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World War 1 began on 28th of July 1914 and ended on 11th of November 1918. About 10 million soldiers died in the war, as well as 6.6 million civilians.

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World War One

  • At the time, World War 1 was known as “The Great War”, and only began to be referred to as the First World War following the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.
  • The longest battle of the war was fought on the banks of the River Somme, in France, from the 1st of July to the 18th of November 1916. Over a million soldiers lost their lives.
  • During World War 1, Marie Curie developed mobile x-ray machines what could be taken to field hospitals. Blood banks were also first used during the war.
  • World War 1 was the first major war in which airplanes were used.
  • The armistice that ended the fighting was signed at 11 am, on the 11th of November 1918, but the war officially ended on the 28th of June 1919.

Videos

World War 1 Cousins

The Horrible Histories team explain the relationships between the monarchies of Russia, Germany and Great Britain.

Running time: 2:15

Horrible Histories – World War 1 Sketch

The Horrible Histories team publish a humorous magazine in the trenches.

Running time: 1:50

World War 1 Facts

The video gives a comprehensive overview of the war for older children.

Running time: 10:38

What was life like in the trenches of World War I?

The video gives an insight into the conditions that soldiers had to live in.

Running time: 10:38

Books

Stubby

From an army training camp to the trenches in France, this is the incredible true story of Sergeant Stubby, the dog who served bravely in the First World War, sniffing out gas attacks, catching spies and winning the hearts of his fellow soldiers.

One Boy's War

A young soldier’s honest portrayal, told through letters home and a frank journal, of his enthusiasm for the 1914 recruitment campaign, and joining up – followed by the disillusionment and degradation of soldiering in the trenches of World War I.

Private Peaceful

The story follows twenty-four hours in the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a soldier in the trenches on the front line. 

See Inside First World War

This is a fascinating flap book packed with essential information about the First World War, from the start of the conflict in 1914, to its resolution in 1918.

You Wouldn't Want to be in the Trenches in World War One!

From sharing your bed with rats and lice to a diet of bully beef, bread and biscuits, discover why you really wouldn’t want to be a soldier living in a trench during World War One.

The Story of the First World War for Children

The Story of the First World War for Children (1914-1918) is a fact-packed information book that relates the unfolding events and the human stories in a way that brings history vividly to life.

The Story of World War One

Full of wonderful, full-colour illustrations and interesting stories, this is a timely addition to existing books on the subject that will interest even the most reluctant readers.

Frightful First World War

In Frightful First World War readers can discover the the full story: what the ‘Fat King’ did with food scraps and dead horses how sniffing your own pee could save your life in a gas attack why a pair of old socks gave away top German secrets.

DK Findout! World War I

Learn about World War 1 using this fantastic book from the DK Findout! series.

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