First World War Poetry Digital Archive

"Western Front" web sites

36 online resources. This is page 1 of 4.
An unfortunate region
This site, written and edited by Marco Hoveling and Peter van den Heuvel, is dedicated to the history of the battlefields of the First World War. The site is not only concerned with the events that took place at the various locations, but also features news and information on their current status as memorials to the dead. The authors are well-known and respected WWI enthusiasts, and this site is testimony to their dedication to the subject. The site includes detailed information about cemeteries, battlefields, debris, hardware, individuals, and a special section on the Netherlands. The…
ANZAC 2008 in the Somme
The Anzac 2008 website, established by the Council of the Department of the Somme in northern France, is intended to provide information about the First World War and assist those wishing to visit the region. It is aimed particularly at visitors from Australia and New Zealand, two of the countries whose troops fought in the battles of the Somme.The site links to the official Battlefields of the Somme website, which hosts a clickable map of the region that brings up information on the battles fought during the Great War. Although the accounts of the battles are often fairly brief, they …
Battle of the Somme
The Battle of the Somme is an online exhibition from the Imperial War Museum, focusing on: the battle; its context within the First World War as a whole; and the impact it had on the lives of those involved. The exhibition is divided into three main sections: 'The Battle'; 'Personal Stories'; and 'The Somme Revisited'. Each section is illustrated with photographs of: key figures; places; and artefacts; as well as contemporary film footage. The individual war experiences documented include names such as: J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas Haig; and Robert Graves, in addition to the less well kn…
Battlefields of the Somme, The
The Battlefields of the Somme is an online mouthpiece of the Somme Tourist Board and elaborates on historical tours of the areas where famous First World War battles took place from July to November 1916 and also in 1918. A simple, easily navigable, graphic timeline provides historical photographs spanning World War I. Also offered here are: a short bibliography; brief essays on important officers, politicians, poets, writers and artists associated with the Somme; and descriptions of life during and after the war. There is however, little further substantial historical information h…
BBC : World War One
The BBC website on the First World War consists of a number of essays by well-known historians about various aspects of the conflict. The material is organised in several chapters: Descent into War; Campaigns and Battles; The World at War; The Human Experience; Trenches - The virtual tour; Debates; and Making Peace. These chapters include topics such as: The Origins of World War One; From Disaster to Victory, the British Army from 1916-1918; War and Revolution in Russia 1914-1921; the Middle East during the war; the roles of British colonial countries such as India and Australia; the …
Edmund Blunden
The Edmund Blunden website, set up by Blunden's family, aims to promote a better understanding of his poetry and prose amongst a modern audience. The site provides a short introduction to Blunden and his work, and gives access to a variety of items relating to his life including: news items concerning Blunden and World War I-related topics; short articles on Blunden's life by his family and others; selected poems; bibliographies; a biography; and selected images of Blunden himself. There is also a short section of links to related websites and a frequently asked questions page. The …
Edmund Blunden at war
The Edmund Blunden at War website aims to tell "the military story of Edmund Blunden during the First World War". The site, part of the World War One Poets on the Battlefield pages, gives a short history of the poet's military career, and also provides: recent photographs of relevant battle sites; short descriptions of the battles Blunden fought in; and pictures of related memorials. This site concentrates more on military history rather than Blunden's poems, but would be of interest to anyone studying the poet's life as background to his literary works.
First world war [Channel 4 documentary]
The website "The First World War" was developed to accompany the Channel 4 series with the same title broadcast in 2003, adapted from the book by Hew Strachan. It covers the major events and actions of WWI as well as commenting on the controversies surrounding the Great War. These include issues such as: the cause of the outbreak of war; the deadlock on the Western Front; the realities of life in the trenches; the role of the Ottoman Turks; persecutions on the Eastern Front; code-breaking; the American involvement; and the war's conclusion. The site features a timeline, biographies of …
First world war.com
First World War.com is an online multimedia history of the First World War, edited by enthusiast Michael Duffy. The material on the site is not peer-reviewed, and as such the Editor advises against using it for teaching purposes, however, the site is well-designed and attractive and would be of interest to students of the Great War. The site can be navigated via menus of key battles and major themes across the masthead. Work on the content of the site is ongoing, and includes features and information on: battles; weaponry/gas; poets and prose; life in the trenches; the Christmas Truce;…
Great war 1914 - 1918
The Great War 1914 - 1918 website provides virtual tours of selected First World War battles that took place on the Western Front. The site gives blow-by-blow accounts of some of the battles, supported with eyewitness accounts from both German and Allied soldiers. Descriptions and photographs (contemporary and modern) of the battlefields, war cemeteries and memorials are also included. There are also: sound files (including a recording ot he Last Post being played); advice on tracing ancestors who participated in the Great War; and information on recent commemorative events and muse…