When Britain went to war in August 1914 she did not go to war alone. Britain was the only country that still relied on volunteers, but thousands of men hurried to join up, fearing they would miss a war that could be over by Christmas. Around 500,000 troops volunteered in Britain alone in that first month, with hundreds of thousands more following from across the Empire.
Explain that the First World War was a truly global war. On a map of the world, students could be asked to shade in the home countries of soldiers that took part in the war effort. They could then select one country and explore how this nation contributed to the war.