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A crowd in front of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) cheers the declaration of World War I. Berlin, Germany, August 1914.
Many enthusiastically believed that World War I would be over quickly. Instead, the war became a stalemate of costly battles and trench warfare. It lasted for years and was the first great international conflict of the twentieth century. The impact of the conflict and its divisive peace would reverberate in the decades following.
This 1919 photograph shows destruction in the leading business thoroughfare of Rheims after bombardment during World War I. Rheims, France, 1919.
Scene of trench warfare: an abandoned British trench which was captured by German forces during World War I. German soldiers on horseback view the scene.
A US army field hospital inside the ruins of a church in France during World War I. France, 1918
German soldiers in the Argonne Forest, France, during World War I. Photograph taken ca. 1914–1915.
A French army ambulance during World War I. This photograph was taken ca. 1914–1915.
Ruins of the library in Louvain, destroyed during World War I. Louvain, Belgium, ca. 1914–1915
Stretcher bearers carry a wounded soldier during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. France, September 1916. IWM (Q 1332)
A man, women and a child sort through the rubble of a Polish home destroyed during World War I. Photograph taken ca. October 18, 1915.
Belgian refugees in Paris during World War I, the first great international conflict of the twentieth century. Paris, France, 1914.
Refugees in the Gare de Lyon in Paris during World War I. Paris, France, photograph taken ca. 1914–15.
Refugees from Antwerp, Belgium, walk along railroad tracks as they flee to the Netherlands during World War I. Belgium, 1914.
This 1919 photograph shows World War I destruction in Ypres, Belgium.
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