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 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 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 online finding aid and virtual collection Bildsammlung Palästina has been created by the Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv in Munich. This collection contains some 2,100 aerial photographs and 400 other photographs – the last mainly made in Palestine, but also in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Serbia – taken in 1917 and 1918 by the Bayerische Fliegerabteilung 304, a unit of the Bavarian Army for aerial reconnaissance.
The digitized images have been divided in five main sections: images of the coastal area; the mountains from Lebanon to the Hebron; the valley of the Jordan; Eastern Jordany, and other photographs taken on the ground. The photographs show information about the fronts in the Middle East, but they are also important for the archaeology of the region. The collection can be searched with a free text search field, and you can browse the five sections. The website is accessible in German. In the last section you will find also images of the Bavarian pilots and their unit.
A recent article by Wilhelm Füßl, ‘Luftbildfotografie im Ersten Weltkrieg’ at Visual History gives you more information about German aerial photographs from the First World 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