BOOK OF THE WEEK: The First World War in Pictures, by Ammonite Press


At the time, it was known as the "war to end all wars", but the First World War, sometimes also referred to as the Great War, was far from that, for it was followed 20 years later by the Second World War, and there have been many major and minor conflicts around the world ever since. Although World War I was a global conflict, involving all the great powers, it was centered on Europe. The combatants formed two opposing alliances: the Allies (originally the United Kingdom, France and Russia) and the Central Powers (originally Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy).

Both groups expanded as other nations were drawn into the war and there were changes to the original members: Italy ended up fighting on the side of the Allies, while Russia withdrew from the war following the Revolution in 1917. For the first time, war was fought in the air as well as on the ground and at sea. The war broke out on 28th July, 1914 and raged until 11th November, 1918. It involved 70 million men under arms, 60 million of whom were Europeans; more than 9 million of them were killed. The high death toll was largely brought about by technological advances in weaponry, such as the machine gun, flamethrower and fragmentation artillery shells, and the move to mechanised warfare, involving (for the first time) the use of aircraft and tanks. Poison gas was also employed by both sides.

A major aspect of the conflict was trench warfare, both sides occupying complex defensive trench networks that snaked for miles across the battlefields of Europe, separated by a barren, cratered 'no-man's land' strung with barbed wire. These systems led to a very static form of warfare, with front lines not moving for months or even years. This book looks at the First World War from a largely British perspective, based upon almost 300 photographs from the archives of Mirrorpix.3/2016

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In April 2015 The Great War Exhibition joined forces with local food artisans, Wellington Chocolate Factory to release a commemorative chocolate bar ‘The Great War Bar’, marking the centenary of World War One while supporting The Great War Exhibition’s fundraising campaign. The partnership has been a resounding success with the chocolate bar taking out top spot as the supreme winner of the 2016 Cuisine Magazine Artisan Awards.

The commemorative Anzac biscuit inspired chocolate bar continues to exceed expectations, becoming a top selling product from the Wellington Chocolate Factory’s exclusive range. Based in Wellington and renowned for their high quality ethical chocolate, Wellington Chocolate Factory was the perfect fit for The Great War Exhibition’s Food Partnership Fundraising Project. In World War One chocolate was a morale and energy boost for soldiers, often sent as gifts from loved ones back home.

 The Great War Bar infuses the core ingredients of the original World War One chocolate bar with a deliciously sweet and crunchy Anzac biscuit inspired topping. A portion from the sale of each bar goes to The Great War Exhibition.

 World War One had a profound effect on New Zealand. Nearly ten percent of our then population of 1.1 million served overseas, of whom more than 18,000 died. This event affected more than just those who went away – it touched nearly every New Zealand family, community, school or workplace. The Great War Exhibition tells the story of the First World War and New Zealand’s role in brilliant colour. The Exhibition is grateful to Wellington Chocolate Factory for their generous contribution and continued support of this world class Exhibition.

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