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John Robertson Hawke: Word War I letters and artifacts

Letter by J. Robertson Hwake (detail)The digital collection John Robertson Hawke: World War I letters and artifacts has been created by the University of Wollongong. John Robertson Hawke (1890-1965) was a Scottish immigrant. He worked as a warehouseman before joining in 1915 the Australian Army. He fought in Egypt, France and Belgium (Ypres). He performed in particular communication tasks as a signaller. The collection contains two postcards and 200 letters, mainly written to his parents and family, a pay book and a field medical card. There is a collection guide (collection D55; PDF).

In a second collection you will find letters, postcards, documents and objects from and about another Australian soldier, William George Abate who was killed in action in 1917.

John Robertson Hawke: World War I letters and artifacts

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Three pilots – One War

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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

100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg

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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 Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative

Logo Jutland 1916The portal The Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative has been created to commemorate in 2016 the naval battle of May 31-June 1, 1916 between the British Royal Navy and the German Hochseeflotte off the Danish coast. At its center are a 25 minute animation video showing the actual battle, its background and impact, and the new study by Nick Jellicoe, grandson of the British naval commander admiral Jellicoe. The portal has databases on the ships and their crews. There are maps, teaching materials and sources, and a detailed web directory for the naval history of the First World War. In a crowdsourcing project the public is asked to help decipher and translate fragile German books dealing with the Battle of Jutland printed with the Fraktur type. The website can only be viewed in English.

The Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative

First World War Volunteers British Red Cross

Wesbite Red Cross - First World War Volunteers

The digital collection First World War Volunteers British Red Cross has been created in 2016 by the British Red Cross with the help of the general public. The database contains the records of some 90,000 volunteers who served in the United Kingdom and on the European continent. You can search the database for individuals using their forenames, last names, locations and hospitals, duties and/or roles. There are special pages for famous volunteers. Some aspects of the work volunteers did are highlighted, too, for example sending food parcels to British prisoners of war. You can contribute to the database with new or corrected information. The interface of this database is English.

First World War Volunteers British Red Cross

World War I Postcards from the Bowman Gray Collection

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The digital collection World War I Postcards from the Bowman Gray Collection has been created by the library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection contains some 6,400 postcards from the main belligerent countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia and Italy), but also from other countries. The sheer number of postcards in this collection is equivalent to the number of interesting subjects, for example cavalry or children. Some commercial series, too, are completely present. You can browse the collection in its entirety (530 records with often multiple items), choose among the subjects, names and places, or use the free text search. The general introduction to this collection gives also a succinct bibliography on the subject of First World War postcards.

World War I Postcards from the Bowman Gray Collection

Kriegstagebuch Fritz Schilling 1914-1918

Photo of Fritz Schilling in 1913The digital version of the Kriegstagebuch Fritz Schilling 1914-1918 has been created by his granddaughter Kerstin Schilling. During the First World War Fritz Rudolf Schilling (1891-1942) served with the Berlin Corps Fernsprechabteilung, a communication unit of the German Army, both at the Russian front and in France. The diary with mostly brief entries is published in blog fashion, interestingly one month in each post. Some photographs and maps have been added to the entries. This diary can be viewed only in German.

Kriegstagebuch Fritz Schilling 1914-1918