Tag Archives: France

Mémoire des hommes – Première guerre mondiale

Logo Mémoire des hommes - Première guerre mondiale

The French Ministry of Defense has created a section on the First World War at its portal Mémoire des hommes. On this website maintained by the Service historique de la Défense at Vincennes you can view the list with 1,3 million deceased French soldiers from the First World War (Mort pour la France). The 95,000 people killed in action without getting this mention, too, have been included in this database since November 2014. You can study unit diaries (journaux des marches et des opérations), check on members of the French air force, and look at the actions of individual units of the French armed forces. You can also study online the 107 volumes of the official history Armées Françaises dans la Grande Guerre (AFGG). There is a general search mode (Recherche globale) to combine these searches. The section Sépultures de guerre leads you to French war cemeteries worldwide. The website can be viewed in four languages (French, English, German and Spanish).

Among recent additions to the First World War section of Mémoire des hommes is a section on the Fusillés de la Première Guerre mondiale concerning executed soldiers and civilians, a resource presented also here.

Mémoire des hommes – Première guerre mondiale


Procès-verbaux du Sénat francais

Logo SénatIn the project Procès-verbaux et rapports des commissions de la Première Guerre Mondiale the French Senat publishes digital collections of its deliberations. Not only the debates of the plenary sessions are available, but also the reports of commissions, supplementary records for the debates and the official indexes (Tables), and the reports of secret commissions deliberating in 1916 and 1917.

Procès-verbaux et rapports des commissions de la Première Guerre Mondiale

European Film Gateway 1914

Logo EFG 2014The European Film Gateway 1914 is a part of the European Film Gateway dedicated to films and other audio materials from the First World War held in various European collections in twenty countries. The materials shown are newsreels, documentaries, fiction and propaganda, all in all some 660 hours from 5,600 documents. There is an accompanying project website for background information. The EFG has also created a virtual exhibition on the subject of European Film and the First World War. The user interface is in twelve languages.

European Film Gateway 1914

Chemins de mémoire en Nord-Pas de Calais

Logo Chemins de NordThe website Chemins de mémoire de la Grande Guerre en Nord-Pas de Calais invites visitors to a virtual tour of places and roads in Northern France, in particular nord of the Somme river. Many aspects of the First World War in this region are treated on this website, including the reconstruction of the region after 1918 and the way La Grande Guerre is remembered. The website is accessible in four languages.

Chemins de mémoire de la Grande Guerre en Nord-Pas de Calais

Historial de la Grande Guerre

Logo Historial, Péronne
The Historial de la Grande Guerre-Musée de la Première Guerre Mondiale 1914-1918 is a French museum in Péronne, not far from the actual main battle fields in northern France. The museum has its own collection of historical artefacts. Thematic collections are devoted to art, postcards, posters, children, toys and puppets. The Historial has a special collection about the German painter Otto Dix. The Historial is also an international study centre. The website includes a digital version of the maps and illustrations accompanying the Encyclopédie de la Grande Guerre by Stéphane Audouin-Rouzeau and Jean-Jacques Becker (2006, 2012). The museum has a blog, Histoire(s) de 14-18, at the Hypotheses platform.

Historial de la Grande Guerre-Musée de la Première Guerre Mondiale 1914-1918, Péronne

Journaux des tranchées

Logo "Soleil d'or"In the project Journaux des tranchées journals written by soldiers and military units are presented. This website of the Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre) has been created in cooperation with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris. You will find here some 150 digitized journals, mainly in French. Eleven journals in German are from the holdings of the Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg.

The BnF offers at Gallica its own entrance to digitized feuilles de tranchées (trench journals), with for example the possibility to look for journals published by different units and branches of the French armies. This library has also created a virtual exposition on the Journaux des tranchées with an album selection of 30 images.

Journaux des tranchées

Europeana 1914-1918

Logo Europeana1418Europeana 1914-1918 is a portal project of Europeana, itself a digital portal, too, to bring together resources, both texts and images from all corners of Europe. Special attention is given to materials hitherto hidden away or especially brought to attention for this portal by the general public. Among the documents are letters, diaries, photographs (including stereographs, mostly from the Imperial War Museums), official documents, films, sound recordings and postcards. One of the strong new features is the integration of materials from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. You can also search for the various fronts. Europeana 1914-1918 had in 2014 an interface in fifteen languages, currently (2018) you can choose from 27 languages.

The films available at the European Film Gateway 1914 can be found here, too. Collections from many European libraries and other cultural heritage institutions are also present at the portal Europeana Collections 1914-1918.

Europeana 1914-1918