The First World War began one hundred years ago, on 28 July 1914. The Great War was one of the deadliest conflicts in history: about 10 million soldiers and seven million civilians lost their lives.
The Great War was characterised by the horrors of trench warfare along the Western Front of Belgium and France. Back home, all of England's resources were focused on winning the war on the Home Front. A shortage of able-bodied men meant that women took on traditional male roles in areas such as arms manufacture.
Stately homes were commandeered for use as convalescent homes for wounded and recovering soldiers from the front-line. The Germans carried out air raids, bombing London from Zeppelins. Towns on the east coast like Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool were attacked by the German Navy.
To mark the centenary of the start of the conflict, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid compiled photos of England during the war and superimposed them onto photos of the same scenes today.
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