Today in History: The Start of World War I

Of course, back then it was not called World War I; it was called “The Great War”. Extensive primary sources are found at firstworldwar.com and Europeana 1914-1918. Newspapers played an important role in covering this conflict: for the American perspective, go to this Chronicling America site while The Daily Telegraph provides its World War One Archive reprinting its entire day-by-day coverage from those years; the London Gazette allows you to retrieve notices back to the 17th century while the British Library features World War One containing articles and primary sources. The United States Army in the World War, 1917-1919 is a 17-volume collection of AEF documents, and the History of  Australia in the War of 1914-1918 is a 10-volume official history. British regimental histories and American regimental histories are available online.

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