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This Retreating World: 31 Remarkable Photos From The World War One Trenches

WW1 Photos Austrian Prisoners

Austrian prisoners pose for a picture in Russia in 1915. Source: Library of Congress

The First World War was not “the war to end all wars.” It was, instead, the beginning of the kind of modern mass violence that would scar the century. For the first time, the armies of Europe used such tools of slaughter as the flamethrower, poison gas, the tank, and war planes.

The war’s catalyst came in the summer of 1914, when Gavrilo Princip, a radicalized Yugoslav nationalist, fired two shots into a car in a Sarajevo side street, killing the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. In the following weeks, all knots of European diplomacy tightened, and a net of alliances dragged the continent into a war that would last for the next four years. 19 million people died, more than half of them civilians.

The gallery below offers a window into the fighting in Europe during the first truly modern war – a conflict that, whether we realize it or not, shaped the dimensions and norms of the world we live in today.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXVII

Stunning Photos Of A Camel Train Across Cable Beach, Australia

With picturesque views of the Indian Ocean and a virtually flat swath of white, sandy beach, Broome, Australia’s Cable Beach has attracted tourists for decades. Add a camel ride at sunset, where their silhouettes are reflected by the wet sand and bleed into the warm hues of a fading day, and it’s no surprise why most Australians consider this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Recently Lauren Bath made a trip out to Broome and documented this absolutely breathtaking event — her photos are so compelling that they almost make us feel as if we’re there. Check out more photos at My Modern Met.

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Beauty, Defiance And “Miss Besieged Sarajevo” During The Bosnian War

Miss Besieged Sarajevo 1993

From 1992 to 1996, Serbian and Bosnian Serb forces besieged Bosnia’s capital city, Sarajevo, engaging in the longest and bloodiest siege of a capital city in modern warfare. Lasting three times longer than the Siege of Stalingrad, Serbs and Bosnian Serbs seeking to create a new Bosnian Serb state encircled the city and assaulted it with artillery, tanks and small arms. Nearly 14,000 people were killed during the siege, with nearly 40 percent of those killed civilians.

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Born In Auschwitz: How One Woman Delivered 3,000 Babies During The Holocaust

When Stanislawa Leszczyńska first became a midwife, she never could have imagined that she would one day be whisked away from her home in Poland, where she routinely walked miles to deliver babies, and into the real-life nightmare of Auschwitz. After the murder of her husband in Poland and the forced removal of her son to another work camp, Stanislawa and her daughter entered Auschwitz with only one hope: that they would survive.

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