At the turn of the 20th century, Europe was primed and ready to explode; all it needed was a spark. Years of secret alliances and the power of industrialization brought countries together in an all-out global war that would have repercussions lasting for decades after. At the time, people called it “the war to end all wars.” With roughly 17 million people dying in a four-year period, this war is one of the deadliest ever recorded. Regular people from all walks of life took up arms and the people of High Point were no different.
Below is a timeline of the major battles and events during the war using photographs and information from trusted historical sources to provide details. It includes the stories of some of High Point’s veterans and shows how High Point fit into the larger scope of the war.