The ABC book that taught kids about World War I

There’s no topic a good children’s book can’t tackle, including World War I (while it was still happening).

The Child’s ABC of the War, published in 1914, was Geoffrey Whitworth and Stanley North’s attempt to explain World War I through the alphabet. The book, supposedly intended for three year olds, doesn’t shy away from the conflict. As the second page explains:

A is for Austria, where first was hurled the bomb that was destined to startle the world.

We’ve selected a few of the most shocking pages, but you can page through the whole thing if you think you’re old enough.

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Can you imagine a book this honest being published today?