World War I Began in 1914
“The War to End All Wars” began 106 years ago. Wrong again, on the former, that is.
Precipitated by a Yugoslav cell assassinating the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Sarajevo, this war claimed 18 million lives during its 4-year course and ended up redrawing most of Europe’s boundaries, doing away with four empires. Then came the Treaty of Versailles crafted by the victorious Allied Powers, which indirectly and unintentionally gave rise, with time, to Nazi Germany, and allowed for the strengthening of the Soviet Union, both empires on their own.
Military strategies evolved in WW I fueled by recent technological advancements and featured airplanes, tanks, telephones, mass use of chemical warfare and gas masks.
This British Military Map from 1917 shows southern Belgium and northern France, a hot spot of the Western Front..
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
British Military Map from 1917 shows southern Belgium and northern France (Credit Steve Kovacs)