Jul 24, 2014

Britain felt Japan's WWI support 'adequate'

by William Hollingworth

Britain appreciated Japan’s assistance during World War I but felt Tokyo could have done more and sometimes questioned its loyalty, according to today’s historians. With the world marking 100 years since the start of World War I, Ian Nish, a professor emeritus of international ...

SDF personnel join Bastille Day parade in Paris

Jul 15, 2014

SDF personnel join Bastille Day parade in Paris

Three Self-Defense Forces officers joined the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris on Monday. With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the French government invited representatives from some 80 countries involved in the 1914-1918 war to the ...

How WWI shaped the 20th century and beyond

Jun 29, 2014

How WWI shaped the 20th century and beyond

by Angus Mackinnon

There is one line from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” that might easily have been written about the legacy of World War I. “It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood.” As the guns fell silent in 1918, the victors all agreed on one thing: ...

Bosnia marks end of Europe's violent century

Jun 29, 2014

Bosnia marks end of Europe's violent century

Artists and diplomats declared a new century of peace and unity in Europe on Saturday in the city where the first two shots of World War I were fired exactly 100 years ago. On June 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand was ...

Bosnian Serbs erect statue to the man who ignited WWI

Jun 28, 2014

Bosnian Serbs erect statue to the man who ignited WWI

Marking the eve of the centennial of the beginning of World War I, Bosnian Serbs on Friday unveiled a monument in Sarajevo to the man who ignited the war by assassinating the Austro-Hungarian crown prince on June 28, 1914. At the other end of ...

Poppies among WWI reminders in Belgium

Jun 7, 2014

Poppies among WWI reminders in Belgium

by Raf Casert

Crimson poppies still dance in the breeze as if nothing horrific happened in Flanders fields. But almost a century after the start of World War I, the flowers endure as a symbol of war dead, in part because of a celebrated poem: “In Flanders ...

WWI training trenches rediscovered in southern England

Mar 9, 2014

WWI training trenches rediscovered in southern England

Two lines of trenches face off across no man’s land. A soldier marches, rifle in hand, along a ditch. These are instantly familiar images of World War I — but this is Britain, a century on and an English Channel away from the battlefields ...