The First World War was the first all-European conflict for a hundred years. Two sets of powerful states hurled against each other everything military science could devise, including poison gas. At its end, four empires had been destroyed and nine million soldiers lay dead.
Martin Gilbert's magnificent history of this terrible conflict charts week by week the events and horrors of the battles on the Eastern and Western Fronts, of the war at sea and in the air, and the effects of the war far from the front line. Written with the mastery of historical narrative which makes him such a compelling historian, and the consideration of the human experience of war that has become his hallmark, Martin Gilbert's account is not only the definitive history - it is also a testimony to the millions who lost their lives.