The internet is abounds with extensive sites devoted to the First World War. Some of these sites are designed and operated by individuals who are interested in the war and have devoted time and energy into bringing together large amounts of information, much of it material that is copy-right free. However, private sites have not been included in this section, only because they are too numerous to list and to review materials on these sites is extremely time consuming. The sources listed below are maintained by educational institutions, historical archives or media organizations. The first site, operated by PBS has a comprehensive bibliographical listing and links to most of the internet sources you will want to explore.
1914-1918: The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century.
http://www.pbs.org/greatwar. This website is a companion for "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century," a KCET/BBC co-production in association with The Imperial War Museum. The site features a map and battle section, dramatized audio recordings of letters and poems written by combatants and non-combatants in the war, as well as streaming video of archival footage taken during World War I. Additionally, the site features a section called The Shaping of the 21st Century, where two of the series historians provide comments on how The Great War is still having an affect upon the world, even in the new millennium. The site also has a comprehensive education resources section.
Anthem for Doomed Youth: Writers and Literature of The Great War, 1914-1918.
http://www.lib.byu.edu/~english/WWI/index.html. This site is an exhibit commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Armistice, November 11, 1918. There are numerous links to other poetry and literature sites of World War I. The exhibit focuses on writers and literature of the war. The writers are mainly British junior officers. Many major poets, Edmund Blunden, for example are under represented, while many lesser-known poets, for example, Ewart Alan Mackintosh, have been included and even highlighted.
http://www.art-ww1.com. Under the patronage of UNESCO, this site looks at art of the First World War to the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, this site showcases an exhibition of 110 paintings brought together by the major history museums of Europe—the First World War as seen by 54 painters on both sides. The artists and their work are brought into context in a detailed presentation of works by art historian and exhibition curator Philippe Dagen.
British Posters of World War I
http://www.library.georgetown.edu/dept/speccoll/britpost/britpost.htm. The illustrated catalog of the website exhibition includes 25 British posters from the Roger N. Mohovich collection at Georgetown University Library. These British posters are by no means so well known in this country as many of the American ones, and it is intended that awareness of them will be increased by means of this exhibition--and particularly its installation as part of the library's web site. The examples selected, although they include examples by neither of the best-known British war poster artists, Frank Brangwyn and G. Spencer Pryse, display most, if not all, of the stylistic and thematic ideas which typify British poster art during the war.
Canada and the First World War.
www.archives.ca/05/0518_e.html. This site is designed to illustrate, through the National Archives of Canada's collections, the many roles that Canadian men and women played during the First World War, and the definite mark the war left on our society. The documents selected are not intended to rewrite the history of the conflict but rather to present the variety and wealth of the sources held at the National Archives of Canada.
http://www.library.georgetown.edu/dept/speccoll/amposter.htm. This site presents a small sampling of the enormous output of posters that the U.S. produced prior to and just after the First World War.
The First World War: The War to End All War.
http://www.firstworldwar.com. This is a comprehensive site that has just about anything you can imagine, including original documentation, maps, photographs, and writings. An informative, “Did you know?” box appears on most pages to provide references to facts and language, often slang, that originated in the war.
The Great War Series: The Great War Journal.
http://www.wtj.com/wars/greatwar. This series combines into one page, all material in The War Times Journal which relates to World War I. It contains rare archives of personal memoirs and galleries of previously unpublished photographs, as well as articles and summaries provided on-line by the Great War Journal.
Heritage of the Great War.
http://www.geocities.com/~worldwar1/default.html. The Heritage of the Great War has articles mainly in English. The web site is dedicated to the events and consequences of First World War and presents the literary war (poetry & prose), political cartoons and many photo slideshows. Emphasis is put on unorthodox and thought-provoking points of view. The website features one of the most extensive and explicit WW-1 photo collections on the Internet.
Imperial War Museum [UK].
www.iwm.org.uk/index.htm. The Imperial War Museum site features photos and information on the First World War. The Collections Online offers access to material covering all aspects of twentieth century conflict. The site includes detailed catalogue information for over 160,000 items from the Imperial War Museum's collecting departments. A visitor to the site can also view images of over 3,000 highlights from the collection, including photographs, works of art, aircraft, vehicles and objects, and listen to selected “soundbites” from the Sound Archive.
League of Nations Photo Archive.
http://www.indiana.edu/ league/index.htm. Although the League of Nations ceased to exist in 1946, its archives and historical collections survive as invaluable resources for historical research. The site has a comprehensive timeline beginning in 1919 and continuing until 1946.
Photos of the Great War: World War One Image Archive
http://www.gwpda.org/photos/greatwar.htm. Photos of the Great War" is an image base dedicated to the study of the First World War. Its mission is to provide photos to historians, war-gamers, students, webmasters, or anyone with an interest in WWI. Most of the photos contained in this web site have been scanned from contemporary photo-histories (c. 1916-1920) and are in the public domain.
Posters from World War One 1914-1918.
www.fotomarburg.de/fmwebsite/diskus/Weltkr_P_e.htm. At this German Historic Museum, Berlin site a small, but varied collection of First World War posters are available.
World War One: BBC Homepage History.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwone. This BBC site follows the Great War through the analysis of historians and politicians, and the accounts of those who experienced it. Topics include: timelines, historic figures, history trails and talk history.