Research resources

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Whether you’ve recently become interested in the First World War or would like to build on what you already know about it, there are plenty of online resources to help you.

For background reading and historical context, try some of the following:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Histories section on its website features information on some of the most important Western Front battles of the First World War, illustrated by maps and photographs.

The National Archives hold vast resources for exploring the history of the First World War. This mini-site shows how their sources can be used to study the war.

The BBC History pages about the First World War offer a wealth of information, from contemporary newspaper accounts to articles written by a number of leading historians and an animated map of the Western Front.

Explore a variety of First World War topics in greater depth on the IWM website.

The Canadian War Museum’s First World War site features a comprehensive overview of the conflict plus information on various themes of the war, all illustrated by items from the museum’s collections.

The National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, has a website full of information about America’s involvement in the First World War, including online exhibits full of images and facts. You can also explore the museum’s collections online.

The In Flanders Fields Museum website features resources about the effect the First World War had on the region, including an interactive timeline biographies.

Learn about New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War in this site produced by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

For more specific areas of interest or research, here are just some examples of what can be found online:

Find primary source material for medicine during the First World War from the Wellcome Library.

Mapping our Anzacs’, from the National Archives of Australia, allows users to find particular service personnel and add information about them to an online scrapbook. An interactive world map shows where those who became Anzac troops were born and enlisted.

The National Army Museum has put together information about the role of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACs) during the First World War. Find out about how women were recruited, trained and deployed.

Go behind the scenes and find out how the British cabinet ran the war with this site from the UK National Archives, featuring primary source material.

The Auckland War Memorial Museum site allows you to search the records of New Zealanders who fought in the First World War.

The National Library of Scotland has a fascinating range of official photographs from the First World War to browse through.

Find content and information on a variety of topics in these sites from the Canadian War Museum:
Canadian war art
Canadian wartime propaganda
The Battle of Vimy Ridge
and the role of Canada’s navy in the First World War

Forever India’ by CWGC tells the story of some of the 160,000 Indian servicemen and women who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

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