WW1 LINKS on the WWW

Passchendaele Prints – Søren Hawkes

Links to sites of interest connected with WW1, and visiting battlefields.

We might have studied the World Wars in our history textbooks with a focus on the major strategies use, causes, large-scale destructions, major wins and losses and big heroes. However, there are many lesser known, but very difficult battles executed by small divisions and battalions creating many unsung heroes of the World War and memorials.  Many present-day countries have even got inspired by their fighting spirit, much like the mining spirit of the users of Quantum Code, unwilling of accepting loses.

GENERAL WW1 SITES BOOK PUBLISHERS/DEALERS
RESEARCH/MUSEUM SITES BATTLEFIELD ACCOMMODATION
CANADIAN SITES WAR MEMORIALS
REGIMENTS/UNITS MAPS
FRENCH SECTOR WW1 EDUCATIONAL
If you have a site you want added, then drop me an email.

GENERAL WW1 SITES

Great War Discussion Forum – excellent place to discuss the subject. Recommended.

The Western Front Association

Hell Fire Corner

The British Army In The Great War – excellent WW1 resource site by Chris Baker. Recommended.

Old Contemptible

Iron Harvest – Casualty family histories, books maps and battlefield information.

The Regimental War Path – History of Regiments/Divisions

Kitchener’s Men – A 1914-18 Resource Site

The Diggers – Belgian WW1 Archaeology Group

First World War.com – A multimedia history of World War One.

Counter – Attack – WW1 war Poets

An Unfortunate Region – Dutch WW1 site [in English]

The “Archaeology” of the Western Front 1914-1918 – Excellent archaeology site by Nils Fabiansson.

Henry Williamson Society – key author who served in WW1 and wrote numerous books and novels.

Pipers Memorial, Longueval – Memorial commemorating Pipers who fought in WW1.

Picardie 14-18 – Excellent new French site dedicated to the Somme battlefields.

Hello Tommy – new site with much useful information on visiting the battlefields.

New Zealand in the Great War – lots of interesting material on the NZ Division.

Ypres WW1 pages – excellent site by Simon Farr on the battlefields in Flanders.

Salonika Campaign Society – organisation dedicated to the Salonika campaign.

Military Fortifications of the World – resource site for military fortifications with much WW1 material.

Silent Witnesses – A guide to the First World War cemeteries and memorials on the Western Front.

Ypres 1914-1918 – site devoted to the battlefields in Flanders.

The Diggers’ War – excellent new site describing the Australian contribution to the war on the Western Front. Recommended.

The Centre for First World War Studies, Birmingham University – new study centre which welcomes membership. Recommended.

Remembering The Great War: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association – nice history site for the RDF.

The Great War in Flanders Fields – excellent website covering the battlefields in Flanders. Recommended.

Cecil Slack and the Great War – site based around the letters of Cecil Slack, 10th East Yorks.

War Graves Photos – service offering photos of WW1 war graves, memorials and cemeteries.

World War 1: 1914-1918 – Dutch site in English, with good links.

Trench Maps – excellent site reviewing the Trench Map CD Rom and suggesting other possibilities.

Signallers in the Great War – information on Signals work and equipment.

Cross and Cockade – Society for those interested in the war in the air.

Your Loving Brother Albert – the letters of Albert French, killed at Ypres aged 16. Recommended.

The Last Post Committee – official website for the committee which organises the Last Post at the Menin Gate. Recommended.

ARHAM Website – French Association devoted to the battlefields between Armentieres and Loos. Recommended.

Salient Points – new WW1/WW2 website with battlefield information and books.

Front Line London – new WW1/WW2 website dedicated to London’s military history by Clive Harris.

World War One: Carte de Route – excellent site with guides to the battlefields.

Battle of Hamel – excellent site about one part of the 1918 Somme battlefields.

Wanted Death Plaques – site for those wishing to trace WW1 memorial plaques and medals.

World War One Battlefields – new website dedicated to WW1 battlefields.

Somme Battlefields – new and excellent site on the Somme by the local authorities. Recommended.

The Great War – excellent site dedicated to WW1 battlefields with much info on 2nd Ypres. Recommended.

Ploegsteert Memorial – site dedicated to the memorial in Belgium.

WW1 Cemeteries – useful site with details of all CWGC cemeteries in Belgium and France.

Paths of Glory – new website with a heavy leaning to trench maps. Recommended.

Pro Patria Mori: Gommecourt 1st July 1916 – excellent new site about the 56th (London) Division attack on the Somme.

Cambrai Battlefields Today – excellent site covering this part of the battlefields. new website!

WAR MEMORIALS

Friends of War Memorials.

Cartmel War Memorial.

Chailey 1914-18 – Sussex.

Cullompton War Memorial Project Website

Highland Archives – Caithness Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 (Army)

‘Doomed Youth’ – The War Dead of the Woolwich Polytechnic 1914 – 1919

Sittingbourne Remembers

The Thin Blue Line – Sussex and Surrey police officers who fell in WW1.

Cambridgeshire War Memorials & Rolls of Honour

The Northallerton Memorials Project

Lincolnshire Village Memorials

Great War Churches – project to record war memorials in UK churches (mainly Sussex/Kent).

New Zealand Armed Forces Memorial Project – to record NZ memorials and cemeteries.

Lancing War Memorial – roll of honour of the men from this Sussex town.

South African War Graves Project – to record South African war graves, memorials and cemeteries from WW1 onwards.

Tadcaster War Memorials – excellent site listing details of war memorials in the Tadcaster area.

Isle of Wight War Memorials – good coverage with many photos. new website!

Buckinghamshire Remembers – good coverage of war memorials. new website!

Cravens Part in the Great War – excellent site with much information. new website!

RESEARCH/MUSEUM SITES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Imperial War Museum

The National Archives (formerly Public Records Office)

Australian War Memorial

National Archives of Australia – AIF Service Records.

National Archives of Canada – WW1 records on-line.

Liddle Hart Centre for Military Archives

The National Army Museum

The Bovington Tank Museum

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

Victoria Cross Reference – details of all VC winners including WW1. Recommended.

London Gazette – trace WW1 honours & awards.

Hooge Crater – excellent museum at Ypres.

Military Genealogy – new site making Soldiers Died In The Great War available on-line.

FRENCH SECTOR

Aisne: The Chemin des Dames

Verdun Project – German site – By Marcus Massing

Verdun – Swedish site

Butte de Vauquois

Verdun 1916

Ossuary – Douaumont

Memorial Museum – Fleury (Verdun)

The Lost Villages of Verdun
History of the village of SOUAIN

The Battle of Verdun – new Dutch site (in English).

Historique de Regiments – histories of French Regiments in WW1.

French War Dead – you can now trace WW1 French war dead on-line.

CANADIAN RELATED SITES

Canadian War Museum – Canadian equivalent of IWM. Much on-line information.

Veterans Affairs Canada

The Canadian Great War Homepage

The Canadian Books Of Remembrance

54th (Kootenay) Battalion Canadian Infantry

54th Battalion Honours & Awards –

85th Battalion Canadian Infantry

For King And Empire – excellent CEF site by author Norm Christie.

28th Bn Canadian Infantry – excellent battalion history site by Robert Lindsay.

Vimy Ridge: Canadian Victory – new site looking at the famous attack on Vimy Ridge.

CEF Study Group – news site and Forum for those interested in the CEF. Highly recommended.

REGIMENTS – UNITS

Royal Sussex Regiment Forum – mainly deals with 11/12/13th (South Downs) Battalions.

The Machine Gun Corps – Old Comrades Association

Regimental Museum of the Liverpool Scottish

16th (Irish) Division

Armed Forces in Kent – The Buffs, Royal West Kents, Kent Cyclists.

Tyneside Scottish & Irish – Northumberland Fusiliers

17th Welsh Regiment – War Diary 1916-18

1st Middlesex Regiment

The Black Watch Archive – not just about WW1, but good coverage.

Unofficial Lowther’s Lambs Web Site – 11th, 12th & 13th (South Downs) Bns Royal Sussex Regiment

7th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers – excellent site with much useful information.

1/5th South Staffs – mainly about trench raid in March 1917.

7th Wiltshire Regiment – history of the unit in Salonika.

15th West Yorks (Leeds Pals) – excellent web site about the Pals by Mike Wood.

Royal Berkshire Regiment – superb regimental museum website with all WW1 war diaries on line. Recommended.

The Accrington Pals – excellent site with much information. Recommended.

Labour Corps – site devoted to the history of the Labour Corps in WW1.

241st Brigade RFA – Royal Field Artillery study. URL Updated

Glorious Glosters – useful site for researching the Gloucestershire Regiment.

Veterinary Corps in WW1

8th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

Royal Warwickshire Regiment in WW1

Royal Dublin Fusiliers

21st Division – excellent history of this British division.

Royal Naval Division – focus on the Somme 13th November 1916. new website!

BOOKS – PUBLISHERS/DEALERS : WW1

Tom Morgan Military Books

Salient Points – excellent guide to WW1/WW2 books plus battlefield info and much more! Recommended.

Pen & Sword Books Ltd

Naval & Military Press

After The Battle – Major publishers of ‘Then & Now’ format

Osprey – Superb selection of uniform and campaign books.

Books by author Michael Stedman

CEF Books – Books about Canada in WW1.

Tempus Publishing

Orion Publishing Group

The Military History Bookshop

The Great War Magazine – the magazine dedicated to the Great War and to those who perished and to those who survived.

Williams Books – good source for books on Canadian Military History.

The Armourer Magazine – website of the excellent bi-monthly militaria magazine.

Battlefront Books – books for the Military Enthusiast and Researcher.

Major & Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide Books and Maps

WW1 EDUCATIONAL SITES

Skylark Living History – by Andrew Spooner: ‘Everyday life in the trenches’ and ‘Changing technology on the battlefield.

Fallen Heroes – excellent WW1 school site by Tideway Community School in Sussex.

BATTLEFIELD ACCOMMODATION : YPRES/SOMME

The Shell Hole – Hotel & Bookshop in Ypres.

Camalou B&B – Ypres Salient (nr Dickebusche)

Varlet Farm B&B – Ypres Salient (nr Passchendaele)

Essex Villa – new English run B&B at Langemarck, near Ypres.

Cherry Blossom B&B – new British owned B&B at Brandhoek, near Ypres.

Woodside B&B – Belgium owned B&B near Bruges and close to Flanders Fields.

Town of Albert – the main town on the Somme with links to local accommodation.

Le Tommy Bar Pozieres

Bernafay Wood B&B – Somme (nr Montauban)

Les Alouettes B&B Hardecourt – Somme (nr Guillemont)

B&B Le Sars – Somme.

B&B ‘La Martinierre’ Courcelles au Bois – Somme.

Chavasse Farm – Somme.

Chambres d’Hote de Evelyne & Jacky – new French B&B in Albert.

Dinnaken House – house to rent in Flers (Somme).

MAPS – MAP SUPPLIERS

Institute Geographique Nationale: France – Producers of the ‘Green’ & ‘Blue’ series.

Institute Geographique Nationale: Belgium

BOOKS BY PAUL REED MILITARY HISTORIAN BOOKS CURRENTLY IN PRINT

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aul Reed has written the following books in the ‘Battleground Europe’ series:

 

Walking The Somme
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courcelettebook.jpg (136437 bytes) Somme – Courcelette
comblescover.JPG (16703 bytes) Somme – Combles

 


FORTHCOMING BOOKS

   My next and final book in the ‘Battleground Europe’ series is Walking Arras, which should be out in early-2007. This will describe a number of walks on the Arras battlefields of 1917, covering such areas as Bullecourt, Monchy le Preux and Vimy Ridge. Once again it will contain many unique photos, including a number from German sources.

The Battle of Arras was fought between 9th of April and 16th of May in which the British troops tried to advance over the German troops in the French city. Even though the British list this as a successful advance on the Western Front of Europe, no major war breakthroughs were listed in the history of the World War 1. However, the long list of dramatic events involving the Allied forces and the German military makes it deserving of being recorded in the battle series.

The action had a deadline of forty-eight hours for the British army to break through the German defense and march forward into France. Germany countered the attack strongly, enabled by the vast areas of drenches which became hurdles for the British Army. The two Army units of Britain had casualties close to 1,60,000 while more than 1,20,000 German soldiers suffered casualties. The higher number of casualties on the winning side diminished the credits for this battle in which twenty-five Victoria Cross gallantry awards were given for the British soldiers.

The essence of the battle could be found in the war diary of the deceased poet Mr. Edward Thomas who was killed in shelling on the first day of the war, which had the maximum gains for the winning side. If evaluated strategically based on the war impacts, the battle could be compared on the opposite side of our modern day Crypto Code software which has carved a niche in terms of trading strategy, far superior to its competitors. There were literally no strategic achievements listed by war history experts in the records and most documents point negatively to the high number of winning side casualties in spite of the early advances. More details about the war hidden within the pages of my book.

  I also have several WW2 titles in the pipeline, including guide books to Arnhem, Italy and Normandy.

  Watch this space for further details!