Tag Archives: Unit diaries

Gallipoli – Century Ireland

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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

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Deutsche Beuteakten zum Ersten Weltkrieg

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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 Russian, German and English.

Deutsche Beuteakten zum Ersten Weltkrieg

Imperial War Museums

Logo IWMThe website of the Imperial War Museums (IWM) brings you to the five locations and the various collections of one of the world’s largest war museums. Apart from the main museum in London there are branches in London-North, the Churchill War Rooms and the HMS Belfast in London, and a branch in Duxford. The website provides you with detailed information about the collections, research, exhibits, and educational activities. You can search the collections online with a keyword search or for particular objects, ranging from letters, diaries, interviews, images – including stereoscopic photographs in original formats – and books to aircraft, weapons and toys. For some 90,000 items of the total of 800,000 items you will find digitized materials. Some sixty concise illustrated dossiers on subjects related to the First World War help placing objects in their historical context. The IWM portal has a special section on the centenary of the First World War, and the IWM is also the leading institution of the British First World War Centenary portal. In July 2014 the main museum reopens with a new First World War gallery.

The IWM has also created an online database for searching among the 60,000 war memorials in the United Kingdom, Another IWM website concerning the First World War is Operation War Diary, a project dealing with digitized unit diaries in cooperation with the British National Archives at Kew. At Flickr the IWM is present with Faces of the First World War, photographic portraits of soldiers and officers. Lives of the First World War is a project to bring materials together about daily life between 1914 and 1918, with both items from the holdings of archives, libraries and museums, and items presented by the public in a crowdsourcing project.

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Australian War Memorial: Centenary of the First World War

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The section Centenary of the First World War at the Australian War Memorial portal offers a guide and quick access to relevant digital collections concerning Australia and the First World War. Among the digitized records and documents are unit diaries, materials collected by C.W.E. Bean for the official history of Australia and the Great War, itself also available online here – accompanied by the official history of the Australian Army Medical Services – and several biographical databases, with for example the embarkation roll, information about prisoners of war, and Red Cross files. The AWM portal brings new digital galleries concerning the First World War. The section on the First World War bring also news on commemorative events and activities. The links section points to a selected number of war museums and war memorials in Europe.

Australian War Memorial: Centenary of the First World War

Libraries and Archives Canada: First World War

Post Libraries and Archives CanadaThe Libraries and Archives Canada / Bibliothèques et Archives de Canada present in the section on the First World War of their portal some twenty digital collections. They cover a wide range of subjects mainly concerning the Canadian armed forces. Among the collections are for example the Soldiers of the First World War database, a database on Courts Martial, digitized unit diaries (War Diaries) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, research aids and virtual exhibitions. The website provides also some links to the main websites on the armies of other belligerent countries.The portal and the collections can be viewed in English and French.

Libraries and Archives Canada: First World War

Mémoire des hommes – Première guerre mondiale

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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

Operation War Diary

Logo Operation War DiaryThe crowdsourcing project Operation War Diary is an initiative of the Imperial War Museums, London and the British National Archives, Kew, for describing the unit diaries of troops during the First World War (record series WO 95). One of the aims is to connect the unit diaries with the Lives of the First World War project of the IWM. Complete digitized war diaries can be found at the website of the National Archives.

Operation War Diary