World War I: Marking 100 Years Since the Beginning of the first World War (1914 – 2014).

Hello everyone, as part of the first World War celebrations that have been going on recently, today marks 100 years since the beginning of the first World War. Focusing on the World War I celebrations, dozens of ceramic poppies were planted outside the Tower of London, roughly around 888,000.

Everyone will now have the opportunity to light a candle for one full hour, and can be blown out at 11:00PM, where it will then show the time World War I was declared. The Tower of London’s Ceramic Poppies were laid out in a glorified style, as the ceramic poppies appeared to be falling out of one of the windows of the Tower.

Named “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”, Paul Cummins design focuses on the 888,000+ ceramic poppies that appear to be pouring out of the Tower of London, and flowing into the moat. His works of the Ceramic Poppies pouring out of the tower and flowing into the moat will be unveiled officially tomorrow.

From the research I’ve looked up regarding the first World War, there were over 16 million deaths, with an overall 20 million that were seriously wounded, which ranked World War I to be among the deadliest conflicts known in history.

The ultimatum of this first World War meant that more than 70+ million of military personnel, including 60 million Europeans would be mobilised in one of the largest wars in history.

Despite claims that the first World War was started due to possible resurgences of imperialism as an underlying cause, what caused the immediate trigger for World War I was the assassination of the Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, which occurred on the 28th June 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the throne of Austria and Hungary when he was assassinated on the 28th June 1914 by the Yugoslav nationalist, Gavrilo Princip.

World War I, mostly known as the Great War, was the kind of global war that was centred in Europe, which begun on the 28th July 1914, and lasted for 4 years until the 11th November 1918. Over more than 7 million+ civilians died as a result of the first World War, which was also a casualty rate that had been exacerbated by the “belligerents’ technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate.”

This conflict of World War I was known as one of the most deadliest conflicts in history, which paved the way for the highly important political changes, which also included the revolutions for many of the nations that were mostly involved.

I have created this blog post in a format where I can dedicate it to those who lost their lives in the battle of World War I, and I aim for this blog post to give you all the chance to remember the first World War in its true glory. This blog post will also mark one of the most highly anticipated and most important events known in history.

Below, I have provided 10 handy links based on the war celebrations should you feel that you want to delve deeper for some more research.

Thank you.

Alex Smiithson

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