first world war

  • Audio contentSikh sepoys, non-commissioned and Indian Officers in uniform and mufti (catalogue reference CN 4/8)

    One in six: the South Asian contribution to the First World War

    One hundred years ago, undivided India provided Britain with a massive volunteer army in its hour of need. From 1914-1918 close to 1.5 million Indians served, fighting in all the major theatres of war, from Flanders’ fields in Belgium to […]

  • Audio contentSikh sepoys, non-commissioned and Indian Officers in uniform and mufti (catalogue reference CN 4/8)

    India in the First World War

    The National Archives’ principal military specialist William Spencer is joined by Brigadier Brian McCall, defence advisor in the British High Commission in New Delhi, Squadron Leader Rana Chhina, with the United Service Institution of India in New Delhi, Dr Santanu […]

  • Audio contentAdvertisement for the Decca portable gramophone (public domain)

    The huns have got my gramophone: advertisements from the Great War

    In the nineteenth century, Britain led the world in the production of illustrated books and magazines. By the 1890s, commercial artists often drew for both magazine publishers and advertisers, which gave a continuity of style. Some well-known 21st century brands […]

  • Audio contentBlack Poppies, Stephen Bourne (The History Press, 2014)

    Black Poppies: Britain’s black community and the Great War

    Stephen Bourne talks about his latest book, Black Poppies, published by The History Press to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experiences of Britain’s black community, from the trenches […]

  • Audio contentFootballers (catalogue reference COPY 1/260 (32))

    A game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914?

    Any mention of football and the First World War will evoke the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the football match played in No Man’s Land. At the time many denied that a truce had occurred, let alone a football match […]

  • Audio contentChesham War Memorial, Buckinghamshire

    Putting it all together: using archives to discover your community’s involvement in the First World War

    The names of the First World War dead are there for all to see, on war memorials all over the country. Many individuals and groups are researching the stories behind the names, but what about delving even deeper? There is […]

  • Audio contentHMSO, Underwood Street, interior of office, 1916-1917 (catalogue reference STAT 20/391)

    The civil service in the First World War

    The First World War affected every sector of society, as the nation’s resources were harnessed for the war effort. Like other employers, the civil service lost staff to the armed forces and had to replace them while they were away. […]

  • Audio contentWar Diary page 11th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, March 1918 (catalogue reference

    Webinar: Tracing British battalions or regiments during the First World War

    Unit war diaries, trench maps and photographs are just some of the sources held in The National Archives. This webinar looks at how to find these records and how to use them. David Langrish graduated in War Studies from the […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    War and Peace conference: Closing remarks: the First World War and intelligence

    Closing remarks by Gill Bennett, former Chief Historian, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1995-2005. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held on 28 June 2014 at The […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Peacetime diplomacy and the New European Order

    Professor Alan Sharp, of the University of Ulster, examines diplomacy after the Paris Peace Conference. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held on 28 June 2014 […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    The road to war: The prelude to war

    Dr Stephen Twigge, of The National Archives, outlines the political landscape preceding the First World War – the July Crisis. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Lines in the sand

    Dr Juliette Desplat, of The National Archives, gives an overview of the consequences of the First World War for the Middle East. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Wartime diplomacy: Getting global: American involvement

    Dr Richard Dunley, of The National Archives, discusses American involvement in the First World War, particularly the three-way dynamic of British-American-German relationships. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    The road to war: At home and abroad: propaganda and intelligence

    Dr Martin Farr, of Newcastle University, discusses propaganda and intelligence in the lead up to the First World War. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Wartime diplomacy: The role of the Empire

    Dr Bryan Glass, of Texas State University, examines the role of the Empire during the First World War. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held on […]

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