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Ghosts of the World Wars: Haunting images take you back in time combining historical photographs with their modern-day settings

Weary soldiers appear alongside tourists and the trenches of France are refilled

Siegfried Sassoon as a second lieutenant in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. His bravery won him the Military Cross in July 1916, but he later turned against the war

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘The bomb had given him its full explosion’

A diary entry by Siegfried Sassoon conveys the texture of his traumatic experiences in the trenches

The tear-stained letter

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘Dearest Win, I have a feeling that I shall not come back again’

Frank Bracey, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, was on leave and staying with his mother when he wrote this letter – to be opened in the event of his death

The Ottoman army besieged the British forces for 147 days until they surrendered on 29 April 1916

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Shambles on the Tigris - a general’s complacency and an abject surrender

Besieged in Mesopotamia, General Sir Charles Townshend allowed a crisis to turn into a catastrophe. Patrick Cockburn on one of Britain’s great military disasters
A steamer hit by a torpedo during the First World War

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘I couldn’t bear the sight any longer. I lowered the periscope and dived’

U-boat commander Adolf von Spiegel describes his mixed emotions on sinking an Allied steamer
Britain saw the Easter Rising as a stab in the back and the rebels, pictured here being led to captivity, as traitors. Subsequent executions made them into national heroes

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A botched coup, sanctified by martyrdom

The failed uprising by Irish nationalists was an important event in the Great War – one that the British still fail to understand
Chandeliers and bed rest

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: In an exotic Regency residence, an oasis of hope for limbless soldiers

Brighton’s famous Pavilion played a vital, forgotten role in rehabilitating troops

Conscripts, among the first men ever to be compelled to join the British Army, undergo a medical

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Britain introduces conscription when the appeal to patriotic sentiment was no longer enough

As frontline losses grew, it became clear that only forced recruitment would keep the war effort going

French troops under shellfire during the Battle of Verdun

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Verdun's storm of shellfire that obliterated 300,000 men

Synonymous with futility and heroic defiance, it was the biggest battle the world had ever seen. John Lichfield on an inferno that marked the birth of the age of warfare by mass destruction

Italian light infantry of the 1st Alpini Regiment on Monte Nero, during the Isonzo campaigns

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Poet Giuseppe Ungaretti finds his voice amidst the horror of the ‘white war’

Italians endured years of bloody, futile fighting in the Alps. But a literary giant arose from the carnage. Peter Popham on the awakening of the artistically-inclined 27-year-old

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus: The life and legacy of the famous explorer

He might have believed it was Asia but his voyages to America changed the world

Flora Sandes, who rose from private to sergeant-major in the Serbian army, playing chess with her Serbian comrades. After the war ended, she was promoted to lieutenant

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: On an Albanian mountain top, a British woman joins Serbia’s army

Born in England, of Irish descent, Flora Sandes became a Serbian military heroine. Louise Miller explains how a Suffolk nurse found fame and fulfilment as a soldier far from home

George Samson is celebrated on a cigarette card of the time

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: White feather for winner of Victoria Cross

Carnoustie, 12 October 1915: George Samson is humiliated as a coward. A few female patriots liked to humiliate young men they saw on the streets out of uniform. Even a war hero, in his home town, was not exempt

Laid to rest: Edith Cavell circa 1905

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: 'Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness...'

As a British nurse in occupied Belgium, Edith Cavell helped soldiers avoid captivity until she was betrayed and shot by a German firing squad in 1915. This remarkable account is by the Reverend H Stirling T Gahan, British chaplain in Brussels
2nd Lieutenant John Kipling is thought to have been killed in The Chalk Pit, in Loos, France, on 27 September 1915

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘It was a short life. I’m sorry all the years’ work ended in one afternoon’

Rudyard Kipling was one of the war’s great literary voices of patriotism. Then his own son went into battle, and was never seen again

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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