Looking back: 100 years since Armistice Day

By Kristin Appenbrink, Editorial Lead, Voyager in Google Earth

This year, November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day — the day when all fighting stopped on the Western Front during World War I. Armistice Day is a precursor to Veteran’s Day, celebrated in the United States, and Remembrance Day, celebrated in the United Kingdom.

The Great War, as World War I was originally called, was unprecedented in terms of its international scale. To fully understand the global impact of the 4-year conflict, we teamed up with HISTORY to look at just how far the fighting reached.

From western Europe to the eastern coast of Africa and China to the Falkland Islands, World War I was a truly global conflict. Take a chronological journey around the globe to learn about some of the most notable battles in the war — complete with historical, black and white photos.

British troops during the Battle of the Somme in September 1916. Photo credit: Photo12 UIG/Getty Images

For those history buffs, you can also test your knowledge about the events of WWI in our latest quiz.

Test your knowledge of WWI history in Google Earth

Finally, Armistice Day also serves as an important reminder of the more than 8.5 million soldiers who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918. Learn how countries and communities honor those who served in our collection of WWI Memorials.

Tower of London Photo credit: Ian Billington | Douaumont Ossuary Photo credit: Andrew Velasquez | India Gate Photo credit: Ashok Rinwa