First World War Poetry Digital Archive

"Western Front" web sites

36 online resources. This is page 2 of 4.
Great war and the shaping of the 20th century
The site "The Great War: The Shaping of the 20th Century" is a companion to the PBS television series about the First World War aired in 1996. Developed in association with the BBC and the Imperial War Museum (London), the site contains a number of multimedia features. For a start, the site contains complete synopses of the series. There are also many programme excerpts.The site also contains edited transcripts of many of the interviews used in the series. European and American experts speak on subjects ranging from the Birth of Modernity, to Hitler, to the Russian Bread Riots. There a…
Great War archaeology group (GWAG)
This is the homepage of the Great War Archaeology Group (GWAG), which carries out archaeological field research of sites associated with World War I. Based on the work of independent and academically-based archaeologists, this group's mission statement notes that members "share broad anti-war and anti-imperialist views, and ... aim to develop projects that are international and non-partisan." The group intends to be relevant both to the public at large and to scholars. Mission statements and research reports are downloadable, with the former available in several languages. At the t…
Imperial war museum online exhibitions
This outstanding website features online exhibitions published by the Imperial War Museum. Each exhibition deals with an aspect of warfare, and the topics range from the First and Second World Wars to the Greenham Common protests during the Cold War. The twenty-one exhibitions all deal with twentieth century wars and campaigns that have had British involvement. Included are exhibitions on war artists Edward Ardizzone, H.S. Williamson and Mervyn Peake, a display about the British home front during the Second World War, Enigma and code-breaking, and Christmas during war years, as well as…
Infantryman's diary
The Tyne and Wear Archive Service have placed online the First World War diary kept by William Falcus who served with the 63rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, but who originated from Sandyford, Newcastle. The fifteen page diary covers his enlistment at Edmonton, Canada (June 1915) and training and transport to Britain, his impressions on travelling through France and conditions during fighting on the Western Front in June 1916 around Ypres, Belgium. You need the Flash player to browse through the images of the diary, and to read the transcripts of each page. You can also…
Isaac Rosenberg : Birkbeck's war poet
This web page contains the text of a lecture given to Birkbeck College about the First World War poet, Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918). Rosenberg grew up in a poor Jewish family, enlisting in the army in 1915. His most famous poem is probably 'Break of Day in the Trenches', although 'Dead Man's Dump' and 'The Immortals' are also well known. This lecture looks at the poet's background and education and surveys the verse he produced in response to WWI.
L'archéologie aérienne dans la France du Nord
The website "Aerial Archaeology in Northern France" explores the possibilites offered by this archaeological method appplied to the region Picardie, Somme and Churmont. First developed as a result of wartime military photography during the First World War and later in the deserts of the Middle East during the 1920s, aerial archaeology has become a major tool for studying and reconstructing ancient landscape features, many of which are otherwise invisible from the ground. The method and practice of aerial archaeology was pioneered in the 1950sarchaeologist Roger Agache in the rural lan…
Lost poets of the Great War
Lost poets of the Great War is a website devoted to poets killed in World War I. The poets commemorated are: Rupert Brooke; John McCrae; Wilfred Owen; Isaac Rosenberg; Alan Seeger; and Edward Thomas. For each poet, there is a short biography and a selection of poems. There are also poems by: Mary Henderson; Alice Meynell; Margaret Sackville; Edgell Rickwood; Ernest Hemingway; and Muriel Stuart. Other features include: a sound file of a letter from Wilfred Owen to Sir Osbert Sitwell in July 1918; responses of various poets to John McCrae's 'Flanders Fields'; and a discussion of Christia…
Mines rescue history UK
The website "MInes Rescue History UK" reflects the history of the Mines Rescue Teams who were established to deal with accidents and disasters in mines in the United Kingdom. The site is published by an enthusiast who has accumulated a great deal of information about this aspect of industrial history. The site is easy enough to navigate, although the design could stand some improvement. The narrative content covers the establishment of the Mines Rescue Teams, a century by century list of mining disasters from 1700 onwards, information about the Mines Rescue during the First World War,…
No man's land : the European group for great war archaeology
This is the website of No Man's Land : The European Group for Great War Archaeology. The group is involved in a number of archaeological digs relating to battlefields of the the First World War. Indeed as the 'Trench Team' (precursors of No Man's Land) the group were involved in the dig at Auchonvillers ('Ocean Villas'). The group is also leading an archaeological excavation around the Battle of Messines in 1917 (the project is called Plugstreet) with the Comines-Warneton Historical Society, in collaboration with the UK Ministry of Defence and academic departments including the Univers…
Ocean Villas project
The Ocean Villas project website reports on efforts to interpret the archaeology of the First World War at Auchonvillers, France. The Ocean Villas Project has been running since 1997. The project is looking at behind the front lines activity at Auchonvillers, on the Somme, and is excavating and (re)constructing communication trenches and dugouts in the village. The study included here concentrates on the way that Auchonvillers was integrated into the complex system that was the Western Front, the facilities and fortifications that were constructed in the village and what now remains of…