A Many-Layered Legacy
The impacts of the First World War continue to be felt today, a century after the armistice. by Tim Cook
The Last Man
There are conflicting reports of Canada’s last battlefield death, which came mere moments before the war ended. by Ian Coutts
Grey War No More
A new photo-colourization project has brought the story of the Great War vividly to life. by Marianne Helm
Children of Conflict
Young Canadians worked, worried, and waited during the war. by Kristine Alexander and Ashley Henrickson Read the article
The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic felled nearly as many Canadians as the preceding war. by John Lorinc
On the cover
Crowds in London, England, fill the streets in celebration as news of the armistice spreads on November 11, 1918.
The War Ends
War of Attrition
Soon after the war broke out in August 1914, both sides dug in. The ensuing trench warfare would cost millions of lives on both sides of the conflict.
War of Words
Propaganda posters were a key tool used by the Canadian government to sell the war to the public. And when volunteer enlistments waned, the government employed shame tactics to force men to “do their bit.” View the photo gallery
The terrors of the trenches left some soldiers quivering and incapacitated. Gradually shell shock came to be recognized not as cowardice but as a mental illness. Read our special issue on Shell Shock
How the War was Won
After years of stalemate on the Western Front, the Allies used a combination of new tactics and technologies to achieve victory. Read the article
Peace of Mind
The horrors of modern war were unbearable. That’s why Canada and other nations used entertainment and athletics to relieve soldiers’ stress.
A look at the numbers behind the Victoria Cross — the highest medal awarded for bravery on the battlefield.
Red Ensign revered. Drum delights.
Is it finally time for the First World War to fade into history?
How to uncover your family’s Great War story. Read now
Home-front historic sites offer glimpses of life during the Great War. Read now
Snow blindness. Walking autobiography. Roadside attractions. More books: Apples spread, battlefield art, colossal canal, island city, salmon strikes, Red River women, favourite snacks. Read them all
A large family celebrates the armistice in London, England.