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Monday, November 2, 1998 Published at 14:42 GMT


The Great War: 80 years on



It is 80 years since the armistice silenced the guns of World War I. The war lasted from 1914-18, claimed 10 million lives and forever changed the political map of Europe. Using personal accounts and historical analysis BBC News Online looks back at what became known as "the war to end all wars".

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Archive radio interviews
"There was nothing but brown earth, shell holes and death"
Images and newsreel
Footage and photographs from the battlefields.

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Letters home
Soldiers revealed their hopes and fears in letters sent from the front.

My grandfather's war
BBC reporter Andrew Bell retraces his grandfather's movements on the western front.
Your stories
Email BBC News Online with your family stories or memories of World War I.

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The war to end all wars
World War I was a struggle between Europe's great powers grouped into two hostile alliances.
1918: The end of stalemate
In 1918 a dramatic change took place on the western front - huge swathes of territory were lost and won.
Lions led by donkeys?
Is it true that bungling British generals were to blame for the death of a generation?
The Christmas truce
Was the legendary Christmas truce on the western front fact or fantasy?
War and revolution in Russia
Russia's involvement in the war was inextricably linked with its turbulent domestic history.
The legacies of the Great War
The former battlefields of France are still dangerous places 80 years later.
Huge interest in war graves Website
There has been an overwhelming response to the new Internet database of commonwealth war dead.
War memorials: Lest we forget
A project is under way to count all the war memorials in the UK.
'In Flanders field the poppies blow...'
Unique World War I poetry manuscripts and other archive material can now be accessed on the Internet.




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In this section

The war to end all wars

War and revolution in Russia

Lions led by donkeys?

The Christmas truce

Germany declines armistice day invite

Letters home: Becoming a man

Letters home: Forever sweethearts

Letters home: Over the top

Letters home: 'Pray for me'

Letters home: 'The real state of affairs'

The Somme: Hell on earth

Gallipoli: Heat and thirst

Verdun: Symbol of suffering

Passchendaele: Drowning in mud

My grandfather's war

Legacies of the Great War

War memorials: Lest we forget

World War I : Your stories

Huge interest in war graves website

Veterans tell of war horrors