Articles About World War I

As we mark the one-hundredth anniversary of “The Great War,” I’ve been accumulating links to articles that can serve as a mini classroom for learning about the conflict we now call World War I.

First up, a new film by Peter Jackson:

14-18-Now from the Imperial War Museum.

Second, a website dedicated to the anniversary of the war:

First World War Centenary

Third, links to two sets of photos:

All Quiet on the Western Front as Haunting Images of the Great War’s Battlefields are Revealed Before Remembrance Day

World War I in Photos

Here is an infographic from the History Channel: World War I by the Numbers

Then an interesting post about the cultural impacts of the war: “The Wall Street Journal has selected 100 legacies from World War I that continue to shape our lives today.”

100 Years, 100 Legacies: Tracing the Echoes of World War I

Next up, “A multimedia history of world war one”: FirstWorldWar.com

Next, two reviews of an interesting new book:

Review: The Yanks are Coming! A Military History of the United States in World War I

“The Yanks Are Coming!” A Military History of the United States in WWI

M-A pic for WWI links post

The Meuse-Argonne American Military Cemetery in northeastern France (Photo by John Biver)

Next, an old book (by Winston Churchill) reviewed with a long excerpt:

Churchill and the ‘Unknown War’
The American diplomat and historian George F. Kennan called the First World War the “seminal catastrophe” of the 20th century. Churchill agreed: “All three [Eastern Front] empires, both sides, victors and vanquished, were ruined … The Houses of Romanov, Hapsburg and Hohenzollern woven over the centuries of renown into the texture of Europe were shattered and extirpated. The structure of three mighty organisms built up by generations of patience and valour and representing the traditional groupings of noble branches of the European family, was changed beyond all semblance.” They were replaced by “a fearsome set of internationalists and logicians [who] built a sub-human structure upon the ruins of Christian civilization.”

Here are the remaining articles — all worth whatever time you might have to read (and I’ll continue to add articles as I come across them):

10 Events that Led to the End of World War I
This is the list of events of 1917 and 1918 that changed the course of World War I and, the course of history.

10 Events that Led to World War I
World War I was caused by a combination of several factors but above all, it was caused by the tensions between the European powers and crisis of the balance-of-power system that divided Europe into two camps.

5 Reasons for the US Entry into World War I
The United States played a crucial role in the outcome of World War I and the subsequent peace treaty, however, the country tried very hard to stay neutral throughout most of the conflict which it saw as a European affair. By 1917, Woodrow Wilson’s policy and public opinion changed in favor of the US entry into World War I for the following 5 reasons that are described below.

10 Greatest World War I Generals
World War I battles were commanded by many brilliant generals on both sides. Combined, they led some 65 million men, many of which sacrificed their lives for an advancement of a few feet. However, they also led some of the greatest battles of all time. Listed below are 10 greatest World War I generals who played a key role in the outcome of the war which dramatically influenced the later 20th century history.

C. S. Lewis and the Great War
A hundred years ago, Lewis was an atheist in the trenches of a terrible war.

10 WW I Battles That Killed Christianity
World War I is responsible for destroying Christianity as a moral order. Christianity survives today, of course, and even thrives in parts of the world, but it does so in the West as a form of resistance or as a reprieve from the day-to-day grind of life in secular democracies. This was not always the case. What is now known as Europe was once referred to as “Christendom” due to the fact that Europeans by and large operated under a Christian moral order.

Lessons from Germany’s ‘Spring Offensive,’ 100 Years Later
One hundred years ago this month, all hell broke loose in France. On March 21, 1918, the German army on the Western Front unleashed a series of massive attacks on the exhausted British and French armies.

Battle of Verdun, 21 February- 18 December 1916
The Battle of Verdun was the longest and most costly battle of the First World War. It would dominate much of the fighting of 1916, forcing France’s allies to fight battles that might otherwise not have been fought, or to alter the timing of their offensives to provide indirect aid to the French. By the end of the battle the French and Germans between them had lost close to one million men.

World War I: Wasted Lives on Armistice Day
On November 11, 1918, Armistice Day, the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) on the Western Front in France suffered more than thirty-five hundred casualties, although it had been known unofficially for two days that the fighting would end that day and known with absolute certainty as of 5 o’clock that morning that it would end at 11 a.m.

How did so many soldiers survive the trenches?

Passchendaele At 100
With over 1.5 million soldiers from almost every part of the British Empire having taken part in the battle—which lasted from July 31 to November 6, 1917—it has also been extensively covered in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.

10 Significant Battles Of The First World War

The Yanks over There — 100 Years Ago
American intervention saved Western Europe in World War I, but the result was a failed armistice.

How World War I Changed America, 100 Years On

How America’s Reasons For Entering World War I Resonate Today
On the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, the reasons we went to war hold an eerie resemblance to issues facing our country today.

Film Synchronizes Present Day Locations With Historic Footage from the Somme Offensive

World War I marks a bloody anniversary: Why the Battle of the Somme marks a turning point of World War I

When 19,000 British troops died in a single day

The Hinge of the Great War

The Battle of the Somme 100 years on

Battle Without End: The casualties of Verdun

Killing The Dead: Atheists Attack A World War I Memorial
We forget World War I at our own peril. Whether we know it or not, society continues to experience its aftershocks today.

American Minute with Bill Federer: Middle East Oil, World War I, Woodrow Wilson, Sergeant York

Five Lessons Americans Should Learn from World War One

September 1914: Before the Trenches

Why America Fought: The Lessons of World War I

The First World War’s Relevance to Our Times

The World the Great War Swept Away: In 1914, Europe was Prosperous and What Followed Was Unimaginable

100 Years on, Buried WWI Shells Pose Threat in French Fields

When the ‘Guns of August’ Ignited

Winston Churchill’s Brilliant Plan that Almost Prevented the First World War

The Lessons of World War I

World War I Reparations Weren’t As Unfair As You Think: The Anniversary of World War I’s Beginning is a Good Time to Challenge Conventional Wisdom — Did the Versailles Treaty Actually Cause World War II?

Who Started World War I?

The Great War Revisited: Why it Began, why it Continued, and What All That Means for Today

1914 — The West Starts Dying

What You Should Know About The Armenian Genocide

Backgrounder: The Armenian Genocide

Review of Eugene Rogan’s ‘The Fall of the Ottomans’

WWI’s Western Front: War is Hell, But There are Many Levels of Hell

A New Book on the Armenian Genocide