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World War I Articles

World War I was initially known as “the war to end all wars”. Alas, it would prove a misnomer. In its wake, empires were dissolved, new states were created, and fractured political relations persisted. As brutal as this war was, its outcome led to further instability that heralded the arrival of the Second World War, and it’s sometimes overshadowed by the more devastating conflict that was to come. However, WWI is an engrossing topic in its own right.

Consider the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the heir presumptive to the throne of Austria-Hungary. How did the death of a man set to inherit an empire that no longer exists today set in motion a global conflict that would draw in numerous other nations and lead to millions of deaths?

Or ponder the WWI record of Harry Truman. Legally blind in one eye and initially turned away from a military career, Truman would not only go on to enlist, but jumpstart a political career and lead the US as president and commander in chief during WWII. Would the world be the same if it weren’t for his wartime experience?

Beyond the well-known figures, our World War I stories will help you discover new heroes, like the Harlem Hellfighters, an all-Black regiment, and Edith Cavell, a nurse who risked her life on the battlefield. 

Nonfiction and historical fiction books alike bring a vividness to the trenches. If you’re in the mood to watch history unfold on screen, why not explore the best WWI films? We’ve got everything you need to explore every angle of this devastating global conflict.


Why Cats Were the Perfect Companions in the Trenches of WWI

Throughout the trench systems that ran along the Western Front, there were an estimated 500,000 cats—here’s why.

10 Moving Anti-War Books

Authors explore the horrors of war from different perspectives and across generations.

The Bittersweet History Behind Armistice Day

The final day of WWI has become an anniversary of respect and remembrance for fallen soldiers.

8 Heartwrenching Books Like All Quiet on the Western Front

These thought-provoking reads reflect on the human impact of war.

The Last Charge of the Bicycle Brigade

The humble bicycle had a suprisingly important role in both world wars.

The Tragic Wartime Sinking of Passenger Ship RMS Lusitania

The torpedo attack killed hundreds of civilians and turned international opinion against Imperial Germany.

12 Inspiring Books About POWs

These stories remind us that hope can triumph over anything.

9 Wartime Pocket Manuals That Put You in a Soldier's State of Mind

These how-to guides will instantly transport you back in time.

7 Remarkable War Memorials in England

These striking monuments pay tribute to those who served.

10 World War I Novels That Shed New Light on the Conflict

Historical fiction breathes new life into the Great War.

The First Battle of the Marne Reset Expectations for World War I

The Allies went from a panicked retreat to a surprising triumph.

How the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand Sparked World War I

The Archduke was murdered by a Yugoslav nationalist, setting off an explosive chain of events.

WWI Veterans Came Together to Demand Their Bonuses in a 1932 March on Washington

The Bonus Army, abandoned by the government amidst the Great Depression, took matters into their own hands.

President Harry Truman's Exemplary WWI Record

The 33rd president had an admirable military career.