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This year (2018) is One hundred years since the end of the Great World War, when so many lives were lost. This year will be the start of that closure process for may families. There will be many tributes and services to commemorate this centenary; but this site is a timeline during the World War One, and some of the many regimental histories tie into the pages describing some of the pain and also many heroic acts to bring those few short years to life again.
Germany invaded Belgium on the 5th August 1914. A few days later, the British government declared war on Germany. This was the start of a long, and devastating war between the countries; and around the world.
The British Army was quickly deployed as the British Expeditionary Force. It was small, but also made up of professional soldiers; and in 1914 it can be followed through the pages of the First Seven Divisions from Mons to Ypres; and also through the history of the Royal Fusiliers throughout the war.
The German army had about 2.1 million soldiers and 1.7 million older reservists, the French 3.6 million; the Belgians ; and then there was the British army of about 200,000 spread around the Empire; plus 270,000 territorials!
The official "final and corrected" casualty figures for the British Army, including the Territorial Force , were issued on 10 March 1921. The losses for the period between 4 August 1914, and 30 September 1919, included 573,507 "killed in action, died from wounds and died of other causes" and 254,176 missing (minus 154,308 released prisoners), for a net total of 673,375 dead and missing. Casualty figures also indicated that there were 1,643,469 wounded.
The final armistice was signed on the 11th November 1918 for cessation of hostilities, at 11 o'clock.