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France: The Great War Remembered

Nearly one hundred years after the outbreak of war in France, the government is calling on people to donate First World War memorabilia. The items will be displayed in a huge digital archive: The Great Collection - La Grande Collecte.

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Sometimes one small object can change a whole life. For Markus Geiler that was his grandfather's bible. Without it, Geiler would probably never have been born. His grandfather was a front-line soldier in World War I, and would have been killed had shrapnel not been stopped by the bible. Ever since the family has treasured the book. Now it will be displayed on the internet for the entire world to see.