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The Great War's Centenary Begins

June 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the event that set World War I into motion. Join us over the next four years as we commemorate the Centennial of the Great War! Throughout the four year Centennial we will be highlighting the numerous battles of WWI as well as interesting facts from all fronts of the war.

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Imperial War Museum's 'Lives of the First World War'

To mark the First World War Centenary, IWM is creating Lives of the First World War. This innovative, interactive platform will inspire people across the world to explore, research and share the life stories of those who served in uniform and worked on the home front. By the end of the centenary this will build into a permanent digital memorial, saving their stories for future generations.

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History Channel's The World Wars

In honor of Memorial Day and the upcoming Centennial of World War I, the History Channel presents The World Wars. In this exciting docudrama, we examine the lives of five individuals who were shaped during World War I and reshaped our world during World War II. The three night event highlights the lives of Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt, and George Patton.

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Historian Sir Hew Strachan Discusses the Impact of the Great War

Sir Hew Strachan, editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War and author of numerous books on the Great War, recently shared his thoughts on the lasting impact of World War I. His comments are available below and on The Oxford University Press Blog.

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Flirting with Danger: The Fantasy of Mata Hari Documentary Preview

A palpable tension held its grip on Paris in 1917. It was the third disastrous year of World War I. France was losing badly -- and looking for someone to blame. In mid-February, word spread through the city that one of the most famous women in Europe had been arrested and accused of spying for Germany. Her name was Mata Hari. Learn more about Young Indy Documentaries

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MI5 to Release Files on Mata Hari and Other WWI Spies

As we approach the Centennial of World War I, news outlets and organizations around the world are discussing the events and tragedies of the Great War more than ever. Tanks and planes are being restored and files that were once stamped "TOP SECRET" are being dusted off and brought into public view. Maybe we'll learn of Hari's secret rendezvous with a young Belgian Officer.

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World War I Still Claiming Lives

Did you know that World War I continues to add to its death toll each year? All along the Western Front, thousands of tons of unexploded ordinance is buried, hidden in the ground awaiting an untimely discovery.

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Remembering World War I

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as we commemorate the Centennial of the Great War! Throughout the four year Centennial we will be highlighting the numerous battles and fronts where Young Indy saw action.

Wondering where Indiana Jones fits in with World War I? Check out our Young Indiana Jones: Volume II section to learn more about Indy's many roles in the Great War!

WWI Battle of the Month

In the early days of August, 1914 the world held its breath as the major powers of Europe plunged into war. The assassination of Austria’s Archduke in June of that year resulted in a failed ultimatum against Serbia, the nation blamed for the murder. On July 28, 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This action set in motion the alliances that would ultimately begin what would become the First World War. The Germans were quick to put their Schlieffen Plan in motion and promptly invaded the neutral nation of Belgium.

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WWI Fact of the Week
Early Gas Masks- Cloth and What?

Before the advent of the gas mask, soldiers often placed urine-soaked cloth or handkerchiefs over their mouth and nose to neutralize the effects of certain gasses (chlorine). Although gas masks would replace this method of protection, it still proved somewhat useful in a pinch.

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