Monday, August 18
Revisiting the Nightmares of World War I
"A moonscape of craters, mud and shattered stumps fills a wall-sized video screen; you can hear shrieking shells and shattering blasts; an enormous British howitzer, meant to pulverize the enemy’s defenses, points toward the fields. The only thing missing in this gallery, devoted to the Battle of the Somme at the Imperial War Museum here, is the ability to conceive of 20,000 British dead and 37,000 wounded or missing in the first day of fighting, and more than a million casualties over all during five months. It is one of the most powerful presentations at the new First World War Galleries here, suggesting that this seemingly futile battle was actually a turning point."
The World at War, 1914–1918 (Video)
NY Times: Visceral Reality vs. the Big Picture
History: Outbreak of World War I (Video)
Slate: Everything You Need to Know About How World War I Began in Four Minutes (Video)