Thursday 8 November 2018

Immerse yourself in IWM's Podcast series narrated by James Taylor, which will walk you through life in Britain and abroad during the First World War.

You can discover more about the First World War through the eyes of the British people and the Empire at IWM London's First World War Galleries, which display over 1,300 objects including weapons, uniforms, diaries, keepsakes, film and art.

In Combat

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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part I - Hope and Glory
As the twentieth century dawned, Britain was one of the greatest powers on Earth.
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part II - Shock
Following the outbreak of war in August 1914, mainland Europe became a battleground.
British First World War period trench sign
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part III - Deadlock
By late 1914 the war on the Western Front had become deadlocked
Mounted stuffed pig's head, Tirpitz the pig
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part IV - Global War
The European conflict spread as far as Africa, Asia and the Middle East
A British sentry going up to his post, the Somme, July 1916
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part V - Total War
The bloody and ferocious battle of the Somme

At home

Munition workers painting shells at the National Shell Filling Factory No.6, Chilwell
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part VI - Feeding The Front
The reliance on the home front by soldiers was near breaking point
Mrs Kitchener, A female gravedigger, stands on the church path with her spade and pick over her shoulder
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part VII - At All Costs
Women began to take on more and more roles to aid the strength of Britain's society
Australian troops walk along a duckboard track through the remains of Chateau Wood, Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part VIII - Machines Against Men
The rise of machinery in the battlefield
Banner carried during the Bolshevik party's takeover of the government of Russia in the autumn of 1917
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part IX - Breaking Down
The British government started to look to homegrown substitutes to keep Britain going
Large packets of bundles of memorial cards at the Imperial War Museum waiting for sorting and notating
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First World War Galleries Podcast: Part X - War Without End
Four years of fighting meant that the men who returned were never the same again