The First World War or ‘The Great War’ started in 1914. The British Empire and their allies; France, Russia, Italy and America, fought a war against Germany, Austria- Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. Over 9 million men from all over the world joined the British Armed Forces and went to fight. The conditions were terrible and millions were killed or injured. In Scotland everyone knew someone who had died. Those that did return home would never be the same again.