History UsefulNotes / WorldWarI

2nd May '17 9:17:59 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* '''1916'''—Germany recognises need to 'break' France before Russia and The Commonwealth can fully mobilise their resources, as Germany has reached limits of own manpower+industrial mobilization and Austria-Hungarian society & government visibly disintegrating under strain of war. Under Chief of Staff Falkenhayn, strategy of simply exhausting France's manpower reserves by using Germany's artillery superiority to decimate them with minimal German losses ('artillery destruction' tactics) decided upon, employed in battle at Verdun starting 21/2/1916—sector of front where French rail-supply poor, and German good. Not as effective as hoped— German Fifth Army under Crown Prince Wilhelm decides of own initiative to attempt to ''capture'' Verdun "regardless of losses" and so battle turns into a battle of attrition, an indecisive back-and-forth slug-fest[[note]] Wilhelm had experimented with new small-unit tactics including concerted attacks against weak points in the enemy line instead of attacks across the entire width of it ('infiltration tactics') and the use of 'flame-throwing-liquid-projector' devices. Somewhat ironically, these device were first employed by Volunteer Fire Department members. These gave him false confidence that capturing the ground was possible, though the actual merits of doing so (glory for himself and his men, without aiding Germany's wider war effort) were every bit as bankrupt as they appeared [[/note]]. French Army also has world's largest pool of motor-transport, not as reliant on rail-supply as expected.

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* '''1916'''—Germany recognises need to 'break' France before Russia and The Commonwealth can fully mobilise their resources, as Germany has reached limits of own manpower+industrial mobilization and Austria-Hungarian society & and government visibly disintegrating under strain of war. Under Chief of Staff Falkenhayn, strategy of simply exhausting France's manpower reserves by using Germany's artillery superiority to decimate them with minimal German losses ('artillery destruction' tactics) decided upon, employed in battle at Verdun starting 21/2/1916—sector of front where French rail-supply poor, and German good. Not as effective as hoped— German Fifth Army under Crown Prince Wilhelm decides of own initiative to attempt to ''capture'' Verdun "regardless of losses" and so battle turns into a battle of attrition, an indecisive back-and-forth slug-fest[[note]] Wilhelm had experimented with new small-unit tactics including concerted attacks against weak points in the enemy line instead of attacks across the entire width of it ('infiltration tactics') and the use of 'flame-throwing-liquid-projector' devices. Somewhat ironically, these device were first employed by Volunteer Fire Department members. These gave him false confidence that capturing the ground was possible, though the actual merits of doing so (glory for himself and his men, without aiding Germany's wider war effort) were every bit as bankrupt as they appeared [[/note]]. French Army also has world's largest pool of motor-transport, not as reliant on rail-supply as expected.



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20th Apr '17 5:33:19 AM DocJamore
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For the works set during the war, see [[WorksSetInWorldWarI here]].
5th Apr '17 6:42:59 PM PaulA
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* Although set after the war, Creator/FScottFitzgerald's ''Tender Is The Night'' features a memorable scene where the characters visit a cemetery on the Somme and discuss the meaning of the war.

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* Although set after the war, Creator/FScottFitzgerald's ''Tender Is The Night'' ''Literature/TenderIsTheNight'' features a memorable scene where the characters visit a cemetery on the Somme and discuss the meaning of the war.
25th Mar '17 4:28:10 PM Saveelich
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A thing about the representation of WWI in games is that there aren't many WWI titles in general and as compared with the more numerous representations in other media. Some gamers and game critics blame this on the somewhat more static nature of the war or the ignorance of developers and most gamers, who often assume that "WWI = muddy and "unmoving" western front". This situation is slowly changing, with a whole slew of strategy games being released on the centennial anniversary of the war's outbreak in 2014 and the extraordinarily unforgiving (in the ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}}''-mold) online multiplayer shooter game ''VideoGame/{{Verdun}}'' having been released in April 2015. The ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' franchise also entered this era with the October 2016 release of ''VideoGame/Battlefield1''. WWI also sees some renewed interest in mainstream Hollywood, with 2017's ''Film/WonderWoman'' being probably one of the more prominent examples.

It's not easy to pinpoint the exact reason why people are focusing on this particular conflict all of a sudden aside from the 2014-2018 period marking its 100th anniversary. The current political, social and economical instability in Europe might have contributed to it and the [[GrayAndGreyMorality lack of an easily distinguishable villain]] surely makes it an interesting setting in an era when successful TV shows increasingly explore GreyAndGrayMorality.

!!Media set in this time period:

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* The backstory of ''Anime/PorcoRosso''.
* Also mentioned in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', the main bulk of which is set in TheRoaringTwenties.
* Several episodes of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', specifically detailing [[OnlySaneMan Germany's]] and [[TheDitz Italy's]] first meeting. Austria is described as reduced to a wheelchair-bound [[IllGirl cripple]] after the War.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', a picture of C.C. can be seen running around a WWI battlefield.
* The shoujo ''Manga/CandyCandy'' is set before and during this time period. It becomes pretty important towards the last part of the series: [[spoiler: Candy's fellow nurse Frannie Hamilton decides to enroll as a war nurse to leave her DarkAndTroubledPast behind (prompting Candy to investigate her origins)]] and [[spoiler: Candy's close friend Alistair "Stear" Cornwall joins the American Air Forces [[RebelPrince despite the clan's objections]]... [[KillTheCutie and later dies when his plane is shot down]].]]
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'''s finale Ed finds himself [[spoiler:in real-life London in 1916]]. And yes, [[TruthInTelevision zeppelins really were used in bombing raids during that time]].
* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'' takes place in an alternate universe reminiscent of our world except with [[{{Magitek}} magic]] and the opening stages of the war happening much later than in real life, 1924.
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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'': In the first ''Dark Eyes'' series (2012), Eighth Doctor companion Molly O'Sullivan is a nursing assistant during the war, with her first story, "The Great War", being set here.
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* The most famous comic book example is probably DC's ''Comicbook/EnemyAce'', about the trials of elite German flying ace Hans Von Hammer, who is profoundly haunted by the constant death around him of which he is a master dealer in the unforgiving sky.
* DC also had ''Steve Savage, Balloon Buster'', inspired by real-life ace Frank Luke.
* ''[[Comicbook/{{Battle}} Charley's War]]'' is a classic British comic with socialist overtones that does not flinch from the horrors of battle.
* One of the past incarnations of the goddess ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' was an angelic figure helping the soldiers fighting in the trenches of World War I.
* ''ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill''
* Creator/JacquesTardi is renowned for depicting WarIsHell in several graphic novels, the most famous being ''It was the War in the Trenches''. His tendencies link the war to StrawmanPolitical and CorruptCorporateExecutive. The usual French point of view about the conflict.
* Marvel had quite a few heroes in a WWI setting:
** The Phantom Eagle was an American pilot who fought against the Germans. He had to disguise his identity in order to protect his German-born parents (they had returned to Germany at the beginning of the War) from reprisals.
** Union Jack fought on the Western front against the Germans.
** John Steele (America's first super-soldier, complete with steel-hard skin and super-strength)also fought on the Western front.
** Freedom's Five was a team of heroes who fought for the Entente: Union Jack (U.K.), Phantom Eagle (America), Sir Steel and the Silver Squire (U.K.), and the Crimson Cavalier (France).
** Villain Baron Blood was an English traitor who fought for the Kaiser.
* ComicBook/NickFury's father, Jack Fury, served as a pilot in the war.
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* Snoopy's "World War I Flying Ace" fantasies from the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' cartoons.
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* ''Film/TheLostPatrol'' is about a single British cavalry patrol that gets lost in the Mesopotamian desert and endures a harrowing siege while being picked off by unseen Arab enemies.
* ''Film/TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse'', in which a callow IdleRich boy goes off to fight in the trenches.
* The two film adaptations of ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''. The UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning 1930s version directed by Lewis Milestone is more famous than the 1970s TV movie. [[WeirdAlEffect Later became known for]] it's mentioning in a Creator/MontyPython skit.
** The older version is considered one of the greatest and most important movies on WWI created, as per the Library of Congress. Also listed as the 7th Most Epic Film (well, 7th in the "Epic" genre of films, whatever that means) in the American Film Institute's list of the Top Ten of the 10 Classic American Film Genres. It's also probably the TropeMaker / TropeCodifier of the modern war movie.
* ''Film/HellsAngels'', a 1930 film about fighter pilots in the RAF.
* ''Film/TheDawnPatrol'' is also a 1930 film about fighter pilots in the RAF.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westfront_1918 Westfront 1918]]'', a German film. It bears resemblance to ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' and was released the same year (1930), although it has a bleaker tone.
* ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' with Creator/KirkDouglas. Directed in the late 50s by a then young Creator/StanleyKubrick. An example of ShotAtDawn. And possibly one of the best filmed but [[HollywoodHistory least accurate]] war dramas ever made.
* ''Film/TheBigParade''. 1925 silent; wonderful story about a callow rich boy who joins the Army, falls in love with a French girl, then sees the hell of combat...
* ''Film/TheRedBaron'' (known as ''Von Richthofen and Brown'' outside the US)
* The 1959 Italian comedy/drama ''Film/LaGrandeGuerra'' (The Great War), the story of an AntiHero and a LovableCoward who become VitriolicBestBuds and try not to get caught in the slaughter of the trenches.
* ''Film/BlackAndWhiteInColor'' is a French movie set somewhere in West Africa, on the border between a French colony and a German colony. When the French get news that they're at war with Germany, then they (well, the Africans under their control) go to war. It ends with the English arriving to announce that the Germans' superiors have already surrendered.
* The A&E cable network made a movie called and about ''Film/TheLostBattalion'', a US Army unit that during an attack was cut-off behind German lines. Fighting off attack after attack and in spite of mounting casualties and dwindling supplies they rejected every surrender demand that was made. They were rescued and returned back to US lines.
* ''Film/TheAfricanQueen''.
** And the book it's based on ''Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure''. The Tangiyaka campaign was just messed up.
*** ''Mimi and Toutou'' came well after that film, which was based on CS Forester's novel of the same name. The true story has been told in many places.
* ''Film/DarlingLili,'' a 1970 musical set in the waning days of the war, starring Creator/JulieAndrews as a GlamorousWartimeSinger / FemmeFataleSpy who romances an American AcePilot. Has some spectacular aerial dogfight scenes using replica aircraft originally built for the film ''Film/TheBlueMax'' (see below).
* ''Film/DawnPatrol''—Basil Rathborne has to keep sending out pilots with single digit flying hours, Errol Flynn has to lead them. Rather accurate about the particulars of air strategy. But the planes are 1918 types, and the situation is more 1916-17 (bloody April especially).
* The Australian film ''Film/{{Gallipoli}}''
** And an Australian mini-series, ''Series/{{ANZACs}}''
** And another Australian film, ''Film/TheWaterDiviner'', set in the aftermath of Gallipoli, that looks at both the Turkish and Australian sides of the battle.
* ''Film/TheLighthorsemen'' is an Australian film about a stunningly effective (and TruthInTelevision) ''mounted charge'' by Australian horsemen against entrenched Turkish infantry supported by artillery and machine guns, in Palestine.
** Explained in-film as a result of the Turkish expectation that the Australians (who were mounted infantry, NOT cavalry) would dismount and advance on foot since they lacked sabres, and had set the sights on their rifles and MG's to the range corresponding to the dismount point. When they charge in on horseback instead, the Turks are so surprized and frightened that they simply blaze away and ''forget to re-set their sights'' to account for the decreasing range.
*** Much of the footage from the movie was used again by the director Simon Wincer in an episode of ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'' he directed about the same historical incident but with young Indy inserted in as an Entente spy. The episode also featured then-unknown actors Creator/DanielCraig and Creator/CatherineZetaJones.
* The 2002 ''[[Film/{{Deathwatch 2002}} Deathwatch]]'' is a British SurrealHorror film, starring [[SerkisFolk Andy Serkis]] and [[BillyElliotPlot Jamie Bell]], features a squad of Tommies getting lost in a German entrenchment. They are tormented by uncertainty of their whereabouts, mounting distrust of their lone German prisoner and each other, and increasingly supernatural phenomena. They are slowly picked off [[KillEmAll one by one]]. And the ending features a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic MindScrew.
* ''Film/{{Flyboys}}'' is a 2006 film about the [[EagleSquadron Lafayette Escadrille]], a French fighter squadron composed entirely of American volunteers.
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' dealt with the Arab Revolt and Middle Eastern theatre.
* A very touching 2005 French movie, ''Film/JoyeuxNoel'' ("Merry Christmas"), is about French and British soldiers briefly fraternizing with German soldiers on Christmas of 1914.
* The 1941 Gary Cooper film ''Film/SergeantYork'' was [[BioPic based on the true story]] of Sgt Alvin York, a pacifist farmhand who became an American hero and earned its highest military honor, the Medal Of Honor, for an incident in 1918 where he single-handedly killed and captured over a hundred German soldiers.
* ''Shout at the Devil'': A 1968 novel and 1976 film about a private war between English poachers and a German colonial official in East Africa.
* ''Film/WaterlooBridge'' is a 1931 film set in 1917 London.
* The French film ''Film/AVeryLongEngagement'' is about Audrey Tatou's character's search for her fiancé who was lost and presumed dead in no man's land during the Battle of the Somme. We see UsefulNotes/WW1 told through some pretty graphic flashbacks of the other men he was stationed with.
* ''Zeppelin!'': 1970 Michael York film about a German plot to steal the British crown jewels using the eponymous zeppelin and featuring flying sequences using accurate reproductions of actual WWI aircraft.
* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' had Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn and ET's best friend go off to Europe to fight on the Western Front.
* ''March on the Drina'' (Serbian: ''Marš na Drinu''): 1964 movie about the Serbian victory against Austro-Hungarian invasion force in the Battle of Cer (fought in August 1914).
* ''I defended the Young Bosnia'' (Serbian: ''Branio sam Mladu Bosnu''): 2014 Serbian movie about the Austrian lawyer Rudolf Zistler who did his professional best to defend Gavrilo Princip and other members of the 'Unification [of the entire Balkans under Serbian Rule] or Death' terrorist group. The story pointedly uses the larger social movement which 'Unification or Death' was a part of, the 'Young Bosnia Movement', and is centered around the KangarooCourt trial set by the Austrians while the war itself is looming in the background.
* ''The Eagle and the Hawk''—depressingly realistic B&W movie in which the hero becomes increasingly and profoundly disillusioned by the number of young pilots dying under his command, finally snapping when the enemy ace he kills turns out to be no more than a fuzzy-cheeked youth. Driven beyond the brink, he [[spoiler:kills himself. His best friend takes his body up in a two-seater and, using the rear gun, peppers the wings and the hero's head with bullets to make it appear as though he died in combat and thereby save his reputation.]]
* The 1965 film ''Film/TheBlueMax'' is the story of a German infantryman, Lt. Bruno Stachel, who transfers to the German Air Service towards the end of the war. His ruthless kill-or-be-killed attitude clashes with the squadron's old fashioned notions of chivalry. Most well known for its excellent aerial stunts and flying scenes.
* 1970s British drama ''Aces High'', a very down-to-earth and touching portrayal of the lives (and deaths) of a regular squadron of fighter pilots.
* The plot of Terry Gilliam's ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' features TimeTravel and has several short scenes set on the Western front, and the war is also referenced by the PresentDayPast characters in the movie [[spoiler:because [[FishOutOfTemporalWater one of the time travelers apparently got stuck there and was acting suspiciously for that era.]] ]]
* There's a little known 2004 independent film about American soldiers on the western front in 1918, called ''[[http://www.companykthefilm.com/ Company K]]''. It's based on a semi-autobiographic novel by William March, one of the American veterans of the war.
* ''Film/ABearNamedWinnie'', chronicling the life of the original Winnipeg/Winnie the black bear, the bear that eventually inspired A. A. Milne to create Literature/WinnieThePooh.
* ''Film/{{Passchendaele}}'', written, directed, and starring Canadian Paul Gross, based on his grandfather's war diary.
* ''[[Film/GoodbyeMrChips Goodbye, Mr. Chips]]'' It starts when Mr. Chipping ("Chips") is a young teacher in 1870 and goes through his fifty year career. During WWI he reads aloud a "Roll of Honour", the names of those killed in battle which include many of Chip's former students and fellow teachers. One of them is an old friend of Chips, a German who fought on his country's side.
* ''The Officers' Ward'' in 2001, about the ''"gueules cassées"'' ("broken faces" in French: war invalids and horribly disfigured men).
* ''Capitaine Conan'' by Bertrand Tavernier, about the French corps in the Balkans.
* ''Film/TheGrandIllusion'' (1937), was directed by Creator/JeanRenoir.
* ''Film/{{Wings}}'', the only silent movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture, was centered on World War I flyboys.
* ''Literature/WarHorse'' (2001), adapted from the book by Creator/StevenSpielberg.
* ''La France'' (2007), a somewhat surreal French film in which a woman disguises herself as a teenage soldier to find her husband at the front, ironically joining a squad of deserters en route. And it's (sort of) a musical.
* ''Käsky'', or ''Tears of April'', a 2008 Finnish novel adaptation about a Red POW in the Finnish Civil War of 1918, the White soldier responsible for her, and the corrupt military judge in charge of her trial.
* The first section of ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' is set in this war, setting up the fascist dictators analogy in the rest of the film.
* ''Film/{{Wilson}}'' is a 1944 biopic about Woodrow Wilson, with much of the film focusing on his actions during World War I and his efforts to get the U.S. into the League of Nations. As you might have guessed from the release date, the movie was created largely as propaganda for the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII then-ongoing sequel]].
* ''Film/ShoulderArms'' (1918) was the product of Creator/CharlieChaplin's rather daring decision to make a comedy out of the horrors of trench warfare while the war was still going on. It proved to be one of his most popular films.
* ''Film/{{Doughboys}}'', the best of a generally uninspiring collection of talking films made by Creator/BusterKeaton at MGM, features Buster enlisting by accident, going through boot camp, and then fighting in the trenches in France.
* ''Film/BeneathHill60'' tells the story of the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery 1st Australian Tunnelling Company’s]] effort to mine a tunnel beneath Western European trenches and detonate an explosive charge below a German bunker to aid the advance of British troops.
* ''Film/WonderWoman'' has the titular heroine exploring the world of Man during the time period of WWI.
* ''Film/HeartsOfTheWorld'' (1918) is a propaganda film encouraging the American war effort, made while the war was still raging.
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* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' (1929) by German writer Erich Maria Remarque, another WWI staple of the western literary canon. The story follows a young German soldier from his idealistic enlistment through the horrors of war as his compatriots die one by one. Ironically, the story was written in German, by a German war veteran, depicting the German side of the war, but it has become the most popular depiction of the war for English speaking audiences.
* The poem ''My Boy Jack'' (1915), about the death of Creator/RudyardKipling's only son in the war.
* John Buchan's Richard Hannay stories, seminal spy thrillers that were both written and set in WWI. ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' (1915) has been adapted multiple times, although [[Film/The39Steps1935 the Hitchcock version]] is a very loose adaptation, set in the 1930s. Buchan portrays Wilhelm II fairly sympathetically.
* The ''SherlockHolmes'' story, ''His Last Bow'' (1917), takes place in England during the run up to the war, with Holmes attempting to deal with a German spy network in England. [[spoiler:He succeeds]].
* ''My Reminiscences of East Africa'' (1920) is General Paul Von Lettow-Vorbek's diary from his service in East Africa at this time.
* ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles'' (1920) was actually written in 1916 and set during the war. Lieutenant Arthur Hastings returns from the War due to an injury, while HerculePoirot is a war refugee.
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** The short story ''The Kidnapped Prime Minister'' also takes place in WWI.
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** ''[[Literature/TommyAndTuppence The Secret Adversary]]'' has a prologue on the sinking ''Lusitania'' (1915).
* As mentioned in the above, the L.M. Montgomery book ''[[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Rilla of Ingleside]]'' (1921) chronicles the eponymous character's experiences throughout the entire war, in quite a bit of detail that could only come from first-hand experience. Given that level of detail, it's supremely odd she made no mention at all of the 1918 influenza pandemic, not even in passing. It devastated Canada as thoroughly as it did the rest of the world, having a profound effect on many of the events she relates, yet the word 'flu' or 'influenza' is never once mentioned.
* Quite a lot of Creator/HPLovecraft stories feature WWI in the background somewhere (e.g. Herbert West, Reanimator-1922)—not surprising given that he did a lot of his writing in the 1920s.
** He specifically mentions in ''The Silver Key'' that his dreamer-hero [[BadassBookworm Randolph Carter]] saw action with the [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]] and suffered near-fatal injuries in the Battle of the Somme, near Belloy-en-Santerre. He apparently still had PTSD from this in "The Statement of Randolph Carter" where his friend Warren describes him as a nervous wreck.
* ''[[Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk The Good Soldier Švejk]]'' (1923), a classic ([[RuleOfFunny and hilarious]]) satirical novel by Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek. Some say Švejk is an AuthorAvatar version of him, but with some cunning ObfuscatingStupidity (possibly) added to the mix. This has some truth in it, only the AuthorAvatar was a different character entirely. Hašek never tried to hide the fact that the novel was largely autobiographical. His avatar, however, was not Švejk, but his friend, a bumbling former journalist, volunteer Marek.
* In ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Master Mind of Mars]]'' (1928) by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's, Ulysses Paxton starts out fighting in this War.
* The early (and best) ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' stories are set in the War, though the character debuted in 1932.
* The first part of the novel ''Journey to the End of the Night'' (1932), by the famous French author Céline, takes place during World War One. The main character, who sees the war as a lot of frightening and senseless violence, does his best to avoid risking his life. After being wounded, he manages not to be sent back to the western front until the war is over.
* The novel—and later film—''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'' (1938) by Dalton Trumbo: A horrifying story of a young American soldier, who has his arms, legs and ''face'' blown off, leaving him blind, deaf, dumb and immobile, a living torso in a hospital bed, with no way of communicating until [[spoiler: he figures out how to tap the Morse code with the back of his head]].
** Related, Music/{{Metallica}}'s song ''One'' retells the same story. The band bought the rights for the movie to use it in the video for that song.
* ''Pale Horse, Pale Rider'' (1939), a collection of three short stories by Katherine Anne Potter, is apparently the only major work on the Spanish flu epidemic.
* ''The Razor's Edge'' (1944) by William Somerset Maugham features Larry Darrell, a World War I pilot who is wounded and traumatized in the War. He spends the rest of the novel searching for ways to adjust to the post-war life.
* ''A Killing For The Hawks'' by Frederick E. Smith. A 1966 novel about a RFC squadron that flew Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5as.
* ''Literature/CharlotteSometimes'' (1969), second in Penelope Farmer's ''Aviary Hall'' series, features a young girl who [[spoiler:switches between living in Britain at the end of the war, and in boarding school in 1963.]] The book does, in fact, mention the flu—[[spoiler: it is revealed to have killed an unseen but nonetheless crucial character.]]
* The novel ''Goshawk Squadron'' (1971) by Creator/DerekRobinson deconstructs the popular view of World War One air combat which, rather than dueling "Knights of the Air", actually involved undertrained pilots diving out of the sun and machine-gunning their opponent in the back before he had a chance to defend himself. ''War Story''(1987) and ''Hornet's Sting'' (1999) by the same author have a similar setting.
* The novel ''Strange Meeting'' (1971) by Susan Hill, title taken from a Wilfred Owen poem, is about the friendship between two British officers on the front line.
* The short story ''Schwarzchild Radius'' (1987) by Creator/ConnieWillis features an extended metaphor of WWI as a [[UsefulNotes/BlackHoles black hole]].
* British author Pat Barker has written three award-winning novels that form her World War I trilogy, TheRegenerationTrilogy (1991-1995): ''Regeneration,'' ''The Eye in the Door,'' and ''The Ghost Road.'' The novels are chock full of history and real-life characters, including the poets Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and Robert Graves. The first novel was turned into a movie, released in 1997 and known as ''Regeneration'' in the UK and ''Behind the Lines'' in the US.
* ''Birdsong'' (1993) by Sebastian Faulks, widely considered one of the great WWI novels. It describes the horrors of trench warfare, through the eyes of troubled young officer Stephen Wraysford and of his men.
* ''A Time of Death'' (Serbian: ''Vreme Smrti'') by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobrica_%C4%86osi%C4%87 Dobrica Ćosić]] is a [[{{Doorstopper}} four-volume novel]] detailing the Serbian struggle during World War One, as seen from the perspective of one family. Considered among classics of Serbian literature.
* ''Mown Field'' (Serbian: ''Pokošeno polje'') by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branimir_%C4%86osi%C4%87 Branimir Ćosić]] depicts life in occupied Serbia.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_about_Milutin The Book about Milutin]]'' by Danko Popović is written as a memoir of an aged Serbian veteran of the Great War. The book was banned in the communist Yugoslavia, since it dealt with with sensitive topics, such as the war crimes commited by the Croatian soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian army, and with the poor status the WW1 veterans later had under the communist rule.
* ''Literature/TheBloodyRedBaron'' (1995), part of the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series by Creator/KimNewman, takes this war and introduces vampires. Specifically, {{Dracula}} leading the German war effort.
* Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Great War'' AlternateHistory trilogy (1998-2000, part of his larger ''Literature/Timeline191'' series) pits the United States of America, Germany and Austria-Hungary against Britain, France, and the Confederate States of America. Among other differences, the October Revolution fails, and Russia is still a monarchy after the war. For that matter, so are Germany, Austria, and Mexico.
** In recent years, Turtledove has also penned a YoungAdult AlternateHistory series called ''Crosstime Traffic''. Its second novel, ''Curious Notions'' (2004), is set in the late 21st century of a world where the Central Powers managed to successfully pull off the Schlieffen Plan and eventually won UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* Though it doesn't take place during the war, in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' (2000-) it turns out that World War One was actually arranged by a very, ''very'' powerful necromancer by the name of Kemmler who apparently spent two centuries quietly setting everything up. Kemmler was implied to be a ''very'' BigBad, who took several attempts to kill [[KilledOffForReal before it finally stuck]]—and that took the combined forces of the [[BigGood White Council]] to pull off.
* The Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Casualties of War'' (2000) is set in England during the closing months of the war.
* ''Phoenix and Ashes'' (2004), one of the 'Literature/ElementalMasters' books by Creator/MercedesLackey (this one a [[RecycledInSpace Cinderella retelling]]), centers on the stepdaughter of a war profiteer and a Shell-Shocked pilot sent home to recover.
** ''Unnatural Issue'', also in the same series (based on the story ''Donkeyskin''), has the main character sent to France to escape her necromancer father shortly before World War One starts.
* Kate Cary's unofficial sequel to ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', ''Bloodline'' (2006), starts off in Northern France during the war. The main characters, John Shaw, Quincey Harker, and Mary Seward, are a lieutenant, captain, and nurse, respectively, for the British.
* ''The Blindness of the Heart (Die Mittagsfrau, 2007)'' by Julia Franck spans both world wars; Martha and Helene's father [[spoiler:loses his leg and eventually dies from the complications]] in the war, and it affects their lives in all manner of other ways.
* The French half of ''Divisadero'' (2007), a novel by Michael Ondaatje.
* ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' (2009) by ScottWesterfeld is a YoungAdult AlternateHistory adventure novel set in UsefulNotes/WW1, where the armies of the Entente Powers are aided by their {{Biopunk}} creations (like [[SpaceWhale flying sky whales]]) and where the Central Powers fight with {{Steampunk}} HumongousMecha. [[RuleOfCool And it's awesome]].
* Ken Follett's ''[[Literature/TheCenturyTrilogy Fall of Giants]]'' (2010), a DoorStopper novel, tells the story of the war (and other important events, like the Russian Revolution) through the eyes of several different individuals: British, Russians, Germans, Americans, some being aristocrats, others being working class people.
* Creator/LordDunsany wrote ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5713 Tales of War]]'' based on his experiences in the trenches, focusing on the desolation of the Western Front mixed with a stiff measure of anti-Kaiser propagandizing.
* Hemingway's ''Literature/AFarewellToArms'' is a classic fictional depiction of the war.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's Francis X. Gordon (aka ElBorak), an American gunslinger in the Middle East, saw action against the Turks during the War.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Tarzan}} Tarzan the Terrible]]'', Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' Tarzan went up against the Germans in Africa.
* Although set after the war, Creator/FScottFitzgerald's ''Tender Is The Night'' features a memorable scene where the characters visit a cemetery on the Somme and discuss the meaning of the war.
* Creator/WilliamFaulkner wrote stories depicting American pilots fighting on the Western Front.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's ''Literature/MeinKampf'' (''My Fight''). The book clearly shows that this war and the German defeat [[FromNobodyToNightmare shaped this man and his ideas]] more than anything else.
* The middle two novels of ''Literature/ParadesEnd'' are set during the war.
* ''Literature/ToTheLighthouse'' by Creator/VirginiaWoolf revolves around the Ramsay family and their friends just before and after the war.
* UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel's ''Infanterie Grieft an'' (''Infantry Attacks'') recounts his experiences over the course of the war, from mobilization and the early fighting in France to the Carpathians and the Italian front. These experiences would shape his tactics in the next war.
* A major section of Jan Guillou's ''The Bridge Builders'' takes place during WWI, mostly following German soldiers in the East African Campaign, but also showing how civilians in Norway are affected by the war.
* ''Johnny and the Dead'', the second book in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'' by Creator/TerryPratchett, features an elderly British soldier who was actually named Tommy Atkins, who on his death joins the rest of the Blackbury Pals' Battalion. The Author's Note at the back says there really were Pals' Battalions, and they really were a horribly innocent way of ensuring all the young men from a given area would be killed at once.
* ''Literature/FallOnYourKnees'': James Piper is a WWI veteran.
* Robert Graves' autobiographical novel ''Literature/GoodbyeToAllThat'' details his experiences as a British army officer on the Western Front.
* Creator/DorothyLSayers' fictional detective Literature/LordPeterWimsey was an officer in WWI, and still has occasional shell-shock.
* The ''Literature/SwarmOnTheSomme'' series. A World War I equivalent of ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. And quite awesome. Created by members of Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ''Literature/NoMansLandTalesFromTheWeirdWars'' Created by members of Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom
* ''[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=83811 Shadow of Fashoda]]'' features an alternate timeline of the pre-war years. Created by members of Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom
* Creator/ArthurMachen was the unwitting originator of the legend of the Angels of Mons, based on his 1914 story "The Bowmen". Other than ''[[https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/arthur/angels-of-mons/ The Angels of Mons]]'' (1915), he also published ''[[https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/arthur/terror/ The Terror]]'' (1917), a novella, and the stories "Munitions of War", "The Happy Children" (in ''[[https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/arthur/holy-terrors/index.html Holy Terrors]]''), and "[[https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/arthur/out-of-the-earth/ Out of the Earth]]".
* Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall co-wrote the "History of the Lafayette Flying Corps" and "Falcons of France" (1929)- semi-autobiographical account of their service in the Lafayette Escadrille during World War I. Hall also wrote (solo) Kitchener's Mob: The Adventures of an American in the British Army" (1916) about his service in the British infantry, and "High Adventure: A Narrative of Air Fighting in France" (1918).
* ''[[Literature/TheAnderssons Drömmar av glas]]'' by Solveig Olsson-Hultgren takes place in 1917. Sweden is mostly spared from the horrors of the war, but food is very scarce in the cities and the towns, and Rebecka's only uncle has been conscripted into the army.
* ''Literature/{{Odinochka}}: Armenian Tales from the Gulag'' (2016) has its main character reflect on his childhood where he participated in the defense of Van in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as the Armenian genocide was underway, eventually being sent to get aid from the invading Russian army.
* Ernst Jünger's autobiographical memoir ''[[Literature/StormOfSteel Storm of Steel]]''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Fighting in the Great War made ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' the jaded and cynical man that he came to be by the 1930's.
** A series of arcs in the ''[[Series/YoungIndianaJones Young Indiana Jones Chronicles]]'' TV series is set during The Great War and Indy even attends the signing of the Treaty Of Versailles with appearances by T.E. Lawrence, Adolf Hitler and Ho Chi Minh.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'': A rare comedy set here, although it was far darker than earlier series. Well-known for an [[TearJerker extremely touching]] and [[DownerEnding sad finale]].
* Season four of ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs''. If [[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder's Lt. George]] is the ''comedy'' version of what happens when an UpperClassTwit turns Tommie, [[Series/UpstairsDownstairs James Bellamy]] is the ''drama'' version. It is not easy for him.
* An episode of ''FantasyIsland'' featured DonAdams (in complete Maxwell Smart mode) as a bumbling school teacher who wants to visit WWI and ends up fighting the RedBaron.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has a large portion of its immediate BackStory set in the trenches, and it's [[AbortedArc heavily implied]] that the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil machinations]] of the [[FeudingFamilies two Avatara]] were major factors in causing this and other conflicts.
* While most of the episode is set a year before, the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Family of Blood" (based on the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Human Nature'') features two of the students from the episode's school fighting and surviving in the trenches of the war.
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "To the Last Man" has a World War I veteran snatched away by Torchwood in order to fix two timelines colliding with one another. At the end of the episode after returning to the war, [[DownerEnding he gets shot for cowardice and shell-shock in the war]].
* [[Characters/{{MASH}} Colonel Potter]] in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' fought in World War One after lying about his age at 16 in order to get in the Army. Note that if this is the case, Potter could be no older than 52 at the end of the Korean War; a far cry from actor Harry Morgan's 68 years.
* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', both Jimmy Darmody and Richard Harrow fought in the war, and are both [[ShellShockedVeteran not coping well]], which leads to their involvement in organized crime. Harrow in particular suffered [[FacialHorror horrific injuries]].
* Series 2 of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is set during the war and immediately after. The ways people responded to the war are explored in detail:
** Thomas tries to get a cushy assignment by joining the medical corps voluntarily before the war; he ends up getting assigned to France anyway and engineers to have his hand shot to get reassigned back to England.
** Matthew serves as an officer in France, with William eventually (eagerly) joining up as well and serving as his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_(military) batman]]. Matthew also does recruitment across Northern England. Both are injured at Amiens; William succumbs to his injuries weeks later.
** Lord Grantham, a veteran of the [[/index]]UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar, is frustrated his military position in the War is purely ceremonial.
** The Crawley ladies turn Downton into a convalescent home for officers; in the meantime, Isobel busies herself with refugee work in France as well as administering the hospital and home.
** Mrs Byrd, Isobel's cook, creates a soup kitchen for the enlisted war wounded.
* ''Birdsong'', an adaptation of the book by Sebastian Faulks.
* The BBC's series ''Wings'' was about the lives of pilots and observers in the Royal Flying corps. Beginning in 1915, it focuses on the development of air combat tactics, the poor performance of British fighters in comparison to their German counterparts, and the changes in social norms that the war brought about.
* The BBC's ''Series/ThirtySevenDays'' is a depiction of the July crisis resulting from the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.[[index]]
* ''Series/PeakyBlinders'' kicks off around six months after WWI has ended, in 1919. All three eldest Shelby brothers, as well as most of the young men of Birmingham, served in France (Tommy, specifically, was a tunneler) and are regarded as war heroes. The show deconstructs this idealization of soldiers, and various characters have shell-shock, PTSD, and the "Flanders Blues", self-medicating with alcohol, opium, and cocaine.
* ''Series/OurWorldWar'' is a dramatization of key moments in the war experienced by British forces.
* ''Series/ANZACGirls'' is a BasedOnATrueStory miniseries detailing the wartime lives of five members of the Australian Army Nursing Service, first in Egypt and then in France.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/Swedish band {{Sabaton}} has several songs that deal with the horrors of the Great War, some of the best known being ''The Price Of A Mile'' and ''Cliffs of Gallipoli''.
* ''1916'' by Music/{{Motorhead}} is a ballad from the perspective of a soldier fighting in it.
* Music/TheZombies' song "Butcher's Tale (Western Front, 1914)" gives gruesome detail to the trench warfare, commenting on both shell shock and the strange dichotomy between "God and Country." "And the preacher in his pulpit / Sermons 'Go and fight, do what is right!' / But he don't have to hear these guns / And I bet he sleeps at night."
* ''The War'' by Music/RunningWild is based on World War One.
* Metallica's song ''One'', as already mentioned in the Film section.
* ''Paschendale'', a song about the horrors of the Third Battle of Ypres by Music/IronMaiden.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llIQUqfljr0 This video]] to "A Small Victory" by Faith No More.
* ''And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda'' by Eric Bogle is about a young Australian soldier who is maimed at the Battle of Gallipoli.
** In another song by Bogle, "No Man's Land" (also called "The Green Fields of France" and what the DropkickMurphys [[CoveredUp made famous]]) the narrator is reflecting on the grave of a young man who died in France during World War I.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxzg_iM-T4E "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron"]] and the sequel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlf---13Q0g&feature=related "Snoopy's Christmas"]]
* [[http://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?id=2924〈=en The Soldier's Sweetheart]] by Jimmie Rodgers
* ''Christmas In The Trenches'', a song by John [=McCutcheon=], based on the true stories of truces between different groups of opposing entrenched forces on the Western Front on Christmas Day 1914, with the soldiers singing carols, exchanging gifts, and playing soccer in No Man's Land. (This would also inspire the film ''Joyeux Noel'', above.) (Though later years would see similar truces, due to high command on both sides being upset when they heard it, they were not nearly so widespread as before.)
* Along with their invoked usage of MusicToInvadePolandTo that centers on UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the IndustrialMetal band ''Hanzel und Gretyl'' has done UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-themed German songs as well such as "[=KaiserReich=]".
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHeTQJuBYeE 1917]]" by Emmylou Harris and Music/LindaRonstadt is about a HookerWithAHeartOfGold trying to comfort soldiers about to head back into the war.
* Music/{{PJ Harvey}}'s 2011 album ''Let England Shake'' deals with UsefulNotes/WW1 in an impressive way.
* "Remember" by Renaissance, a song about finding a (deceased?) old woman's letters from her soldier boyfriend/husband. It's implied. of course, that he never came home.
* [[/index]]"Common Ground" by neo-ProgressiveRock band IQ. [[index]]
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHFO2FSxg_8 The Rose of No-Man's Land]]", about the Red Cross nurses who served on the front lines. This song dates from the war itself.
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[[folder:Print Media]]
* Many characters, including ''Franchise/DocSavage'', ''Radio/TheShadow'', ''Secret Agent X'', ''Literature/TheSpider'' and many more from {{Pulp Magazine}}s, had WWI as part of their BackStory. Aviation pulps, such as ''G-8 and His Battle Aces'', tended to be set in this time period.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* {{TabletopGame/Diplomacy}} is a board game made in 1954 about pre-WWI diplomacy.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion Wraith: The Great War]]'' is set shortly after the war and focuses on the effects it had in the Underworld. It also includes UsefulNotes/{{airships}} that crashed as [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld relic vehicles]]!
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The originator of many of the tropes seen in World War One fiction is the stage play ''Theatre/JourneysEnd'', written a few years after the war by a British officer. It's actually a lot funnier than most of its imitators. (In place of usual tropes about First World War officers it shows one who's been promoted from the "other ranks"—which happened in RealLife a great deal more often than it's shown in fiction.)
* Queensland tourist attraction ''Australian Outback Adventure'' (a dinner-and-a-show kind of deal), originally just a mish-mash of different stereotypes and Australian bush lore, has started recently performing a show called "Heroes of the Light Horse", based on the aforementioned battle in Palestine.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' has a chapter that takes place in a church-turned-hospital in 1916 France. The premise of the chapter is that the Ancients and Pious Augustus instigated the war so the amount of people who died in the war would inevitably speed up the unleashing of the respective ancient (and keep the artifact guardian in check, apparently consuming far more than can be provided).
* ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' has a total conversion GameMod for World War I—[[http://www.moddb.com/mods/the-great-war-1918 The Great War 1918]], keeping the same cover and territory-point mechanics from the base game but changing it otherwise to reflect the Great War (such as having trenches, poison gas, officer mechanics for both sides to make heavy use of, and adding melee combat). It currently includes British Expeditionary Force and the German Empire as 'Allied' and 'Axis' factions respectively, and is working to add the French Army as another 'Allied' faction.
* {{RTS}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historyline History line: 1914-1918]] is one of the few dedicated UsefulNotes/WorldWarI games.
* ''Snoopy Vs the Red Baron'' takes place here, although the technology is... not quite the same.
* [[/index]] Combat flight sims are one of the most common type of game based on this war. You can find several examples on the SimulationGame page.[[index]]
** The most famous WWI flight sim games are probably Sierra's older ''VideoGame/RedBaron'' series.
** ''[[http://allaircraftsimulations.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=34411 Canvas Knights]]'' was originally a ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik'' GameMod.
** Origin's ''VideoGame/WingsOfGlory'', using the same engine as their earlier ''Strike Commander'', is set in a British aerodrome in France during WWI with an American volunteer pilot as the PlayerCharacter.
** Several of the most realistic air combat simulations on the market are set in WWI, such as Over Flanders Fields, where the player joins the squadron and side of their choice and continues to fly until their character is killed. And the sim points out that the objective is not to "win" but to survive—the seventeen hours that was the average flight time of a new pilot.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines'' is set in 1917. Elizabeth [[strike:Bathory]] [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Bartley]] uses the souls of war casualties as part of her plan to revive Dracula.
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' {{FPS}} has WWI as the backdrop for its BonusLevelOfHell.
* ''VideoGame/NecroVisioN'' is a horror {{FPS}} set in 1917 on the most war-torn parts of the Western front. The game starts off fairly normal, but the protagonist soon discovers a {{Masquerade}} DarkWorld hidden (literally) under the surface of the war...
* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'' is a dystopian AlternateHistory {{FPS}} in which history diverged from ours during the late stages of WWI and the beginning of the Russian Civil War. It's the 1960s, [[ForeverWar the Great War has been dragging on for half a century]], Earth is a CrapsackWorld and [[WarForFunAndProfit war has become an accepted way of everyday life]]. Oh, and the game's BigBad is none other than a CaptainErsatz of the infamous baron Roman UsefulNotes/UngernSternberg.
* The events of ''VideoGame/TheLastExpress'' (an AdventureGame) take place on the threshold of the war, are heavily undertoned by and, arguably and implicitly, cause it.
* ''VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun'' features World War One technology in its later stages and the possibility to spark the war, [[AlternateHistory create an alternate version of it... or avert it altogether]].
** While ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron'' usually has its earliest start date in 1936, more than one of the games got a 1914 mod, and ''Darkest Hour'' version of ''Hearts of Iron II'' have an official 1914 start date.
* Many pan-historical {{RTS}} games, like ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'', have a historical era based on WWI, complete with typical military units of the period.
* The ''VideoGame/IronGrip'' series, true to its SchizoTech PunkPunk feel, borrows a lot of inspiration from this era as well. The games can be seen as a LowFantasy [[RecycledINSpace retelling]] of some aspects of the war, coating the industrial war-torn grimness of the frontlines with a DarkerAndEdgier SteamPunk and DieselPunk aesthetic.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' is set immediately after the war. The protagonist, Patrick Galloway, is a veteran from one of the Irish regiments on the western front.
* The [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/242860/ MMOFPS]] ''VideoGame/{{Verdun}}'' is a squad-based online multiplayer FPS that allows the player to fight as German, French, and British infantry, German and French light infantry, and Canadian and German trench-assault-troops. True-to-life, the game hinges on artillery support, machine-gun suppression, concealment, rapid movement between cover, and some small element of sniping. And with a single shot from any weapon (bar the pistols) being instantly lethal, it is ''extraordinarily'' unforgiving.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wings}}'' allows playing as either an Entente or German fighter pilot.
** ''Wings 2: Aces High'' is a sequel on the SNES.
* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberium'' series, [[BiblicalBadGuy Kane's]] [[StateSec Black Hand]] is suggested to be the very same organization that assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
* As testament to either the failings of the game engines or the sheer scale of how many mistakes and complex factors lead to the war, it is nearly impossible to recreate the circumstances of this war in any version of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' but it has been attempted on numerous public forums. Whether or not one agrees with this assessment, the important part is that one has to ''actively try'' to bring the situation about.
* ''[[http://1916.dadiugames.dk/ 1916-Der Unbekannte Krieg]]'', an indie horror game where you are a German soldier being chased through the trenches of the Western Front by...[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs velociraptors]]. [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds Much scarier than it sounds]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuTheWastedLand'' is an indie tactical RPG mixing World War One with ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos''.
* [[/index]] ''[[http://www.bay12games.com/ww1medic/ WWI Medic]]'' is a freeware game where you control an Entente medic trying to tend to the wounded, and survive long enough to turn the tide of [[UnwinnableByDesign one more battle....]] [[index]]
* ''[[http://www.supertrenchattack.com/ Super Trench Attack]]'' (previously ''Videogame/MedalWars'') is a Third Person RPG that has you playing a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture comedy]] version of it as a soldier of [[TheFederation the Green Army]] fighting against seemingly endless and hilarious waves of [[TheEmpire the Black Army]], and various other surprises.
* [[/index]] ''[[http://www.brasshats.com/ Brass Hats]]'' (named after a nickname for officers) is a turn based strategy game in the vein of ''VideoGame/NintendoWars'' in a surprisingly trenchless [[FantasyCounterpartCulture version of WWI]] fought between [[TheFederation the "Allied Forces"]] and [[TheEmpire the "Central Army"]]. Sadly, it appears to have been discontinued. However, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes the demo]] is still downloadable for free, along with [[http://www.strategyinformer.com/pc/maps/brasshats/map.html a few fan-created maps.]] [[index]]
* ''VideoGame/ValiantHearts'' is set on the Western Front from 1914 to late 1917 (ending roughly when the USA enters the war). Notable for being a cartoony sidescrolling puzzle-adventure game and yet probably treating the war with more seriousness and respect than basically any video game for any war ever has.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has a PlayableEpilogue that takes place in 1914, just after the outbreak of the conflict in Europe. It doesn't really come into play much, but [[spoiler: Jack]] can read a newspaper that also briefly covers the start of the war, with the journalist not even trying to pretend to understand what's going on, but noting that America has wisely decided to stay out of it and is even promoting peace by selling weapons to both sides.
* The 8-bit computer game ''Blue Max'' was basically {{Zaxxon}} [[RecycledInSpace in a WWI setting]].
* ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'', the first entry in the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' franchise to take place in World War I. [[ColbertBump It's also the reason for the massive influx of minds curious about this particular World War]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' has a short side campaign set in London during 1916. You play as Lydia, granddaughter of main character Jacob, and assist Winston Churchill in rooting out German spies operating within the city.
* ''[[http://www.moddb.com/mods/the-great-war-mod The Great War]]'' [[GameMod mod]] for ''VideoGame/NapoleonTotalWar'', which basically is about the European theather of World War One with the TurnBasedStrategy[=/=]RealTimeStrategy hybrid system of the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' series, including some AlternateHistory features. While most of the factions are historical World War One belligerants (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, etc.)[[note]]USA isn't playable in campaign, but is available in skirmish and multiplayer mod[[/note]], some of the playable factions are historically neutral countries (Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, etc.). At campaign start, an option allows to choose whether the AI will try to stay true to the historical alliances or will go in full AlternateHistory mode. Also, winning the campaign requires that the country did far better in the war than it historically did (victory conditions for France or UK include controlling territories in the German heartland).
* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'''s German campaign covers both the first and second World Wars, the first focusing more on the Red Baron. It also has a [[TechnologyLevels WWI era]], notable for introducing airplanes and submarines.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/EmperorTigerstar has created a map animation showing the front lines of World War I every single day.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'' features a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign that takes place during the Russian Revolution of 1917. The premise of the game comes from Germany's efforts to take Russia out of the war by financing Vladimir Lenin's activities during his time in exile in Zurich and his entrance back into Russia. The main characters play mercenaries hired by Germany charged with keeping Lenin safe.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''VideoGame/CovertFront'' has WWI taking place in 1904, with the protagonist conducting investigations in the midst of the conflict.
* ''WebVideo/TheGreatWar'': An original weekly YouTube documentary series recounting the events of World War One, starting in August 2014, exactly 100 years to the week of the war's beginning and intended to continue through 2018.
* From the Wiki/SCPFoundation:
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-186 SCP-186]] is a WWI battleground that saw the use of anomalous weaponry; the aftereffects have left it anomalous up to the present day.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1914 SCP-1914]] is a WWI soldier transformed into a {{cyborg}} as part of a SuperSoldier experiment.
** The trenches of the Western Front were where [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-106 SCP-106]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/the-young-man became the monster that the Foundation knows it as]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines''.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' centered around a flashback telling an adventure that [[IdenticalGrandson Fred's grandfather]] had in "Stone World War One."
* One of the final classic-era ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts, 1964's "Dumb Patrol," features Bugs as a flying ace fighting German pilot Yosemite Sam.
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For the works set during the war, see [[WorksSetInWorldWarI here]].
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A thing about the representation of WWI in games is that there aren't many WWI titles in general and as compared with the more numerous representations in other media. Some gamers and game critics blame this on the somewhat more static nature of the war or the ignorance of developers and most gamers, who often assume that "WWI = muddy and "unmoving" western front". This situation is slowly changing, with a whole slew of strategy games being released on the centennial anniversary of the war's outbreak in 2014 and the extraordinarily unforgiving (in the ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}}''-mold) online multiplayer shooter game ''VideoGame/{{Verdun}}'' having been released in April 2015. The ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' franchise also entered this era with the October 2016 release of ''VideoGame/Battlefield1''. WWI also sees some renewed interest in mainstream Hollywood, with 2017's ''Film/WonderWoman'' being probably one of the more prominent examples.

It's not easy to pinpoint the exact reason why people are focusing on this particular conflict all of a sudden aside from the 2014-2018 period marking its 100th anniversary. The current political, social and economical instability in Europe might have contributed to it and the [[GrayAndGreyMorality lack of an easily distinguishable villain]] surely makes it an interesting setting in an era when successful TV shows increasingly explore GreyAndGrayMorality.

!!Media set in this time period:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The backstory of ''Anime/PorcoRosso''.
* Also mentioned in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', the main bulk of which is set in TheRoaringTwenties.
* Several episodes of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', specifically detailing [[OnlySaneMan Germany's]] and [[TheDitz Italy's]] first meeting. Austria is described as reduced to a wheelchair-bound [[IllGirl cripple]] after the War.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', a picture of C.C. can be seen running around a WWI battlefield.
* The shoujo ''Manga/CandyCandy'' is set before and during this time period. It becomes pretty important towards the last part of the series: [[spoiler: Candy's fellow nurse Frannie Hamilton decides to enroll as a war nurse to leave her DarkAndTroubledPast behind (prompting Candy to investigate her origins)]] and [[spoiler: Candy's close friend Alistair "Stear" Cornwall joins the American Air Forces [[RebelPrince despite the clan's objections]]... [[KillTheCutie and later dies when his plane is shot down]].]]
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'''s finale Ed finds himself [[spoiler:in real-life London in 1916]]. And yes, [[TruthInTelevision zeppelins really were used in bombing raids during that time]].
* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'' takes place in an alternate universe reminiscent of our world except with [[{{Magitek}} magic]] and the opening stages of the war happening much later than in real life, 1924.
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[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'': In the first ''Dark Eyes'' series (2012), Eighth Doctor companion Molly O'Sullivan is a nursing assistant during the war, with her first story, "The Great War", being set here.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The most famous comic book example is probably DC's ''Comicbook/EnemyAce'', about the trials of elite German flying ace Hans Von Hammer, who is profoundly haunted by the constant death around him of which he is a master dealer in the unforgiving sky.
* DC also had ''Steve Savage, Balloon Buster'', inspired by real-life ace Frank Luke.
* ''[[Comicbook/{{Battle}} Charley's War]]'' is a classic British comic with socialist overtones that does not flinch from the horrors of battle.
* One of the past incarnations of the goddess ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' was an angelic figure helping the soldiers fighting in the trenches of World War I.
* ''ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill''
* Creator/JacquesTardi is renowned for depicting WarIsHell in several graphic novels, the most famous being ''It was the War in the Trenches''. His tendencies link the war to StrawmanPolitical and CorruptCorporateExecutive. The usual French point of view about the conflict.
* Marvel had quite a few heroes in a WWI setting:
** The Phantom Eagle was an American pilot who fought against the Germans. He had to disguise his identity in order to protect his German-born parents (they had returned to Germany at the beginning of the War) from reprisals.
** Union Jack fought on the Western front against the Germans.
** John Steele (America's first super-soldier, complete with steel-hard skin and super-strength)also fought on the Western front.
** Freedom's Five was a team of heroes who fought for the Entente: Union Jack (U.K.), Phantom Eagle (America), Sir Steel and the Silver Squire (U.K.), and the Crimson Cavalier (France).
** Villain Baron Blood was an English traitor who fought for the Kaiser.
* ComicBook/NickFury's father, Jack Fury, served as a pilot in the war.
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* Snoopy's "World War I Flying Ace" fantasies from the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' cartoons.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheLostPatrol'' is about a single British cavalry patrol that gets lost in the Mesopotamian desert and endures a harrowing siege while being picked off by unseen Arab enemies.
* ''Film/TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse'', in which a callow IdleRich boy goes off to fight in the trenches.
* The two film adaptations of ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''. The UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning 1930s version directed by Lewis Milestone is more famous than the 1970s TV movie. [[WeirdAlEffect Later became known for]] it's mentioning in a Creator/MontyPython skit.
** The older version is considered one of the greatest and most important movies on WWI created, as per the Library of Congress. Also listed as the 7th Most Epic Film (well, 7th in the "Epic" genre of films, whatever that means) in the American Film Institute's list of the Top Ten of the 10 Classic American Film Genres. It's also probably the TropeMaker / TropeCodifier of the modern war movie.
* ''Film/HellsAngels'', a 1930 film about fighter pilots in the RAF.
* ''Film/TheDawnPatrol'' is also a 1930 film about fighter pilots in the RAF.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westfront_1918 Westfront 1918]]'', a German film. It bears resemblance to ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' and was released the same year (1930), although it has a bleaker tone.
* ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' with Creator/KirkDouglas. Directed in the late 50s by a then young Creator/StanleyKubrick. An example of ShotAtDawn. And possibly one of the best filmed but [[HollywoodHistory least accurate]] war dramas ever made.
* ''Film/TheBigParade''. 1925 silent; wonderful story about a callow rich boy who joins the Army, falls in love with a French girl, then sees the hell of combat...
* ''Film/TheRedBaron'' (known as ''Von Richthofen and Brown'' outside the US)
* The 1959 Italian comedy/drama ''Film/LaGrandeGuerra'' (The Great War), the story of an AntiHero and a LovableCoward who become VitriolicBestBuds and try not to get caught in the slaughter of the trenches.
* ''Film/BlackAndWhiteInColor'' is a French movie set somewhere in West Africa, on the border between a French colony and a German colony. When the French get news that they're at war with Germany, then they (well, the Africans under their control) go to war. It ends with the English arriving to announce that the Germans' superiors have already surrendered.
* The A&E cable network made a movie called and about ''Film/TheLostBattalion'', a US Army unit that during an attack was cut-off behind German lines. Fighting off attack after attack and in spite of mounting casualties and dwindling supplies they rejected every surrender demand that was made. They were rescued and returned back to US lines.
* ''Film/TheAfricanQueen''.
** And the book it's based on ''Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure''. The Tangiyaka campaign was just messed up.
*** ''Mimi and Toutou'' came well after that film, which was based on CS Forester's novel of the same name. The true story has been told in many places.
* ''Film/DarlingLili,'' a 1970 musical set in the waning days of the war, starring Creator/JulieAndrews as a GlamorousWartimeSinger / FemmeFataleSpy who romances an American AcePilot. Has some spectacular aerial dogfight scenes using replica aircraft originally built for the film ''Film/TheBlueMax'' (see below).
* ''Film/DawnPatrol''—Basil Rathborne has to keep sending out pilots with single digit flying hours, Errol Flynn has to lead them. Rather accurate about the particulars of air strategy. But the planes are 1918 types, and the situation is more 1916-17 (bloody April especially).
* The Australian film ''Film/{{Gallipoli}}''
** And an Australian mini-series, ''Series/{{ANZACs}}''
** And another Australian film, ''Film/TheWaterDiviner'', set in the aftermath of Gallipoli, that looks at both the Turkish and Australian sides of the battle.
* ''Film/TheLighthorsemen'' is an Australian film about a stunningly effective (and TruthInTelevision) ''mounted charge'' by Australian horsemen against entrenched Turkish infantry supported by artillery and machine guns, in Palestine.
** Explained in-film as a result of the Turkish expectation that the Australians (who were mounted infantry, NOT cavalry) would dismount and advance on foot since they lacked sabres, and had set the sights on their rifles and MG's to the range corresponding to the dismount point. When they charge in on horseback instead, the Turks are so surprized and frightened that they simply blaze away and ''forget to re-set their sights'' to account for the decreasing range.
*** Much of the footage from the movie was used again by the director Simon Wincer in an episode of ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'' he directed about the same historical incident but with young Indy inserted in as an Entente spy. The episode also featured then-unknown actors Creator/DanielCraig and Creator/CatherineZetaJones.
* The 2002 ''[[Film/{{Deathwatch 2002}} Deathwatch]]'' is a British SurrealHorror film, starring [[SerkisFolk Andy Serkis]] and [[BillyElliotPlot Jamie Bell]], features a squad of Tommies getting lost in a German entrenchment. They are tormented by uncertainty of their whereabouts, mounting distrust of their lone German prisoner and each other, and increasingly supernatural phenomena. They are slowly picked off [[KillEmAll one by one]]. And the ending features a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic MindScrew.
* ''Film/{{Flyboys}}'' is a 2006 film about the [[EagleSquadron Lafayette Escadrille]], a French fighter squadron composed entirely of American volunteers.
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' dealt with the Arab Revolt and Middle Eastern theatre.
* A very touching 2005 French movie, ''Film/JoyeuxNoel'' ("Merry Christmas"), is about French and British soldiers briefly fraternizing with German soldiers on Christmas of 1914.
* The 1941 Gary Cooper film ''Film/SergeantYork'' was [[BioPic based on the true story]] of Sgt Alvin York, a pacifist farmhand who became an American hero and earned its highest military honor, the Medal Of Honor, for an incident in 1918 where he single-handedly killed and captured over a hundred German soldiers.
* ''Shout at the Devil'': A 1968 novel and 1976 film about a private war between English poachers and a German colonial official in East Africa.
* ''Film/WaterlooBridge'' is a 1931 film set in 1917 London.
* The French film ''Film/AVeryLongEngagement'' is about Audrey Tatou's character's search for her fiancé who was lost and presumed dead in no man's land during the Battle of the Somme. We see UsefulNotes/WW1 told through some pretty graphic flashbacks of the other men he was stationed with.
* ''Zeppelin!'': 1970 Michael York film about a German plot to steal the British crown jewels using the eponymous zeppelin and featuring flying sequences using accurate reproductions of actual WWI aircraft.
* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' had Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn and ET's best friend go off to Europe to fight on the Western Front.
* ''March on the Drina'' (Serbian: ''Marš na Drinu''): 1964 movie about the Serbian victory against Austro-Hungarian invasion force in the Battle of Cer (fought in August 1914).
* ''I defended the Young Bosnia'' (Serbian: ''Branio sam Mladu Bosnu''): 2014 Serbian movie about the Austrian lawyer Rudolf Zistler who did his professional best to defend Gavrilo Princip and other members of the 'Unification [of the entire Balkans under Serbian Rule] or Death' terrorist group. The story pointedly uses the larger social movement which 'Unification or Death' was a part of, the 'Young Bosnia Movement', and is centered around the KangarooCourt trial set by the Austrians while the war itself is looming in the background.
* ''The Eagle and the Hawk''—depressingly realistic B&W movie in which the hero becomes increasingly and profoundly disillusioned by the number of young pilots dying under his command, finally snapping when the enemy ace he kills turns out to be no more than a fuzzy-cheeked youth. Driven beyond the brink, he [[spoiler:kills himself. His best friend takes his body up in a two-seater and, using the rear gun, peppers the wings and the hero's head with bullets to make it appear as though he died in combat and thereby save his reputation.]]
* The 1965 film ''Film/TheBlueMax'' is the story of a German infantryman, Lt. Bruno Stachel, who transfers to the German Air Service towards the end of the war. His ruthless kill-or-be-killed attitude clashes with the squadron's old fashioned notions of chivalry. Most well known for its excellent aerial stunts and flying scenes.
* 1970s British drama ''Aces High'', a very down-to-earth and touching portrayal of the lives (and deaths) of a regular squadron of fighter pilots.
* The plot of Terry Gilliam's ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' features TimeTravel and has several short scenes set on the Western front, and the war is also referenced by the PresentDayPast characters in the movie [[spoiler:because [[FishOutOfTemporalWater one of the time travelers apparently got stuck there and was acting suspiciously for that era.]] ]]
* There's a little known 2004 independent film about American soldiers on the western front in 1918, called ''[[http://www.companykthefilm.com/ Company K]]''. It's based on a semi-autobiographic novel by William March, one of the American veterans of the war.
* ''Film/ABearNamedWinnie'', chronicling the life of the original Winnipeg/Winnie the black bear, the bear that eventually inspired A. A. Milne to create Literature/WinnieThePooh.
* ''Film/{{Passchendaele}}'', written, directed, and starring Canadian Paul Gross, based on his grandfather's war diary.
* ''[[Film/GoodbyeMrChips Goodbye, Mr. Chips]]'' It starts when Mr. Chipping ("Chips") is a young teacher in 1870 and goes through his fifty year career. During WWI he reads aloud a "Roll of Honour", the names of those killed in battle which include many of Chip's former students and fellow teachers. One of them is an old friend of Chips, a German who fought on his country's side.
* ''The Officers' Ward'' in 2001, about the ''"gueules cassées"'' ("broken faces" in French: war invalids and horribly disfigured men).
* ''Capitaine Conan'' by Bertrand Tavernier, about the French corps in the Balkans.
* ''Film/TheGrandIllusion'' (1937), was directed by Creator/JeanRenoir.
* ''Film/{{Wings}}'', the only silent movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture, was centered on World War I flyboys.
* ''Literature/WarHorse'' (2001), adapted from the book by Creator/StevenSpielberg.
* ''La France'' (2007), a somewhat surreal French film in which a woman disguises herself as a teenage soldier to find her husband at the front, ironically joining a squad of deserters en route. And it's (sort of) a musical.
* ''Käsky'', or ''Tears of April'', a 2008 Finnish novel adaptation about a Red POW in the Finnish Civil War of 1918, the White soldier responsible for her, and the corrupt military judge in charge of her trial.
* The first section of ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' is set in this war, setting up the fascist dictators analogy in the rest of the film.
* ''Film/{{Wilson}}'' is a 1944 biopic about Woodrow Wilson, with much of the film focusing on his actions during World War I and his efforts to get the U.S. into the League of Nations. As you might have guessed from the release date, the movie was created largely as propaganda for the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII then-ongoing sequel]].
* ''Film/ShoulderArms'' (1918) was the product of Creator/CharlieChaplin's rather daring decision to make a comedy out of the horrors of trench warfare while the war was still going on. It proved to be one of his most popular films.
* ''Film/{{Doughboys}}'', the best of a generally uninspiring collection of talking films made by Creator/BusterKeaton at MGM, features Buster enlisting by accident, going through boot camp, and then fighting in the trenches in France.
* ''Film/BeneathHill60'' tells the story of the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery 1st Australian Tunnelling Company’s]] effort to mine a tunnel beneath Western European trenches and detonate an explosive charge below a German bunker to aid the advance of British troops.
* ''Film/WonderWoman'' has the titular heroine exploring the world of Man during the time period of WWI.
* ''Film/HeartsOfTheWorld'' (1918) is a propaganda film encouraging the American war effort, made while the war was still raging.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' (1929) by German writer Erich Maria Remarque, another WWI staple of the western literary canon. The story follows a young German soldier from his idealistic enlistment through the horrors of war as his compatriots die one by one. Ironically, the story was written in German, by a German war veteran, depicting the German side of the war, but it has become the most popular depiction of the war for English speaking audiences.
* The poem ''My Boy Jack'' (1915), about the death of Creator/RudyardKipling's only son in the war.
* John Buchan's Richard Hannay stories, seminal spy thrillers that were both written and set in WWI. ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' (1915) has been adapted multiple times, although [[Film/The39Steps1935 the Hitchcock version]] is a very loose adaptation, set in the 1930s. Buchan portrays Wilhelm II fairly sympathetically.
* The ''SherlockHolmes'' story, ''His Last Bow'' (1917), takes place in England during the run up to the war, with Holmes attempting to deal with a German spy network in England. [[spoiler:He succeeds]].
* ''My Reminiscences of East Africa'' (1920) is General Paul Von Lettow-Vorbek's diary from his service in East Africa at this time.
* ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles'' (1920) was actually written in 1916 and set during the war. Lieutenant Arthur Hastings returns from the War due to an injury, while HerculePoirot is a war refugee.
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** The short story ''The Kidnapped Prime Minister'' also takes place in WWI.
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** ''[[Literature/TommyAndTuppence The Secret Adversary]]'' has a prologue on the sinking ''Lusitania'' (1915).
* As mentioned in the above, the L.M. Montgomery book ''[[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Rilla of Ingleside]]'' (1921) chronicles the eponymous character's experiences throughout the entire war, in quite a bit of detail that could only come from first-hand experience. Given that level of detail, it's supremely odd she made no mention at all of the 1918 influenza pandemic, not even in passing. It devastated Canada as thoroughly as it did the rest of the world, having a profound effect on many of the events she relates, yet the word 'flu' or 'influenza' is never once mentioned.
* Quite a lot of Creator/HPLovecraft stories feature WWI in the background somewhere (e.g. Herbert West, Reanimator-1922)—not surprising given that he did a lot of his writing in the 1920s.
** He specifically mentions in ''The Silver Key'' that his dreamer-hero [[BadassBookworm Randolph Carter]] saw action with the [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]] and suffered near-fatal injuries in the Battle of the Somme, near Belloy-en-Santerre. He apparently still had PTSD from this in "The Statement of Randolph Carter" where his friend Warren describes him as a nervous wreck.
* ''[[Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk The Good Soldier Švejk]]'' (1923), a classic ([[RuleOfFunny and hilarious]]) satirical novel by Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek. Some say Švejk is an AuthorAvatar version of him, but with some cunning ObfuscatingStupidity (possibly) added to the mix. This has some truth in it, only the AuthorAvatar was a different character entirely. Hašek never tried to hide the fact that the novel was largely autobiographical. His avatar, however, was not Švejk, but his friend, a bumbling former journalist, volunteer Marek.
* In ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Master Mind of Mars]]'' (1928) by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's, Ulysses Paxton starts out fighting in this War.
* The early (and best) ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' stories are set in the War, though the character debuted in 1932.
* The first part of the novel ''Journey to the End of the Night'' (1932), by the famous French author Céline, takes place during World War One. The main character, who sees the war as a lot of frightening and senseless violence, does his best to avoid risking his life. After being wounded, he manages not to be sent back to the western front until the war is over.
* The novel—and later film—''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'' (1938) by Dalton Trumbo: A horrifying story of a young American soldier, who has his arms, legs and ''face'' blown off, leaving him blind, deaf, dumb and immobile, a living torso in a hospital bed, with no way of communicating until [[spoiler: he figures out how to tap the Morse code with the back of his head]].
** Related, Music/{{Metallica}}'s song ''One'' retells the same story. The band bought the rights for the movie to use it in the video for that song.
* ''Pale Horse, Pale Rider'' (1939), a collection of three short stories by Katherine Anne Potter, is apparently the only major work on the Spanish flu epidemic.
* ''The Razor's Edge'' (1944) by William Somerset Maugham features Larry Darrell, a World War I pilot who is wounded and traumatized in the War. He spends the rest of the novel searching for ways to adjust to the post-war life.
* ''A Killing For The Hawks'' by Frederick E. Smith. A 1966 novel about a RFC squadron that flew Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5as.
* ''Literature/CharlotteSometimes'' (1969), second in Penelope Farmer's ''Aviary Hall'' series, features a young girl who [[spoiler:switches between living in Britain at the end of the war, and in boarding school in 1963.]] The book does, in fact, mention the flu—[[spoiler: it is revealed to have killed an unseen but nonetheless crucial character.]]
* The novel ''Goshawk Squadron'' (1971) by Creator/DerekRobinson deconstructs the popular view of World War One air combat which, rather than dueling "Knights of the Air", actually involved undertrained pilots diving out of the sun and machine-gunning their opponent in the back before he had a chance to defend himself. ''War Story''(1987) and ''Hornet's Sting'' (1999) by the same author have a similar setting.
* The novel ''Strange Meeting'' (1971) by Susan Hill, title taken from a Wilfred Owen poem, is about the friendship between two British officers on the front line.
* The short story ''Schwarzchild Radius'' (1987) by Creator/ConnieWillis features an extended metaphor of WWI as a [[UsefulNotes/BlackHoles black hole]].
* British author Pat Barker has written three award-winning novels that form her World War I trilogy, TheRegenerationTrilogy (1991-1995): ''Regeneration,'' ''The Eye in the Door,'' and ''The Ghost Road.'' The novels are chock full of history and real-life characters, including the poets Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and Robert Graves. The first novel was turned into a movie, released in 1997 and known as ''Regeneration'' in the UK and ''Behind the Lines'' in the US.
* ''Birdsong'' (1993) by Sebastian Faulks, widely considered one of the great WWI novels. It describes the horrors of trench warfare, through the eyes of troubled young officer Stephen Wraysford and of his men.
* ''A Time of Death'' (Serbian: ''Vreme Smrti'') by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobrica_%C4%86osi%C4%87 Dobrica Ćosić]] is a [[{{Doorstopper}} four-volume novel]] detailing the Serbian struggle during World War One, as seen from the perspective of one family. Considered among classics of Serbian literature.
* ''Mown Field'' (Serbian: ''Pokošeno polje'') by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branimir_%C4%86osi%C4%87 Branimir Ćosić]] depicts life in occupied Serbia.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_about_Milutin The Book about Milutin]]'' by Danko Popović is written as a memoir of an aged Serbian veteran of the Great War. The book was banned in the communist Yugoslavia, since it dealt with with sensitive topics, such as the war crimes commited by the Croatian soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian army, and with the poor status the WW1 veterans later had under the communist rule.
* ''Literature/TheBloodyRedBaron'' (1995), part of the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series by Creator/KimNewman, takes this war and introduces vampires. Specifically, {{Dracula}} leading the German war effort.
* Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Great War'' AlternateHistory trilogy (1998-2000, part of his larger ''Literature/Timeline191'' series) pits the United States of America, Germany and Austria-Hungary against Britain, France, and the Confederate States of America. Among other differences, the October Revolution fails, and Russia is still a monarchy after the war. For that matter, so are Germany, Austria, and Mexico.
** In recent years, Turtledove has also penned a YoungAdult AlternateHistory series called ''Crosstime Traffic''. Its second novel, ''Curious Notions'' (2004), is set in the late 21st century of a world where the Central Powers managed to successfully pull off the Schlieffen Plan and eventually won UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* Though it doesn't take place during the war, in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' (2000-) it turns out that World War One was actually arranged by a very, ''very'' powerful necromancer by the name of Kemmler who apparently spent two centuries quietly setting everything up. Kemmler was implied to be a ''very'' BigBad, who took several attempts to kill [[KilledOffForReal before it finally stuck]]—and that took the combined forces of the [[BigGood White Council]] to pull off.
* The Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Casualties of War'' (2000) is set in England during the closing months of the war.
* ''Phoenix and Ashes'' (2004), one of the 'Literature/ElementalMasters' books by Creator/MercedesLackey (this one a [[RecycledInSpace Cinderella retelling]]), centers on the stepdaughter of a war profiteer and a Shell-Shocked pilot sent home to recover.
** ''Unnatural Issue'', also in the same series (based on the story ''Donkeyskin''), has the main character sent to France to escape her necromancer father shortly before World War One starts.
* Kate Cary's unofficial sequel to ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', ''Bloodline'' (2006), starts off in Northern France during the war. The main characters, John Shaw, Quincey Harker, and Mary Seward, are a lieutenant, captain, and nurse, respectively, for the British.
* ''The Blindness of the Heart (Die Mittagsfrau, 2007)'' by Julia Franck spans both world wars; Martha and Helene's father [[spoiler:loses his leg and eventually dies from the complications]] in the war, and it affects their lives in all manner of other ways.
* The French half of ''Divisadero'' (2007), a novel by Michael Ondaatje.
* ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' (2009) by ScottWesterfeld is a YoungAdult AlternateHistory adventure novel set in UsefulNotes/WW1, where the armies of the Entente Powers are aided by their {{Biopunk}} creations (like [[SpaceWhale flying sky whales]]) and where the Central Powers fight with {{Steampunk}} HumongousMecha. [[RuleOfCool And it's awesome]].
* Ken Follett's ''[[Literature/TheCenturyTrilogy Fall of Giants]]'' (2010), a DoorStopper novel, tells the story of the war (and other important events, like the Russian Revolution) through the eyes of several different individuals: British, Russians, Germans, Americans, some being aristocrats, others being working class people.
* Creator/LordDunsany wrote ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5713 Tales of War]]'' based on his experiences in the trenches, focusing on the desolation of the Western Front mixed with a stiff measure of anti-Kaiser propagandizing.
* Hemingway's ''Literature/AFarewellToArms'' is a classic fictional depiction of the war.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's Francis X. Gordon (aka ElBorak), an American gunslinger in the Middle East, saw action against the Turks during the War.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Tarzan}} Tarzan the Terrible]]'', Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' Tarzan went up against the Germans in Africa.
* Although set after the war, Creator/FScottFitzgerald's ''Tender Is The Night'' features a memorable scene where the characters visit a cemetery on the Somme and discuss the meaning of the war.
* Creator/WilliamFaulkner wrote stories depicting American pilots fighting on the Western Front.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's ''Literature/MeinKampf'' (''My Fight''). The book clearly shows that this war and the German defeat [[FromNobodyToNightmare shaped this man and his ideas]] more than anything else.
* The middle two novels of ''Literature/ParadesEnd'' are set during the war.
* ''Literature/ToTheLighthouse'' by Creator/VirginiaWoolf revolves around the Ramsay family and their friends just before and after the war.
* UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel's ''Infanterie Grieft an'' (''Infantry Attacks'') recounts his experiences over the course of the war, from mobilization and the early fighting in France to the Carpathians and the Italian front. These experiences would shape his tactics in the next war.
* A major section of Jan Guillou's ''The Bridge Builders'' takes place during WWI, mostly following German soldiers in the East African Campaign, but also showing how civilians in Norway are affected by the war.
* ''Johnny and the Dead'', the second book in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'' by Creator/TerryPratchett, features an elderly British soldier who was actually named Tommy Atkins, who on his death joins the rest of the Blackbury Pals' Battalion. The Author's Note at the back says there really were Pals' Battalions, and they really were a horribly innocent way of ensuring all the young men from a given area would be killed at once.
* ''Literature/FallOnYourKnees'': James Piper is a WWI veteran.
* Robert Graves' autobiographical novel ''Literature/GoodbyeToAllThat'' details his experiences as a British army officer on the Western Front.
* Creator/DorothyLSayers' fictional detective Literature/LordPeterWimsey was an officer in WWI, and still has occasional shell-shock.
* The ''Literature/SwarmOnTheSomme'' series. A World War I equivalent of ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. And quite awesome. Created by members of Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom.
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* ''[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=83811 Shadow of Fashoda]]'' features an alternate timeline of the pre-war years. Created by members of Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom
* Creator/ArthurMachen was the unwitting originator of the legend of the Angels of Mons, based on his 1914 story "The Bowmen". Other than ''[[https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/arthur/angels-of-mons/ The Angels of Mons]]'' (1915), he also published ''[[https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/arthur/terror/ The Terror]]'' (1917), a novella, and the stories "Munitions of War", "The Happy Children" (in ''[[https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/arthur/holy-terrors/index.html Holy Terrors]]''), and "[[https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/arthur/out-of-the-earth/ Out of the Earth]]".
* Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall co-wrote the "History of the Lafayette Flying Corps" and "Falcons of France" (1929)- semi-autobiographical account of their service in the Lafayette Escadrille during World War I. Hall also wrote (solo) Kitchener's Mob: The Adventures of an American in the British Army" (1916) about his service in the British infantry, and "High Adventure: A Narrative of Air Fighting in France" (1918).
* ''[[Literature/TheAnderssons Drömmar av glas]]'' by Solveig Olsson-Hultgren takes place in 1917. Sweden is mostly spared from the horrors of the war, but food is very scarce in the cities and the towns, and Rebecka's only uncle has been conscripted into the army.
* ''Literature/{{Odinochka}}: Armenian Tales from the Gulag'' (2016) has its main character reflect on his childhood where he participated in the defense of Van in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as the Armenian genocide was underway, eventually being sent to get aid from the invading Russian army.
* Ernst Jünger's autobiographical memoir ''[[Literature/StormOfSteel Storm of Steel]]''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Fighting in the Great War made ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' the jaded and cynical man that he came to be by the 1930's.
** A series of arcs in the ''[[Series/YoungIndianaJones Young Indiana Jones Chronicles]]'' TV series is set during The Great War and Indy even attends the signing of the Treaty Of Versailles with appearances by T.E. Lawrence, Adolf Hitler and Ho Chi Minh.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'': A rare comedy set here, although it was far darker than earlier series. Well-known for an [[TearJerker extremely touching]] and [[DownerEnding sad finale]].
* Season four of ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs''. If [[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder's Lt. George]] is the ''comedy'' version of what happens when an UpperClassTwit turns Tommie, [[Series/UpstairsDownstairs James Bellamy]] is the ''drama'' version. It is not easy for him.
* An episode of ''FantasyIsland'' featured DonAdams (in complete Maxwell Smart mode) as a bumbling school teacher who wants to visit WWI and ends up fighting the RedBaron.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has a large portion of its immediate BackStory set in the trenches, and it's [[AbortedArc heavily implied]] that the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil machinations]] of the [[FeudingFamilies two Avatara]] were major factors in causing this and other conflicts.
* While most of the episode is set a year before, the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Family of Blood" (based on the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Human Nature'') features two of the students from the episode's school fighting and surviving in the trenches of the war.
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "To the Last Man" has a World War I veteran snatched away by Torchwood in order to fix two timelines colliding with one another. At the end of the episode after returning to the war, [[DownerEnding he gets shot for cowardice and shell-shock in the war]].
* [[Characters/{{MASH}} Colonel Potter]] in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' fought in World War One after lying about his age at 16 in order to get in the Army. Note that if this is the case, Potter could be no older than 52 at the end of the Korean War; a far cry from actor Harry Morgan's 68 years.
* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', both Jimmy Darmody and Richard Harrow fought in the war, and are both [[ShellShockedVeteran not coping well]], which leads to their involvement in organized crime. Harrow in particular suffered [[FacialHorror horrific injuries]].
* Series 2 of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is set during the war and immediately after. The ways people responded to the war are explored in detail:
** Thomas tries to get a cushy assignment by joining the medical corps voluntarily before the war; he ends up getting assigned to France anyway and engineers to have his hand shot to get reassigned back to England.
** Matthew serves as an officer in France, with William eventually (eagerly) joining up as well and serving as his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_(military) batman]]. Matthew also does recruitment across Northern England. Both are injured at Amiens; William succumbs to his injuries weeks later.
** Lord Grantham, a veteran of the [[/index]]UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar, is frustrated his military position in the War is purely ceremonial.
** The Crawley ladies turn Downton into a convalescent home for officers; in the meantime, Isobel busies herself with refugee work in France as well as administering the hospital and home.
** Mrs Byrd, Isobel's cook, creates a soup kitchen for the enlisted war wounded.
* ''Birdsong'', an adaptation of the book by Sebastian Faulks.
* The BBC's series ''Wings'' was about the lives of pilots and observers in the Royal Flying corps. Beginning in 1915, it focuses on the development of air combat tactics, the poor performance of British fighters in comparison to their German counterparts, and the changes in social norms that the war brought about.
* The BBC's ''Series/ThirtySevenDays'' is a depiction of the July crisis resulting from the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.[[index]]
* ''Series/PeakyBlinders'' kicks off around six months after WWI has ended, in 1919. All three eldest Shelby brothers, as well as most of the young men of Birmingham, served in France (Tommy, specifically, was a tunneler) and are regarded as war heroes. The show deconstructs this idealization of soldiers, and various characters have shell-shock, PTSD, and the "Flanders Blues", self-medicating with alcohol, opium, and cocaine.
* ''Series/OurWorldWar'' is a dramatization of key moments in the war experienced by British forces.
* ''Series/ANZACGirls'' is a BasedOnATrueStory miniseries detailing the wartime lives of five members of the Australian Army Nursing Service, first in Egypt and then in France.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/Swedish band {{Sabaton}} has several songs that deal with the horrors of the Great War, some of the best known being ''The Price Of A Mile'' and ''Cliffs of Gallipoli''.
* ''1916'' by Music/{{Motorhead}} is a ballad from the perspective of a soldier fighting in it.
* Music/TheZombies' song "Butcher's Tale (Western Front, 1914)" gives gruesome detail to the trench warfare, commenting on both shell shock and the strange dichotomy between "God and Country." "And the preacher in his pulpit / Sermons 'Go and fight, do what is right!' / But he don't have to hear these guns / And I bet he sleeps at night."
* ''The War'' by Music/RunningWild is based on World War One.
* Metallica's song ''One'', as already mentioned in the Film section.
* ''Paschendale'', a song about the horrors of the Third Battle of Ypres by Music/IronMaiden.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llIQUqfljr0 This video]] to "A Small Victory" by Faith No More.
* ''And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda'' by Eric Bogle is about a young Australian soldier who is maimed at the Battle of Gallipoli.
** In another song by Bogle, "No Man's Land" (also called "The Green Fields of France" and what the DropkickMurphys [[CoveredUp made famous]]) the narrator is reflecting on the grave of a young man who died in France during World War I.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxzg_iM-T4E "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron"]] and the sequel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlf---13Q0g&feature=related "Snoopy's Christmas"]]
* [[http://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?id=2924〈=en The Soldier's Sweetheart]] by Jimmie Rodgers
* ''Christmas In The Trenches'', a song by John [=McCutcheon=], based on the true stories of truces between different groups of opposing entrenched forces on the Western Front on Christmas Day 1914, with the soldiers singing carols, exchanging gifts, and playing soccer in No Man's Land. (This would also inspire the film ''Joyeux Noel'', above.) (Though later years would see similar truces, due to high command on both sides being upset when they heard it, they were not nearly so widespread as before.)
* Along with their invoked usage of MusicToInvadePolandTo that centers on UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the IndustrialMetal band ''Hanzel und Gretyl'' has done UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-themed German songs as well such as "[=KaiserReich=]".
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHeTQJuBYeE 1917]]" by Emmylou Harris and Music/LindaRonstadt is about a HookerWithAHeartOfGold trying to comfort soldiers about to head back into the war.
* Music/{{PJ Harvey}}'s 2011 album ''Let England Shake'' deals with UsefulNotes/WW1 in an impressive way.
* "Remember" by Renaissance, a song about finding a (deceased?) old woman's letters from her soldier boyfriend/husband. It's implied. of course, that he never came home.
* [[/index]]"Common Ground" by neo-ProgressiveRock band IQ. [[index]]
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHFO2FSxg_8 The Rose of No-Man's Land]]", about the Red Cross nurses who served on the front lines. This song dates from the war itself.
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[[folder:Print Media]]
* Many characters, including ''Franchise/DocSavage'', ''Radio/TheShadow'', ''Secret Agent X'', ''Literature/TheSpider'' and many more from {{Pulp Magazine}}s, had WWI as part of their BackStory. Aviation pulps, such as ''G-8 and His Battle Aces'', tended to be set in this time period.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* {{TabletopGame/Diplomacy}} is a board game made in 1954 about pre-WWI diplomacy.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion Wraith: The Great War]]'' is set shortly after the war and focuses on the effects it had in the Underworld. It also includes UsefulNotes/{{airships}} that crashed as [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld relic vehicles]]!
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The originator of many of the tropes seen in World War One fiction is the stage play ''Theatre/JourneysEnd'', written a few years after the war by a British officer. It's actually a lot funnier than most of its imitators. (In place of usual tropes about First World War officers it shows one who's been promoted from the "other ranks"—which happened in RealLife a great deal more often than it's shown in fiction.)
* Queensland tourist attraction ''Australian Outback Adventure'' (a dinner-and-a-show kind of deal), originally just a mish-mash of different stereotypes and Australian bush lore, has started recently performing a show called "Heroes of the Light Horse", based on the aforementioned battle in Palestine.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' has a chapter that takes place in a church-turned-hospital in 1916 France. The premise of the chapter is that the Ancients and Pious Augustus instigated the war so the amount of people who died in the war would inevitably speed up the unleashing of the respective ancient (and keep the artifact guardian in check, apparently consuming far more than can be provided).
* ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' has a total conversion GameMod for World War I—[[http://www.moddb.com/mods/the-great-war-1918 The Great War 1918]], keeping the same cover and territory-point mechanics from the base game but changing it otherwise to reflect the Great War (such as having trenches, poison gas, officer mechanics for both sides to make heavy use of, and adding melee combat). It currently includes British Expeditionary Force and the German Empire as 'Allied' and 'Axis' factions respectively, and is working to add the French Army as another 'Allied' faction.
* {{RTS}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historyline History line: 1914-1918]] is one of the few dedicated UsefulNotes/WorldWarI games.
* ''Snoopy Vs the Red Baron'' takes place here, although the technology is... not quite the same.
* [[/index]] Combat flight sims are one of the most common type of game based on this war. You can find several examples on the SimulationGame page.[[index]]
** The most famous WWI flight sim games are probably Sierra's older ''VideoGame/RedBaron'' series.
** ''[[http://allaircraftsimulations.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=34411 Canvas Knights]]'' was originally a ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik'' GameMod.
** Origin's ''VideoGame/WingsOfGlory'', using the same engine as their earlier ''Strike Commander'', is set in a British aerodrome in France during WWI with an American volunteer pilot as the PlayerCharacter.
** Several of the most realistic air combat simulations on the market are set in WWI, such as Over Flanders Fields, where the player joins the squadron and side of their choice and continues to fly until their character is killed. And the sim points out that the objective is not to "win" but to survive—the seventeen hours that was the average flight time of a new pilot.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines'' is set in 1917. Elizabeth [[strike:Bathory]] [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Bartley]] uses the souls of war casualties as part of her plan to revive Dracula.
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' {{FPS}} has WWI as the backdrop for its BonusLevelOfHell.
* ''VideoGame/NecroVisioN'' is a horror {{FPS}} set in 1917 on the most war-torn parts of the Western front. The game starts off fairly normal, but the protagonist soon discovers a {{Masquerade}} DarkWorld hidden (literally) under the surface of the war...
* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'' is a dystopian AlternateHistory {{FPS}} in which history diverged from ours during the late stages of WWI and the beginning of the Russian Civil War. It's the 1960s, [[ForeverWar the Great War has been dragging on for half a century]], Earth is a CrapsackWorld and [[WarForFunAndProfit war has become an accepted way of everyday life]]. Oh, and the game's BigBad is none other than a CaptainErsatz of the infamous baron Roman UsefulNotes/UngernSternberg.
* The events of ''VideoGame/TheLastExpress'' (an AdventureGame) take place on the threshold of the war, are heavily undertoned by and, arguably and implicitly, cause it.
* ''VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun'' features World War One technology in its later stages and the possibility to spark the war, [[AlternateHistory create an alternate version of it... or avert it altogether]].
** While ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron'' usually has its earliest start date in 1936, more than one of the games got a 1914 mod, and ''Darkest Hour'' version of ''Hearts of Iron II'' have an official 1914 start date.
* Many pan-historical {{RTS}} games, like ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'', have a historical era based on WWI, complete with typical military units of the period.
* The ''VideoGame/IronGrip'' series, true to its SchizoTech PunkPunk feel, borrows a lot of inspiration from this era as well. The games can be seen as a LowFantasy [[RecycledINSpace retelling]] of some aspects of the war, coating the industrial war-torn grimness of the frontlines with a DarkerAndEdgier SteamPunk and DieselPunk aesthetic.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' is set immediately after the war. The protagonist, Patrick Galloway, is a veteran from one of the Irish regiments on the western front.
* The [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/242860/ MMOFPS]] ''VideoGame/{{Verdun}}'' is a squad-based online multiplayer FPS that allows the player to fight as German, French, and British infantry, German and French light infantry, and Canadian and German trench-assault-troops. True-to-life, the game hinges on artillery support, machine-gun suppression, concealment, rapid movement between cover, and some small element of sniping. And with a single shot from any weapon (bar the pistols) being instantly lethal, it is ''extraordinarily'' unforgiving.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wings}}'' allows playing as either an Entente or German fighter pilot.
** ''Wings 2: Aces High'' is a sequel on the SNES.
* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberium'' series, [[BiblicalBadGuy Kane's]] [[StateSec Black Hand]] is suggested to be the very same organization that assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
* As testament to either the failings of the game engines or the sheer scale of how many mistakes and complex factors lead to the war, it is nearly impossible to recreate the circumstances of this war in any version of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' but it has been attempted on numerous public forums. Whether or not one agrees with this assessment, the important part is that one has to ''actively try'' to bring the situation about.
* ''[[http://1916.dadiugames.dk/ 1916-Der Unbekannte Krieg]]'', an indie horror game where you are a German soldier being chased through the trenches of the Western Front by...[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs velociraptors]]. [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds Much scarier than it sounds]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuTheWastedLand'' is an indie tactical RPG mixing World War One with ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos''.
* [[/index]] ''[[http://www.bay12games.com/ww1medic/ WWI Medic]]'' is a freeware game where you control an Entente medic trying to tend to the wounded, and survive long enough to turn the tide of [[UnwinnableByDesign one more battle....]] [[index]]
* ''[[http://www.supertrenchattack.com/ Super Trench Attack]]'' (previously ''Videogame/MedalWars'') is a Third Person RPG that has you playing a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture comedy]] version of it as a soldier of [[TheFederation the Green Army]] fighting against seemingly endless and hilarious waves of [[TheEmpire the Black Army]], and various other surprises.
* [[/index]] ''[[http://www.brasshats.com/ Brass Hats]]'' (named after a nickname for officers) is a turn based strategy game in the vein of ''VideoGame/NintendoWars'' in a surprisingly trenchless [[FantasyCounterpartCulture version of WWI]] fought between [[TheFederation the "Allied Forces"]] and [[TheEmpire the "Central Army"]]. Sadly, it appears to have been discontinued. However, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes the demo]] is still downloadable for free, along with [[http://www.strategyinformer.com/pc/maps/brasshats/map.html a few fan-created maps.]] [[index]]
* ''VideoGame/ValiantHearts'' is set on the Western Front from 1914 to late 1917 (ending roughly when the USA enters the war). Notable for being a cartoony sidescrolling puzzle-adventure game and yet probably treating the war with more seriousness and respect than basically any video game for any war ever has.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has a PlayableEpilogue that takes place in 1914, just after the outbreak of the conflict in Europe. It doesn't really come into play much, but [[spoiler: Jack]] can read a newspaper that also briefly covers the start of the war, with the journalist not even trying to pretend to understand what's going on, but noting that America has wisely decided to stay out of it and is even promoting peace by selling weapons to both sides.
* The 8-bit computer game ''Blue Max'' was basically {{Zaxxon}} [[RecycledInSpace in a WWI setting]].
* ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'', the first entry in the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' franchise to take place in World War I. [[ColbertBump It's also the reason for the massive influx of minds curious about this particular World War]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' has a short side campaign set in London during 1916. You play as Lydia, granddaughter of main character Jacob, and assist Winston Churchill in rooting out German spies operating within the city.
* ''[[http://www.moddb.com/mods/the-great-war-mod The Great War]]'' [[GameMod mod]] for ''VideoGame/NapoleonTotalWar'', which basically is about the European theather of World War One with the TurnBasedStrategy[=/=]RealTimeStrategy hybrid system of the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' series, including some AlternateHistory features. While most of the factions are historical World War One belligerants (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, etc.)[[note]]USA isn't playable in campaign, but is available in skirmish and multiplayer mod[[/note]], some of the playable factions are historically neutral countries (Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, etc.). At campaign start, an option allows to choose whether the AI will try to stay true to the historical alliances or will go in full AlternateHistory mode. Also, winning the campaign requires that the country did far better in the war than it historically did (victory conditions for France or UK include controlling territories in the German heartland).
* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'''s German campaign covers both the first and second World Wars, the first focusing more on the Red Baron. It also has a [[TechnologyLevels WWI era]], notable for introducing airplanes and submarines.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/EmperorTigerstar has created a map animation showing the front lines of World War I every single day.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'' features a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign that takes place during the Russian Revolution of 1917. The premise of the game comes from Germany's efforts to take Russia out of the war by financing Vladimir Lenin's activities during his time in exile in Zurich and his entrance back into Russia. The main characters play mercenaries hired by Germany charged with keeping Lenin safe.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''VideoGame/CovertFront'' has WWI taking place in 1904, with the protagonist conducting investigations in the midst of the conflict.
* ''WebVideo/TheGreatWar'': An original weekly YouTube documentary series recounting the events of World War One, starting in August 2014, exactly 100 years to the week of the war's beginning and intended to continue through 2018.
* From the Wiki/SCPFoundation:
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-186 SCP-186]] is a WWI battleground that saw the use of anomalous weaponry; the aftereffects have left it anomalous up to the present day.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1914 SCP-1914]] is a WWI soldier transformed into a {{cyborg}} as part of a SuperSoldier experiment.
** The trenches of the Western Front were where [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-106 SCP-106]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/the-young-man became the monster that the Foundation knows it as]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines''.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' centered around a flashback telling an adventure that [[IdenticalGrandson Fred's grandfather]] had in "Stone World War One."
* One of the final classic-era ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts, 1964's "Dumb Patrol," features Bugs as a flying ace fighting German pilot Yosemite Sam.
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23rd Mar '17 6:00:13 PM TheBigBopper
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-->--'''Kaiser Wilhelm II''', watching German troops marching off to war in summer 1914. (As usual, [[DidntThinkThisThrough not quite accurate.]])

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-->--'''Kaiser Wilhelm II''', watching German troops marching off to war in summer 1914. (As usual, [[DidntThinkThisThrough [[HomeByChristmas not quite accurate.]])
12th Mar '17 5:30:20 PM ElSquibbonator
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It's not easy to pinpoint the exact reason why people should focus on that particular conflict all of a sudden aside from the 2014-2018 period marking its 100th anniversary. The current political, social and economical instability in Europe might have contributed to it and the [[GrayAndGreyMorality lack of an easily distinguishable villain]] surely makes it an interesting setting in an era when successful TV shows increasingly explore GreyAndGrayMorality.

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It's not easy to pinpoint the exact reason why people should focus are focusing on that this particular conflict all of a sudden aside from the 2014-2018 period marking its 100th anniversary. The current political, social and economical instability in Europe might have contributed to it and the [[GrayAndGreyMorality lack of an easily distinguishable villain]] surely makes it an interesting setting in an era when successful TV shows increasingly explore GreyAndGrayMorality.
GreyAndGrayMorality.
11th Mar '17 8:19:52 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has a large portion of its immediate BackStory set in the trenches, and it's [[AbortedArc heavily implied]] that the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil machinations]] of the [[FamilyFeud two Avatara]] were major factors in causing this and other conflicts.

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* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has a large portion of its immediate BackStory set in the trenches, and it's [[AbortedArc heavily implied]] that the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil machinations]] of the [[FamilyFeud [[FeudingFamilies two Avatara]] were major factors in causing this and other conflicts.
9th Mar '17 9:07:07 PM TechPriest90
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* UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest
9th Mar '17 12:26:16 AM SSgt_LuLZ
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* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'' takes place in an alternate universe reminiscent of our world except with [[{{Magitek}} magic]] and the opening stages of the war happening much later than in real life, 1924.
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