The archive Tales of the VC comprises 94 individual accounts of the heroism that earned the highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross. These are recounted deferentially and economically, yet they can still move the reader. Authored by Lt James … Continue reading
The Victoria Cross is a military decoration awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy” to members of armed forces of some Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories. It takes precedence over all other Orders, decorations and medals; … Continue reading
With the help of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) we have produced a set of resources to visualise the Commonwealth cemeteries, burial plots and memorials across the globe for those who lost their lives as a result of World … Continue reading
Taking a list of World War I military engagements from Wikipedia, it is possible to plot these on a map. Then using code to analyse Wikipedia (as seen in this earlier visualisation) we can plot a shape on the map … Continue reading
We’ve taken some military maps from Wikimedia Commons to produce a KML layer. A KML file is a file that contains geographic annotation and visualisation for earth viewing software. Within the map are 4 layers – some of which might … Continue reading
Between the 9th April and 16th May 2012 the Battle of Arras was tweeted in realtime by the WW1C Project and a number of contributors from the TWitter community. We geotagged our tweets to tell the @Arras95 story. You can see the tweets above in the interactive map, or open them in Google Maps.
All the tweets are also available for download in CSV format (opens in Excel).
There is no easy way to compare medals across different armed forces – they remain distinct entities without comparison. Harry Cator won a VC and a Croix du Guerre for his actions at Arras, but the majority of medals … Continue reading
Aubrey Herbert was almost blind but served in France, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia in World War One. He was the basis for characters in the work of John Buchan and Louis de Bernières. Herbert’s life and death (he died after having … Continue reading
Arras was part of the front line for a large period of the war. Although we focus on Arras in 1917, it was also a site of a battle in 1915 and 1918. As such the town had already suffered … Continue reading
From a Munich hospital in December 1916 future dictator Adolf Hitler sent a postcard to his comrade Karl Lanzhammer, expressing his desire to go back to the front line. Nursing a leg wound from the Battle of the Somme he … Continue reading
Arras Cathedral was severely damaged during the war, and became part of a propaganda / recruitment campaign. We’ve taken some of these propaganda shots and placed them as a Google Earth 3D Map of the cathedral to give you a … Continue reading
Edward Thomas was a War Poet in World War I, who died fighting in the Battle of Arras in 1917. The First World War Poetry Digital Archive has a large collection of his resources including letters and diary entries, which … Continue reading
We have made a simple file that contains geographic annotation of the front lines at Arras 1917 for earth viewing software, e.g. Google Earth or Google Maps. View in Google Maps Instructions for Google Earth: If you haven’t already, download … Continue reading
Wikipedia is in a position of influence for how people learn about history, but how do the Battles of Arras (1914, 1917 and 1918) differ across the site? What do the edits and page changes tell us about these battles … Continue reading