The Terrains of the Great War

The First World War was not only fought knee-deep in the mud filled trenches of the Western Front. It was a global event and military engagements took place in many different countries and in many different terrains, leading to very different experiences of the conflict.

We’ve made an interactive map that incorporates photographs from Wikimedia and Flickr Commons to explore what these different terrains were like.

To view in Google Earth: If you haven’t already, download Google Earth to your computer, then download the files you would like to explore from the links above. Open the file in Google Earth. You can use your cursor to move the globe and in many cases zoom down to street level. Click on the pins for links to the photographs.

In Google Earth this file can be layered with Military Engagements of World War I to provide additional contextual detail on the military campaigns.


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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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