Centenary commemorations are taking place all over Europe

Britain is, of course, not the only nation paying tribute to the millions who lost their lives 100 years ago

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As the scene of much of the fighting – and having lost around 1.4 million men during the conflict – France has embraced the centenary, planning 1,500 events around the country and inviting the former warring nations to a peace demonstration on Bastille Day, 14 July.

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Commemorations are expected to be more muted in Germany. However, the German federal president, Joachim Gauck, is expected to join forces with French president, Francois Hollande, to lay a foundation stone for a museum at the site of the Hartmannsweilerkopf battlefield in French Alsace in August 2014.

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Meanwhile, in June Bosnia-Herzegovina will host a major cultural event, entitled ‘Sarajevo: Heart of Europe’, in the city where the fatal shots that sparked the war were fired 100 years ago.