Front page of the Saskatoon Daily Star newspaper with the headline PEACE - War ends at 4 A.M. today

The Great War

Archival and printed resources about the First World War, digitized from the University Archives and Special Collections, at the University of Saskatchewan.

On June 28, 1914, a young Bosnian nationalist in the then obscure Balkan town of Sarajevo shot and killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This violent but seemingly isolated act set in motion a series of policies that were to culminate in August 1914 in the outbreak of the most destructive war up to that time. The struggle, called by contemporaries “the Great War”, ended in November 1918, after nearly four-and-a-half years of fighting.

This project was conceived by the University of Saskatchewan Great War commemoration committee that was formed in February of 2014. The site contains digitized materials from the University Archives and Special Collections. It is hoped that the presentation of one of a kind and rare material will aid in the research into and knowledge of the Great War.

The Great War

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