Contemporary | German history - Regina Schmeken | Captured English pilots in the First World War | 00472832
Contemporary | Colonialism | German troop advancing on the Western Front, 1914 | 00482195
Contemporary | World War I | Passport control in a French village, 1914 | 00482651
Contemporary | Weimar Republic | Trench warfare during First World War, 1914-1918 | 02100722
Contemporary | Great Depression | Announcement of war news in France, 1915 | 00312035
Contemporary | Nazism 1933 | Western Front, 1915-1917 | 02101088
Contemporary | Nazism 1934-1945 | Outbreak of war in France, 1914 | 02101101
Contemporary | Spanish Civil War | Interned Russian students, 1914 | 00474160
Contemporary | World War II | Berlin welcomes homecoming soldiers, 1918 | 00294216
Contemporary | East Germany | Merchant-submarine "Deutschland" during a trip, 1916 | 00472282
Contemporary | Cold War | Gas warfare during First World War | 02100926
Contemporary | Germany after 1945 | Monmouth-class cruiser in the Battle of Coronel, 1914 | 00087094
Contemporary | Allied air forces during First World War, 1914-1918 | SMS Bluecher capsizing, 1915 | 00472378
Contemporary | German advance at the western front, 1914 | German Imperial Navy, 1916 | 00472411
Contemporary | German occupied areas in France during WWI | Scuttling of the German war fleet in Scapa Flow | 00472515
Contemporary | Trench warfare during First World War, 1914-1918 | Collapsed German soldier, 1914 | 00472894
Contemporary | Everyday Life in France during WWI | German infantryman in a destroyed mill, 1915 | 00472955
Contemporary | Western Front, 1915-1917 | Winter battle in Masuria, 1915 | 00472970
Contemporary | Outbreak of war in France, 1914 | Woman filling bullets in a shrapnel | 00048060
Contemporary | First World War: civilian internees in captivity | Treaty of Brest-Litovsk 03.03.1918 | 02100189
Contemporary | The Homecoming of the german front troops 1918-1919 | Turkish artillery at the Dardanelles, 1915/1916 | 00474321
Contemporary | Merchant-submarine 'Deutschland', Tour to America | Outbreak of war of the austro-hungarian army 1914 | 02100947
Contemporary | Gas warfare during First World War | Badge of the secret organisation 'Black hand', 1914 | 00482012
Contemporary | battle of Coronal and battle near the Falklands 1914 | Soldier takes leave from his family, 1914 | 00482102
Contemporary | Battle of Dogger Bank 1915 | Announcement of the mobilization in Belgrade, 1914 | 00048885
Contemporary | Battle of Jutland 1916 | First Battle of the Marne 1914 | 02101781
Contemporary | Sinking of the german fleet in Scapa Flow 1919 | Battle of the Somme 1916 | 02101185
Contemporary | Battle of Tannenberg 1914 | Battle of Verdun 1916 | 02101219
Contemporary | Battle of the Masurina Lakes 1914 | British tank in during the Battle of Cambrai , 1917 | 00482518
Contemporary | Winter battle in Masuria 1915 | German cavalry under cover, 1918 | 00482810
Contemporary | Armaments industry in Germany | Armistice Agreements in Compiegne 1918 | 02100967
Contemporary | Treaty of Brest-Litovsk 03.03.1918 | Fights and german retreat until autumn 1918 | 02101192
Contemporary | Battle of Gallipoli 1915 / 1916 | Russian soldier at a letterbox in Lviv, 1914 | 00473014
Contemporary | Outbreak of war of the austro-hungarian army 1914 | RMS Lusitania | 00472351
Contemporary | Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria 1914 | Submarine warfare in First World War | 02100465
Contemporary | Outbreak of the war in Germany 1914 | Children reading a telegram, 1914 | 00473539
Contemporary | First World War: Outbreak of the war in Serbia, 1914 | Propaganda postcard, 1914 | 00473772
Contemporary | First Battle of the Marne 1914 | Artillery is on the march in the East, 1915 | 00473035
Contemporary | Battle of the Somme 1916 | Ambulance service of the German Red Cross with bicycles, 1914 | 00055082
Contemporary | Battle of Verdun 1916 | Colored soldier on the Western Front during the First World War | 00018464
Contemporary | Tank battle of Cambrai, 1917 | Scene from a German war movie, 1934 | 00475178
Contemporary | Kaiserschlacht and german attacks at western front, 1918 | German troops march into Przemysl, 1915 | 00481062
Contemporary | Armistice Agreements in Compiegne 1918 | Austro-Hungarian soldier on horseback, 1915 | 00481278
Contemporary | Fights and german retreat until autumn 1918 | German soldiers during a scavenger hunt, 1915 | 00473179
Contemporary | Russian attack in East Prussia, 1914 | Britische Kolonialtruppen in Frankreich, 1914 | 02236879
Contemporary | Sinking of the 'Lusitania', 1915 | Russian demobilization | 01023242
Contemporary | Submarine warfare in First World War | German troops on the Baltic Sea, 1916 | 00481140
Contemporary | Daily life in Germany during WWI, 1914-1918 | Female police officer at work in London, 1914 | 00902668
Contemporary | Press and Propaganda during the First World War, 1914-1918 | Austrian light cruiser SMS Novara, 1917 | 00472287
Contemporary | German advance at the Eastern Front 1914/1915 | Russian soldier in a trench | 00481389
Contemporary | Medical themes during World War I | British signal man gives flag signals to British warships, 1916 | 00051672
Contemporary | Women in World War I | German Uhlan patrol in Poland, 1916 | 00053157
Contemporary | German films about the First World War, 1920-1945 | S.M.S. Koenigsberg, 1914 | 00472297
Contemporary | German and Austrian troops capturing Galicia and the Bukovina | Budapest vigilance committee, 1914 | 00481496
Contemporary | First World War: Austrian troops in Russia | Bulgarian general delivers a speech, 1916 | 00481789
Contemporary | German occupied areas in Russia during First World War | The Austrian Peace Delegation for the peace conference in St. Germain, 1919 | 00481536
Contemporary | Troops from the Dominions and the British Colonies during World War I | Austrian soldier during combat in Montenegro, 1915 | 00053532
Contemporary | Breakdown of the Russian troops - 1917/1918 | Crossing the Danube, 1916 | 00481633
Contemporary | First World War: Battles in the Baltic provinces | Outbreak of war in the Osmanian Empire, 1914 | 02100990
Contemporary | Everyday life in Britain during WWI | Guard of the military postal service in Serbia, 1914 | 00481693
Contemporary | First World War: Austro-Hungarian Navy operating in the Mediterranean Sea | Transporting wounded soldiers on a camel, 1918 | 00474379
Contemporary | Russian army during First World War, 1914-1917 | Austr-Hungarian patrol at Lake Garda, 1915 | 00049238
Contemporary | British Navy during World War I | Soldiers of the Austrian Air Force playing cards, 1917 | 00052801
Contemporary | Battles at the Eastern Front, 1916-1918 | Battles of the Isonzo during First World War | 02100987
Contemporary | First World War: German navy at war | Fighting in Qingdao in the World War I | 02100162
Contemporary | Austria during First World War | German observation balloon | 00472697
Contemporary | Bulgarian troops during First World War | American troops at the Western Front during WWI | 02100350
Contemporary | Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 10.09.1919 | Austro-Hungarian balloon observer, 1915 | 00472736
Contemporary | Albania, Greece and Macedonia during First World War | Belgian troops at the western front in World War I | 02100236
Contemporary | War in Romania, 1916-1918 | Laughing English soldiers at the Western Front | 00473945
Contemporary | Outbreak of war in the Ottoman Empire, 1914 | Burning airship hangar, 1915 | 00472750
Contemporary | Battles in Serbia during First World War, 1914-1916 | French troops at the Western Front during WWI | 02100192
Contemporary | Battles in the Orient during WWI, 1914-1918 | German Ground Attack Aircraft at the Western Front during World War I | 00060226
Contemporary | Battles in Italy, 1915-1918 | A French and a Russian soldier in France, 1916 | 00129144
Contemporary | Austrian air force at the front in Italy during WWI | Demolished medical hospital, 1917 | 00473731
Contemporary | Battles of the Isonzo during First World War | German captives at road works | 00474083
Contemporary | Fighting in Qingdao in the World War I | The harbour police in Gent at work, 1917 | 00474169
Contemporary | German Moored Balloons and Barrage Balloons, 1914-1918 | Marching Russian prisoners of war, 1916 | 00474064

World War I

It started with two shots in Sarajevo and ended in the "seminal catastrophe of the 20th century": The First World War was a mass war of hitherto unprecedented scale and ultimately captured three-quarters of the world population. From 1914 to 1918 the "Great War" claimed 17 million human lives.

After the assassination of the Austrian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, the Great Powers declared war on another in some sort of a fatal chain reaction. On August 4, German troops invaded the neutral Belgium. However, the war parties were entangled into a gigantic static and attrition warfare on the western front with gruesome battles at the Marne, the Somme and at Verdun. The fighting in the east spread over the Balkans to the Orient. At Tannenberg, on the Isonzo and on Gallipoli, devastating battles were fought. In naval warfare, the British fleet always kept the upper hand against the Imperial German Navy on the Dogger Bank and the Skagerrak.

The enduring battles of the war became more and more senseless, the situation for the Central Powers more and more hopeless. In September 1918, Hindenburg finally asked for truce. The Peace of Versailles, however, would only begin an inter-war period in Europe.