Covers a range of topics from ‘How it Began’ to ‘Battles’ to ‘Propaganda Posters’ to ‘Prose & Poetry’.
Also included is a section on ‘Vintage Media’ which contains archive recordings of songs (as well as some lyrics), skits and speeches, as well as archive footage of personalities and events (such as reactions to war, trench life, troops receiving rations).
The section on ‘Christmas Truce’ tells you what happened on Christmas 1914; ‘Memoirs & Diaries’ contains first-hand accounts of the war; ‘Weapons of War’ covers bayonets, flamethrowers, poison gas, tanks, trench mortars, grenades and machine guns.
www.worldwar1.com (Trenches on the Web)
Start at either the ‘1914 – 1918 Super Search Facility’ (scroll down the homepage until you reach “Good Starting Points”,
‘ Reference Library’ which shows you a site map (includes Timelines, Photo Archive, Posters, Armoury – sections on artillery, gas, guns, naval, tanks, trenches, troops, U-boats, Zeppelins).
Topics are also divided up into the following sections:
o WHEN: includes timeline and battles;
o WHO: biographies of significant figures (eg. Emperor Franz Josef, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, Lord Kitchener, Marshall Joffre);
o WHAT: includes statistics, German war poetry & letters home & a piece on ‘Dirigibles, Airships, Zeppelins & Blimps’;
o WHERE: information on countries involved in the war.
The Soldiers’ Stories Gallery contains diaries, letters & memories of those who fought.
Similarly, the Human Face of War Gallery includes ‘real stories’ from individuals who experienced the war at the front (eg. The Army Chaplain, The Private, The Conscript, The German Officer) as well as at home (eg. The Mother, The Munitions Worker).
This site also contains information on Major Battles and Women at War, as well as Daily Mirror headlines from the time.
The Wilfred Owen Audio Gallery includes poetry, whilst Western Front Animation allows you to take a look at the battlefields and take a virtual tour of a trench.
Click on the Encyclopaedia of the First World War in the Contents column on the homepage and it will take you to an exhaustive list of topics on the war, including Weapons, Battles, War Literature, Women at War, British Home Front, Trench War, Strategies and Tactics.
Includes lots of information on the war, for example... Women in WW1, propaganda, Animals & WW1, Christmas 1914, Battles, Trench Warfare, Food in Trenches, Weapons, Individuals.
www.pitt.edu/~pugachev/greatwar/ww1.html (The Great War 1914 – 1918)
Useful for Women in the Great War, Personal Stories, Poetry, France and Germany in the Great War as well as other topics.
Includes ‘Links’ to other sites.
Gives an overview of the battlefields on the Western Front and contains information on cemeteries and memorials.
www.1914-1918.net (The Story of the British Army in the Great War of 1914 – 1918)
Take a Tour of the Battlefields, find out what life was like In the Trenches, read War Diaries and biographies of Ordinary Heroes.
This area of the site focuses mainly on the fighting on the Western Front but you may find something useful on Killing Machines, Over the Top (includes war diaries) or The Trench Experience.