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  • 1919-1938: consolidation among crises

    The carnage of 1914-18 should have made this conflict the last. The public was horrified at the amount of blood that been spilt and war now seemed to have no place. But events themselves would quickly quash

    • 2010-05-13
    • Overview
  • 1919-1939: consolidation among crises

    The carnage of 1914-18 should have made this conflict the last. The public was horrified at the amount of blood that been spilt and war now seemed to have no place. But events themselves would quickly quash

    • 2010-05-13
    • Overview
  • 1914-1918: baptism of fire and innovation

    August 1914: The world has been turned upside down by the insanity of war, and the ICRC is about to experience a real baptism of fire. This small institution would become a truly international organization, in

    • 2010-05-13
    • Overview
  • 1939-1945: descent into hell

    The invasion of Poland by German troops on 1 September 1939 is an indication of what is to come. Trench warfare is to be replaced by mechanized warfare, preceded by massive air raids that principally target the

    • 2010-05-11
    • Overview
  • History of the ICRC

    Since its creation in 1863, the ICRC's sole objective has been to ensure protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and strife. It does so through its direct action around the world, as well as by

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Founding and early years of the ICRC (1863-1914)

    The Red Cross came into being at the initiative of a man named Henry Dunant, who helped wounded soldiers at the battle of Solferino in 1859 and then lobbied political leaders to take more action to protect war

    • 2010-05-12
    • Overview
  • 1945-1965: two decades of challenges

    At the end of the Second World War, the ICRC finds itself in an ambivalent position. Its humanitarian work during the conflict – in particular in aid of prisoners of war – has been widely commended. However

    • 2010-05-05
    • Overview
  • Development of modern international humanitarian law

    Efforts to regulate warfare have existed to a greater or lesser extent throughout history. But these remained temporary, local arrangements, until the middle of the 19th century when the newly-created ICRC

    • 2010-05-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC since 1970: proliferating needs, activities and risks

    To meet new challenges and constantly growing needs, the ICRC became a The ICRC since 1970: proliferating needs, activities and risks To meet new challenges and constantly growing needs, the ICRC became a

    • 2010-05-13
    • Overview

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