A Japanese siege gun brought up for the bombardment of Tsingtao (Qingdao), China in 1914. One of the detachment is receiving orders by telephone from the battery commander. Tsingtao was then a German port, under attack by the British and their allies, the Japanese.

Whilst the War didn’t have the high, sustained levels of conflict around the world that the Second World War did, it still did involve forces fighting in places that aren’t immediately obvious. From German and British navies battling in the seas around south America, to the Japanese helping escort Australian and New Zealand troopships or bombarding German ports in China, it truly was a world war.

Italy Commits To Joining the Allies in Secret Treaty

April 26 1915, London–After a month of negotiations, the Allies and Italy finally agreed on the necessary price to bring Italy into the war. The Treaty of London, signed today, committed Italy to entering the war against the enemies of Great Britain, France, and Russia within 30 days. In return, Italy “will receive” (a rare unconditional grant to the Italians) south Tyrol, Gorizia, Trieste, the Istrian peninsula, Dalmatia up to (but not including) Split, and most of the islands in the Adriatic. One notable exception was Fiume [Rijeka], which was assigned to ‘Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro’ at Russia’s insistence; this would lead to difficulties after the war. 

Elsewhere, Italy would recive Vlorë in Albania, formal recognition of her control of the Dodecanese, and a province of Turkey should she be carved up. Italy would also be “equitably compensated” in Africa should the British and French expand their colonies at the expense of the Germans, and would receive a loan of 50 million pounds. The treaty was to be kept secret (even from the Serbians), and Salandra and Sonnino would keep it secret even from the rest of their government for weeks. 

Sources include: Mark Thompson, The White War.

Facts are facts, you can bury justice because you’re powerful, but truth has never had a grave in history, you can’t bury the truth.

Assadour Guzelian, an Armenian whose family suffered during the Armenian genocide, describing whether the genocide should be more widely recognised - following Turkish denials.

The forced march of Armenians being deported to Syria (source)

While there was sustained long-term persecution and confiscation of property, the genocide itself is said to have begun on the 24th April 1915, when the Ottoman Empire began the systematic extermination of its Armenian minority.  Up to an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the genocide, during death marches into the Syrian desert in a concentration camps which grouped Armenians together with little water or food and in numerous massacres and mass killings took place from 1915 through to the end of the First World War.  This April marks the 100th anniversary of the genocide.  


Armenian Genocide of 1915: An Overview, New York Times, (source)
Armenian National Institute (source)


Kids at War, Paris, 1915.


Rare Color Photographs from the First World War, Paris, August 1915: men are at war and women  are working. Far from their parents, the children of the rue Greneta play at battle.

Equipped with only his camera, Léon Gimpel faced this army of kids. From this encounter in the heart of the Sentier neighbourhood was born a series of staged photographic tableaux, alternating between color (autochrome) and black and white. As the days went by, Gimpel and his army of kids developed a kind of typology in miniature of images of the Great War. Almost all the archetypal scenes are represented. It is not death that Gimpel and the army of the rue Greneta playact, but heroism, courage, and the victory of the children of France. Above all, Gimpel and his ‘little doughboys’ from the heart of Paris reveled in photographing and being photographed.


Remarkable Gallipoli Pictures Show The First World War Battlefield Then And Now

The small headland of Gallipoli, which juts out from Turkey’s western coast, witnessed some of the most extraordinary combat of the First World War. Between April 2015 and January 1916, troops from Britain and France battled Ottoman soldiers on their home soil, resulting in nine months of savage fighting turning the slender stretch of turf by the Aegean into a graveyard for many thousands of young men. See more of thes

(Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)