Joseph Joffre

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Cheerful French troops on their way to the offensive in April 1917

Having suffered enormous casualties during the defence of Verdun and in the big offensives on the Somme, the political leaders and commanders of the A(...)

Men of Royal Irish Rifles resting in a communication trench during the opening hours of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st 1916. Photograph: Royal Engineers no 1 Printing Company/IWM via Getty Images.

In late 1915, Allied leaders met to decide their strategy for the following year. It had been a year of disappointments characterised by high casualti(...)

Registration of foreign aliens in Paris, August 1914, before their evacuation (Photo: Agence Rol Bibliothèque nationale de France, dpt. des Estampes et de la photographie)

The minarets of a Sarajevo mosque loom in the background. Men watching from balconies and in the street are coiffed with the red Ottoman fez. Gavrilo (...)

Real power in France in 1914 lay neither with the depressed and overwhelmed prime minister René Viviani, nor with the figurehead president Raymond Poi(...)