World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war ended one hundred years ago, on November 11, 1918.
Contemporaneously described as the “War to End All Wars”, the conflict began July 28, 1914 and involved more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest and deadliest conflicts in history.
Over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war, a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents’ technological and industrial sophistication, and the tactical stalemate caused by grueling trench warfare.
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