World war i often abbreviated as wwi or ww1 also known as the first world war or the great war was a global war originating in europe that lasted from 28 july 1914 to 11 november 1918 contemporaneously described as the war to end all wars it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel including 60 million europeans making it one of the largest wars in history. The first world war 1914 1918 the war that broke out in the summer of 1914 was expected to end quickly according to the military authorities instead it would last more than four years the introduction of new weapons and in particular the massive use of artillery at an unprecedented level led to heavy losses for all the main protagonists. World war i world war i international conflict that in 1914 18 embroiled most of the nations of europe along with russia the us the middle east and other regions it led to the fall of four great imperial dynasties and in its destabilization of european society laid the groundwork for world war ii. Johnny enzed the new zealand soldier in the first world war 1914 1918 first world war centenary history series by glyn harper feb 15 2016 50 out of 5 stars 1 hardcover 3999 39 99 get it as soon as wed mar 27 free shipping by amazon only 2 left in stock more on the way
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