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. Established in 1998, the website is dedicated to the memory of more than 20 family members who served in the military during the Great War of 1914-1918.

Western Front Battlefields

Map of The Western Front battlefields 1914-1918.

Map of the 1914-1918 Western Front battlefields to show where they are located in Belgium and France. Information for battlefield sectors includes the battles which happened there, listings and photographs of cemeteries, memorials, battle remains and museums to be visited, events taking place and information for visitors.

WW1 Battlefields of the Western Front

Battlefield Visits

Poppy growing on the Somme battlefield in France.

Information for visitors to the Western Front battlefields includes links to battlefield tour companies, suggestions for self-drive itineraries, and companies organising walking, cycling and motorcycle tours. Helpful links for travel information to Belgium and France are offered, plus a variety of suggestions for hotels, self-catering, Bed & Breakfast accommodation, hostels and campsites.

Tours & Travel to the 1914-1918 Battlefields

Tracing WW1 Family History

Collage of family ww1 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 now available in archives or online.

Tracing First World War Family History

Researching Military History

Detail from a British Army trench map near Hooge in the Ypres Salient.

A wide range of material is available to explore and study the First World War from online and public archive collections, published histories and trench maps, lectures and academic study courses.

Researching Military History


Wreaths at the Menin Gate Memorial

The First World War and those who were affected by it are remembered by events, exhibitions, memorials, projects, heritage organisations and war grave agencies. Event listings for Western Front battlefield sectors and in countries worldwide are featured on this site. Many special events are being organised during the centenary commemorations from 2014 to 2018.


The Poppy Umbrella — A Gift to Remember

The Poppy Umbrella

The Poppy Umbrella is a practical way to “Remember” throughout the seasons — in sunshine or in rain. The family behind greatwar.co.uk founded The Poppy Umbrella. A number of ex-Service charities and military heritage organizations sell The Poppy Umbrella to help generate funds for their work.

The Poppy Umbrella


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