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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.


Meet the Mercy Dogs of World War I

Support dogs have a long-standing history that might surprise you.

25 World History Books That Will Give You a New Perspective

Expand your horizons with books that explore the places, people, and objects that shaped human history.

How War Pigeons Changed the Course of Battle–and History

The much-maligned birds were some of the most important combatants in World War I and II.

11 Captivating Titanic Books

These powerful reads shine a solemn light on one of history's darkest chapters.

The British Soldier Who Escaped from Dunkirk by Stealing a Car

James May and six of his fellow soldiers were left behind on the dangerous beaches of Dunkirk.

Escape from Holzminden: The Greatest POW Camp Break of WWI

Neal Bascomb tells the Allied pilots’ little-known story in his new book, The Escape Artists.

This World War I Legionnaire Wrote "I Have a Rendezvous with Death"

Seeger's prophetic verse was published posthumously, after he fell at the Battle of the Somme. 

The Dawn's Early Light: Francis Scott Key and the Birth of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

As the Battle of Baltimore drew to a close, an American flag was raised—and the national anthem was born.

Dying on Armistice Day: Private Joseph Sommers's Final Words

Private Sommers may have been the final American killed on Armistice Day.

8 Surprising Facts About Grigori Rasputin, Russia's "Mad Monk"

The mysterious historical figure remains an enigma, even in death.

Miracle at Dunkirk: 8 Things You Probably Don't Know About the Infamous Evacuation

Christopher Nolan’s film brought Dunkirk back to life; but there’s more to the story than survival.