The End of the Great War

The End of the Great War

November 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War

From 2014 to 2018, people across the globe have come together to commemorate those who lived, fought and in many cases died during this global conflict. Since 2014, we have been working hard on a digitisation project to research and document the personal photograph albums of soldiers and families caught up in the Great War.

"History of Reinforcement Battalion 161" (album collected together by a Captain Rottländer, 1917): double page with photographs and map. (AKG1673824)
"History of Reinforcement Battalion 161" (album collected together by a Captain Rottländer, 1917): double page with photographs and map. (AKG1673824)

We have also been researching deep into our own archives and those of our partner agencies to add to our already extensive collection of images from the period. These selections of images focus on the First World War from beginning to end. Many images are available exclusively through akg-images, with more related to the topics available on our website.

World War I, mobilisation. Berlin, 28th August 1914<br/>AKG899375
The arrest of Gavrilo Princip after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Photo, 06.28.1914<br/>AKG377418
Loading torpedoes on deck of a submarine of the German navy.<br/>AKG1063024
USA declares war on Germany on 6 April 1917. Soldiers of the 27th Division of the New York National Guard on their way to a training camp.<br/>AKG211360
French moored balloon (used for aerial reconnaissance).<br/>AKG1691687
“Have you answered the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call?" (World War I). Poster, USA, c. 1918<br/>AKG335102
Soldiers and mule wearing gas masks during World War I on the Western Front. Photo, 1917<br/>AKG916822
WWI / Austrian soldier in a trench secured by fascines. Colourised photo, Russia, 1915<br/>AKG1656678
"A Copse, Evening", 1918 by Alexander Young Jackson; oil on canvas. <br/>AKG29426229
End of World War I (armistice on the 11.11.1918). Celebrations at New York Wall Street.<br/>AKG894620
Map of Europe after World War I, according to the Treaty of Versailles, 1920.<br/>AKG1854955
Battle of Tannenberg (Masuria / East Prussia), from 26 to 30 August 1914. Ruins of a city on the Eastern front. <br/>AKG1674380
The table of the signing in the hall of mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. 28 June 1919<br/>AKG281836