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Obsessed as I am with WWI, the best way to end a recent trip to London for the Historical Novel Society Conference was a visit to the Imperial War Museum’s WWI exhibit. With the centennial on, we should have known it would be crowded. Organized as a grand winding path, this exhibit sweeps you from pre-war days through each year of the conflict and the aftermath of the Paris Peace conference. Each artefact, picture and memento is displayed for easy viewing often punctuated by the sounds of war. A compelling reminder of what happened to the world in that great catastrophe.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

War scene from IWM exhibit

British encouraged to do their part at home

British encouraged to do their part at home

WWI rations

WWI rations

WWI wireless machine

WWI wireless machine

From a soldier's letter home

From a soldier’s letter home

Encouraging the Americans to get involved

Encouraging the Americans to get involved

Invented by New Zealander John Pomeroy, these bullets ignited the hydrogen gas in Zeppelin airships

Invented by New Zealander John Pomeroy, these bullets ignited the hydrogen gas in Zeppelin airships

Women encouraged to participate

Women encouraged to participate

Dublin munitions factory

Dublin munitions factory

Women's war work was critical

Women’s war work was critical

WWI gas masks came in various designs

WWI gas masks came in various designs

Poison gas cylinders

Poison gas cylinders

Underground listening device

Underground listening device

WWI quotation

Sniper's camouflage suit

Sniper’s camouflage suit

Barbed wire

Barbed wire

The call for recruits went out to all of Briton's colonies

The call for recruits went out to all of Briton’s colonies

Quote 1 from IWM WWI museum