World war i also called first world war or great war an international conflict that in 1914 18 embroiled most of the nations of europe along with russia the united states the middle east and other regions the war pitted the central powers mainly germany austria hungary and turkey against the allies mainly france great britain russia italy japan and from 1917 the united . World war i or the first world war often abbreviated as wwi or ww1 was a global war originating in europe that lasted from 28 july 1914 to 11 november 1918 contemporaneously known as the great war or the war to end all wars it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel including 60 million europeans making it one of the largest wars in history. History of the first world war timeline share e books historyworlds pocket history series world war i 343 gbp208 world war ii 372 gbp229 see others discover in a free daily email todays famous history and birthdays enjoy the famous daily the diplomatic drift towards war 1890 1914 in the years leading to world war i there are five major powers within europe austria hungary . The war at sea immediately takes on the aspect of a world war because the fleets of two main combatants germany and england are already dispersed around the globe from the very first week of the war a german light cruiser the emden carries out a brilliant series of raids in the seas around india preying on the british merchant and troop ships which are bringing supplies and men to the
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