Cover Story World War I's lasting bootprint (+video)

One hundred years later, the 'war to end all wars' is still shaping the geography and geopolitics of the modern world. 


In 1917, the second largest British city, after London, wasn’t in Britain at all. It was the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France. The same could be said of the French Army, and the German. Each force on Europe’s Western Front was a metropolis requiring not just soldiers, guns, and ammunition, but every necessity of life, from toothbrushes to rubber stamps.