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World War I helmet was better blast protection than new one – U.S. study

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Biomedical engineers find that the French World War I 'Adrian' helmet performed better than modern designs in protecting from overhead blasts.

BETTER PROTECTION. File photo of a French Adrian World War I helmet.

Trump-style nationalism comes under fire at WWI commemorations in Paris

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:51 AM

Macron delivers a stinging indictment of nationalism in a 20-minute speech and called on leaders to learn the lessons of the past. 'Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,' he said.

REMEMBERING THE ARMISTICE. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rain

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:56 PM

Both the US and Russian presidents arrive separately for the solemn ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, skipping the bus ride and symbolic walk with other leaders

World leaders mark 100 years since end of World War I

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Around 70 leaders including US and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital

REMEMBERING. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand side-by-side during a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/AFP

WWI event may have been target for suspected plot against Macron – sources

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The attack plot did not seem to have been fully worked out, but the November 11 commemorations appear to have been its background,' a source says

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron attends a dinner on June 20, 2017. File photo by Benjamin Cremel/AFP

How World War I shaped the 20th century and beyond

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:00 AM

A century after the "war to end all wars," the world lives with the consequences of a peace accord that, even at the time, was criticized as making another war inevitable in Europe

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World War I allies celebrate first armistice in Greece

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Representatives from Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and Serbia celebrate the armistice of September 29, 1918 at the final resting place of 20,000 Allied soldiers

CENTENARY. The last guardian of the Serbian cemetery Djordie Mihailovic, 90, salutes next to the Serbian memorial at the Zeitelnik cemetery, the World War I Allied Military Cemetery and memorial park, during the Commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of Thessaloniki, on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

100 years on, Prince William pays tribute to lost Somme generation

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Members of Britain s royal family join those marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme

epaselect epa05400074 (L-R) Britain's Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales receive a historical briefing on the battlefields of the Somme from the top of the Thiepval monument to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in Thiepval, near Amiens, northern France, 30 June 2016. The Battle of the Somme was one of the most deadly battles of the First World War (WWI). EPA/TIM ROOKE /PA UK AND IRELAND OUT

Hollande, Merkel mark centenary of Battle of Verdun

May 29, 2016 - 10:14 AM

3rd UPDATE The name Verdun is a symbol of the unimaginable atrocity and the absurdity of war but also of Franco German reconciliation says Germany s Angela Merkel

epa05335400 French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit the German military cemetery at Consenvoye, France, 29 May 2016, to commemorate victims of the First World War on the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun. The Battle of Verdun in World War I between German and French troops lasted over 300 days and saw the deaths of more than 300,000 soldiers on both sides in 1916. The town in the northeast of France became the epitome of brutal trench warfare during the First World War. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / POOL MAXPPP OUT

France remembers Battle of Verdun, symbol of suffering and resistance

Feb 22, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Around 300 000 French and German soldiers died in the 10 month battle in Verdun World War I s longest battle

BATTLE OF VERDUN. A file picture dated 20 March 2014 shows the Faubourg-Pave French Cemetery in Verdun, eastern France. February 21, 2016, marks 100 years since one of World War I's most famous battles began. Photo by Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Turkey slams Belgian PM over 'Armenian genocide' remarks

Jun 20, 2015 - 11:26 PM

Ankara is on a diplomatic offensive in recent months aimed at preventing parliaments from recognizing the killing as genocide for the 100th anniversary of the tragedy

Record crowds as Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day

Apr 25, 2015 - 10:30 AM

At the ceremonies in Australia and New Zealand there were moving tributes to fallen mates and calls not to forget those injured in conflict

ANZAC DAY 2015. A large crowd gathers for the dawn service at ANZAC Cove in commemoration of the Gallipoli War on the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, early April 25, 2015. Photo by Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Leaders pay tribute to Gallipoli fallen on centenary

Apr 25, 2015 - 8:27 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the world needs a message of peace more than ever in the 21st century

COMMEMORATION. Britain's Prince Charles (L) and Prince Harry (R) visit the Cape Helles English Memorial during a commemorative event of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Gallipoli, Turkey, April 24, 2015. Photo by Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

WWI letter describes 'extraordinary' Christmas truce

Dec 24, 2014 - 2:52 PM

A letter from British army officer Alfred Dougan Chater reveals a moment of fleeting humanity between German and British soldiers in a 4 year war that killed more than 16 million

CHRISTMAS TRUCE. People in military WWI uniforms watch the "Game of Truce", a recreation of a First World War Christmas truce football match, in Aldershot, west of London, on December 17, 2014. The match marks the 100th anniversary of a truce that took hold on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1914, in which enemy British and German troops emerged from their trenches along the Western Front to talk, joke, share cigarettes and kick a ball about in no-man's-land. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Unique memorial, ceramic poppies to mark end of devastating WWI

Nov 12, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Enemies yesterday these men are now united in death as if they belonged to the same family

IN MEMORIAM. Wooden crosses are placed on the last day of the Tower of London's 'Blood swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppy installation in the Tower of London in London, Britain, 11 November 2014. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

World leaders mark outbreak of World War I

Aug 04, 2014 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED King Philippe of Belgium: Peace has to be a shared goal World War I reminds us to reflect on our responsibility to bring people together

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN. King Philippe of Belgium (L) lays a wreath of flowers during a ceremony of remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, at the Allies' Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, Belgium, 04 August 2014. Julien Warnand/EPA

British declaration made European conflict a world war

Aug 04, 2014 - 10:45 AM

August 3 1914: It is clear that the peace of Europe cannot be preserved

British infantry advancing in support during the Battle of Morval, 25 September 1916, part of the Battle of the Somme. Ernest Brooks, Imperial War Museums via WikiMedia Commons/Public Domain

Toasts and tears of joy as Germany started WWI

Aug 04, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Wilhelm I believed the war would be wrapped up in a few weeks in a blaze of glory Four years later Germany will have lost the conflict costing it about two million lives and bringing about the end of its empire

German troops holding first-line trench on the River Aisne, 1919. Image courtesy Great War Primary Document Archive: Photos of the Great War -

French, German leaders pay emotional tribute to WWI fallen

Aug 03, 2014 - 8:54 PM

French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck pay emotional tributes to the millions of soldiers who died during World War I exactly 100 years after Germany declared hostilities against France

COMRADES. French President Francois Hollande (R) embraces his German counterpart Joachim Gauck as they deliver speeches during a commemoration ceremony at the WWI Hartmannswillerkopf National Monument, or Vieil Armand, in Wattwiller, northeastern France, on August 3, 2014 to mark the centenary of Germany's declaration of war to France. Photo by Sebastien Bozon / AFP

The Russian tsar's reluctant march to war

Jul 30, 2014 - 11:26 AM

Three years after Nicolas II declared war on Germany World War I had precipitated the Russian Revolution unseated the three century Romanov dynasty and exacted a terrible price in blood with two million Russians dead

WILLY AND NICKY. Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany (left) in Russian uniform, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (right) in Prussian uniform, 1905. Image courtesy German Federal Archive, via WikiMedia Commons.

July 28, 1914: Austria-Hungary's last hurrah

Jul 28, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Instead of a short war – and one confined to the Balkans as Vienna thought – this was the start of World War I 4 years of conflict drawing in all the great powers of the time and killing 9 million soldiers

Sarajevo marks 100 years since killing that sparked WWI

Jun 28, 2014 - 3:53 PM

On June 28 1914 a Bosnian Serb nationalist shot dead the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife setting off a chain of events that sucked Europe s great powers into four years of war

REENACTMENT. A replica of the car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie drove on June 28, 1914, stands in front of the 'Museum of Sarajevo 1878-1918', in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 27, 2014. In front of the building, Bosnian Serb assassin Gavrilo Princip shot Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife on 28 June 1914. EPA/FEHIIM DEMIR

How World War I shaped the 20th century and beyond

Feb 20, 2014 - 12:44 PM

A century on the world lives with the consequences of a peace accord that even at the time was criticized as making another war in Europe inevitable

IN THE BATTLEFIELD. A picture taken in 1916 shows Poilus, French World War I infantrymen, taking care of wounded soldiers on a battlefield, after an attack during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. The battle won by the French in November 1916 cost the life of 163,000 French soldiers and 143,000 German soldiers. AFP PHOTO

Europe's great powers and the 'suicidal' war

Feb 05, 2014 - 11:38 AM

The Great War of 1914 18 sucked in nations from every continent with battles fought around the globe But its roots were firmly in Europe

IN THE MIST. French soldiers march in line after the burial of 24 French soldiers who died during World War I on December 5, 2013 in the Douaumont ossuary "national necropolis" in Douaumont. AFP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Europe unity tested on WWI centenary

Dec 31, 2013 - 7:22 PM

The year 2014 marks the centenary of World War I the Great War that scarred the European continent and shaped the 20th century

IN THE MIST. French soldiers march in line after the burial of 24 French soldiers who died during World War I on December 5, 2013 in the Douaumont ossuary "national necropolis" in Douaumont. AFP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Unknown masterpieces among works in 'Nazi art trove'

Nov 05, 2013 - 10:04 PM

Focus magazine which broke the story this week had reported that the collection comprised 1 500 works worth an estimated one billion dollars

On ANZAC Day, crowds in Australia, New Zealand remember war dead

Apr 25, 2012 - 12:22 PM

More than 10 000 New Zealand and Australian servicemen died in the failed eight month campaign on the peninsula in World War I and Gallipoli has become a defining symbol of courage and comradeship for the two nations

ANZAC DAY. An Australian soldier plays a scottish pipe during a ceremony celebrating the 97th anniversary of Anzac Day during a ceremony celebrating the 97th anniversary of Anzac Day in Canakkale, Turkey on April 24, 2012. AFP photo / Saygin Serdaroglu