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The Complex Legacy of World War I’s Women Scientists

During World War I, far away from the lines of battle, the UK was faced with a different crisis. As thousands of khaki-clad “Tommies” shipped off to the front, the British economy teetered on the cusp of grinding to a halt. With the men gone, the task of keeping the country’s lights on fell to women. British women flooded into munitions factories, hospitals, universities, and laboratories. Read More >>

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These US WW1 Propaganda Posters Are Gorgeous—and Seriously Messed Up

America’s involvement in the First World War was brief, but intense. For a period of 20 months, the government did its best to stir patriotic fervour, in part through the use of eye-catching propaganda posters. A new exhibit at Bruce Museum is showcasing a selection of these works, many of which are seriously lacking in nuance. Read More >>

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The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 101 years ago this Christmas season that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man’s-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here’s what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. Read More >>

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SloMo Video Reveals How WW1 Fighters Didn’t Shoot Their Propellers Off

There are endless documentaries that explain the clever technology that allowed World War I fighter planes to fire their machine guns through their propellers without hitting the blades. But The Slow Mo Guys used their high-speed cameras so you can finally see exactly what’s happening. Read More >>

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The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 101 years ago this Christmas season that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man’s-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here’s what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. Read More >>

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This Century-Old British Warship Got a New Dazzle Paint Job to Commemorate WWI

Dazzle camouflage is not subtle: the in-your-face style popularised in WWI seems more suited to a modern art gallery than a battle zone. Now, in commemoration of the Great War, a 1918 relic floating on the banks of the Thames has gotten a brand new paint job that honours its past. Read More >>

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Today, France is Still Cleaning Up Hundred-Year-Old Bombs From WWI

A century ago today, the first shots of WWI were fired. It was the first modern conflict, fought with fatally efficient technology. Even today, crews must safely destroy bombs left untouched for a century. Erik Olsen travelled with one of those crews for The New York Times, bringing us a video glimpse at the delicate task of cleaning up history. Read More >>

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How WWI Bombs Shattered Bedrock and Changed the Geology of France

Every once in a while, we're reminded of World War I's awful legacy: Trenches that run like gashes through the French countryside, craters in farmland, the iron harvest. These scars are even deeper than we might imagine. Bombs actually shattered bedrock and created the bizarre, dimpled landscape of modern day Verdun. Read More >>

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Check Out These Amazing, Chilling Stereoscopic Images of World War I

A Toronto photography studio has stumbled across a stereoscopic camera, and its photographic slides, that captured scenes of World War I in 3D. The resulting images are chilling — but incredibly striking, too. Read More >>