We are used to seeing the First World War in black and white, but it was the first conflict captured on camera in colour. World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.
It led to the mobilization of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. The Great War saw many technological innovations that changed the face of war, such as aircraft, tanks, Zeppelins, and chemical warfare.
Matthew Butson, Vice President of Getty Images' Hulton Archive explains that these advances in technology were not limited to the weaponry but also extended to photography. The Autochromes in this gallery were taken by Fernand Cuville, a photographer in the French army and the quality of the imagery and the natural colors were down to his meticulous preparation.
"This will be a unique moment to say goodbye and thank you, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return, "read a statement from Boyle.
An incredible visual experience that leaves its mark on each of us and reminds us how hard the war is. Don't Forget to Remember and Remember to Forget.
#1 WW1 brought in a new kind of War.
#2 ONE HUNDRED years ago.