World War 1 is being commemorated across many countries as a hundred years have past since its beginning on July 28, 1914, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. More than 16 million soldiers and civilians were killed and more than 20 million were wounded in the years that followed, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.
We will be thinking about the terrible sacrifices that were made during World War 1 in more detail when we return to school in September. Here are three photographs showing some of that devastation, but they have also been superimposed over their present day counterparts.
A vintage postcard of the 4th King’s Own Royal Lancers Regiment marching into Tonbridge during World War One in March 1915.
London street urchins dressed as soldiers with paper hats and canes as guns stand to attention in Trafalgar Square, November of 1914. Behind them is a notice declaring ‘ The Need for Fighting Men is Urgent’.