New Interactive Timeline
and Map Allows You to Explore the History of World War I
Va., May 21 —Experience
the history of World War I, “The Great War,” through an interactive timeline
and map available on the American Battle
Monuments Commission’s (ABMC) website.
new visual interactive timeline and map is the latest in digital initiatives
released by ABMC. It is designed to allow the user to view the key events of
World War I across time or geography. Free to all users via the ABMC Multimedia Web Page it’s a strong tool
for helping students or history buffs understand the key events of World War I.
the World War I centennial fast approaches, this interactive timeline and map
will help anyone with an interest in history to visit a critical time period of
the early 20th Century,” said Tim Nosal, ABMC Director of Public
Affairs. “These maps enable the user to place an individual buried at one of
our World War I sites, such as Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, within the
context of World War I.
the Great War began in Europe in August 1914, the United States didn’t enter
the conflict on the side of the allies until April 1917. It was in the summer
and fall of 1918 that the weight of America’s military contribution to the
allied effort began to impact the Central Powers, ultimately contributing to
the armistice that ended the war on Nov. 11, 1918.
than two million Americans served in Europe during World War I. Approximately
116,500 American servicemen and women died overseas during the war. Of that
number 30,922 are interred and another 4,452 individuals are memorialized in
America’s eight World War I commemorative cemeteries overseas administered by
ABMC. America’s largest World War I cemetery is Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
with 14,246 burials
John J. Pershing, the first chairman of ABMC made a promise to those families
who lost loved ones overseas during World War I that “Time will not dim the
glory of their deeds.” The new World War I timeline and map represents the
continued efforts of ABMC to meet that promise.
December 2012, ABMC released its first smartphone application for touring
Pointe du Hoc. Built for both iPhone and Android devices, this free
GPS-enabled application allows you to experience the Battle of Pointe du Hoc. In
March, ABMC released its World War II Timeline and Map.
in 1923, ABMC commemorates the service, achievements and sacrifice of the U.S.
Armed forces. ABMC administers 24 cemeteries and 25 monuments, memorials and markers
overseas. For more information visit www.abmc.gov or find us on
Facebook at www.facebook.com\abmcpage.