A Guide to WW1 Battlefields and History of the First World War
This site provides an overview of the First World War battlefields on the Western Front by showing you where they are and what you can see there today.
Visiting the WW1 Western Front Battlefields
Take a look through our pages of information, advice and photographs.
Location of The Western Front Battlefields
Map of the Western Front battlefield locations and an overview of the regions in Belgium and France where the 1914-1918 battlefields are situated.
The Western Front battles left a scarred landscape in Belgian Flanders and north-eastern France. Various preserved sites of battlefield remains can be visited.
A number of museums focus on the First World War, with a number of large national museums and small private museums on the battlefields.
War Graves on The Western Front
There are many thousands of war graves and commemorative memorials for the fallen of many nations along the line of battlefields that formed The Western Front.
Battles and the Western Front Battlefields
Find out about how the Western Front was formed as a battlefront from the battles of movement in autumn 1914, through a three year period of trench warfare to the final Advance to Victory by the Allied Armies from July to November 1918.
A wide range of material is available to explore and study the First World War from online and public archive collections, academic study courses, lectures, guided tours, books, military documents, trench maps, and resources for teachers.
Tracing WW1 Family History
Are you looking for a member of your family who served in the First World War? See our advice on how to get started. Find out about the sort of information you can find and where to find it for military records, medal records, unit histories, trench maps and official military histories.
Ceremonies, events, exhibitions, conferences, lectures and archaeological studies take place during the year on the Western Front battlefields of Belgium and France. See our What's On event listings for the battlefields, and WW1 related events in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
The Poppy Umbrella — A Gift to Remember
In keeping with the spirit of Remembrance The Poppy Umbrella is a practical way to “Remember” throughout the seasons — in sunshine or in rain. The family behind this website at greatwar.co.uk also founded The Poppy Umbrella. A number of ex-Service charities and military heritage organizations sell The Poppy Umbrella to help raise funds towards their good work. The idea for this unique umbrella originated in Ieper (Ypres) on Armistice Day 1995, close to where the famous poem “In Flanders fields the poppies blow...” is believed to have been written.
Special Features on greatwar.co.uk
In Flanders Fields The Poppies Blow...
Read the poem by John McCrae and how he is believed to have written this famous poem one evening in May 1915 after he had buried a friend killed by an artillery shell.
Sounding Last Post in Ypres
Every night at 8 o'clock the Last Post is played in a ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. Find out about the Last Post ceremony, listen to a live recording and learn more about the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.
Battle Study: The Second Battle of Ypres
98 pages of an innovative study of the build up to the Second Battle of Ypres and the first gas attack on the Western Front. Told from the German and Allied sides of the wire the story is illustrated with maps, previously untranslated German material and original research.
The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy
This is the story of how the red field poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance. From its association with poppies flowering in the first spring of the war in 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has since become synonymous with great loss of life in war.
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