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NetherlandsMars et Historie - Nederlandse Vereniging voor Militaire Historie
UKThe Royal British Legion
UKInert Ordnance Collectors | BOCN logo
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UKNaval & Military Press Military History Books

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GENERAL

UK

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations world-wide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.

USA

First World War.org
Information about the First World War.

USA

The Great War Society
The Great War Society encourages discussion, learning, scholarship and independent research on the events surrounding the First World War.

UK

Hellfire Corner
On this web-site you will find articles on various aspects of the Great War.

Belgium

The Heritage of the Great War
Another great reference site in part English and Flemish. Great source for illustrations and background information.

France

Mémoire des hommes
This website gives the public access to databases created from the digitalization and indexation of biographical records preserved in the services of the ministry of defence. It also aims to honour the memory of those who took part in contemporary wars and sometimes gave their lives for their country.

UK

Shot at Down
Over three-hundred innocent British and Commonwealth soldiers were brutally gunned down by the authorities, not in the name of justice, but as a stupid, spiteful and shameful example to others. Most were clearly suffering from shell-shock. This website exposes the farce of so-called military justice. According to official statistics only 48 death sentences were carried out in the German Army between 1914 and 1918. Most of the French soldiers who were executed were condemned for fleeing in the face of the enemy (this term was also applied to combatants who deliberately wounded themselves to avoid going to the front), as well as for desertion, refusal to obey orders, dishonorable conduct and assaults on a superior officer (occasionally even the murder of an officer). A total of around 600 soldiers were executed.

USA

Trenches on the Web
Very interesting site with lots of information on the First World War and many links to other sources on the Internet. Don't miss it.

Belgium

Van den Grooten Oorlog
One of the very few sites in Dutch on the subject of World War One and an absolute must if you understand the lingo. Lots of well written articles (quite informative).

USA

Versailles Treaty of 1919
The Complete Versailles Treaty (all 440 articles!), and much more.

Germany

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.
The German War Graves Commission is a public service organisation. Duties: acquisition, maintenance and care of the German War Graves and preservation of the memory to the sacrifices of war and despotism.

Belgium

Westhoek - The Great War in Flanders Field
From 1914 to 1918 the 'Westhoek', the western part the Province of West-Flanders, i.e. the area of Nieuwpoort, Diksmuide, Ieper (Ypres), Poperinge, was the scene of the Great War. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers of more than 20 nationalities fell in this conflict. After the often pointless battles and vast destruction, the Westhoek rose from its ashes. Today the Westhoek wants to spread a message of peace all over the world, with the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, the IJzertoren in Diksmuide, the numerous military cemeteries, the war memorials and sites.

USA

The World War I Document Archive
Great source for almost all kind of documents related in one way or another to the period 1914-1918.


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COUNTRIES

UK

The Accrington Pals
Dedicated to the memory of the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington) East Lancashire Regiment, better known as the Accrington Pals.

Australia

Australia in World War One
Absolutely the best site there is on Australian Forces in WW1. Lots and lots of information.

UK

Austro-Hungarian Land Forces 1848-1918
The aim of this site is to document the organisational history of the land forces of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy from just prior to the outbreak of the Great War until the collapse of the monarchy in 1918.

Belgium

Belgian War graves
Belgian soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1918.

Australia

Digger History
An unofficial history of the Australian & New Zealand Armed Services

New Zealand

New Zealand and the Great War 1914-1918
A mixture of essays, articles and research gathered from the sources listed in the bibliography.

UK

Scots at War
A Scottish Military History Web Project, concentrating on the 20th Century. These pages are respectfully dedicated as a tribute to the endeavours of all Scots who served their country in the armed and civilian services in the 20th century.

Ireland

Ulster & Irish Divisions
The centre commemorates the involvement of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions in the Battle of the Somme, the 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine and provides displays and information on the entire Irish contribution to the First World War.


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VARIOUS

USA

The Aerodrome
All you need to know about WW1 aeroplanes, aces and pilot's medals & decorations. Recommended.

Germany

Alpine Front
Another fine site with maps, information and battlefield relics.

Sweden

The "Archaeology" of the Western Front 1914-1918
Food for thought with regard to the socalled battlefield archaeology on the former Western Front in France and Belgium.

Netherlands

The Battle of Verdun
Another, relatively new Dutch website, on Verdun.

Belgium

Before 1919
The study, preservation and collection of Great War Militaria. Visit this site in case you are also a keen collector of WW1 militaria.

Belgium

The Diggers
The Diggers are a team of enthusiasts diggings for World War I relics. We often refer to ourselves as amateur-archaeologists, hoping that the 'real' professional archaelogists will not take offence at this, as our field is a lot more limited. For the past years we have been active especially on a Boezinge battlefield site (near Ypres (Ieper), in the west of Belgium).

Germany

Fortresses around Verdun
German site describing the various fortresses in the vicinity of Verdun.

Italy

La Grande Guerra 1915-1918
Italian site with lost and lost of interesting photos of many historical places one can visit. Although the entire site is in Italian the pictures will speak for themselves.

Belgium

The Great War in a different light
Accounts and Galleries from Great War books and magazines with more than 4500 authentic period photos and illustrations.

USA

Lovett Artillery Collection
Leon and Ralph Lovett’s private collection of Artillery, Anti-Tank Guns, Naval Artillery, and Mortars. This collection is used for study of historic artillery and ordnance related technology from 1800-1957. Collection contains a nice selection of WW1 related artillery pieces.

USA

Military Badges
The Booker Collection is a selection of military badges, including many Australian and NZ, drawn or collected by the owner.

UK

Old Contemptible's
Named in honour of the Old Contemptible, or, in other words, the individual British soldier who, with his comrades, formed the British Expeditionary Force which travelled to France and Flanders in August 1914.

France

Les plaques d'identité allemandes 1869-1918
Great site on German identity disks (dogtags).

Netherlands

Propaganda Postcards of the Great War
A very fine collection of World War One (propaganda)postcards.

UK

Trench Art of the Great War And Related Souvenirs
Trench art items made during the war were in fact created at a distance from the front line trenches either by soldiers ‘at rest’ behind the front lines, by skilled artisans among the civilian population, by prisoners of war, or by soldiers convalescing from wounds as handicraft therapy.

UK

Trench Art of World War 1
Trench Art of World War 1: every piece has a story, but usually its secrets are undiscovered. Made in a variety of forms, by Soldiers, Seamen, Airmen, the Chinese Labour Corps, Prisoners-of-War, the Wounded, Disabled Servicemen, Civilians, Internees or commercially as souvenirs.

Netherlands

An Unfortunate Region
A website about the Great War battlefields and individuals.

Germany

Verdun.
About Verdun and its many fortresses.

Germany

Verdun 1914-1918
Another extensive website on Verdun's fortresses, fortified shelters and other places of interest to visit in the Verdun area.

Netherlands

Western Front Association Nederland
The Netherlands branch of the Western Front Association is aimed at studying the history of the First World War (WW I) - particularly that of the western front - in all its aspects.

USA

World War One Remembered
This site is a project launched by historians of World War One who are also collectors of military items of the time frame.


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MUSEUMS

Australia

Australian War Memorial
The Western Front gallery focuses on the major battles fought by Australians in France and Belgium, which included Pozières in 1916, and Mont St Quentin in 1918. Both of these actions are among those depicted through large dioramas, memorabilia, and paintings. A series of smaller dioramas illustrates the process of evacuating wounded Australians from the front. Uniforms, field guns and other items of technology are displayed in the gallery.

UK

The Bovington Tank Museum
First World War Trench Exhibition - Tanks on the Somme.

Germany

Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
The Collection Militaria comprises historical weapons, armors, uniforms, flags, medals, decorations, as well as military graphics and prints. German history from the Middle Ages to World War I constitutes its center.

Belgium

In Flanders Fields Museum
What was it like to be a soldier?The trenches, the battles, no man's land, the weapons, medical care, fatigue,entertainment, mental health... And how did civilians cope?

Austria

Heeresgeschichtliche Museum
Two rooms are dedicated to the war which had so far reaching results for the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

France

L'Historial de la Grande Guerre
Through the parallel histories of the three main protagonists, France, Germany and Great Britain, the Historial explains the war, its origins and its consequences. It offers a cultural vision of the first world-wide conflict as it was lived by soldiers and civilians.

France

Hôtel National des Invalides - Paris
The collections of the Army Museum depict well the diversity of the social and ethnic backgrounds of the men who were enlisted compulsory: the infantryman coming from the countryside or the colonial troops which were shipped over to France from all distant parts of the French colonial Empire.

UK

The Imperial War Museum
The multi-branch national museum of the history of war and wartime life from 1914.

UK

Liverpool Scottish Regimental Museum Trust
A permanent physical museum to hold the collection of objects and archival material is longer feasible. However modern technology does allow the Trust to fulfill its remit in other ways.To this end a series of programmes and projects to digitize the collection before disposal and preserve the archive are underway. Part of the results of these efforts are presented here as an online museum. Like a physical museum 'exibits' will come and go so expect periodic changes to the site

France

Mémorial de Verdun
The Verdun Memorial is a war memorial to commemorate the Battle of Verdun, fought in 1916 as part of the First World War. It is situated on the battlefield, close to the destroyed village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont in the département of Meuse in North-Eastern France.
It was built during the 1960s, financed by Maurice Genevoix and has been open to the public since September 17, 1967. It remembers both French and German combatants as well as the civilian populations lost during the Battle of Verdun. Furthermore it is a military museum which displays French and German armaments (including rifles, machine guns and field artillery), military vehicles, uniforms and equipment of both French and German troops during the battle. Over time it has become more of an educational museum than a commemorative monument in an effort to keep younger generations aware of their communal heritage. It also contains a movie theater projecting relevant period films on the battle, a research facility, a library, and a bookstore.

France

Musée des Abris
The Museum of the Shelters/Somme 1916 has its entrance near the Basilica and you can explore the daily life of the soldiers in the trenches, and observe the evolution of the armies and the introduction of new methods of warfare including the use of gas or fire.

Austria

Museum 1915 - 1918
In an attempt to caution against war, and a desire for peace in Europe, the Museum accurately documents the WWI Front from the Ortler Mountains to the plains of the Isonzo.

Italy

Museo della Grande Guerra (1915-1918) in Marmolada
In the Museum are shown personal and war relics of both the parts and reproductions of photos and documents of the period collected by the Historical Office of General staff of the Italian Army, by the War Archives in Vienna, by the Heeregeschichtliches museum in Vienna, by the Keiserjäger museum and by the Keiserschützen museum in Innsbruck.

Italy

Museo della Guerra Bianca in Adamello 1915-1918
The museum is composed of three large exhibition halls and three connecting corridors. Here you can find the material displayed, nearly all of which has been collected from the Adamello glaciers by volunteers during many years of searching.

Italy

Rovini Collection
The rooms of the former Elementary School in Tresché Conca (Roana, Italy) host the permanent Collection of findings of World War 1st realized by Giancarlo and Stefano Rovini. The patient and passionate research carried out for over thirty years on the main battle fields allowed the gathering and the conservation of a considerable mass of materials and findings: from the rests of the daily trench life to individual protections, from working tools to an interesting and complete exhibition of hand grenades.

Belgium

Royal Museum of the Army and Military History
The Army Museum is justifiably proud of its collection from the First World War. In terms of size, originality and diversity, it can be regarded as the most important collection in the world.

Austria

Tiroler Kaiserjäger Museum
The Tiroler Kaiserjägermuseum is a regimental museum of the 4 regiments of Tiroler Kaiserjäger. The regiment was founded in 1816 after several reinforcements it was devided into 4 Regiments in 1895. These regiments are part of the common Imperial Austrian Army. The museum was first opened in 1880. In the museum you will find infantery and some artillery weapons, equipment and uniforms from 1800 up to 1918. Also on display are numerous paintings of commanders, Austrian emperors and battle scenes (for example 1848/49, 1859, 1866 Northern Italy, 1878 Bosnia, First World War Russian and Italian front).

USA

United States Army Ordnance Museum
The United States Army Ordnance Museum was established in 1919 to exhibit and preserve captured enemy materiel, and also certain United States ordnance materiel which had been shipped to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for testing purposes. This exhibit served as a reservoir of information for the systematic study of various types of equipment which is always an important part of the program in the design of new weapons.


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PLACE TO STAY

FranceWe personally recommend 'Camping Les Breuils' - Verdun (France). Excellent service & fair prices.

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