La collection photographique “Marcel Chatenay” (1914-1918) [The photographic collection of Marcel Chatenay (1914-1918] has been created by the Archives de la Ville de Saumur. In 2013 and 2014 this municipal archive received two gifts with a total of 2843 stereographic photographs. Marcel Chatenay (1883-1955) had been a grocer before joining the French army in 1914 as an administration officer of the medical troops. On travel he encounters for examples both infantery and artillery units, cavalry and kitchen staff. Chatenay meets also colonial troops. In 1917 he served in the Vosges region. He took pictures in Picardy, Flanders, Verdun and in many other places. 457 stereoscopic images have been digitized, and you can view 52 images in 3 D. You can filter for specific persons, themes and locations.
The Archives de la Ville de Saumur present online two other French digitized photo albums and an American album of a special railway station and camp at Villebernier in 1918-1919.
La collection photographique “Marcel Chatenay” (1914-1918)
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 Lions led by donkeys has been created by John Bourne at the Centre for War Studies, University of Birmingham. The collection contains concise biographies of British officers with the rank of brigadier-general or higher who served with the British Expeditionary Force at the Western Front between August 5, 1914 and November 11, 1918. Its aim is to show the wide variety in personal and professional qualities of British generals beyond the famous and infamous among them. At present 1,257 biographies can be consulted. You can access them using seven preset sections in alphabetical order. There is also a list of British generals.
The Centre for War Studies has a valuable links section concerning the First World War with much attention for British army units; its variety makes it into a concise web directory.
Lions led by donkeys
The digital collection Deutsche Beuteakten zum Ersten Weltkrieg [Looted German records concerning the First World War] is a project of the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (TsAMO RF). The documents in this collection, divided over 475 units with some 36,000 pages (Bestand 500, Findbuch 12519), stem from several German military authorities, in particular the Generalstab and the Obere Heeresleitung, and from a number of ministries. Among the documents are unit diaries (Kriegstagebuch) and other front reports (Gefechtsberichten), diplomatic documents (nrs. 321-324 deal with the Russo-Japanese war of 1904/05), some 150 maps, some 80 personal dossiers, and a wide variety of other documents, almost all dating from the period 1910-1919. You can search using the free text search or the index search for labels such as number, year, page, and language. This digital collection can be viewed in German and Russian.
At this website are also sections for resources concerning the Second World War and for the German secret services.
Deutsche Beuteakten zum Ersten Weltkrieg
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 digital gallery of First World War ‘Official Photographs’ has been created by the National Library of Scotland (NLS), Edinburgh. This collection with some 4,000 photographs is originally part of the Douglas Haig papers (NLS, Acc. 3155 and MSS. 28001-). The digital collection has been divided conveniently in a number of sections, for example images of Field Marshall Earl Douglas Haig himself, the British Western Front, royal visits, images of the British cavalry, of the allied forces, and images created after the Great War. There are also photographs of Germans and images taken in Germany. You can browse the images, use a simple search with a free text field or the advanced search mode.
The NLS has also created a Flickr gallery with nearly 2,000 World War One Official British Photographs. The University of British Columbia has digitized 3,860 images from a similar collection in their holdings.
First World War ‘Official Photographs’
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 collection Mesopotamia Photographs has been created by Gerard Bugler. He has digitized some 300 photographs taken in Mesopotamia between 1915 and 1919 by captain Charles Henry Weaver who worked with the Red Cross. The digital collection can be viewed in sets ordered by cities and themes. The site contains additional information about cities, some digitized texts and background information about captain Weaver.
This website and other online materials about Mesopotamia during the First World War are presented in a very useful overview at War Letters 1914-1918.
The website Lexikon Erster Weltkrieg offers a dictionary about the First World War. This dictionary is a project of Iportale, a German firm with a number of general portals and thematic online dictionaries. The online dictionary brings not only alphabetically organized lemmas, but also a summary chronicle (Chronik) of events during the First World War, and a number of image galeries about various fronts, the main generals of the major armies, weapons, aircraft and ships. You can use the free search field for searching the lemmas. The original sources of the images are not indicated.
The website contains also a selection of letters (Feldpost) written by students who served as soldiers at the front and died during service. The letters stem from the often reprinted collection edited by Philipp Witkop, Kriegsbriefe gefallener Studenten (first edition Gotha 1916), translated by A.F. Webb, German Students’ War Letters (2002). The bias of the letters is duly noticed, as is their use for propaganda. The website can only be viewed in German.
Lexikon Erster Weltkrieg
The digital collection Cecil Slack: The Great War Letters contains letters by Cecil Moorhouse Slack and his then fiancée Dora Willatt. The website with these letters has been created by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Cecil Slack served as an officer with the East Yorkshire Regiment. Selections from these letters appeared earlier in print, but the web version gives the unabridged texts of the letters. You can also view excerpts from his diaries. The letters and diaries are in the possession of the Slack family. This web version of the letters is part of an online educational project with historical resources. The letters are accompanied by a small image gallery and teaching resources.
The original version of this project disappeared in 2018. There is an archived version in the Internet Archive.
Cecil Slack: The Great War Letters