The War to End all Wars, the Great War, World War I. Whichever title you use for it, the First World War is often forgotten in the face of the more memorable Second World War, but there are stories to tell and people to remember from the first as well.
The two world wars took place so close together (World War I from 1914 to 1917 and World War II 1932 to 1945) that many lives spanned both, and many figures were important in both wars. Therefore, if you see a name below that you connect with World War II; you now know that person was just as involved in the Great War.
Below you will find some of those stories and others besides.
- Sergeant Alvin York, one of the most decorated soldiers from the United States to serve in World War I
- Sir Arthur H Rostron, Remembered for his Involvement in the Titanic disaster, Arthur was also a captain during World War I
- Sergeant Edward Younger, Entered History After Being Selected to choose the US's Unknown Soldier from World War I
- Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, First Serving During World War I, He Went On to Become the Desert Fox
- Eleanor Roosevelt, Before Becoming the First Lady Eleanor was a Red Cross Volunteer
- Second Lieutenant Eugene Bullard, The First African American Combat Pilot
- Corporal Frank Buckles, The Last Surviving American Veteran of World War I
- Gertrude Bell, Helped Draft Treaties Between the British and the Arab Tribes
- Irene Joliot-Curie, X-Ray Photographer and Chemist
- Jeannette Rankin, She was the Only Member of the US Congress to Vote Against Going to War in Both World Wars
- Józef Piłsudski, The Leader of Poland's Armed Forces During the War
- Julien Bryan, During World War I he Volunteered with the Ambulance Corps
- Marie Marvingt, The First Woman to Fly Combat Missions (Completed During the War)
- Marina Yurlova, The Teenage Girl who Became a Cossack
- Margaretha MacLeod, You Know Her Better as Mata Hari
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Red Cross Nurse Before She Became the Protector of the Everglades
- Milunka Savić, Probably the Most Decorated Female Soldier in the History of Ever
- Sergeant Opha Johnson, The First Woman to Enlist in the US Marine Corps
- T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia
- Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr, Badass in Both World Wars, and the Son of a President