Everything can be found on the Net, from the best to the worst... The First World War does not make an exception to this rule. You will find hereafter a small an uncompleted list of some of the websites that I use, respect or recommend.
Remark : Some of the below links are related to websites made by amateurs who practice WW1 battlefield digging. This activity is forbidden and I do not appreciate it myself because of both the real dangers hidden in the ground and the human beings parts that are still mixed with earth. The presence of some of these websites in my list is justified only by the quality of the documentary work accompanying them.
Generic WW1 websites
|Centenaire.org: the official website in France for the WW1 100th anniversary
|Verdun-Meuse : The ambitious website of the Mission Histoire du Conseil General de la Meuse
|Trenches on the Web : a great classic impossible to circumvent, in English
|The Hellfire Corner : : another great classic, gathering articles of different authors on specific themes
|La Première Guerre Mondiale, brilliant realization for a website rich of iconography and ressources
|Les Français à Verdun, , this time this famous battlefield is presented to us by an impassioned French-speaking amateur
|1914/1918.org - la Der des Ders - - good generic french-speaking WW1 website, with a huge collection of numerized historics of the French Regiments
|Heritage of the Great War : a very full English site. Large collection of photographs
|BBC website dedicated to the resources devoted to 1914-1918
|First World War : Particularly extensive english speaking website, pretty well structured
|TeacherOz : American site for the professors – impressive amount of links...
|The Long Long Trail : History of the British Army in 1914-1918
|Belgian Fronts - very extensive website dedicated to the contribution of the Belgian Army to the Great War
|In Argonne 14 18, you’ll find a tell of the fights, a zoom on the mine war, as wella s current or ancient time photographs, only dedicated to Argonne
|Die Schlacht um Verdun is one of the finest German-language website on the Verdun tragedy. Lot of very useful infos.
|Die Alte Armee is a German website gathering a lot of very useful informations on WW1 armies
|DFFV, website of the famous French-German study group on Verdun
|Verdun - Eine Schlacht im Weltkrieg, One of the nicest German-language website on Verdun
|C.R.I.D., "Collectif de Recherche International et de Debat sur la Guerre de 1914-1918
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|The Ch'timiste website is full of interesting informations concerning the operations, and the French regiments that took part in it
|Front de Champagne 1914-1918, a very nice website by Michel Godin, with a well made chronology of the operations of this poorly documented front, photographs, maps, ...
|151 RI.com is a very nice website where some American WW1 amateurs demonstrate their impressive knowledge of the French 'Poilu' !
|Pour ceux de 14-18 The Régiments of Chalon-sur-Saaône in the Great War - 56 RI, 256 RI, 59 RI, 259 RI
|Picardie 14-18 : An original website about the different faces of WW1 in Picardy.
|Ce Qui Demeure : The brilliant website of one of my French friends, inviting to a very pictural virtuel journey on the Reminding Roads.
|Poelcapelle Area 1914-1918 : Dutch and English speaking website on this famous battlefield in Flanders
|L'annuaire de la Grande Guerre is a very esthetic and complete collection of links concerning WW1.
|Autour des Drapeaux : A blog gathering the potrait of the French units that took part to WW1.
|German Colonial Uniforms : Very complete and well documented website about this really specific topic.
Artillery and ordnance
|Canons pgm / ww1 Guns : A blog of mine dedicated to the collect of WW1 artillery pieces still visible nowadays. It is used as a collecting tool for the Surviving Guns section of this website.
|Base Documentaire Artillerie : A promising new website created by French Artillery professionals
|Association des Amis du Musee de l'Artillerie de Draguignan : Discover that remarkable Museum dedicated to Artillery
|Le Canon de 75 : Probably the best website dedicated to the famous French 75 mm fieldgun.
|Artilleur 14-18 : A sensible personal research on the notes from a WW1 artillery man led to this website and a book
|Gentlemans Military Interest Club : An english speaking forum for militaria.
|Landships : A very well documented and pictured site on WW1 artillery (and other material from the same period). Initially meant for modelmaking, but now one of the best references in WW1 artillery. Includes a forum where specialists meet...
|Lovett Artillery : Home site of a US artillery passionate, repairing, collecting or selling old guns. Please visit !
|LES CANONS DE L'APOCALYPSE
|Les canons de l'Apocalypse : Only very big guns here, from both WW1 and WW2
|Histoire Technique de l'Artilerie Française Impressive website of Dr Balliet, covering the XIV to XIX centuries period
|ArtiglieriA Website dedicated to Italian Artillery of WW1
|L'Artillerie lourde Allemande a Liege An excellent French-language article on the German heavy artillery engaged in Auust 1914 against the Liege forts.
|Harry's Zünder Ecke : A lot of photographs of artillery fuses, but without any comments nor explanations, unhopefully
|Munavia 21 Too bad, this very well documented website, specially for fuses, will disappear end of 2005...
|Military Mementos : Ever wondered where to buy safe shells and fuzes ? go there !
|B.O.C.N. : British Ordnance Collectors Network : real specialists !
|C.P.R.H. : A nice website dedicated to the passion of Belgian diggers, with interesting documentation on WW1 ordnance
|PRIVAT-MILITARIAGerman-speaking forum on WW1 and WW2 miliraia. Well documented, but you hane to register first...
|MILITARIA Fund ForumAnother German-speaking forum particularly well documented...
Battlefields remains and militaria
|En Attendant les Demineurs : To read before going to the Battlefields, learn the recommendations of professional mine clearers, and STAY ALIVE !
|Deminex : ANCIENT ORDNANCE IS STILL DANGEROUS... Visit this French brave mine-clearers website. They'll answer to questions that could save your life !
|Souterrains et Vestiges : A succession of highly documented articles on the WW1 underground warfare.
|Cercle d'Histoire Militaire de Remiremont et des Forts de la Haute Moselle : Website and forum in which you can discover the remarkable work of that association
|Verdun 1916 : site of incredible Swedish amateurs who took rather impressive photographs of war remains at Verdun between 1999 and 2001.
|Un Unfortunate Region : another website - Dutch - on the WW1 nowadays remains....
|The Great War in Flanders Fields : Belgian website with resources on points of interest on WW1 in the Flanders Fields
|The Western Front Museum : Virtual museum
|Vestiges 1914-1918 : High quality website of a friend of mine, you can say that those battlefield pictures are artistic...
|Projet Fortiff : Luc Malchair and Jean Puelinckx ambitious website willing to build an index of the fortification in different countries
|Mémoire et Militaria : Dedicated to remnants of both WW1 and WW2
|Militaria 1914-1918 : a French-speaking site (in progress) specialized in the military material of this period.
|Histoire & militaria 1914-1918 : A new forum, dedicated on WW1 militaria. French-speaking and very rich !.
|MilitariaCollec : Very interesting french-speaking forum for militaria addicted. Only the archives are shown here, becaus the active site has moved to another place.
|MilitariaCollec : Very interesting french-speaking forum for militaria addicted, inherited from the above mentionned link.
|MilitariaCollec : Forum for French military History collectors and passionated.
|Vestiges Militaria : If you are into militaria direct from battlefields, this website is for you.
|Militaria 14-18 : Nice and esthetic WW1 militaria website
|Sturmpionier : Website of a WW1 militaria lover, taking a lot of careand respect with his findings
|La Guerre des Gaz : Probably one of the best websites on the gaz war during WW1.
|War and Memory : Website of a 14 18 militaria lover, whose collection will surely impress you, both in quantity and in quality...
|Great War Collection : Another WW1 battlefields pictures website, from a talented Dutch amateur
|Plaques d'identité Allemandes 1869-1918 : This French site gives us a lot of information about the identity medals of the German troops from 1869 to 1918.
|Souvenirs de la Grande Guerre : Website dedicated to the Trenches Art, with some amazing objects.
|Carnets d'un Collectionneur de Grenades Françaises : Highly documented website upon French Grenades.
|Pages 14-18 : One of the bests (the best ?) French-speaking WW1 forum. Includes an english-speaking section.
|The french ‘Association 14-18’ publishes a periodical leaflet “Grande Guerre Magazine” ("The Great War Magazine"), and lodges an excellent forum on its website
|The Western Front Association : a real institution, represented in many country.
|The Western Front Association : the American (PA) section. A bit disappointing to me its website has been turned into a facebook page where the information is much less structured
|English speaking forum lodged by the website "The Long Long Trail"
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|"C.E.F. Research Forum" : English-speaking Forum dedicated to the 'Canadian Expeditionary Forces'. Very impressive collection of WW1 links on their specifically created blog
|Association des Amis de Vauquois et de sa Région (The ‘Association of the Friends of Vauquois’ and its Area) : without this very active association, the site of the disappeared Vauquois village, succession of deep craters that disfigure its hill, would be only a bushy hill. Visit their site !
|This German association "Argonnenwald" is the partner of the ‘Association of the Friends of Vauquois’ (see above) for the safeguarding and the study of the war sites of the Argonne region and Vauquois
|This time it is in the Soissonnais (Aisne), and more particularly on the Ladies’Way, that this valiant association "Soissonnais 14-18" takes us for a virtual promenade
|"Le Poilu de la Marne" is an association gathering enthusiasts men who are participating to several social events with high fidelity reconstitutions.
|"Forum Eerste Wereldoorlog" : the very active and friendly Forum covering WW1 in dutch language.
Museums and historic sites
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|In Flanders Fields : Website of the famous and very moving museum built in the celeb cloth market in Ypres (Flanders – Belgium).
|Inaugurated by Maurice Genevoix, the Memorial of Verdun is a nice museum built on the site of the station of the disappeared village of Fleury (Verdun – France).
|Imperial War Museum : the collections of this immense museum (London - England) .
|Website of the famous Historial of the Great War in Péronnes (Somme – France).
|This promising future Hindenburg Line Museum will be soon opened. The website is already great.
|The website of the serious Commonwealth War Commission that deals with the commonwealth cemeteries on the continent
|Les chemins de la mémoire (‘Roads of the Memory’); Website made by the French government, dedicated to the historic sites in France
|Mémoire des Hommes (‘Memory of the Men’); is another Website made by the French Defense Ministery, that allow the research of death files of most of the French soldiers killed during WW1
Books lovers and booksellers
|Editions ANOVI : a very interesting small editor
|Chapitre.com : You will find much of the works to which I refer in the ‘new books’ or ‘second-hand books’ sections... .
|Livre-Rare-Book gathers hundreds of secondhand french speaking booksellers, in the reserves of which one can make an extensive search with a single engine.
|Pages de Guerre is the homepage of Stephan Agosto's 'blog'. This guy is a 'celebrity' on the french forums of WW1, and as friendly as specialist.
|La couleur des larmes (‘The Color of the Tears) : a 1918-1998 Commemoration by some great museums – moving works of multinational painters
|La Grande Guerre en Dessins (‘The Large War in Drawings) : Very complete and very esthetic, a VERY beautiful site!
Various and friendly sites
|the site "Dugout - Great War Games" is dedicated to the mods and 14/18 maps for Close Combat PC game series