The digital collection First World War: Royal Flying Corps is part of the digitized Special Collections at Wichita State University, Fairmont, KS. This digital collection contains papers from the English brigade general R.M. Groves, notes about the RFC, two albums with aerial photographs showing the region in Flanders around Messines and Passchendaele before and after the battles in 1917, and aerial photographs with a report on a propaganda raid on Vienna on August 9, 1918 led by the Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio. In the accompanying finding aid the materials (three boxes) are concisely described. You can browse this collection, use the free text field search or the advanced search mode.
Wichita State University has also a small general First World War collection, a collection on operations and intelligence of the British First and Second Armies, and twenty letters from British soldiers serving at different fronts.
First World War: Royal Flying Corps
The digital collection Three Pilots – One War is the fruit of a partnership between the Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr (Berlin-Gatow), the Royal Air Force Museum (London) and the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget. You can follow the First World War through the letters of three pilots, the Frenchman Jean Chaput, the Englishman Bernard Rice – who had served earlier as a messenger – and the German Peter Falkenstein. The letters are published here in day-to-day order exactly 100 years after they were written. Historical comments accompany each letter. The three museums will organize exhibitions between 2014 and 2019 to highlight aspects of the aircraft warfare during the First World War. You can view this collection in English, French and German.
Three Pilots – One War
The digital portal Discovering Anzacs is the fruit of cooperation between the National Archives of Australia and the Archives of New Zealand. The portal brings together government archival records concerning the participation of soldiers from Australia and New Zealand during the First World War, in particular at Gallipoli, and also in the Boer War in South Africa. You can browse records, read group stories, follow the timelines or look for particular locations using an interactive map. The image gallery contains photographs stemming from a crowdsourcing action. With the advanced search mode you can tune your search questions. Under Learn you will find educational resources.
At the Anzac Portal you can find more links to websites and portals about the Anzacs.
The virtual exhibition 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg [100 Years First World War] has been created in 2014 by the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv in Vienna. You can search among 24 thematic collections which cover many aspects of the First World War and its immediate aftermath. You can look at a chronology for military and diplomatic events, at milestones in daily life and documents related to them, or compare the diary entries of Karl Schneller, an influential officer in the Austrian army staff (Armeeoberkommando (AOK)), and emperor Franz Joseph for a specific date. The exhibition can only be viewed in German.
100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg
The digital collection Plateforme 14-18 is an educational project created by a team from many major French cultural institutions. The core of the collection are some 3,500 letters written by eight members of the Résal family, some diaries and 300 photographs. All resources stem from this family and are still kept in the family archive.
Most of the sons of Eugène and Julie Résal served in the French army. Salem and Younès served with the artillery. Louis and Paul, too, started in an artillery regiment, but later they became pilots. Some of the Résal children were born in Algeria. The two daughters did very different things: Meriém became a professional musician, Chérifa a nurse who noted daily events in her agenda during the First World War. You can search for information using the intuitive navigation with symbols for dates, locations, peoples, a clickable map and three main themes: the fronts, men and women, and the impact of modernity. It is also possible to view the personal network of each family member. In the additional materials you can find some films from the holdings of participating institutions. The website can only be viewed in French.
The digital collection Scotland’s First World War Sites is part of the subdomain Canmore of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). At Canmore this selection points to nearly 1,200 locations in Scotland with for each a varying quantity of images. The results are accessible in two sets; each of them can be visualized in a map. The results bring you also to items in the RCAHMS catalogues such as prints, drawings and manuscripts. You can also search in the Canmore database for specific subjects such as training trenches, airfields and hospitals. There is an advanced search mode and three thesauri for systematic research into monuments, objects and maritime items.
With the First World War Audit the RCAHMS has created a digital gallery with a preview of scores of images, both photographs and maps. The RCAHMS provides also an overview of its First World war resources.
Scotland’s First World War Sites
The virtual exhibition Primera Guerra Mundial is a project of the Casa de la Imaginem, an audiovisual archive in Logroño, Spain. At their website the Casa shows some thirty photographs taken by an unidentified French officer during the First World War near Ypres, elsewhere in Flanders, at Arras and at the Somme. They form part of a collection with some 500 stereoscopic photographs discovered in 1999 in Tanger. Alas the virtual exhibition shows of each stereoscopic set just one image, but luckily you can view a four minutes video with some of these images at Vimeo. In 2007 an exhibition was held to show these images after restoration; you can download a dossier about it in French or Spanish.
At the French centenary portal Mission Centenaire you can view thirty photographs from the collection at Logroño with full information about the locations shown, again without animated stereoscopic images. There is a link to a fourteen-minute video at Vimeo showing a selection of images, accompanied by music.
Primera Guerra Mundial
The digital collection The Walter Koessler Project is a blog created by Dean Putney presenting a selection from the thousand photographs taken privately during the First World War by his great-grandfather Walter Koessler, a German officer. His photographs show many sides of the German army, including training and aircraft. Koessler himself made aerial photographs, too. Among the photographs yet to be digitized are hundred stereoscopic images. After the First World War Koessler became an architect in Los Angeles. Thanks to crowdfunding his great-grandson could publish the large format book Walter Koessler 1914-1918: The personal photo journal of a German officer in World War I with some of the aerial photographs.
The Walter Koessler Project
The digital Scottish Screen Archive is an online service of the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. On this subdomain you can watch clips and complete films. By selecting from the search fields the subject War and as decade 1910s you can find nearly twenty items relating to the First World War. From 1919 stem two movies showing peace celebrations. There is a German propaganda film showing aircraft (no clip). Films about hospitals and labourers document the increasing role and place of women during the First World War. By choosing only the decade 1910-1920 you will find almost ninety movies; this selection puts the films concerning the war and the military into better relief.
Scottish Screen Archive
The digital portal Portal des Bundesarchivs zum Ersten Weltkrieg has been created by the Bundesarchiv, the German national archives in Koblenz. The portal offers access to digitized inventories and archival records on a wide range of themes. You can browse galleries about special themes, such as the reaction of Germany to the assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 or the German presence in China (Tsingtao). You can look at digitized photographs, including panoramic images (Panoramabilder), and movies. Searching in online archival inventories (online finding aids) is possible using the Invenio system. This system presents also the digitized items. Some 700,000 pages have been digitized. The portal helps also genealogical research (Ahnensuche). Among the rarities are four sound recordings (Tonaufnahmen). The portal is only accessible in German.
Portal des Bundesarchivs zum Ersten Weltrieg