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History of the ICRC: first World War

Battle of Estaire: soldiers blinded by gas standing in line at a first-aid post near Béthune, 10 April 1918.

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 terms not only of its size but also its field of action. It must adapt its procedures, already devised but never tested on such a large scale. Above all, it would be confronted by new humanitarian problems caused by a war without precedent. Read full overview

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