War is not the best way of settling differences; it is the only way of preventing their being settled for you. — G. K. Chesterton

The Great War

1914-1918
Germany, Austria, Ottoman Empire and allies
 — versus — 
France, Britain, Russia, Serbia, United States and Allies

Introduction

A general synopsis of the Great War, including battle details, is currently under construction. Until it is finished, information about the Great War, now known as World War I, can be found on the Great War Era Page which concludes the history of the British Empire.

Additional information is presented as follows:


Commander
Short Biography
Horatio Kitchener Military hero of the late 19th century, first in Sudan, and later in the Boer Wars
Ferdinand Foch Military theorist and teacher who became Field Marshall of the Allies during the Great War.
Joseph Joffre Commander and chief of the French army during the early years of the Great War.
General Pershing Leader of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Lawrence of Arabia Middle east archeologist and historian who served with the British and Arab irregulars during WWI.
Sergeant York Great War veteran famous for his heroic exploits during the Battle of Argonne.
George V King of England during the Great War. Relinquished all German holdings; changed name to Windsor.
Hindenberg Commander-and-chief of German forces during the Great War.
Kaiser William II Second Kaiser built up a strong navy, , and bumbled into disastrous World War.


Book Links
Heroes of the Great War  by  G. A. Leask
Thrilling Deeds of British Airmen  by  Eric Wood
Heroes and Heroic Deeds of the Great War  by  D. A. Mackenzie
Gallipoli  by  John Masefield
Fix Bayonets!  by  J. W. Thomason
World at War  by  M. B. Synge
Little Book of the War  by  E. M. Tappan
Story of the Great War  by  Roland Usher
War Inventions and How they were Invented  by  Charles Gibson
Boys' Book of Battles  by  Chelsea Fraser
French Twins  by  Lucy F. Perkins
Belgian Twins  by  Lucy F. Perkins

Image Links


Argonne Forest; showing the concrete dugouts of German headquarters
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Battle Map: Ypres
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Ypres; The Cloth Hall in ruins
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Menin Road; showing effects of artillery fire
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Battle Map: Verdune
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Verdun; showing effects of bombardment
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Battle Map: Marne
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Belleau Woods
 in Boys' Book of Battles

First American pontoon bridge across the Marne on Chateau Thierry front
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Battle Map: Argonne
 in Boys' Book of Battles

Montfaucon; showing German observation positions captured by the American army
 in Boys' Book of Battles

British battle fleet in action in the North Sea. The Lion leading.
 in Boys' Book of Sea Fights

Battle Map: Falkland Islands
 in Boys' Book of Sea Fights

Battle Map: Jutland
 in Boys' Book of Sea Fights

What the Officer in the Submarine sees through his periscope
 in War Inventions
The Officer looking through his periscope
The Officer looking through his periscope
 in War Inventions

This great gun is in position for firing, but it looks as though it were aiming at the moon
 in War Inventions

This is one of the famous 75's which proved of such valuable assistance to the French in the Great War
 in War Inventions

The Queen Elizabeth in Action: Each of her 15-inch guns can throw a 1 ton shell 24 miles
 in War Inventions

A Torpedo on board a Man-of-War
 in War Inventions

Mending a Zeppelin: This Zeppelin shows how a man may climb up the metal structure
 in War Inventions

A fight in mid-air: You can recognise the British aeroplane by its eye-like mark
 in War Inventions

Sargeant O'Leary at La Bassee
 in Heroes of the Great War

The Two Brave Sergeants at 'L' Battery
 in Heroes of the Great War

Into the Hurricane of Shot and Shell
 in Heroes of the Great War

Wilson mowing down the Germans with their own Gun
 in Heroes of the Great War

A thrilling rescue!
 in Heroes of the Great War

Lieutenant Martin's Gallant Stand
 in Heroes of the Great War

Woolley hurled bomb after bomb.
 in Heroes of the Great War

Naik Darwan Sing Negi clearing the trench
 in Heroes of the Great War

The charge of the 9th Lancers at Mons
 in Heroes and Heroic Deeds of the Great War

Indian Gallantry at the Front
 in Heroes and Heroic Deeds of the Great War

The Hawk and the Dove: An aerial duel between a British biplane
 in Heroes and Heroic Deeds of the Great War

The last of the Emden
 in Heroes and Heroic Deeds of the Great War

The Galllipoli Peninsula
 in Gallipoli

Cape Helles, Gallipoli
 in Gallipoli

A view showing Morte Bay, De Tott's Battery, and the Asiatic Coast
 in Gallipoli

A remarkable view of V Beach, taken from S.S. River Clyde
 in Gallipoli

Some of the barbed wire entanglements near Sed-dul-Bahr
 in Gallipoli

Anzac from the Sea
 in Gallipoli

View of Anzac, looking toward Suvla
 in Gallipoli

Anzac Cove
 in Gallipoli

A long focus view taken over the top of our trenches at Anzac
 in Gallipoli

Australians at work at Anzac two days before the evacuation took place
 in Gallipoli

A boatload of British troops leaving the S.S. Nile for one
 in Gallipoli

Inside an Australian trench
 in Gallipoli

An Australian bringing in a wounded comrade to hospital
 in Gallipoli

The Pan-German Plan.
 in The Little Book of the War

The Western Battle Lines
 in The Little Book of the War

The Italian Front
 in The Little Book of the War

German Penetration of Russia.
 in The Little Book of the War

The Eastern Front
 in The Little Book of the War

Four Allied Commanders in France
 in The Little Book of the War

One of Our Most Powerful Battleships
 in The Little Book of the War

A Part of one of our Great Army Training Camps
 in The Little Book of the War
Westward Ho--1620; Eastward Ho--1917
Westward Ho--1620; Eastward Ho--1917
 in The Story of the Great War

The Triple Entente and Triple Alliance in 1914
 in The Story of the Great War

German column passing through Belgian town
 in The Story of the Great War

Battle Map: Berlin to Baghdad
 in The Story of the Great War

Austria-Hungary and the Balkans
 in The Story of the Great War

German map of invasion of France from Unser Heiliger Krieg.
 in The Story of the Great War

The Battle of Marne: from a sketch by the author
 in The Story of the Great War

Successive stages of the German retreat during the Battle of Marne
 in The Story of the Great War

The shift in the battle line from September 6 to October 17.
 in The Story of the Great War

The numbered arrows show the successive german assaults from October, 1914,
 in The Story of the Great War

A bit of testimony about public opinion in Germany upon atrocities.
 in The Story of the Great War

German sketch of great English and French night bombardment
 in The Story of the Great War

The Gallipoli Peninsula
 in The Story of the Great War

French observation balloon. Note transport wagons, horse lines, cemetery,
 in The Story of the Great War

Aeroplane picture of German trench lines at Malmaison, December 1917
 in The Story of the Great War

Interior view of French concrete machine gun nest
 in The Story of the Great War

German concrete house above ground on the Hindenburg line
 in The Story of the Great War

French trench with periscope and field telephone
 in The Story of the Great War

British advance artillery observation post, with periscope and field telephone
 in The Story of the Great War

Sketch for L'Illustration Paris of French charge in fall of 1915.
 in The Story of the Great War

Poland, 1914.
 in The Story of the Great War

The Polish offensive, 1915.
 in The Story of the Great War

The beginning and the end of the German Drive
 in The Story of the Great War

Aeroplane photograph of German gas attack.
 in The Story of the Great War

Sketch showing first British charge in gas masks. Note rapid pace
 in The Story of the Great War

The shaded area is the territory the Italians desired to win
 in The Story of the Great War

Detailed map of allied gains in 1916
 in The Story of the Great War

Battle line in 1916 and total allied gain in that year. Note its small area
 in The Story of the Great War

Successive German gains at Verdun
 in The Story of the Great War

A Quiet little party
 in The Story of the Great War

French poster designed to show German atrocities
 in The Story of the Great War

Belgium—Defiant
 in The Story of the Great War

British poster to arouse sympathy for Belgian refugees
 in The Story of the Great War

Sketch for London graphic of aŽroplane attack in rain storm on
 in The Story of the Great War

Cooperative attack by French tanks and aeroplanes in combined
 in The Story of the Great War

Allied gain in 1917 duel
 in The Story of the Great War

West front in 1917 and total gain in that year
 in The Story of the Great War

The shaded area shows Italia Irredenta
 in The Story of the Great War

Steet barricade, Petrograd, March, 1917
 in The Story of the Great War

Russian mob, mainly women, bearing red flag, advancing on the Duma
 in The Story of the Great War

John Bull feeding his dear little friend.
 in The Story of the Great War

Sketch for London Graphic of French charge behind barrage
 in The Story of the Great War

Italian trench in moutains, 1915
 in The Story of the Great War

Photograph of actual destruction of submarine by depth bomb
 in The Story of the Great War

Attack on Zeebrugge
 in The Story of the Great War

Ostend Harbor
 in The Story of the Great War

French troops charging protected by large French tank, 1918. Note
 in The Story of the Great War

British Camp in Palestine
 in The Story of the Great War

British auxiliary troops advancing in Palestine
 in The Story of the Great War

French aeroplane photograph of advance attack in three waves
 in The Story of the Great War

French temporary trenches to stop German advance, March, 1918
 in The Story of the Great War

French counter-attack with liquid fire during German first
 in The Story of the Great War

British midnight counter-attack during German offensive, March 1918.
 in The Story of the Great War

British battery advancing over plank road to stop German offensive, 1918. A shell has just exploded behind the battery.
 in The Story of the Great War

French official photograph of American regulars leaving the
 in The Story of the Great War

French official photograph of American regulars mopping up Cantigny
 in The Story of the Great War

Aeroplane photograph of American assault in three weeks, 1918. Note
 in The Story of the Great War

German machine gun nest of concrete concealed by trees and
 in The Story of the Great War

The St. Mihiel Salient
 in The Story of the Great War

The four German defense lines and first operations of Foch
 in The Story of the Great War

German dugout entrance with entrances to officer's shelters,
 in The Story of the Great War

German shelter for large gun to conceal it from aeroplane
 in The Story of the Great War

French whippet tanks charging with American troops, 1918. Note
 in The Story of the Great War

French charge in liaison formation the final french military achievement.
 in The Story of the Great War

The allied offensive—1918
 in The Story of the Great War

From a sketch by the author
 in The Story of the Great War

The territory surrendered by the Germans at the Armistice
 in The Story of the Great War

The rearrangement of Europe to which the allies pledged themselves
 in The Story of the Great War

The Glorious Achievement of Lieut. Warneford
 in Thrilling Deeds of British Airmen

The British Air Raid on Cuxhaven, Christmas Day, 1914.
 in Thrilling Deeds of British Airmen

A British aeroplane ablaze after a duel with a giant biplane.
 in Thrilling Deeds of British Airmen

A seaplane 'spotting' a submarine.
 in Thrilling Deeds of British Airmen

The R.N.A.S. at work.
 in Thrilling Deeds of British Airmen

The destruction of a Zeppelin at Cuffley.
 in Thrilling Deeds of British Airmen