Outbreak of WW1 Was 100 Years Ago – French Centenary Mission Keeps Memory Flame Alive
July 28 1914 — one hundred years ago — saw the outbreak of the Great War. Over a four-year period ending in 2018, France, along with all other nations caught up in that terrible conflict, have joined hands in commemorating those who were sacrificed.
As London’s Financial Times reports: “France was to lose 1.4m soldiers in the war, touching almost every family in a population at the time of less than 40m. About 40,000 monuments in towns and villages across the country still bear the names of the fallen, under the legend ‘Mort pour La France’ … ‘France was very, very traumatised. The country lived under acute stress. It was a huge test of French society,” says Antoine Prost, a prominent historian of the period and adviser to the state’s centenary planning“.
For the past 18 months in advance of the centenary, French News Online has been collecting and documenting on our pages stories and information about the Great War and its equally devastating sequel, World War ll.