How The Sinking Of The Lusitania Heralded An Entirely New Kind Of War

A century ago today, the world’s most famous luxury liner, the Lusitania, was sunk by a German U-boat. It was a shocking incident, one that signaled a disturbing change in how the war was to be fought. It also set the U.S. on a path that would eventually lead it to war. Here’s what happened on that fateful day in May. » 5/07/15 9:00am 5/07/15 9:00am

How The Most Daring Plan Of WWI Turned Into A Military Disaster

This coming Sunday marks the centenary of one of WWI’s most infamous campaigns: Gallipoli. It was an audacious attempt by the Entente to break the European deadlock with a master stroke. Instead, it quickly turned into a hellish ordeal and a resounding defeat. Here’s why Gallipoli seemed like a good idea at the time… » 4/20/15 11:10am 4/20/15 11:10am

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 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

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

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

​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