The First World War
The First World War began in 1914 with the assassination of Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, on 28th June. No-one apologised for the shooting and Austria and Serbia declared a war. A large network of alliances grew, as Austria had backing from Germany, and Serbia had backing from Russia. As countries started to make weapons and deploy troops, other countries became involved and the network became even larger.
World War One was a turning point in world history. There had never been a war so big as this in terms of loss of life and mass destruction. Millions of people died, often in battles that seemed to have no winners or losers, just dead and wounded.
The most striking image of WW1 is that of the trenches. On the great battlefields, huge armies lay in waiting, unable to advance on each other. Soldiers on each side dug long trenches, and there in the damp muddy soil, they were forced to live with the constant noise of gunfire.
This website will give you lots of information about the living and working military conditions in the World War One trenches.
On this site we will go into many different areas of information, including the food and rations, sleeping conditions, weather, weaponry, and more.
You will also be able to view videos, and read real life stories from the soldiers who were actually there.