World War I

crowdheritage, strike a match for education

Three projects #MadewithEuropeana go crowdfunding. Help them grow!

In collaboration with crowdfunding platform Goteo, we recently launched a match funding call that offers 10,000 EUR to support projects using digital cultural content in secondary education. Three innovative projects were selected and started their crowdfunding campaigns on Goteo.org. Their first round will run until 5 June. If the projects meet their minimum financial goal […]

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Lost WW1 memorial plaque of HMS Laurentic fireman returned to family thanks to Europeana 1914-1918

A lost World War One memorial plaque – dedicated to fireman Thomas McGarry who died in the sinking of the HMS Laurentic in 1917 – has been returned to his family decades later thanks to Europeana 1914-1918. Thomas McGarry was a fireman on board the HMS Laurentic which sunk while travelling from Ireland to Canada when […]

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“If father’s gone, keep smiling” – considering the children of the First World War

Guest post by Clare Gibson, of The Army Children Archive (TACA) What Europe’s children went through during the First World War is often overlooked by historians. Understandably, perhaps, if they are focusing on ‘big’ issues like the horrors of trench warfare or the changing role of women on the home front. But what was the […]

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Are You In Europeana? How I found out about my relative who fought in World War One

Everyone googles their name from time to time. But have you tried doing the same on Europeana Collections? Portraits of Roland Gerard Garvin. British Library, CC BY Cultural heritage is often our shared heritage – the books, archives, paintings, sculptures, music and more that we as Europeans and people share. Sometimes though cultural heritage can […]

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Download our new iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book on the First World War!

Whether you’re a school student or a WW1 enthusiast, you can now discover the different causes leading to the First World War with our new iTunes U course and Multi-Touch Book. The book and related course, available on iTunes in both Dutch and English, use fascinating historical materials to bring the months and years before […]

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Defeating the Russians on the Eastern Front

During the summer of 1915, the German and Austro-Hungarian armies were advancing in Galicia and Poland on the Eastern front, causing the Russians heavy casualties and forcing them to retreat. Due to heavy losses in the earlier Gorlice–Tarnów Offensive in May and June, the Russian Army as a whole was already roughly 30% short of […]

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Gallipoli from a different perspective

By collecting together untold stories of this historic war, Europeana 1914-1918 offers many opportunities to look at familiar events from new and different perspective, and from both sides of the battle lines. As Anzac Day, the most significant day commemorating the loss of life during the Gallipoli campaign approaches, we want to take a look at […]

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Yesterday’s news: How newsreels told the story of the First World War

Nowadays there’s news breaking everywhere we go; there’s no escape. We have access to the latest stories at any time, in any place, in any form. We read it, see it, hear it all day. This omnipresence has made us into what we like to call ‘news junkies’, always hungry for more. A century ago, […]

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WW1: A Day at the Hospital

After the First World War started, the flow of casualties soon overwhelmed the existing medical facilities. Large numbers of public and private buildings (often large houses) were turned over for use as small hospitals, most of which operated as annexes to nearby larger hospitals. Some hospitals were developed as, or became specialist units. Categories of […]

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Summer Snaps from WW1 Soldiers

Even during the First World War soldiers would find some time to enjoy the warm weather. Soldiers weren’t expected to serve entirely in the front line or in the trenches. Fortunately for the troops, they spent a short period in rest. In a year, only about two months would be spent at rest, and not […]

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The (Army) Lives of WW1

The (Army) Lives of WW1 is a new Pinterest board by Europeana to commemorate the beginning of World War One. All the images are sourced from our Europeana 1914-1918 website. Some of it is from people like you who came to our roadshows to contribute to our collection, and some of it is from the […]

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Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

By Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen Saturday, 28 June this year marked one hundred years since 19-year-old Serbian Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, sparking controversy and anger all across Europe and eventually leading to the outbreak of war in August 1914. So what exactly happened, how did it lead […]

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World War 1 Centenary: 19 Historical Photographs

Saturday marks the day recognised as the beginning of World War 1. The Great War was a conflict on an unprecedented scale that affected the everyday lives of virtually all Europeans and many people living in other parts of the world. The memory of the war, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, all […]

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The sinking of the Lusitania

By Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen  Ninety-nine years ago, RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner, was sunk by a German U-Boat, resulting in the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew and eventually leading to America’s entry into the First World War. In early 1915 German submarines, or “U-Boats”, began to be used […]

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Centenary of the First World War: the story of Walter Flex

Centenary of the First World War: More than 400,000 sources from national libraries’ collections now online The story of Walter Flex, war volunteer right from the start of the First World War and one of the best-known writers it produced. A digital commemoration of the First World War — English subtitles: http://youtu.be/AZ77LvCbFr8 Una memoria digitale per […]

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Advertising the War – Your Country Needs You!

By Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen In order to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the EFG1914 project was launched by the European Film Gateway to digitise and bring together films and film-related materials from 21 European film archives in an online portal accessible to everybody. The partners of EFG1914 have […]

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