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  • Brig.-Gen. Hon. Anthony Morton Henley (1873 - 1925)
    He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England. He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, in 1895 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). He was admi...
  • General Sir Archibald Hunter GCB GCVO DSO (1856 - 1936)
    General Sir Archibald Hunter GCB GCVO DSO From: Archibald Hunter "Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia" General Sir Archibald Hunter GCB GCVO DSO (6 September 1856 – 28 June 1936) was a General in...
  • William Leveson-Gower, 4th Earl Granville (1880 - 1953)
    "Vice Admiral Sir William Spencer Leveson-Gower, 4th Earl Granville KG, GCVO, CB, DSO (11 July 1880 – 25 June 1953), styled The Honourable William Leveson-Gower until 1939, was a British naval c...
  • Sir Harold Nicolson, KCVO (1886 - 1968)
    Sir Harold Nicholson Celebrated husband of VIta Sackville-West. Together they created the celebrated gardens at Sissinghurst Castle During the First World War, he served at the Foreign Office in ...
  • Brig.-General Hon. Arthur Melland Asquith, DSO** (1883 - 1939)
    Arthur Melland Asquith Brigadier General Arthur M. Asquith Born 24 April 1883 Died 25 August 1939 (aged 56) Devon, England Allegiance United Kingdom Service/branch Royal Naval Division ...

World War I (WWI), predominantly called the World War or the Great War was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. It involved all the world's great powers, which were assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (based on the Triple Entente of the United Kingdom, France and Russia) and the Central Powers (originally centred around the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy).

Ultimately more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history. More than 9 million combatants were killed, largely because of great technological advances in firepower without corresponding advances in mobility. It was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history, subsequently paving the way for various political changes such as revolutions in the nations involved.

Causes of the War

Long-term causes of the war included the imperialistic foreign policies of the great powers of Europe, including the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Russian Empire, the British Empire, France, and Italy.

The assassination on 28 June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by a Yugoslav nationalist was the proximate trigger of the war. It resulted in a Habsburg ultimatum against the Kingdom of Serbia. Several alliances formed over the previous decades were invoked, so within weeks the major powers were at war; via their colonies, the conflict soon spread around the world.


On 28 July, the conflict opened with the Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia, followed by the German invasion of Belgium, Luxembourg and France; and a Russian attack against Germany. After the German march on Paris was brought to a halt, the Western Front settled into a static battle of attrition with a trench line that changed little until 1917. In the East, the Russian army successfully fought against the Austro-Hungarian forces but was forced back by the German army.

Additional fronts opened after the Ottoman Empire joined the war in 1914, Italy and Bulgaria in 1915 and Romania in 1916. The Russian Empire collapsed in March 1917, and Russia left the war after the October Revolution later that year. After a 1918 German offensive along the western front, United States forces entered the trenches and the Allies drove back the German armies in a series of successful offensives. Germany, which had its own trouble with revolutionaries at this point, agreed to a cease-fire on 11 November 1918, later known as Armistice Day. The war had ended in victory for the Allies.

By the war's end, four major imperial powers—the German, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires—had been militarily and politically defeated and ceased to exist. The successor states of the former two lost a great amount of territory, while the latter two were dismantled entirely. The map of central Europe was redrawn into several smaller states. The League of Nations was formed in the hope of preventing another such conflict. The European nationalism spawned by the war and the breakup of empires, the repercussions of Germany's defeat and problems with the Treaty of Versailles are generally agreed to be factors contributing to World War II.

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