President Barack Obama posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor on two World War I veterans whose heroic acts nearly 100 years ago went unrecognized in an age of discrimination. Sgt. William Shemin and Pvt. Henry Johnson were recognized with the nation’s highest military decoration for saving their comrades on French front lines. William Brangham has the story. Continue reading
During World War I, posters beckoned civilians to join the armed forces and beseeched State-side warriors to conserve wheat and sugar, all in the name of helping the troops. Continue reading
In 1915, a German submarine sunk the Lusitania, a British passenger ship, killing nearly 1,200 people including 123 Americans. The story of that disaster is the subject of a new book, “Dead Wake.” Jeffrey Brown talks to author Erik Larson about finding new material in a century-old tragedy. Continue reading
Widely remembered as the unofficial cease-fire between British and German troops at the start of the first World War, the details surrounding the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 have become muddled over time. Continue reading
A replica World War I-era biplane took to the skies Tuesday, preparing to mark 100 years of military aerial deployment.
Former enemies marked the centennial this week of the “Great War,” which pulled in world powers and killed 17 million soldiers and civilians across Europe and beyond. Jeffrey Brown reports on how the death and destruction of the world’s first fully industrialized war radically re-organized Europe and the Middle East, and altered the course of history. Continue reading
This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War I. PBS NewsHour chief correspondent Jeffrey Brown spoke with authors Margaret MacMillan, John Mearsheimer and Jack Beatty on Wednesday about the lasting effects of the war on the United States today. Continue reading
On August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, sparking a global conflict that killed more than 14 million people from 28 countries. To mark the anniversary, European royalty, political leaders and veterans’ families gathered to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. James Mates of Independent Television News reports on some of the tributes. Continue reading
The French street theater company Royal de Luxe are marking 100 years since the start of World War I in a larger than life way.