First World War

A French Trench
The First World war was triggered by the assassination, in Sarajevo, of the archduke François-Ferdinand, heir of the throne of Austria, this event  only crystallised existing tensions. This event was the detonator of a war with deeper origins.

The human balance sheet of the First World war came to about 9 million dead and about 8 million wounded, that is about 6 000 deaths a day. Proportionately, France was the most affected country with 1.4 million killed and missing, that is 10 % of masculine working population.

Military deaths in World War I:
Russia 1,811,000
France 1,397,800
UK 885,138
America 116,708

Battle of Verdun