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CORGI SHOWCASE CS90612 Fokker DR1 WWI Centenary Collection


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CORGI SHOWCASE CS90612 Fokker DR1 WWI Centenary Collection

World War One was a global war that involved more than 70 million military personnel from countries and alliances from all around the globe. The war began on the 28th July 1914 and lasted for over four years, finally ending on the 11th November 1918 when the armistice between the allies and Germany was signed.

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 Fokker Dr.I, of which a total of 320 were built, was a tri-plane fighter aircraft manufactured by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke for the German Empire's air force ‘Luftstreitkräfte’. The Dr.I was made famous by German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as the ‘Red Baron’, as the aircraft in which he claimed his final 19 victories.