On this day: the British Empire declares war

Enlisting for World War I. Recruiting Officer (beside flag ) with volunteers and their relatives and friends. Babe Cooper (second from the left of recruiting officer.) Jerseyville, NSW A

The British Empire entered the First World War on the 4th of August, 1914, with a declaration of war on the German Empire.

This declaration drew Britain’s territories overseas into the conflict, including Australia.

This image is of a military recruitment station in the Australian village of Jerseyville, New South Wales. The Recruitment Officer (beside the flag), new recruits, and their families pose for a photograph, circa 1914.

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100 Years Ago

4th August 1918: British soldiers in Ranchicourt, France hold a service to mark the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The British Army military band stands in the foreground.

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The_Allied_Armies_on_the_Western_Front,_1914-1918_Q262Commemoration service at the 1st Army Headquarters of the fourth anniversary of the war; Ranchicourt, 4th August 1918. Note the Brit

100 Years Ago

People gather outside Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire on the 4th of August, 1918 to mark the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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Fourth_Anniversary_of_Outbreak_of_WarOn 4th August 1918 a crowd has gathered before the west front of Winchester Cathedral. Mark the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World

On this day: War Begins

The Outbreak of the First World War, 1914:

A Berlin crowd listens as a German officer reads the Kaiser’s order for mobilisation on 1st August 1914. The following day, following the requirements of the Schlieffen Plan, Germany invaded Luxembourg and demanded free passage for its troops through Belgium in order to attack France.

Berlin crowd listens as a German officer reads the Kaiser's order for mobilisation on 1st August 1914. The following day Germany invaded Luxembourg and demanded free passage through Belg

On this day: the Battle of Pilckem Ridge continues

Battle of Pilckem Ridge 31 July - 2 August stretcher bearers struggle in mud up to their knees to carry a wounded man to safety near Boesinghe on 1 August 1917 First World War

By John Warwick Brooke, Britain’s second official war photographer.

The Battle of Pilckem Ridge, part of the larger Battle of Passchendaele in the First World War, was fought between the 31st July and the 2nd of August, 1917.

In this photograph, British soldiers struggle through thick mud to carry a wounded man to safety near Boesinghe (Boezinge) on the 1st of August.

On this day: the Battle of Passchendaele

The_Battle_of_Passchendaele,_July-november_1917_Battle of Pilckem Ridge. German prisoners and British wounded crossing a duck board bridge over the Yser Canal. Near Boesinghe, 31 July 19

The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was fought between the Allies and the German Empire in the First World War.

Part of the larger Battle of Pilckem Ridge, Passchendaele began on the 31st of July, 1917.

This photograph, taken on that first day, shows German prisoners and British wounded crossing a canal near Boesinghe (Boezinge) in Belgium.

On this day: Prisoners of War in Ukraine

Lager Winnica, gefangene Russen

28th July 1941: Red Army soldiers captured by the Nazis during food distribution at a  camp in occupied Vinnytsia, Ukraine.

In contrast to their treatment of British and American prisoners, the Germans employed a policy of deliberately mistreating Soviet prisoners of war, which resulted in 3-3.5 million deaths – an estimated 57% of all soldiers captured.

From the German Federal Archives.