It was dubbed “the War to end all Wars.” And today, on the 91st anniversary of the Armistice, the victims of World War One are still remembered. It is impossible to say how many perished in the trenches between 1914 and 1918 but it is thought up to 10 million soldiers’ lives were lost.
The assassination in Sarajevo of Austria-Hungary’‘s Archduke Franz Ferdinand is most often cited as the catalyst for a conflict that took on global proportions. France and Germany were on opposing sides, winners and losers respectively, which made a symbolic event in 1984 so powerful. Then-French President Francois Mitterrand and German Chancellor at the time Helmut Kohl stood hand in hand at Verdun, the scene of one of the war’s fiercest battles. It was an emotive sign of their countries’ modern-day reconciliation.