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 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.
Gallipoli – Century Ireland
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 collections 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.
Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward
The digital collection Australian Screen: First World War is a selection at Australian Screen, the online portal of Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra. In this collection with nearly sixty items you will find newsreels from the Australasian Gazette collection, movies created during the First World War, and movies and TV series created afterwards concerning the First World War. The films have been made in various countries, mainly France, Egypt and Turkey. The Australasian Gazette items from the period 1914-1918 feature mainly cartoons.
At Australia Screen movies from the First World War are also presented in the collection Australian War Memorial Western Front and Gallipoli on Film, both of them with introductory essays by Paul Byrnes. The footage of the 1915 films about Gallipoli dominates the image of the Australian forces and Gallipoli, but these movies were not made at the Dardanelles front.
Australian Screen: First World War
The website of the Campaign Atlas to the Great War has been created by the History Department of the United States Military Academy West Point. The website presents some fifty maps of the various fronts in Europe and the Middle East. There are no maps concerning military campaigns in Africa. Some twenty-five maps can be downloaded as PDF’s. A chart explains the use of symbols on the maps. This website can only be viewed in English.
Campaign Atlas to the Great War
The digital collection World War I Maps & Aerial Photography is an initiative of the McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. The collection contains some 400 maps of the fronts in France and Belgium, most of them made by the British Ordnance Survey, including trench maps. The scales of most maps are 1:10,000, 1:20,000 and 1:40,000. In a second part of this section, Other theatres of war, you can find maps for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia. The second section of the digital collection is formed by some 500 aerial photographs, most of them taken in 1917 and 1918 by the Royal Air Force. In the section References & Links you will find some titles of relevant literature and some links to other websites with maps concerning the First World War. A number of case studies help using the maps and photographs.
World War I Maps & Aerial Photography
The website Gallipoli has been created by Julien Snelders. He treats many aspects of the expedition to the Dardanelles in 1915. Among the interesting features are a Gallipollian-English dictionary and a Turkish-English list of place names. The website contains also a list with further relevant websites, links to digitized books about Gallipoli, and a useful list of digitized diaries of people involved with the Gallipoli expedition.
The portal WW100 New Zealand has been launched by the New Zealand government for the centenary of the First World War. The portal provides general information about events and activities concerning the commemorations in 2014. There are also sections focusing on the history of New Zealand and its soldiers between 1914 and 1918: there is a timeline, a section on daily life 100 years ago presenting day-to-day news in the form of tweets. There is a very detailed section with links to websites and sources, including a vast bibliography (PDF), with in particular attention for the Gallipoli campaign.
WW100 New Zealand
The Serving Soldier is the digital collections portal of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King’s College London. Only a small number of digitized subcollections concerns the First World War. Among the subjects are aircraft, the expeditions to Gallipoli and the Dardanelles, documentation about the first tanks, and the journal of the German camp for British internees at Ruhleben. Sometimes you will find scores of photographs, for example a series of images of castles in the Middle East taken by T.E. Lawrence, British First World War posters, and four series of stereoscopic photographs (original twin sets with King’s College watermark; no animation). The range of materials and the choice of the other periods of war makes this portal interesting. At another website King’s College London presents a war memorial for the lives of students and staff killed in action, also of affiliated institutions.
The Serving Soldier
The portal site Turkey in the First World War has been created by Altay Ash as a platform for the study of the role and position of the Ottoman Empire, contemporary society and the emerging nation of Turkey during and after the First World War. The website has a selective bibliography and a selection of web links.
Turkey in the First World War