Outbreak of the war
End of the war

At the home stove: A woman in the ruins of her house, photo, 1915

The photo shows a woman working at a makeshift stove in her burnt-out home at Stryj in Galicia. From: Der Weltkrieg in seiner rauhen Wirklichkeit, Munich 1926, p. 409

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  • Development

    Daily life on the (home) front

    How was daily life at home and on the front between 1914 and 1918? Was the life of a middle-class woman similar to that of a worker? Did officers experience warfare in the same way as other ranks? Or were the experiences of the population at home and the soldiers at the front too individual and diverse for generalisations?

  • Chapter

    War against the Local Population

    The armies of the belligerent powers often viewed the population that still lived near the frontlines as an unwanted nuisance. The increasing nervousness and intensified ‘Russophile’ image of the enemy in the wake of the commencment of hostilities thus took its toll on the civilian population on the Eastern Front, too. There were several orders that decreed ‘ruthless actions’ towards ‘suspects and possible traitors’. Whoever was not ‘massacred and without mercy’ on the spot faced a policy of rigorous deportation.