First World War

Woodrow Wilson

How 1916 set the stage for America to enter WWI

The U.S. greeted the outbreak of the First World War with disbelief, but by late 1916 thousands of Americans were already personally involved in the war
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1916 series: Lines on a map, and a legacy of unrest

Both sides in the Great War strove to create tensions within their enemies. And Islamic loyalties were a prime target.
Canadian archive photo shows shrapnel bursting over a reserve trench in Canadian lines during the Battle of the Somme

How we remember the Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme’s horrific futility dominates our memories, yet there are aspects of the battle that pointed, however weakly, to how and why the war would finally end
War and Conflict, World War I, 1914-1918, Cameroons-Anglo-French conquest, 1914-1916, Senegalese tirailleurs on the march with their guns

1916 series: What the Great War meant for Africa

For Africa the First World War “was both the culmination of European imperialism and the beginning of its decline."
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The forgotten Chinese labourers of the First World War

Vast battalions of Chinese labourers were shipped through Canada to work on the front lines of Europe, many of them to their deaths
World War I: Battle of Jutland

The Battle of Jutland: chaotic, bloody and a mass of ironies

The naval Battle of Jutland in 1916, the hinge year of the Great War, upended neutrals around the world
Ernest Hemingway

The First World War’s forgotten Southern Front

The latest in our monthly series looking at 1916, the year that marked the point of no return in the First World War
Bombardment

’The most fiercely protracted battle this earth had ever seen’

The year 1916 marked the point of no return in the First World War. A look at the titanic French-German struggle at Verdun
Ruth Abernethy

’In Flanders Fields’: Canada’s national poem turns 100

A new sculpture in Ottawa celebrates the ‘beauty and power’ of John McCrae’s ’In Flanders Fields’, 100 years old on May 3
MIKAN 2837593: The Second Battle of Ypres. (Library and Archives Canada)

April 1915: Bravery, pestilence, and poetry at Ypres

Gas was used as a weapon for the first time at Ypres. It earned Canadians a reputation purchased in blood—and produced a poem you know.