World War I Unfolds in a Three Minute Time-Lapse Film: Every Day From 1914 to 1918

As time places us ever further from the event, our knowledge of (and—generally speaking—interest in World War I) has shrunk precipitously.  That trend is reversing as the centennial of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination draws nigh.

The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor launched an excellent 10-part series on World War I, which thusfar explored the role of technology and animals.

Cartoonist Joe Sacco documented the Battle of the Somme’s first day in The Great War, an astonishing twenty-four-foot-long panorama.

The UK’s Imperial War Museum is inviting the public to contribute photos and family anecdotes to Lives of the First World War, an interactive digital database.

It’s a good time to play catch up.

Before I started studying this game-changing catastrophic event with my young son, one of my few germane pieces of information was that a lot of soldiers lived and died in trenches dug along the Western front. Even without photos, statistics, or personal stories, this defining aspect hits home hard in Emperor Tigerstar’s animated map of the Great War’s changing front lines in Europe and the Middle East, above.

The trenches were built following the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914. Eventually they covered over 25,000 miles. Hundreds of thousands met their ghastly ends there, via bombs, illness, and poison gas attacks, but these losses resulted in very little geographic gain for one side or the other.

If you’re looking for change, keep your eye peeled for the Russian Revolution. The Western Front was a deadlock.

An animated timeline of World War II can be found here.

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Ayun Halliday is the author of seven books, and creator of the award winning East Village Inky zine. Follow her @AyunHalliday

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