Watch World War I Unfold in a 6 Minute Time-Lapse Film: Every Day From 1914 to 1918

World War I began 100 years ago, on 28 July 1914. The ini­tial trig­ger, the assas­si­na­tion of Arch­duke Franz Fer­di­nand of Aus­tria, pro­duced some­thing of a “domi­no effect,” where Euro­pean pow­ers, bound by pre-exist­ing inter­na­tion­al alliances, chose sides and fell rather obvi­ous­ly into a cat­a­stroph­ic war. It start­ed as a Euro­pean war, pit­ting Allied pow­ers against Cen­tral pow­ers. But, soon enough, it became inter­na­tion­al, involv­ing a long list of coun­tries from Africa, North and South Amer­i­ca, Asia, and Aus­trala­sia. The trench war­fare that became such an impor­tant part of World War I ensured that the bat­tle lines moved ever so slow­ly, at least until the final stages of the war. That grind­ing qual­i­ty gets cap­tured remark­ably well by Emper­or­Tiger­star’s lat­est YouTube video, “World War I: Every Day,” which shows “the chang­ing front lines of World War I every day from Aus­tria-Hun­gary’s dec­la­ra­tion of war to the armistice of Novem­ber 11, 1918.” It also includes the chang­ing front lines in Africa and the Pacif­ic. (A leg­end, below, will help you sort out the var­i­ous dif­fer­ent play­ers.) When you’re done watch­ing “World War I: Every Day” (above), you’ll per­haps want to spend time with Emper­or­Tiger­star’s pre­vi­ous video, “World War II in Europe: Every Day,” which doc­u­ments an even blood­i­er war unfold­ing at a dra­mat­ic pace.


Maroon = Cen­tral Pow­ers and annexed lands.
Bur­gundy = Areas mil­i­tar­i­ly occu­pied by the Cen­tral Pow­ers.
Red = Cen­tral Pow­er pup­pet or client states.
Brown = Cen­tral Pow­ers in an armistice.
Pink = Cen­tral Pow­er gains for that day.
Dark blue = Allied pow­ers.
Blue = Cen­tral Pow­ered lands mil­i­tar­i­ly occu­pied by the Allies.
Blue-grey = Allied pow­ers in an armistice.
Light blue = Allied gains for that day.

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