'Lives are being lost'


The minutes before and after the Armistice that ended the First World War at 11am on 11 November 1918 were recorded in an image showing artillery activity on the American front near the River Moselle.

It's a fascinating record of one moment at the close of the First World War but how did the technology behind this image actually work?

A re-imagining of what the end of the First World War sounded like, based on the sound ranging tape featured in this video, was part of the Making a New World season at IWM London.


Virtual hall of Remembrance
First World War

Hall of Remembrance

Explore the story of the never-built Hall of Remembrance and the artworks created to commemorate the First World War in an immersive 3D experience.
A group of happy girls in an American automobile in London on the day the Armistice was signed, 11 November 1918.
First World War

Voices of the First World War: Armistice

Episode 47: In early October 1918, Germany, no longer able to continue the war, approached the United States about an armistice. Many ordinary British soldiers on the Western Front recall having a sense that the war was drawing to a close.