The war began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. This triggered an international diplomatic crisis and within weeks various alliances were formed between different countries.
The First World War, often referred to as 'The Great War', is the fifth deadliest conflict to ever happen in the world with an estimation of over 10 million deaths and another 20 million wounded. Despite it being a world war, the majority of battles and lives lost were in the trenches of Europe. During the four year conflict there were a number of technological advancements that took place. Machines entered the battle ground for the first time in any mass. Vehicles such as tanks were used in ground battles and existing vehicles such as buses were called upon to transport troops to and from the battle field. In the later stages of the war aircraft were used for ground attacks, bombing raids and air-to-air combat.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, to commemorate the technological developments of military machinery; Corgi presents the World War Centenary Collection.
The 'Old Bill' or 'B-Type' bus was a double-decker bus that was first introduced in London in 1910 and was operated by London General Omnibus Company for the daily transportation of Londoners around the city. After the outbreak of the First World War, 900 of the buses were called upon for support in the war effort; they were used for the transportation of troops and were repainted in camouflage colour khaki.