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The First World War

At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a spirit of optimism in Europe. Technical development is advancing, and entirely new trends such as expressionism or new music are causing a sensation in art. But then the First World War wrecked everything. From 1914 to 1918 it cost around 17 million people their lives. In addition to ten million soldiers from all over Europe and overseas, around seven million civilians also die. Of the more than 13 million German soldiers, two million are killed, millions of others suffer severe injuries. A revolution that begins in northern Germany finally puts an end to the murderous hustle and bustle. Kaiser Wilhelm II has to abdicate, Germany becomes a republic.

From frenzy of war to mass death

On August 1, 1914, Germany declares war on Russia. The First World War begins, the "great catastrophe of the 20th century". The initial cheers are quickly followed by disillusionment. more

"Blind mole" becomes a deadly weapon

On August 4, 1906, the first submarine of the Imperial Navy was launched in Kiel. Initially little appreciated by the military, submarines sank 6,000 ships in the First World War. more

Euphoria to disillusionment

When the First World War began, most Germans were very enthusiastic. Many men went to the front with "Hurray". But the intoxication of war was followed by fear of death. more

With new weapons to victory?

The First World War was, above all, a long-term trench war. With more and more new military technologies, the generals tried to force a decision. more

The hidden city

One of the largest German prisoner-of-war camps was located near Parchim during the First World War. Today planes take off there and little reminds of the eventful history of the place. more

The revolution of the sailors

The last German monarchy ends on November 9, 1918, when Social Democrat Philipp Scheidemann proclaims the republic. The revolution began in Wilhelmshaven and Kiel. more

"How long is the killing going to last?"

Letters from a Hamburg soldier, pictures of prisoners of war in Lower Saxony and a love affair in Mecklenburg: NDR.de has rummaged through the Internet portal on the First World War, Europeana. more