For millions of Europeans, the war did not end in 1918


Our narrative of the armistice is not the only one. In the east conflict continued, fuelled by the crumbling of empires

Emmanuel Macron is on a six-day tour of France’s first world warbattleground sites to commemorate the centenary of the armistice.

Anyone who’s spent time in places where the 1914-18 bloodbath unfolded will know this could be an emotional visit.

The fields and forests still bear the scars: the long sinuous furrows formed by the remains of trenches; the 90-metre-wide gaping crater left by the explosion of a mine; or the war museum in Péronne, in the Somme, with its collection of photos of gueules…

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