First World War: 100 years ago

Although neutral Switzerland stayed in the background during the First World War, it was surrounded by warring nations and couldn’t avoid being affected. One hundred years after war was declared, swissinfo.ch looks at the consequences on Swiss individuals and institutions between 1914 and 1918.

Experiencing conflict

Eddie Rickenbacker The WWI star pilot with Swiss roots

The biggest US flying ace of the First World War was the son of Swiss immigrants. A daredevil in the sky, he had to fight to become a pilot ...

Daily life in wartime

Different battle The WWI women who fought for recognition

Their catering skills helped them launch a canteen empire, but these pioneering Swiss women found it wasn’t enough to earn them the right to vote.

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