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The Great War at Its Centenary

 

15.6.2018 – 30.1.2019
 

Presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Organised by
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

Venue

Thematic Exhibition Gallery
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

Opening Hours
10 am - 6 pm daily
(Closed at 5 pm from October to January)
Closed on Thursday (except public holidays)

Free Admission

 

The First World War, also known as the Great War, broke out in July 1914. It is estimated that nearly 65 million military personnel were mobilized by the Central Powers led by Germany and Austria-Hungary and the allies of the Triple Entente led by Great Britain, France and Russia. Technological advances enabled these industrial powers to create lethal new weapons such as posion gas, tanks and submarines, which produced horrific casualty rates: up to 30 million of combatants and civilians were wounded and died in what was one of the largest and most violent conflicts in history. Following a series of defeats on the battlefield in 1918, the Central Powers came under increasing military and political pressure. Realising conditions were not in its favour and facing growing social unrest at home, Germany agreed to an armistice on 11 November 1918, and the war finally came to an end.

The Great War that changed the world order is revisited through exhibits like news publications, postcards, fund-raising posters, commemorative medals and guns from the war period, along with valuable historical photos and film footage. The exhibition also reveals the far-reaching impact the war brought on contemporary China and Hong Kong at the political, military and social levels. In commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War this year, let us reflect on the heavy price paid for war, and cherish and promote world peace.

Public guided tours in Cantonese are offered. Each last about 1 hour for 30 persons on a first come, first served basis. We start at the Redoubt Courtyard at 3pm on Wed, Sat, Sun and public holidays.

 

Postcard depicting battleships berthed in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour before WWI.
 

 .303" British Lee-Enfield rifle used in WWI
 

Victory Medal issued by Britain after WWI