Links to Organisations relating to the Great War
Imperial War Museum 90th Anniversary Site: Explore the Imperial War Museum's First World War collections and discover how its five branches are remembering the ninetieth anniversary of the Armistice.
The Commonwealth War Graves
This site is invaluable for tracing those who died in the First World War (and also the Second), giving personal details (although often very scanty) as well as information and location of the relevant Cemetery or memorial for a particular soldier. The site also serves to highlight the marvellous work that the CWGC perform in maintaining the Cemeteries and other sites, not only on the Western Front but in many other locations as well.
The Western Front
Keeping alive the memories of the soldiers of the First World War, plus copies of trench maps can be obtained by members.
The Imperial War Museum
Homepage of the Museum, containing information on their various museums, their displays and the collections they hold.
Links for Visiting the Somme
Albert town website
Some useful information if you play to stay in Albert, although now apparently only in French
Lots of useful information if you plan to base your visit in Amiens
Weather in France
Current information on the weather across France
Useful for route planning
Somme 1916: 90th Anniversary
Paul Reed's site set up for the 2006 90th anniversary of this bloody battle. Information on the memorials, cemeteries, locations etc. that you may visit on the Somme.
Self-catering accomadation in Flers, on the Somme. Run by Rory Newsome.
Based in Hardecourt aux Bois, a little south of Guillemont, there are several self-contained accomodation units of various sizes, plus a bar! Run by an ex-Royal Marine, the website itself has some interesting information on the Great War and is worth a visit.
Also owned by the owners of Chavasse Farm is another self-catering house available to rent in Longueval. In the heart of the Somme battlefields, the accomodation looks to be of a high standard.
Situated near Mailly-Maillet, a French-run B&B with English spoken.
Links for visiting Flanders
Useful information for planning a stay in Ieper (Ypres)
Weather in Belgium
Current information on the weather across Belgium
In Flanders Field museum
A modern museum based in the Cloth Hall in Ieper, well worth a visit.
Useful for route planning
A farmhouse bed and breakfast located five miles from Ypres: as a working farm they also come across many battlefield relics!
A site set up by Paul Reed to commemorate the forthcoming 90th anniversary of Third Ypres, also sometimes known as Passchendaele. The site is bewing expanded as the anniversary nears. There is also a very useful forum where Paul and other knowlegeable members are happy to answer questions relating to the battles.
'The Poppy' Bed and Breakfast accomodation in Passchendaele, run by Marijke Decaestecker.
The Great War in Flanders Fields
A very useful site with a comprehensive database of the Great War related sites to be found in Flanders - including latitude and longitude details for the sites listed. Personalities and events are also covered on the database.
Links to other First World War Sites
Naval & Military Press
An excellent source for a multitude of books on the Great War (and other conflicts).
Imperial War Museum Somme Online Exhibition
To mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme the Imperial War Museum set up an online exhibition exploring the longest and most costly land battle in British history.
The Great War Forum
A fantastic site where there are several discussion topics, and many helpful and very knowledgeable people who are happy to give some expert advice and help. Well worth a visit.
The Old Front Line
Paul Reed's comprehensive and knowledgeable website, covering many aspects of the Great War, plus information on visiting the battlefields.
An Unfortunate Region
With information on the battlefields, cemeteries, plus a number of modern day aerial photographs, this site has a great deal of useful information for the battlefield visitor.
World War One Cemeteries
Brent Whittam and Terence Heard have been working on this project, to visit, pay respects and photograph every cemetery from the Great War that contained 40 or more burials, for over five years. This is not just the well-known areas of the Western Front, but further afield to some much less visited areas. To date, they have visited over 850 cemeteries, with less than 50 to visit. A mammoth undertaking and well worth visiting.
Canadian Great War Project
This site, set up by Marc Leroux and others, includes an on-line database to enable research on Canadians who served in the Great War. In addition, there are war diaries, information on famous Canadians who fought in the War, and also information and galleries on War memorials.
Pierre Vandervelden has visited and photographed many of the War Cemeteries in Belgium and Northern France, including some of those that are off normal tourist path. There is also a section where a large number of regimental emblems on graves are shown.
Paul Reed has set up this website to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, which falls on July the 1st 2006. There are pages on the cemeteries, memorials, and villages of the region, plus on the forces that fought during the Somme. A valuable and growing source of information.
Paths of Glory
An excellent and highly reccomended site where there are many images taken from trenchmaps. The site is run by Dave O'Mara, and the images taken from his collection of trench-maps.
The Battle of Cambrai
A site covering one of the important, but less-visited battlefields - Cambrai.
Great War Digital
A company offering the Linesman product - trench maps coupled with modern maps and using the latest technology to enable real-time GPS location of sites on the battlefields. There is also the possibility of showing the maps in 3D to appreciate the aspect of the positions held by each side. This is not a product I have tried, but the potential looks enormous.
Pen & Sword Books
An extensive stock of Great War related books (plus those covering other conflicts) including many in the Pals and Battleground series.
Western Front Photography
I am a keen photographer, and am happy with many of my pictures on this site, but Michael St. Maur Sheil is a professional photographer, and his photographs of the battlefields of the Western Front are, quite simply, stunning.
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books and Maps
Website of the battlefield guide authors, with guidebooks covering most of the theatres where the British fought. Detailed itineraries and driving directions make them a very useful companion to any visit.
A website offering videos of Great War and Second World War sites - run by film-maker Ray Schofield-Almond.
The Bedfordshire Regiment in The Great War
This website, set up by Steve Fuller, covers the eight battalions of the Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War, with rolls of honour and transcripts of many of their War Diaries included - a very useful resource.
Publishers and distributors of military history books.
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