World Wars

The First and Second World Wars were global conflicts which caused the deaths of millions of people and shaped our world. Men and women served in British and Commonwealth forces on land, at sea and in the air, in all kinds of roles. The CWGC commemorates all those Commonwealth servicemen and women who lost their lives during the world wars. Read more about the campaigns, forces and themes related to our cemeteries and memorials.


First World War

First World War

The war began in August 1914 as a conflict between European powers, but soon engulfed the world, resulting in millions of deaths before the Armistice.

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Second World War

Second World War

The war began in Europe in September 1939 as a conflict between Nazi Germany and the European democracies, but soon spread to engulf the world.

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