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Associations for the study of the First World War

International Society for First World War Studies

Founded in 2001 the society brings together postgraduates and more established academics who study the First World War. The society has more than 200 members in Europe, North America and Australasia. The society holds a conference every two years.

The League of World War I Aviation Historians was founded in 1985 in Dallas, Texas. It is a non-profit organization whose goals include the accumulation, preservation, and publication of factual data concerning aerial activity of World War I. Over the Front is the quarterly journal published by the League of World War I Aviation Historians and is packed with everything you might want to know about aerial conflict in the Great War of 1914-1918. The League welcomes questions about the topic from students of WWI aviation history.

For more information about Over the Front journal, back issues and how to subscribe go to the website at:

The Gallipoli Association

The Gallipoli Association was founded in 1969 by a veteran of the campaign, Major Edgar Banner. It is a non-profit making organisation furthering the memories of the Great War Campaign. The aims of the Gallipoli Association are:

  • To keep alive the memory of the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915
  • To ensure that the men who fought and died in the campaign are not forgotten.
  • To encourage and facilitate the study of the campaign so that lasting benefit can be gained from its valuable lessons.

The association publishes a regular journal called The Gallipolian. For more information about the Gallipoli campaign, for events, tours and membership go to the website at:

The Great War Society

The Great War Society was established in 1987. It exists to encourage discussion, learning, scholarship and independent research on the events surrounding the First World War. The society was founded by a group of researchers at the Hoover Institution of War, Peace and Revolution. There is an online monthly newsletter available by request called "St. Mihiel Trip-Wire" edited by Michael Hanlon.

The Western Front Association: furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. Explore - Learn - Share.The Western Front Association (WFA)

The Western Front Association (WFA) was founded by John Giles. It was inaugurated on 11 November 1980. It is a registered charity no. 298365.

The Western Front Association was formed with the aim of furthering interest in the period 1914-1918, to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those of all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during the Great War. It does not seek to justify or glorify war. It is not a re-enactment society, nor is it commercially motivated. It is entirely non-political. The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of the Great War with particular reference to the Western Front. Applications for membership are welcomed from anyone with like mind.

Stand To! Journal of The Western Front AssociationMembership by subscription to the WFA includes a quarterly journal, 'Stand To!', and a quarterly 'Bulletin' containing articles and Branch News. The WFA has 46 branches in the United Kingdom, branches in Australia, B.A.O.R, Canada, France, New Zealand and the United States. There are WFA affiliated branches in Belgium, Holland and Germany. Branches meet regularly, many of them once a month, with guest speakers giving talks on a wide range of topics related to the First World War.

Front Forum

Visit the WFA's Front Forum for discussion on all sorts of topics related to the First World War, for example, The Great War and the Home Front, Remembering the Great War, Education: Researching and learning about the Great War.

For full details about the WFA, branch meetings, speakers and membership go to the website at:

Living History Groups

Khaki Devil

Members of the "Khaki Chums" in Ypres on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1992. The "Khaki Chums" is a Living History group organised by Taff Gillingham and Khaki Devil. (© founders of Khaki Devil, Taff Gillingham and Kev Smith, are both collectors of uniforms and equipment, providing historical advice for film and television. In addition, for those groups with a very limited budget they have also established a service specifically aimed at schools, amateur dramatic societies and community theatre. For details see AmDram & School Productions on the Khaki Devil website.

Email Taff or Kevin at

Tel: + 44 (0) 1473 712 723

Fax: + 44 (0) 1473 716 363

The Great War Society

The Great War Society is a non profit making organisation based in the UK. Founded in 1984 the society provides an opportunity for practical research into the uniforms, weapons, equipment, training and everyday tasks of Great War soldiers, both of the Allied, and Central powers.

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