Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Did you know that before the beginning of the 1st World War in 1914 the military use of aeroplanes was so insignificant that with its three dozen planes France could boast an air corps that was bigger than those of Germany, Britain, Italy, Russia and Austria put together? Each of those countries had the maximum of four military aeroplanes at their disposal while the USA had only two of those. (And I draw all of my knowledge here from a fantastic – as always! – book by Bill Bryson “One Summer: America 1927”.)
Rather tragically, all that was to change very soon when the armament began and the skies over Europe became yet another battlefield for the men in power.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of WW1´s beginning and all those involved in the European project aptly named THE EUROPEANA 1914-1918 are busy collecting and digitising the historic materials telling the story of the most horrific of all wars that we ever waged upon each other.
Here´s a short film introducing the project – visit their web page to find hundreds of thousands of images, films and written documents depicting that period of history.