The World War I Story
On 28 June 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, an event which sparked off a war that was to change the lives of millions of people around the world. Over 70 million military personnel were mobilised, more than 9 million combatants were killed. Entire generations of young men from towns and villages across Europe were wiped out. The fighting involved all of the great powers of the day, including the Americans, Canadians, Australians, Russians and the British Empire. World War I saw a significant change in the way wars were fought, as the cavalry charge and 'staged' battles were consigned to history, making the way for a complex system of trenches, heavy artillery, machine-guns and poison gas. Troops learnt to exist for months in confined spaces, fighting bitter battles to push their line forward by a few hundred yards. The war changed the fact of Europe forever, virtually destroying the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires. On 11 November 1918 Germany agreed to a cease-fire, a moment that has become enshrined in public remembrance to this day. The World War I Story is the perfect pocket narrative of one of the largest conflicts in human history: the Great War.
- Electronic book text | 128 pages
- 29 Feb 2012
- The History Press Ltd
- Stroud, United Kingdom
About Chris McNab
Chris McNab is a full-time writer and freelance editor. He has worked on numerous military history books globally and specialises in the development of military weaponry throughout the ages. His books include The Machine Gun Story.