Imperial War Museum

The Great War
  • The Great War

  • As we mark the centenary of the end of World War One, this astonishing book collects over five hundred remarkable photographs and rarely seen material of the war from the Imperial War Museum archives

    The Great War was the first conflict to be documented in photographs. In The Great War: A Photographic Narrative, we follow the events of the war through extraordinary photographs, from the opening photograph of the gun that fired the first shot of the war to the final photograph of an audio recording showing the arrival of silence on 11th November 1918.

    Imperial War Museum houses one of the greatest photographic archives of conflict in the world. This unique book is divided into five sections, each prefaced with a detailed chronology of events and a historical summary, together with detailed captions for every picture.

    NOTE: Few pages are intentionally left blank.

    ‘I have never seen or read anything that brings the First World War quite so vividly alive.’ Guardian

Julian Thompson served in the Royal Marines for 34 years, retiring as Major General. He commanded 3 Commando Brigade, which carried out the initial landings in the Falklands conflict and fought most of the subsequent land battles. He is now Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King's College, London and is the author of Forgotten Voices of Burma and the critically acclaimed The Imperial War Museum Book of the War in Burma 1942-1945.