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Punjab & World War One

The digital project Punjab & World War One has been created by the UK Pakistan Heritage Association and the university of Greenwich. In 1919 the Punjab regional government created an overview of the 320,000 Punjab soldiers who had served during the First World War. These records, some 26,000 pages, surfaced recently in the holdings of the Lahore Museum. The registers were organized by village. You can navigate an interactive map, use the search fields for village, name and father’s name, or use the advanced search mode with additional fields for district, regiment, rank and caste where you can select from dropdown lists. By clicking on a result you open an overview of the information, and you can go to the scan of the original page in the registers. This project website was launched on November 11, 2021.

In 2016 the UKPHA launched the website Empire, Faith & War on Sikhs and the Great War.

Punjab & World War One

The Caribbean’s Great War

The digital project The Caribbean’s Great War has been created by the West India Committee, more specifically by its library and archive in London. The purpose of the project with twenty essays and digitized images is to show the role of the Caribbean within the British colonial empire during the First World War. Soldiers from islands in the Caribbean joined the British forces. The essays look at specific fronts, such as the Western front, the Middle East and Africa, and at individual islands. Among more general themes are the role of women and experiences in England. Among the downloads you can find (educational) materials and an e-book on the Great War and the Caribbean.

The West Indian Committe created a seocnd project focusing on The West Indian Soldier.

The Caribbean’s Great War

Les clichés allemands – De Duitse negatieven

The digital collection Les clichés allemands – De Duitse negatieven has been created by the Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium (KIKIRPA) in Brussels. This national institute for art history organized in 2017 an open air exhibit in Brussels and exhibits in several other Belgian towns showing some of the 10,000 digitized photographs of Belgian monuments and art objects taken by a German team of art historians, the Kommission für die photographische Inventarisation der belgischen Kunstdenkmäler, between 1916 and 1918. The Belgian state could obtain the collection with glass negatives in 1928. By clicking on Duitse negatieven you enter the database with a Dutch and French search interface. You can filter for locations (gemeente) and institutions (instelling). The database with these photos is a part of the BALAT platform (Belgian Art Links and Tools).

Les clichés allemands – De Duitse negatieven

First World War 100: conflict and commemoration

The virtual exhibition First World War 100: conflict and commemoration has been created by the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. The exhibition shows some 100 archival documents and photographs divided over eight sections, dealing with themes such as the soldiers, intelligence and logistics, the home front, pacifism, women, work and the recovery after the First World War.

You can also use an online collection of the Modern Records Centre concerning the First World War with some 120 item, or visit a second exhibition with ten cartoons on the First World War published in The Railway Review.

First World War 100: conflict and commemoration

Les facultés de droit dans la Grande Guerre

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The virtual exhibition Des facultés sur le front du droit. Les facultés de droit dans la Grande Guerre has been created by the Bibliothèque Cujas of the law faculty at the Université Paris-1, the Centre des Recherches Critiques sur le Droit at the Université de Saint-Etienne and the Centre Toulousain d’Histoire de Droit et des Idées Politiques. The virtual exhibition is organized around four themes: institutions, people, intellectual mobilisation, and thinking about war and peace. You will read here about the attitude of institutions, the actions of students and professors, the impact of the First World War on legal thinking, the role of lawyers in influencing public opinion and the role of French law professors during the peace negociations, and also about remembrance. Concise bibliographies have been added to each subject.

Les facultés de droit dans la Grande Guerre

Medicine in World War I

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The virtual exhibition Medicine in World War I has been created by Yale University Library. This exhibition aims at giving an overall picture with documents of the role of medicine during the First World War. Thus not only the developments in surgery to heal wounds come into view, but also the impact of diseases, and not only the influenza pandemic of 1918. There is attention for diseases such as trench fever and poisoining by gas, and also for nursing and the psychological impact of fighting. You can look at a list of other virtual exhibitions on the theme of medicine during the First World War. The bibliography contains for a number of titles links to online versions.

Medicine in World War I

Thematic research guides for archival research – Cendari

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The set of thematic research guides for archival research concerning the First World War is part of the Cendari portal for a collective European digital archival infrastructure. The core of the Cendari portal is the creation of a directory of archives in Europe and their collections. A second service is the creation of archival research guides. In this section you can find sixteen guides concerning the First World War. These guides deal for instance with prisoners of war, the importance of diaries and personal narratives, the role of women, religion, coercion in the armies, medicine and workers’ movements. Poland and Russia are among the countries receiving particular attention. There are also nine similar guides for research on medieval history and (religious) culture.

Thematic research guides for archival research – Cendari

Elsie Blanche Augustine

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The digital collection Elsie Blanche Augustine has been created by the University at Buffalo-The State University of New York. Elsie Blanche Augustine (1885-1970) was a Canadian nurse, who had been trained as a nurse in Buffalo. She served during the First World War mainly at the Base Hospital 23 in Vittel, a town in the French departement Vosges. This hospital was supported by the city of Buffalo. The collection with 175 items contains mainly photographs taken during the First World War, most of them taken in Vittel, and some personal papers. Some photographs were taken at La Baule (Loire-Atlantique) after the war.

Elsie Blanche Augustine

La Primera Guerra Mundial en los Archivos Estatales

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The research guide La Primera Guerra Mundial en los Archivos Estatales [The First World War in the State Archives] has been created by the Spanish Centro de Información Documental de Archivos in cooperation with the Archivo Histórico Nacional (AHN, Madrid), the Archivo General de la Administración (AGA, Alcalá de Henares), the Centro Documental de la Memoria Histórica (CDMH, Salamanca) and the Archivo General de Palacio in Madrid, the Spanish royal archives. During the First World War Spain remained a neutral country. The guide opens with a section on the period 1895-1914 during which Spain lost wars in the Philippines and Morocco. The second section looks at Spain’s role during the war as a neutral country, providing for example humanitarian aid. There are sections for events, institutions and journals, and for persons. In the section Fuentes documentales you are guided to selected archival series in four state archives, and there is a bibliography. This research guide can be viewed only in Spanish.

La Primera Guerra Mundial en los Archivos Estatales

Maps of the Ottoman Empire

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The digital collection Maps of the Ottoman Empire has been created by the Digital Library for International Research. The collection contains 19 maps held by the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem. The maps were created between 1839 and 1906, brought together in 1915 by the British Intelligence Division War Office, and published by the British War Office. The maps show mainly the eastern and southern part of the Ottoman empire, now Iraq and Syria, and there are maps for Lebanon and Jordany.

Maps of the Ottoman Empire