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The Great War (WWI)

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Remembrance Organizations
"The First World War killed fewer victims than the Second World War, destroyed fewer buildings, and uprooted millions instead of tens of millions - but in many ways it left even deeper scars both on the mind and on the map of Europe. The old world never recovered from the shock. "  Edmond Taylor, in The Fossil Monarchies
  Growing up in the 70's and 80's, World War One wasn't even on the pop radar save for Snoopy and vague notions of trenches and stupidity.  The next war got more press, both for the enemy's atrocities and for the good guy's heroics.  Korea was a presence if for no other reason than it had its own prime-time dramady, and Viet Nam was just becoming something beyond the elephant in the room.  It seems that only now, when the Great War is on the cusp of passing from living memory, people are taking an interest.  Better late than never, I suppose.  Would a blockbuster movie have helped?
General Sites

An excellent, very comprehensive website on World War I, from the Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia.

Another site, First World, edited by Michael Duffy.
Trenches on the Web: An Internet History of The Great War.  Also a comprehensive site.
The First World War: Sources for History from the British national archives.
The Long, Long Trail: British army in the Great War.

The History of the British Army in the Great War (The Homepage of the 7th Royal Irish Rifles Re-enactors, GWA).

In The Trenches: The Soldier's Experience in World War I - from the soldier's perspective.  Includes a bibliography of WWI memoirs and diaries available on the web.  Includes The Great War in Numbers, and sorted casualty figures.

The Heritage of the Great War: an "unorthodox" website focusing on the human costs of the war. Includes many photos of casualties.
List of sites from Best History Websites.
Comprehensive list of links from
Novosel's WWI site.
Many, many links about the War
World War I links by Pam Robinson "so that the Torch will continue to be held high."
The Great War Remembered
Atlas maps from the U.S. Military Academy. 

Military Plans and The First World War by Lyn Gorman.  Discusses how pre-war plans by each power contributed to the war.

Brief history of the war, from a Billy Bishop web site.

A timeline of the war, including pertinent events from the 19th century.

Hellfire Corner: Tom Morgan's Great War site.

BBC World War One page.
First World War in the News
Canada remembers World War One.
A page featuring links about the Western Front

Some pages on gas warfare: One from Trenches on the WebGermany's Use of Chemical Warfare, and Classification and Methods of Use of War Gases

Photos of the Great War
ANZAC DAY, with links to ANZAC related sites.

An impressive-looking Gallipoli site, and Another Gallipoli site.  And another.

A page on the Western Front which seems to focus on Ypres. 

Head wounds were especially common in trench warfare; Project Facade is a look at pioneering facial reconstruction.  Faces of War is a Smithsonian article about the art of creating masks for the disfigured.
WWI Forum from Military
PRI looks at Armistice Day, including interviews and photos of letters.
The Battle of Hamel: where lessons painfully learned were put into practice effectively.
Landships: website for WWI military hardware.
Specifications on the M1917, which is the American version of the French Renault FT-17.

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National Focus
The Doughboy Center: the story of the American Expeditionary Forces.
Much has been said about Alvin York.  Seldom do you hear about the Other Sixteen who fought with him
"Diggers" and "Doughboys": Australian and American troop interaction on the Western Front, 1918
Belgian Army site.
La Grande Guerra: The Italian Front.
Turkey in the First World War.

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The Air War

Watson's WWI Fighter Page

The Aerodrome: Aces and Aircraft of World War One.
WWI Aviation page.

Cross & Cockade International researches and publishes information on all aspects of the First World War in the air, 1914 - 1918.

Timeless Voices of Aviation: Collecting first-person oral history recordings from individuals who have impacted aviation.
Waterfront Pictures presents two documentaries: War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator and Lafayette Escadrille
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome: Museum in New York State featuring a large collection of early aircraft.

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Diaries, Letters, and Assorted Documents
World War I Document Archive
First World War Official Histories.

The diary of  Robert Lindsay Mackay, OBE, MC, MB, CHB, MD, DPH, "giving an account of his day-to-day life with the 11th Batallion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders from 1915 until the end of the war."  Presented by his son.

Clayton M. Sherwood: Diary of Foreign Service, August 1917 to February 1919

Letters from the Great War

Memoirs, Memorials and Remembrances
Stories from the Veterans' History Project.
Diaries from regiments in East and West Surrey.
History 119th Infantry, 60th Brigade, 30th Division, U. S. A. Operations in Belgium and France, 1917-1919 

Life at Camp Funston: Reflections of Army Sergeant Charles L. Johnston.

Counter-Attack: A site about Siegfried Sassoon and others.
How to track down draft registration records from the war.

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Music of the Great War.  A midi site with lyrics.
Music from and about the Great War.
More music files from WWI.
Vintage recordings for download.
Old Time Victrola Music sells CDs of period music, including several collections of WWI tunes.
Dark Laughter -- War in Song and Popular Culture.  Includes WWI.
A poetry page with links to the Great War poetry.
Slang from the Great War 
Slang from the Australian Imperial Force.
Legends and Traditions of the Great War
Color photos from the war.
Archive of photos from the period.

My Grandpa was 120 miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia, when a munitions ship blew up in 1917.  He said the earth shook.  It was the biggest man-made explosion until the first atomic bomb detonation.  Here is a page, with some links, to the Halifax Explosion. And from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. And a site on the explosion.

The amazing story of WWI Choctaw code-talkers. And another writeup.

A page about communications intelligence in World War One.
 Company K: based on the WWI novel by William March.
The transcript of a presentation by Joseph Persico about the pointlessly-heavy fighting on the morning of November 11, 1918.

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 On the custom of "sounding the Last Post," (from the Australian War Memorial site) and an audio clip of the Last Post.
Veteran's Day Links on the Web
Page dedicated to the various holidays which honor war veterans (Remembrance Day, ANZAC Day, etc.)
Aftermath: A webpage dedicated to the memory of the fallen and to the lives of those who lived on.
Gone West: a page honoring the remaining Great War survivors.
A message forum thread following the survivors. From the Victoria Cross Reference page.
Surviving Veterans of the First World War, from Wikipedia.
Last Tommy Gallery, from the BBC.
Recording the Living History of WWI.  And an NPR story on the project
Remembering the Great War on the US DoD site.
Article: World War One: Misrepresentation of a Conflict.
Monuments, Memorials, and Cemeteries of the AEF.
Website for the World War I Memorial Foundation.
An article on Moina Michael, founder of the memorial poppy.
Australian War Memorial home page features extensive information, data and articles.
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Canada Remembers.
War Monuments in Canada.
Canada's Books of Remembrance.
The Official Website of the Liberty Memorial Museum, the U.S. National WWI Museum.
The endangered WWI Memorial in Washington DC, and some more history about the memorial. And more photos. And another article
World War One Battlefields: information on visiting the sites, with photos from the battles.
In Flanders Fields Museum
Sittingbourne Remembers.
Ders Des Ders: A French site about the surviving veterans of the Great War.

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Organizations, Living History and Equipment
The Western Front Association: Historical interest society with a fine website.

The Great War Society: UK Based WW1 British based group depicting Tommies and Imperial German troops.

The Great War Association: Based in Pennsylvania.

Peter's Great War Reenacting Page: Includes a list of Great War reenacting groups.

Pershing's Doughboys:  WWI U.S. Army living history group in Britain.
Great War Aerodrome: a gathering of enthusiasts.
AEF Supply: Reproduction American Military Uniforms & Equipment.  Here is the WWI section.
Military Marketplace
Sentimental Journey Ltd.: British Militaria, 1914-1965.  Replicas of clothes, paperwork, etc.
No Man's Land: combat militaria of the world wars.
Great War Digital: PC software with geo-referenced maps from the western front.

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