmas, the German navy struck. Jonathan Brown recalls the attacks that shocked the nation

The ruins of the cloth hall and cathedral in Ypres during WWI

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

Continuing our centenary series, Margot Asquith, the wife of the Prime Minister, describes a haunting trip through the ruins of Ypres

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