World War 1

How the war began...

Overview of the War

BBC Bitesize review of World War 1 is primarily a KS4 site while the BBC sites here and here provide various clips and articles for reading, watching.

Timelines of events

A timeline of the war with another here.

The Sinking of the Lusitania

The Lusitania.

Art inspired by World War 1

Poems and poets of the First World War

The Battles

Maps and Battles on the American PBS website.

Recruitment and Underage Soldiers

Underage soldiers in the army during World War 1.

The Home Front

The British Home Front during WW1

Writing about World War 1

Journalists on the battlefield during World War 1.

World War 1 document archive.

Art and Literature inspired by World War 1

Poems and poets of the First World War

Listen to Michael Morpurgo's World War 1 story 'Private Peaceful' on the BBC here.




Links specifically related to your Independent Studies


A who's who of the Great War

Gavrillo Princip

Information about the man who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and kick started World War 1 can be found here: Spartacus Educational,, Shmoop and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

There is also a wikipedia link.

This link at the Guardian newspaper discusses how modern former Yugoslavians see the man 100 years later.

T.E. Lawrence

Information about 'Lawrence of Arabia' can be found on the BBC History site and a lot of information can be found on this part of the Imperial War Museum's website.

Information and documents are available on the T.E. Lawrence Studies page. PBS has information here while the History Learning Site has information here.

A newspaper announcement of his death can be found here.

Several youtube videos - including documentaries and archive film footage of the man himself - can be found here.

Sir Hiram Maxim

There are many links available online about the American born inventor who created the machine gun. Here are a few of them:, the Dartford Town Archive, the Your Dictionary website, The PBS 'Who Made America?' site, and Spartacus Education.

Edith Cavell

A British nurse who served and died during the war. There are many places to find out about her but here are a few:, Histories Heroes, the site of Norwich Cathedral where she is buried, the Cavell Nurses Trust site and an article about her death on the BBC.

A video about her and her execution is here. The sound starts after 30 seconds.

There are several films here on youtube - including a complete film about her life.

Flora Sandes

Flora was the only woman to officially be in combat during World War 1. Articles from the Daily Mail can be found here and here.

There's a BBC History article here, there's Spartacus Educational information here, and information here.

There is information here and, if you're able to find a copy there is a published book entitled 'A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes' written by Louise Miller.

There are other sources of information online, including a wikipedia article.

War and Women

World War 1 brought about many changes for women. The BBC has information here: What did World War One Really do For Women?, BBC history, and BBC Higher Bitesize.

There is some basic information here.  The national Archives has information here.

There is more information at the following sites: The Imperial War Museum,, WW1 facts, The History Learning Site,, Striking Women,, WarandGender and, of course, wikipedia.

Animals in World War 1

There were many animals used on the battlefields of World War 1 so find out about them with these links: Classic Pathe images and information of dogs, horses, mules, oxen, elephants, camels and pigeons; a BBC report about circus animals helping in the war effort; the British library; the animals in war memorial; the History Learning site and War History online.

Pictures of animals in the FirstWorldWar archive and in the great war gallery.

Animals at War from The History Channel - but be careful, not all of this relates to World War 1.

The Christmas Truce

The famous 'truce' of Christmas 1914 when the Germans and English laid down their arms and even played football...

This video can be skipped until the 45th second

The Imperial War Museum has a podcast available here which includes the voices of people who were there.

More information can be found here: The History Channel,,  wikipedia, The Christmas Truce site,, and the History Learning Site.


The Aftermath of World War 1 and the Treaty of Versailles

An animated map showing the aftermath of the war is shown here along with mention of various treaties including treaties.

The Treaty of Versailles: BBC GCSE Bitesize; the History Learning site; History on the net; John D Clare (there may be an annoying pop-up on this site); The National Archives (look at the last statement on this page - particularly relevant).

German territorial losses due to the treaty are shown here.

The aftermath of the treaty in Germany and the rise of Adolf Hitler to power is talked about here. The rise of fascism in the aftermath of the war is mentioned here. Another site talking about the effects on the Weimar Republic (Germany after the Kaiser) is the History Learning site.