First World War Collection
"The First World War: A Reflection of Sacrifice and Remembrance" In the heart of Birkenhead, at the Cammell Laird shipyard
Map of the North Sea and the Baltic, c1914, (c1920). Creator: John Bartholomew & Son
Map of the North Sea and the Baltic, c1914, (c1920). Northern Europe at the start of the First World War, including parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Germany, Denmark
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"The First World War: A Reflection of Sacrifice and Remembrance" In the heart of Birkenhead, at the Cammell Laird shipyard, the BL22201_002 stands as a testament to the industrial might that fueled the war effort. This shipyard became a hub of activity, constructing vessels that would sail into battle. Across Europe, ceramic poppies formed an awe-inspiring installation known as "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" at London's Tower. Each delicate flower represented a life lost in this devastating conflict. As dusk settled over the city, it served as a poignant reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Recruitment propaganda echoed throughout 1910s UK with Lord Kitchener's iconic "Your Country Needs You" slogan urging young men to enlist. These powerful messages stirred patriotism and duty among citizens during these tumultuous times. The Vindictive at Zeebrugge in 1918 (1919), captured by artist Charles John De Lacy, immortalized one daring naval operation amidst countless others. It symbolizes bravery and determination exhibited by those who fought on land and sea. Amidst all this chaos, love found itself entangled with duty in "Twixt Love and Duty, " painted in 1914. The painting encapsulates how personal lives were affected by global events - torn between loyalty to country or loved ones left behind. Even animals played their part; Lizzie Ward, an elephant working for Thomas W. Ward in Sheffield during 1914 showcased how every sector contributed towards supporting troops fighting overseas. Advancements in aviation technology brought forth aircraft like Airco DH. 5 which revolutionized aerial warfare tactics during WWI - forever changing military strategies employed on both sides of the conflict. "Our Little Contemptibles, " depicted through oil on canvas artwork from 1914 portrays soldiers marching forward against insurmountable odds with unwavering determination.