The Sound of a War's End, Visualized

Above we see seven seconds of an audio recording from November 11, 1918. On the left we can see three seconds of guns firing. In the middle? The official time of the ceasefire to end World War I and a sudden reprieve from the staccato of weapons blasting. On the right, the first three seconds of peace. An uneasy… » 3/14/15 7:15pm 3/14/15 7:15pm

Ben Elton Has A Brand New Novel About Traveling Back To Stop World War I

You probably know Ben Elton as the writer behind such amazing shows as Blackadder and The Young Ones. But he's also the author of a ton of novels, many of which explore totally ludicrous science fiction premises with the kind of zany humor you'd expect. (The best are Gridlock and Stark.) And now, he's just published a… » 1/23/15 2:33pm 1/23/15 2:33pm

The 10 Greatest Tank Battles In Military History

Ever since the first armored vehicles crawled across the tortured battlescapes of World War I, tanks have become an indelible fixture of land warfare. Many tank-on-tank engagements have occurred over the years, some more significant — and epic — than others. Here are 10 you need to know about. » 1/23/15 10:00am 1/23/15 10:00am

Zero Stroke Was A Mental Illness That Affected An Entire Country

Have you spent a day busily procrastinating by playing tetris, gone to bed and dreamed of playing tetris? If so you might just have the faint echo of a mental affliction that German people suffered just after World War I. It's called "zero stroke." » 1/16/15 11:50am 1/16/15 11:50am

This World War I Soldier's Bedroom Hasn't Changed Since 1918

Here's one for the history buffs: the Washington Post has some gorgeous, poignant, frozen-in-time photos of a room last occupied in 1918, by a 22-year-old soldier who died in World War I. » 12/30/14 1:55pm 12/30/14 1:55pm

The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. » 12/24/14 11:00am 12/24/14 11:00am

It's the 100th anniversary of World War I: experience it in real time with "The First World War in 261 weeks," a podcast that recounts the events of the war, week by week, 100 years from when they occurred. The podcast will run, as the war did, for five years. Find it on iTunes, Podbean, and Stitcher. [via Metafilter] » 12/09/14 4:30am 12/09/14 4:30am

Was Britain's WWI Blockade The First Atrocity Of The 20th Century?

From 1914 to 1919, the Allied powers restricted the maritime supply of raw materials and foodstuffs to the Central Powers. The policy is often called a key component in the Allied victory, but it resulted in hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, and introduced the world to a terrifying new kind of warfare. » 12/01/14 11:00am 12/01/14 11:00am

11 Intriguing Ways World War I Could Have Turned Out Differently

The First World War may have have featured static battlefields and attritional strategies, but that doesn't mean the course of events from 1914 to 1918 couldn't have unfolded differently. Here are 11 events that could have changed the outcome of the Great War. » 10/29/14 10:00am 10/29/14 10:00am

How WWI Shaped Air Combat — And Still Influences Modern Missions

Planes first appeared over a century ago, but they've changed considerably since then. What hasn't changed, however, is their role in controlling the air, striking, reconnaissance, and mobility — the roots of which go back back to the first World War. » 10/16/14 8:00am 10/16/14 8:00am

This Propaganda Poster Showed Martian Technology Winning World War I

A 1917 poster by French artist Henri Montassier offers hope for a quick conclusion to the war through new technology. But, his image has little in common with the armored vehicles under development. Instead, he unveiled a weapon that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Martian war machines from The War of The Worlds. » 10/13/14 9:20am 10/13/14 9:20am

Trench Warfare in World War I Was a Smarter Strategy Than You Realize

History remembers trench warfare as wasteful, futile, and uninspired, but in reality it was a deeply thought-out system that underwent constant revision. Here's how it worked during World War I. » 9/22/14 11:11am 9/22/14 11:11am

​Lawrence Of Arabia's Hand-Drawn, WWI Map Is Up for Auction

Next month, Sotheby's London will offer for sale T.E. Lawrence's hand-drawn, annotated map of northern Arabia, detailing the route he followed in the days preceding the capture of the Red Sea port of Aqaba in 1917—a victory that would prove decisive in the Arab uprising against the Ottoman Empire in World War I. » 9/17/14 10:47am 9/17/14 10:47am

Black And White Photos From The First World War, Now In Color

To commemorate the World War I centenary, the Open University enlisted a photograph restoration expert to painstakingly colorize black and white images found in archives around the world. Staring at us from across a century, the people in the images convey iconic moments on battlefields and at the home front. » 8/07/14 7:00am 8/07/14 7:00am

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Will Fill The Moat At The Tower Of London

The Tower of London will mark the 100-year anniversary of the First World War with an installation created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins. The Tower's famous dry moat is being slowly filled with red poppies — each representing a British or Colonial fatality during the war. » 8/01/14 4:40pm 8/01/14 4:40pm

Watch The Entire First World War Unfold In Less Than Six Minutes

It was 100 years ago this week that all hell broke loose in Europe. To commemorate the onset of the Great War, YouTuber Emperor Tigerstar has painstakingly put together a timelapse video chronicling every single day of the four year conflict. » 7/28/14 10:55am 7/28/14 10:55am

This Comic Reveals The Terrifying Futility Of The First World War

There's a graphic novel anthology called To End All Wars that's worth checking out. Featuring more than 50 contributors from 13 different countries, the book will be a series of graphic narratives on the topic of the First World War. We have a sneak preview of it right here. » 7/22/14 8:00am 7/22/14 8:00am

Divers Discover Vanished WWI-Era Russian 'Shark' Submarine

Estonian divers working in the Baltic Sea have identified a wreck as being the legendary Tsarist-era Russian submarine known as The Shark, which disappeared without a trace during the First World War. » 7/01/14 1:20pm 7/01/14 1:20pm

What If the Assassination Of Franz Ferdinand Had Been Liveblogged?

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the BBC reported on the event in 'real time' as if it were breaking news. It was a fascinating experiment showing how one of the most seminal events in modern history would have transpired on social media. » 6/30/14 1:40pm 6/30/14 1:40pm

How Each Of The Great Powers Helped Start the First World War

It's the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist — an event that escalated into unprecedented global conflict known today as World War I. Most historians say Germany led the charge into war, but seven other powers deserve a share in the blame. » 6/27/14 11:00am 6/27/14 11:00am