14 War Stories. When war broke out in Europe in July 1914, people on all sides believed it would be over by Christmas little could they know just how wrong they were. This was a new kind of war, fought with means and techniques never seen before. By November 1918, ten million people had died, and the political map of the world had been re-drawn. Caught up in the middle of this chaos were millions of ordinary men, women and children this is their story.