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The First World War (1914-1918) was one of history's most catastrophic events. The first global war, it claimed over nine million lives and almost every family has a connection to the conflict. With Findmypast, you can unearth your Great War ancestors' remarkable stories in digital records and remember their sacrifices forever.
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10 quick-fire facts about World War 1
This brief history of the Great War gives you all the essential details you need to know.
- The First World War began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918
- An estimated 9 million soldiers died during World War 1. There were around 5 million civilian casualties.
- The war pitted the Allied Forces of France, Britain, Russia and others against the Central Powers of Germany, the Ottoman Empire and others
- The Western Front refers to World War 1's decisive theatre of war in France and Belgium
- World War One's most famous battles include the Somme, Verdun, Gallipoli and Passchendaele
- The United States entered World War 1 on the Allies' side in early 1917
- Advances in technology saw widespread use of gas, tanks and machine guns for the first time
- The British Indian Army was larger than the British Army itself. Around 1.3 million soldiers served in Europe, Africa and the Middle East
- Fighting ended and the Allies won the First World War when Armistice was declared in November 1918
- The Paris Peace Conference officially ended the war and led to the Treaty of Versailles. The Second World War broke out two decades later in 1939.
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