The digital collection Gallipoli – Century Ireland is part of the Century Ireland project of RTE, the Irish radio and television. This project concerning the Irish involvement in the First World War focuses on the Irish soldiers serving in the expedition to Gallipoli. In the collection you will find maps, aerial photographs and galleries with photos, drawings, works of art and posters. There are entries from regimental diaries and eyewitness accounts. The guides lead you to themes such as the home front, decorations for courageous actions, remembrance, the role of the Royal Navy and the Turkish army. There are also are interviews with historians, videos and films. Educational resources are also presented in this collection, and there is a section with a bibliography and links to relevant websites.
The digital project La Grande Collecte [The Great Collect] was an initiative in 2013 and 2014 launched by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Archives de France and the Mission Centenaire 1914-1918. In this crowdsourcing project the aim was inviting the general public to bring sources from their private collections to the regional archives in order to digitize and publish them on a separate online platform. You can use the free text search field to search the results at will, use an advanced search mode (Recherche avancée) or filter them by the type of document (official publications, correspondence, diaries, photographs and drawings). In its present state this digital collections contains for these categories only a few dozen examples; there are some 130 photographs. The collection can only be accessed in French.
In 2018 the number of items was still relatively low, with for example 300 postcards and 200 photographs.
The digital collection of the Sassoon Journals has been launched as a part of the Cambridge Digital Library. This collection contains digitized 23 diaries written by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), one of the British War Poets. He served as an officer, first with the Sussex Yeomanry, and later with the Royal Welch Fuseliers. Ten diaries kept at Cambridge University Library (MS. Add. 9852/1) stem from the First World War, starting in November 1915 (Add. 9852/1, nos. 4 to 13). Apart from notes about the war in France and his actions both at the front and in the United Kingdom the diaries contain drawings and also drafts of some of his poems. Sassoon served with the British Army not only in France, but also in Egypt and Palestine. For each diary a summary is provided with direct links to the most important entries and elements.
The war poems of Siegfried Sassoon can be read online in particular at the First World War Poetry Digital Archive.
The virtual exhibition DNB – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg [100 years First World War] has been created by the Deutsche Bücherei in Leipzig, nowadays part of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. In 1914 the Deutsche Bücherei started collecting items for a Weltkriegssamlung. The virtual exhibition has been created for the centenary of the First World War. A selection of items from a wide variety of resources has been catalogued anew and partially digitized. By clicking on the menu you can choose item concerning a number of themes, such as Krieg sammeln (collecting the war), Krieg Ausstellen (showing the war), Medienwelt (the world of the media, with a wide variety in formats), Kriegsalltag (daily life during the war), propaganda and persons. You can also select some thirty themes from an alphabetical overview (A-Z). The Zeitstrahl (“time ray”) allows you to search on a time-table for events during a particular year. The virtual exhibition can only be accessed in German.
During the First World War more libraries in Germany and Austria have created Kriegssammlungen (War collections). So far only a few collections have been digitized. More information about them is given at Kriegssamlungen in Deutschland 1914-1918; this website has been included and described here, too.
The virtual exhibition Max Gehlsen has been created by the Archives Départementales du Pas-de-Calais in Dainville and Arras. Some 200 watercolours made by the German artist Max Gehlsen (1881-1930) were donated in 2009 by a grand child of Gehlsen to the regional archives at Dainville [AD Pas-de-Calais, Archives iconographiques, sous-série 47]. As a soldier Gehlsen served mainly at the Oise front. His drawings were made in the Oise region, near the Somme, in Flanders and in the most northern départements of France, in particular the Pas-de-Calais. After a gas attack in 1917 Gehlsen was hospitalised and sent back to Germany. The collection contains some drawings made in Hamburg, Altona and Nuremberg. You can choose images at random or choose a particular year, location or theme. The website offers a bibliography on art during the First World War. This virtual exhibition can be viewed in French, English, German and Dutch.
The digital collection Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward has been created as a part of the Digital Collections of the University of South Carolina Libraries. With six other digital collection it belongs to the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection. These collections are listed also at the South Carolina Digital Library. Corporal Douglas G. Ward served with the South Staffordshire Regiment. He took part in the landings at Gallipoli in 1915. In 1916 he served at the Somme. He got wounded and was transferred to India. His sketchbook made in ink and pen and watercolour contains 65 drawings on many subjects, for example his training at an infantry camp, A number of drawings are clearly cartoons.There are some brief notices, too. You can browse the entire sketchbook and use thumbnail images to accelerate browsing.
The virtual exhibition Vedere la Grande Guerra: Immagini della prima guerra mondiale has been created by the Museo per la Storia del Risorgimento Italiano in Rome. This online exhibition offers image selections on many subjects (percorsi tematici):
- Arte e guerra (Art and war)
- Donne e guerra (Women and war)
- Il lutto e la memoria (The struggle and memory)
- L’immagine della guerra (The image of the war)
- La memoria moderna (Modern memory)
- L’occhio del nemico (The eye of the enemy)
You can also browse several image galleries (gallerie fotografiche) on a number of themes, or watch a small number of videos. This virtual exhibition can only be visited with an interface in Italian.
The digital collection JM World War One Sketchbooks, 1917-1918 has been created by the Special Collections Library of the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The collection consists of images of 130 water-colour and pen and ink sketches from two sketchbooks of an unidentified British soldier who served with the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery. He was stationed in France and Belgium, in particular near Ypres and Menin. A number of sketches show caricatures of British social life. You can browse the entire collection, choose Book 1 or 2, select title pages or paired images, or view images by choosing among pre-selected themes touching on people and the war.
The digital portal Memory of the Netherlands contains numerous items concerning the First World War. The portal maintained by the Dutch Royal Library in The Hague presents some 120 digital collections from 100 Dutch cultural institutions. The main selection of items concerning the First World War can be found following the theme Military life which brings you to some 8,000 items from the collections of the former Legermuseum (Army Museum) in Delft. The preset selection of items concerning the First World War contains at presents some 400 photographs and drawings. At the Memory of the Netherlands you can also conduct a general search for items related to the First World War (Dutch: Eerste Wereldoorlog).
In 2014 two Dutch army museums will reopen as the Nationaal Militair Museum (National Military Museum). At the portal Dutch Military Heritage you can search in a number of digital collections created by the former Legermuseum.
Dutch cultural institutions such as the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Nationaal Archief, the EYE Film Instituut, the Legermuseum and the International Institute for Social History contribute to Europeana 1914-1918; currently some 8,000 items at this portal come from the collections of these institutions.
The virtual exhibition La Grande Guerre en dessins presents drawings by French artists created during the First World War. The website is a personal initiative and brings you eighty drawings. You can view drawings selected around several themes, such as the Gare de l’Est in 1914, the colonial troops, and drawings of soldiers (poilus). You can use the gallery view to select the works of an artist (click on Chercher). Each drawing gets a commentary, and there are links to more information about artists and subjects. A melancholic piece for viola, cello and piano accompanies the art works; you can turn off the sound using the buttons in the right corner. The website is in French.