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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Army_during_World_War_I Indian Army during World War I] Wikipedia
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Battles_of_World_War_I_involving_British_India Battles of WWI involving British India] Wikipedia
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Battles_of_World_War_I_involving_British_India Battles of WWI involving British India] Wikipedia
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20111130053326/http://orbat.com/site/history/1900-38/index.html Historical Orders of Battle and TOEs 1900-1938]. Includes British Army and Indian Army during WW1. orbat.com, now archived.
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20111130053326/http://orbat.com/site/history/1900-38/index.html Historical Orders of Battle and TOEs 1900-1938]. Includes British Army and Indian Army during WW1. orbat.com, now archived.
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20141012132009/http://www.ordersofbattle.darkscape.net/site/cimh/british%20india/indian_army_1914.pdf The Army In India – July 1914] by Prof Charles Tustin Kamps. Orders of Battle, now archived.
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20141012132009/http://www.ordersofbattle.darkscape.net/site/cimh/british%20india/indian_army_1914.pdf The Army In India – July 1914] by Prof Charles Tustin Kamps. Orders of Battle, now archived.
Revision as of 00:33, 30 June 2020
First World War information relevant to British India, including the involvement of the Indian Army and of Anglo Indians in the British Army. During the First World War compulsory service was deemed necessary and the Indian Defence Force Act was passed in 1917. European British men between the ages of 18 and 41 were subject to compulsory service within India. Thus men serving overseas were not sent as conscripts, but had voluntarily joined either the Indian Army, or the British Army.
- 1 General information
- 2 British Army Territorial Force troops in India
- 3 Regular British Army troops in India
- 4 Indian Army troops in India
- 5 At sea
- 6 Recommended reading
- 7 Records
- 8 Related articles
- 9 External links
- 9.1 Historical books online
- 9.1.1 Official histories, political memoirs, etc.
- 9.1.2 Medical Services, including Veterinary
- 9.1.3 General history of the war, including origins
- 9.1.4 Corps, Munitions, Equipment, Railways etc.
- 9.1.5 In the Air
- 9.1.6 Naval
- 9.1.7 Memoirs
- 9.1.8 Secret Service and Spies
- 9.1.9 India and the Indian Army. The Empire.
- 9.1.10 History series and periodical publications
- 9.1.11 Those who died
- 9.1.12 Volunteers
- 9.1.13 Prisoners of War
- 9.1.14 Miscellaneous
- 9.1.15 After the War
- 9.1.16 Fiction
- 9.1 Historical books online
- 10 References
Seven expeditionary forces served during World War I
- Indian Expeditionary Force A served on the European Western Front
- Indian Expeditionary Force B served in the East African Campaign
- Indian Expeditionary Force C composed of the Imperial Service Infantry Brigade served in British East Africa
- Indian Expeditionary Force D served in the Mesopotamia Campaign
- Indian Expeditionary Force E served in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign
- Indian Expeditionary Force F served in the First Suez Offensive
- Indian Expeditionary Force G served in the Gallipoli Campaign
The Indian Divisions of 1914-1918 
|Division||Theatres||Arrival in first theatre|
|1st (Peshawar)||-||Remained in India|
|2nd (Rawalpindi)||-||Remained in India|
|3rd (Lahore)||France & Flanders, Mesopotamia||October 1914|
|4th (Quetta)||-||Remained in India|
|5th (Mhow)||-||Remained in India|
|6th (Poona)||Mesopotamia||From November 1914|
|7th (Meerut)||France & Flanders, Mesopotamia||October 1914|
|8th (Lucknow)||-||Remained in India|
|9th (Secunderabad)||-||Remained in India|
|10th||Egypt||Formed in Egypt 1914|
|11th||Egypt||Formed in Egypt 1914|
|12th||Mesopotamia||Formed in Mesopotamia 1915|
|14th||Mesopotamia||Formed in Mesopotamia 1916|
|15th||Mesopotamia||Formed in Mesopotamia 1916|
|16th||-||Remained in India|
|17th||Mesopotamia||Formed in Mesopotamia 1917|
|18th||Mesopotamia||Formed in Mesopotamia 1917|
|Burma Division||-||Remained in India|
|1st Indian Cavalry||France & Flanders||November 1914. Renamed 4th Cavalry Division in November 1916|
|2nd Indian Cavalry||France & Flanders||December 1914. Renamed 5th Cavalry Division in November 1916|
“Britain's declaration of war on Germany in 1914, brought immediate mobilization in India and by 1915, the British war drain produced hundreds of officer vacancies in the regular army which became accessible to Anglo-Indians for the first time since the East India Company's ban of 1791. Conscription was enforced systematically among the Anglo-Indians at odds with the experience of other Indian communities treated more leniently. (Abel:1988) By 1916, perhaps 8,000 Anglo-Indians had joined British units as in the case of the many "India-born" recruits accepted by the Dorset Regiment. Jhansi's Anglo-Indian Battery, part of the Anglo-Indian Force, attached to the 77th Royal Field Artillery, had the largest concentration of Anglo-Indian conscripts and volunteers and earned a distinguished record in the Mesopotamian conflict. In total, 50-75% of the adult Anglo-Indian population saw active service although non-emergency enlistment in the British Army remained closed to them. (Dover:1937) Most were immediately sent abroad while others were employed by the sudden munitions and supply boom, for instance, at Kanpur where the army's leather processing centre had been located since after the Mutiny. (Thomas:1982)” 
In 1916 the Anglo-Indian Association was asked to raise a battalion of Anglo-Indian soldiers - an Anglo-Indian force; some of them served in Mesopotamia. By the September of 1917 the Anglo-Indian Force had drawn more than 950 men.
The Anglo Indian Battery, an Artillery unit which was part of the Anglo Indian Force, served in Mesopotamia and returned to India at the end of the war and was based at Trimulgherry. The Government of India decided the unit should be a permanent part of the forces, but it appears not to have survived the cuts of the post war slump
- The Anglo -Indian Force - WWI angloburmeselibrary.com
- Britain’s Betrayal In India: The Story of the Anglo-Indian Community by Frank Anthony 1960. Archive.org version mirror from Digital Library of India. Chapter VII "World Wars I and II", page 122, includes the Anglo Indian Battery.
Temporary Commissions & Indian Army Reserve of Officers 1917-1921
IOR Ref - (L/MIl/9/435-623)
The First World War necessitated a reserve force of British Army officers for the Indian Army to supplement regular recruitment of cadets from Sandhurst, Wellington and Quetta. Temporary commissions were, therefore, granted to British Officers, NCOs and enlisted men of the required educational standard.
Fortunately, the individual names in this section are listed in searchable indexes on the National Archives Access to Archives website (See External links. The full record will show birth details and army service.
In the same index volume, on the open shelves in the British Library, is a further typed list of about 2,500 names compiled from a card index relating to medal claims. This index gives rank, unit , date of release and post-release address.( It does not actually show medal entitlement)
Finally the volume contains an index of 815 British Army other ranks commissioned into the Indian Army during the First World War. Fuller reference is shown as WO339 (pieces 139092 -139906) held at The National Archives – (See War Office: Officers' Services, First World War, Long Number Papers (numerical) in External links
The British Library has the book, in five volumes, covering the First World War, Alphabetical list giving particulars of officers of the Indian Army Reserve of Officers / [issued by] Army Headquarters, India, Military Secretary’s Branch. The catalogue entry states "Contents: [v.1]. 26th June 1916 _ v.2. 24th January 1917 _ v.3. 31st December 1917 _ v.4. 30th June 1918 _ v.5. 31st December 1918". The shelfmark is OIR 355.37 Open Access. There are also the records, Applications for appointments to the India Army Reserve of Officers (1916-1918) IOR/L/MIL/9/552 to IOR/L/MIL/9/552. Search by name, in the British Library's Archives and Manuscripts catalogue.
- FIBIS database: A List of Officers (I.A.R.O.) recruited to or Re-engaged during the Year 1916 and up to the middle of January 1917
British Army Territorial Force troops in India
Territorial Force troops were sent to India so that regular units could be released for service in France.
On 22 September 1914 the government of India agreed to send 32 British and 20 Indian regular army battalions to Europe in exchange for 43 Territorial Force battalions. 
- The 43rd (Wessex) Division - All units assembled at Southampton on 9 October. Sailing via Malta and Suez, the main body of the Division went to Bombay, landing on 9 November, with three units (4th, 5th and 6th Devons) landing at Karachi two days later. 
- The 44th (Home Counties) Division - All units that were going to India assembled at Southampton and sailed on 30 October. They all went to Bombay, landing between 1 and 3 December.
- The 45th (2nd Wessex) Division On 25 November 1914 it was decided to send from the 2nd Wessex 10 battalions of infantry and the artillery. Two battalions (2/4th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and 2/4th Hampshire Regiment went to Karachi (arriving 9 January 1915) via Aden; the rest landed at Bombay (4-8 January 1915).
See British Army Territorial Force troops arriving in 1914 for those Regiments and Batteries arriving with the first two Divisions above, and their initial postings.
The Territorial Battalions in India generally experienced a movement of personnel, as drafts were provided for Regiments in Mesopotamia, and men transferred to specialist services. The Battalions in India in turn received drafts from Britain. As an example, 1/5th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry lost nearly half its original personnel in 2½ years in India.  Wounded and other ill soldiers from Mesopotamia were returned to India for treatment and convalescence. Some of these sadly became part of the group of soldiers who died in India.
A regimental history which describes experiences of Territorials in India during the Great War is A Strange War: Burma, India and Afghanistan 1914-1919 by C P Mills, available at the British Library UIN: BLL01008454962. The Regiment was the 2/5th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry. An general history is Terriers In India: British Territorials 1914-19 by Peter Stanley, available at the British Library UIN: BLL01019072648, where the catalogue description states "a rich mix of social and military history".
Garrison Battalions were made up of soldiers unfit for front line duty. This decision was made at time of enlistment or after previous front line service where the soldier had suffered wounds or sickness. They were sent to various parts of the empire on garrison duties to release fit soldiers for front line duty. By the end of the war there were 18 Garrison Battalions in India.
In India, men unfit for frontline duties in regiments about to leave India for war zones, were transferred into Garrison Battalions already serving in India.
Some of the soldiers who served in the Garrison Battalions in India served on the North West Frontier in Afghanistan in 1919, in the 3rd Afghan War, almost certainly along the lines of communication.
Very little has been written about the Garrison Battalions of World War I in post-war regimental histories. Battalions were disbanded within days of returning from service overseas and their four or five year existence was apparently regarded as of little consequence in regimental history. . A diary, including a description of the journey to India of a “unit of middle-aged and medically downgraded men”, and letters home may be found in 1st Garrison Battalion The Manchester Regiment, India, Singapore, Hong Kong & Siberia by Robert Bonner.
The April 1919 Indian Army List shows the following Garrison Battalions: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Garrison Battalions, Bedfordshire Regiment; 1st Garrison Battalions Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), East Yorkshire Regiment; 2nd Garrison Battalion, Essex Regiment, 1st Garrison Battalions Gordon Highlanders, Lincolnshire Regiment, Manchester Regiment, Norfolk Regiment; 2nd Garrison Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers; 1st Garrison Battalions Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Royal Irish Rifles, Royal Scots Fusiliers, Somerset Light Infantry, South Staffordshire Regiment and Yorkshire Regiment.
Special Service Battalions
Formed from April 1919 in India from drafts of demobilisees (from Mesopotamia) arriving by ship in Bombay. See "Mutiny in India 1919" for more details about these Battalions. One Special Service Battalion, No.17, served in the Third Afghan War
- Border Regiment “The Long, Long Trail”. 2/4 (Cumberland and Westmoreland) Battalion, Border Regiment sailed for India 4 March 1915 and was in India throughout the First World War.
- East Surrey Regiment “The Long, Long Trail”. 1/5th Battalion and 1/6th Battalion East Surrey Regiment were in India most of World War 1, embarking at Southampton on 29 October 1914, landing at Bombay 2 December 1914.
- FIBIS Gallery Collection of photographs taken by and owned by Arthur Cecil Gregory who served in the 5th Bn. East Surrey Regiment in various parts of India during WW1.
- Hampshire Regiment "The Long, Long Trail". There were Territorial Force battalions in India and Mesopotamia.
- The Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) “The Long, Long Trail”. 1/9th Battalion and 1/10th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Both battalions sailed 30 October 1914 from Southampton for India, arriving Bombay on 2 December 1914. The 1/9th Battalion eventually moved to Mesopotamia, arriving Basra on 24 November 1917, and joined the 53rd Brigade of the 18th Indian Division. It remained in that theatre until the end of the war.. The 1/10th Battalion remained in India until the end of the war.
- David Prebble’s Photostream. flickr.com Some of the photographs are labeled “1/9th Middlesex Regiment India 1914 to 1920” and it very probable all the photographs are of this regiment, in England or India
- South Wales Borderers "The Long, Long Trail". 1/1st Brecknockshire Battalion, South Wales Borderers arrived in Bombay 3 December 1914, almost immediately went to Aden, subsequently returned to India and remained in India throughout the war, probably stationed at Mhow.
- Voyage to India: Memoirs of the 1st/3rd Kent Battery 1914 Frank William Critchley was 22 years old and a sergeant in the 1st/3rd Kent Battery, Royal Artillery. He travelled to India on the troopship Grantully Castle which departed Southampton 29 Oct 1914 and arrived Bombay 2 December 1914. One board were: Artillery 450. East Surreys 400. 4th Queens 800. voyagetoindia.co.uk
- See Kent Cyclist Battalion
- The Diary of Sergeant Ben Nicholas 1914 to 1917. 4th (Service Battalion) Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. "A record of his exploits in India, Burma, Singapore and Malaysia during World War One". Includes the 1915 Singapore Mutiny. html version pdf wulfrunianinlondon.files
- DEG Quelch, far from Flanders He was in the 18th (London) Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, based at Table Island, where there was a wireless station, near the Cocos Islands. "Great War London"
- 25th County of London Cyclist Battalion, The London Regiment was a Territorial Force Regiment whose 1st Battalion spent the war years in India including the North West Frontier. In 1917 they participated in the Waziristan Campaign. In 1919 they helped quell the Amritsar uprising, and participated in the 3rd Afghan War. In 1917, 200 of the 1/25th left India and fought in Mesopotamia. 25thlondon.com
- Indian/South-Asian Industrial Locos: Military Trains (irfca.com by Simon Darvill has a section (scroll down) on the British Library collection of Lance Corporal Howgego who served in India with the 1/25st Battalion, The London Regiment between 1916 and 1919. Includes a transcript of a 1917 letter to his mother regarding the flooding at Tank. (British Library catalogue entry Sgt Reginald Mortimer Howgego: Mss Eur C340 1914-1920)
- The "Karachi troop train incident" of the 5th June, 1916, resulted in the death of nineteen Territorial Troops due to heat stroke on a troop train between Karachi and Lahore. "Death Of Territorials In India". House of Lords. Hansard 25 July 1916 vol 22 cc911-6, 01 August 1916 vol 22 cc1037-42. "Karachi Troop Train Incident". House of Lords. Hansard 18 May 1920 vol 40 cc390-404, 21 July 1920 vol 41 cc413-20. 10 August 1920 vol 41 cc1169-79
- "The British Campaign in Aden, 1914-1918" by Mark Connelly Journal of the Centre for First World War Studies Vol. 1, No. 3, 2005. pages 65-96, now archived. Mentions the heat fatalities of the 4/South Wales Borderers (Brecknockshire battalion)
- Mutiny in India in 1919 by Julian Putkowski marxists.org By March 1919, the Territorials were disillusioned, and their increasingly bitter complaints featured in a series of anonymous letters that were published by the Bombay Chronicle. As well as complaining generally about the corruption and snobbery they had experienced during their service in India, the correspondents drew attention to the slow pace at which they were being shipped back to Britain by the Army.
- WO 374/20814 - service record of Horace Charles Druett flickr.com.He applied for the India Army Reserve of Officers in October 1917 when he was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. Application form. He was seconded 21st December 1917 and was in India until the end of 1920, at least the latter part with the 1/54 Sikhs FF at Jullundur flickr.com
Historical books online
- Kitchener's Army and the Territorial Forces page 164 by Edgar Wallace 1915 Archive.org
- Under Ten Viceroys: the Reminiscences of a Gurkha, by Major-General Nigel Woodyatt, page 255 "The Territorials in India" 1922 Archive.org
- 2/4 Battalion. Hampshire Regiment 1914-1919 Published 1920?. State Library of Victoria. May be slow to open. The Battalion was in India January 1915-April 1917, where it provided many drafts for Mesopotamia, and was then in Palestine and France.
- The Wanderings of a Temporary Warrior : a territorial officer's narrative of service (and sport) in three continents by Captain Alban F L Bacon (late Hampshire Regiment) [2/4 Battalion] 1922. Archive.org. India, Egypt/Palestine, Western Front.
- Memoirs of the Great War by James Racine c 1920. Pages 80-102 cover the author's voyage to India from October 1916 and his period in India as an officer with the 2/5th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment in Secunderabad until the Battalion was transferred to Egypt. Archive.org
- Letters from Mesopotamia in 1915 and January, 1916 from Robert Palmer 1916 Archive.org. He went with a draft from the 6th Hants, (Hampshire Regiment) in India since November 1914, to reinforce the 4th Hants. Both these regiments were part of the Territorial Force. He was killed June 21, 1916, aged 27 years. The initial letters were written in India.
- India page 39 A Wreath of Memories: George Joachim Goschen (Viscount) 1917. "Sept. 1914 he was commissioned in 1/5th Bn. East Kent Regt. (TF) & sailed with the regt. for India soon after. At the end of 1915 it was transferred to Mesopotamia".
- Diary of 2/4th Battalion the Border Regiment, 1914-19 [in India and Afghanistan] 1920. Archive.org. This Battalion was formed during the First World War and was part of the Territorial Force. Archive.org
- Memoirs Of A Camp Follower (1934) by Philip Gosse. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. Full title/some editions: Memoirs of a Camp-Follower : a Naturalist Goes to War. At least one later edition published under the title A Naturalist Goes to War. The author was a doctor in the RAMC, a Temporary Captain, who served in France and Belgium 1915-1917, then subsequently in India, based at Poona, 1917-1918. Review of the book. JRAMC. Scroll to the end.
Regular British Army troops in India
- 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment 
- 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment 
- 21st Lancers were in India on the North West Frontier
Indian Army troops in India
Indian Army troops were involved in actions on the North West Frontier.
- "The British Campaign in Aden, 1914-1918" by Mark Connelly Journal of the Centre for First World War Studies Vol. 1, No. 3, 2005. pages 65-96, now archived. Includes brief mention of 26/King George's Own Light Cavalry, 7/Rajputs, 9/Gurkhas, 23/Sikh Pioneers, 51/Sikhs, 62/Punjabis, 75/Carnatics, 108/Infantry, 109/Infantry , 126/Baluchistans
- "Military Operations in Aden 1914-1915" by Harry Fecitt, from Harry’s Sideshows kaiserscross.com. Includes mention of the 26th (King George’s Own) Light Cavalry, 14th (KGO) Sikhs, 51st Sikhs (Frontier Force), the 53rd Sikhs (Frontier Force), the 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force), the 62nd Punjabis Rifles (Frontier Force), 109th Infantry and the 126th Baluchistan Infantry.
- The Kachin Hills Uprising: Burma from January to February 1915 by Harry Fecitt from Harry’s Sideshows kaiserscross.com
During the First World War ships of the Royal Indian Marine carried troops and other war stores from India to Egypt, Mesopotamia and East Africa. When mines were detected off the coasts of Bombay and Aden during the First World War, the Royal Indian Marine went into action with a fleet of minesweepers, patrol vessels and troop carriers. The Royal Indian Marine also played a leading role in landing troops in Mesopotamia and their small river craft did very useful work on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
- Merchant Adventurers, 1914-1918 by F. A. Hook 1920 Archive.org. A "compilation of the war records of the P. and O., British India and associated lines." Unfortunately the file is lacking the illustrations which should be in the book. British Library digital file, with illustrations, which may be rotated. A different digital file: Pdf download, Digital Library of India.
- Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy-1915 National Maritime Museum rmg.co.uk. The crews originated from all over the world and on some vessels the British nationals were in a minority.
- Also see Royal Navy, which also includes some information about the Merchant Navy.
- Yeats-Brown, Francis Lives of a Bengal Lancer . An autobiographical account of a Bengal Lancer covering the period from 1905 until the end of the First World War. Describes his deployment in India, France and Mesopotamia. See review in Biographies reading list. Also see Mesopotamia Campaign.
- Spencer, William First World War army service records : a guide for family historians The National Archives, 2008 See Review in Military reading list.
British Library holdings
- Also see Medal Rolls for British Library records in respect of rolls of honours and rewards.
- The links for the following catalogue references are National Archives Discovery links. For British Library equivalent links, search directly in the British Library’s "Search our Catalogue Archives and Manuscripts".
- IOR/L/MIL/14/142 1914-1921. Indian Army Officers Casualty Returns: Alphabetical lists of casualties by death among British officers of the Indian Services in the Great War giving rank, age, unit, date, place and cause. Possibly may provide information additional to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database information (refer below). British Library article about these records, which indicates Warrant Officer (Conductor) and NCOs (i.e. men other than privates) deaths are included.
- IOR/L/MIL/15/22 British Army in India: Burial returns of officers and others in India, 1914-1918. Also available on LDS microfilm 2029981 ( see FamilySearch Centres). Possibly may provide information additional to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database information (refer below)
- IOR/L/MIL/7/17154-18939 Collection 425 First World War 1914-1918 (1914-1920). There is no TNA catalogue link, but it appears most of the records have been destroyed.
- IOR/L/MIL/17/5/245-299 1903-1947. Military Department Library: Indian Army Orders. Includes volumes coving the war years from IOR/L/MIL/17/5/256 1914
- IOR/L/MIL/17/5/1133-1231 Military Department Library: Indian Army Divisional and Brigade Movement Programmes/Distribution Lists. The dates appear to be for 1914/early 1915, and 1920 only. Most are titled "Distribution of the troops...."
- IOR/L/MIL/17/5/2380-2420 Military Department Library: Indian Army First World War - General (1914-1931)
- IOR/L/MIL/17/5/2421-4246 1914-1921. Military Department Library: Indian Army First World War - War Diaries.
- The entries which include War Diary in the individual entry are from IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3001. War diary, Army Headquarters India, Indian Expeditionary Force 'A' [France]. IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3086-3149; IE Force 'B' and ‘C’ [East Africa] IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3150-3222; IE Force 'D' [Mesopotamia] IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3223-3892, including IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3788 A table of the contents of the war diaries of the Mesopotamian Campaign; IE Force 'E'/'E' & 'G'/Egypt and F. IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3893-3950; IE Force 'G' [Mediterranean] IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3951- 3953; Aden Force IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3954-4056; India, Afghan War IOR/L/MIL/17/5/4057-4065; India, Frontier Operations IOR/L/MIL/17/5/4066-4121; Persia IOR/L/MIL/17/5/4122-4223.
- Some of these volumes are Indian Army Casualty Returns, explained in the British Library article "Finding Indian soldiers who served in World War One"
- The Military Department Library also contains items relating to the First World War catalogued according to regions including IOR/L/MIL/17/15/41-138 Iraq (1914-1944)
- History of the Great War based on official documents by direction of the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence. Consists of 108 volumes published 1920-1949. For details of the different volumes, refer External links below, Some volumes are available online, refer Historical books online below.
- An account of the operations of the 18th (Indian) Division in Mesopotamia, December 1917 to December 1918, with the names of all the units which served with the division and a nominal roll of all the officers by Walter Edward Wilson-Johnston 1919.
- See also Temporary Commissions & Indian Army Reserve of Officers 1917-1921, above
- See also Indian Army
The National Archives
Included in the many records held at the National Archives Kew is the series WO 95 - War Office: First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries.
In addition to Battalion war diaries, there may be higher level Brigade and Division war diaries, which may provide information about Battalions not be found in the relevant Battalion diaries, or some Battalion diaries may not have survived. The vast majority of war diaries for RFA units [Royal Artillery] were kept at the brigade level.
Some War Diaries, many of which are handwritten, have been digitised and are available (on a pay basis) online from various sources: from the National Archives through the Discovery catalogue (download as one file, rather than page by page); from Naval and Military Archive (Western Front only), part of Naval & Military Press, which also publishes print and DVD-ROM versions; and through Ancestry which contains two databases "UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920" and "UK, WWI War Diaries (Gallipoli and Dardanelles), 1914-1916", containing selected, and at times part, war diaries only. (Download page by page). The Ancestry databases also contain War Diaries for some Indian, Australian, New Zealand, and other regiments.
Transcribed (the handwriting has been deciphered for you!) (series title) Gallipoli Diaries edited by Martin Gillott, publisher Great War Diaries and some Western Front (series title) Great War Diaries from the same editor/publisher, both series for British and some Indian Army regiments, are available through Amazon.co.uk  in Kindle editions which have a Search facility (anyone with Kindle Unlimited can read them for free). (Download of a free Kindle App is available onto a PC, Mac or tablet - you don't need Kindle).
- The TNA downloads include for "other" (non infantry/cavalry) units the very informative "List of Royal Artillery, Army Service Corps, Machine Gun Corps and Medical Units" WO 95/5494. Includes Tank Corps.
- Details of War Diaries available at the National Archives, Kew, UK for Indian Army Regiments.
- Category:India including Category:All Indian units collaborativecollections.org. The website also includes pages in respect of British, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and other units.
- A Guide To WW1 Indian War Diaries: Researching Indian Soldiers Using War Diaries. empirefaithwar.com.
- "Orders of Battle: India"
The Australian War Memorial website contains Australian and New Zealand Army War diaries (available for free).
- The National Archives also holds many maps relating to operations during the War, which however have not been digitised. For more details, see the Research Guide Military maps of the First World War. As an example, military maps for Mesopotamia are to be found in WO 302.
- See also
- British Red Cross First World War Volunteers. Free online Search of British Red Cross record cards for their Volunteers during WW1, many of whom were women.
- Findmypast, a pay website, contains a database "British Red Cross Register Of Overseas Volunteers 1914-1918" (located in Armed forces & conflict/Regimental & service records) which appears to be transcripts of data from the British Red Cross website. This database also contains records for members of other volunteer organisations: Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU), First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), Order of St. John Ambulance, Scottish Women’s Hospital, Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD) and Liverpool Merchants’ Hospital. There is also a findmypast database "British Army, British Red Cross Society Volunteers 1914-1918", (located in Armed forces & conflict/First World War), also of transcripts from the British Red Cross website.
- Details of Red Cross work may be found in the 1921 HMSO publication of 823 pages: Reports by the Joint War Committee and the Joint War Finance Committee of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England on voluntary aid rendered to the sick and wounded at home and abroad and to British prisoners of war 1914–1919, with appendices, now available in a reprint edition, which in turn is available to read online on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3, refer Historical books online below.
- The Friends Ambulance Unit was set up by Quakers in the UK during World War I. The personnel records from this service are now available to search online. Library of the Religious Society of Friends, London, NW1.
- Museum of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, London, EC1. The Museum contains an Archive which includes First World War holdings. The website also includes online editions of First Aid. The Independent Journal for the Ambulance and Nursing Services (scroll down). Journals from 1912 to 1920.
- Western Front
- Mesopotamia Campaign
- Actions in Egypt 1914-15
- Railway units in the First World War
- Railways in the Middle Eastern Theatre
- China (First World War)
- East Africa
- Egypt, Palestine, Syria (First World War)
- Salonica and the Balkans (First World War)
- Medal Rolls
- Prisoners of the Turks (First World War)
- POW Camps in India - First World War
- Kent Cyclist Battalion
- Imperial Service Troops. Troops provided by the Princely States
- Subscription websites-online newspapers, journals and directories - First World War databases
- 1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War is "an English-language virtual reference work on the First World War".
- UK National Archives First World War Portal The National Archives' First World War resources
- WO 339 War Office: Officers' Services, First World War, Long Number Papers (numerical) The National Archives Discovery catalogue. Records of British reserve officers who were commissioned into the Indian Army were originally held separately, but later added to this series.
- WO 374 War Office: Officers' Services, First World War personal files (alphabetical). This series contains records and correspondence for officers with temporary commissions and Territorial Army officers who served in the First World War. - The National Archives Discovery catalogue.
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission [CWGC] Searchable database. The dates covered for commemoration on the CWGC website are 4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921, for the six member counties Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, but also including some other Commonwealth forces.
- "Northeasterners in the World Wars" by P. Ramirez. includes an Excel file download for all CWGC Indian Army deaths for WW1. Brahmaputra Studies Database.
- For service records, see National Archives of Australia, with free digitised records; Library and Archives Canada with free digitised records; Indian Army; Archives New Zealand; South Africa; British Army; US WW1 Military Service Records greatwar.co.uk.
- Records for the War Dead of WW1 Includes sources for the Royal Navy and for some European, and American nationals, including online sources. greatwar.co.uk
- The Long, Long Trail: The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918
- Great War Forum is a message board for the First World War which was originally part of the website "The Long, Long Trail", but is now a separate, independent entity.
- The Western Front Association (WFA) Although the main emphasis is on the Western Front, other areas are also included.
- The World War I Document Archive gwpda.org
- There is an older version of this website still in existence , which in at least the section Diaries, Memorials, Personal Reminiscences has content which is not included in the current site. wwi.lib.byu.edu.
- In respect of the Category "The Medical Front" there is an associated website available on vlib.us/medical which has later updates- a later Bibliography has been noted, so this website appears preferable.
- The World War I Document Archive includes a category The War at Sea which includes the category Bibliography. A slightly later dated Bibliography than appears on the website is WWI Naval Bibliography
- The British Official Histories of the Great War longlongtrail.co.uk. Details of the volumes. (Note, The Occupation of the Rhineland also includes general information on the repatriation of POWs). In addition, a further Official History was issued titled The Occupation of Constantinople 1918–1923 by Brigadier-General J. E. Edmonds. Originally written in 1944, it was not finally published until 2010. (Imperial War Museum/ Naval & Military Press).
- History of the Great War Wikipedia.
- Note, many of these volumes are available online, see Historical books online, Official histories, political memoirs, etc. below.
- Digital First World War Resources: Online Official Histories — The War On Land by Dr Robert T Foley defenceindepth.co
- L'Esercito Italiano nella Grande Guerra 1915-18 The Italian Army in the Great War 1915-18 Official Report on the Great War. From the home page select Storia/ La Grande Guerra/ L'Esercito Italiano nella Grande Guerra 1915-18. Italian Army website (In Italian language) (Google Chrome will translate the website, (but not the histories)).
- "The official Russian History of the First World War" generalstab.org. The webpage is in English, the History volumes are in Russian.
- Online Histories, Turkish language, from Ministry of National Defence, Republic of Turkey. Includes maps. Birinci Dünya Harbi Serisi / World War I Series and Çanakkale Harbi Seris/ Çanakkale [Gallipoli] War Series. If required, use Google Translate for the website.
- Digital First World War Resources: Online Official Histories — The War At Sea And In The Air by Dr Robert T Foley defenceindepth.co
- Digital First World War Resources: Online Archival Sources by Dr Robert T. Foley January 19, 2015. Also see Comments at the bottom of the article. defenceindepth.co
- British Army Medical Categories 1914. The criteria subsequently changed at various times throughout the War.
- A Guide to WW1 Causes of Discharge - Paragraph 392 of King's Regulations 1912
- War Records Revealed. British, Commonwealth and other military records. Information about various categories of records and medals, especially relating to WW1.
- Geoff's WW1 and WW2 Index. Includes
- Great War Regiment List. If you see a Petition, use your computer's "back to previous page" function. Note, if the website appears to be not operating, use the "View Source" tab at the top of this webpage, to see the URL for this website, then use this URL in the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine to obtain an archived version. Currently (2019/10/27) the Search Engines are operating after being inactive for a period. Considered by some to have a superior Search to the CWGC website, but based on the 2011 CWGC database.
- Cross & Cockade International (CCI) Journal of the First World War Aviation Historical Society. Cross & Cockade GB was formed in, and published from, 1970 as the British arm of Cross & Cockade in the USA, which was formed in 1960. The name changed to Cross & Cockade International when the US society ceased in 1986. In 1986 Cross & Cockade [USA] amalgamated with/became associated with Over the Front, Journal of the League of WWI Aviation Historians, which holds the archives of Cross & Cockade [USA] 1960-1985. British Journals are available at the British Library and Imperial War Museums. The IWM catalogue lists the USA Journals holdings as C&C Vol 1 1960- Vol 23 1982 (LBY E.J. 5156 but also see LBY E. 45573), OTF Vol 1 1986- Vol 11 1996 (LBY E.J. 64).
- CCI Journal Index. CCI Journals include a series of articles "Gazetteer of Flying Sites in the UK and Ireland 1912–1920", catalogue details for the Gazetteer articles, together with Index.
- C&C [USA] Index: Volumes 1-26 1960-1985 missing 5 issues. Over the Front Index: Volumes 1-16 1986-2001 toto.lib.unca.edu. University of North Carolina at Asheville holds the volumes listed.
- British strategy and oil, 1914-1923 by Martin William Gibson 2012 PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.
- Indian Army during World War I Wikipedia
- Battles of WWI involving British India Wikipedia
- Nafziger Orders Of Battle Collection Finding Aid 2012 edition. Archive.org. Use the Finding Aid to locate titles - there are WW1 entries digital page 276 and digital page 293 and perhaps elsewhere. Note however the URLs (links) within this volume are no longer valid. The first part of a 2012 URL/link http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/CGSC/ must be replaced by https://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/documents/ to form a URL/link such as https://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/documents/carl/nafziger/914BXAA.pdf (USA Army website). For more about the Nafziger Orders Of Battle Collection, and current alternative method of access, see British Army - Locating a regiment.
- Historical Orders of Battle and TOEs 1900-1938. Includes British Army and Indian Army during WW1. orbat.com, now archived.
- The Army In India – July 1914 by Prof Charles Tustin Kamps. Orders of Battle, now archived.
- Indian Infantry Regiments - World War I by Paul Watson September 23, 2007 indianmilitaryhistory.org, now archived. Taken from the book The Indian Army in the Great War 1914-1918: Cavalry Regiments, Infantry Battalions, Mountain Artillery Batteries, and Sappers & Miners Units by Paul Watson 2008 ISBN-13: 978-0982054123
- The Indian Army - 1st January 1917: Cavalry Regiments by Paul Watson October 4, 2006 orbat.com, now archived.
- The Indian Army - 1st January 1917: Sappers and Miners; Railway Battalion; Divisional Signal Companies by Paul Watson November 15, 2006 orbat.com, now archived.
- Indian Army 1917 Mountain Artillery Batteries by Paul Watson November 22, 2006 orbat.com, now archived.
- "Indian Artillery In World War 1" by Major General Rajendra Prakash, Indian Army (Retd). indiaww1.in
- India and the Great War A Joint USI (United Service Institution of India)-MEA (Ministry of External Affairs, India) Commemorative Project
- Details of India and the Great War Project. Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, USI . Contains photographs
- Memorials to Indian soldiers and sailors - First World War cwgc.org, now an archived webpage.
- Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One Includes categories Tell their Story/Research Your Soldier. A project of the United Kingdom Punjab Heritage Association.
- "Finding Indian soldiers who served in World War One": Casualty Appendices to the War Diaries by Dorota Walker 09 September 2014. British Library Untold lives blog. Retrieved 11 September 2014
- Researching a Soldier who served in the Indian Army in the First World War researchingww1.co.uk
- "India and WWI: balancing demands of war with defence of Empire" by Adam Prime, 20 August 2014 “India at LSE” London School of Economics. Retrieved 26 August 2014
- India's contribution to First World War by Mandeep Singh Bajwa, Hindustan Times June 16, 2013
- Remarks by High Commissioner WWI Commemorative Event at India House 9 December 2014. Contribution of Indians during WW1
- "Indians in the trenches: voices of forgotten army are finally to be heard" by Harriet Sherwood 28 October 2018 The Guardian. Indian veteran interview transcripts have been offered to the British Library.
- Article Treasure trove: Awesome collection in awful condition by Sonia Malik 8 July 2011, The Tribune, Pakistan. Records in the Lahore Museum of over 100,000 Indian soldiers who served in the British Army during the First World War.
- See Nurse for some information about Australian Army nurses in India.
- "India and the Great War: Colonial Anxieties, Fantasies and Discontent" by
Gajendra Singh Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2014. academia.edu
- "The Forgotten Shaheeds of Dagshai" by K. S. Sarkaria. Includes images of pages from relevant books concerning the Ghadar (Ghadr) Mutiny (Conspiracy) of 1915. kssarkaria.org
- Series of articles: India and the First World War LSE South Asia Centre.[London School of Economics].
- The Labour Corps 1917 – 1921: Foreign Labour , now archived. Briefly mentions the labourers from India. Subsequently a book was published No Labour, No Battle: Military Labour During the First World War by John Starling and Ivor Lee.
- "Indian Labour Corps" by Radhika Singha. encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net.
- "The Short Career of the Indian Labour Corps in France, 1917–1919" by Radhika Singha. Abstract of an article, with footnotes. Also with a link to "supplementary materials", containing downloads of photographs. International Labor and Working-Class History Volume 87 Spring 2015 , pp. 27-62. cambridge.org
- "North East India and the First World War" by Pratap Chhetri February 4, 2016. The Indian Labour Corps: Lushai Labour Corps, Khasi Labour Corps, Garo Labour Corps, Naga Labour Corps, Manipur Labour Corps and enlistments from Tripura. These men served on the Western Front, in Mesopotamia and in Egypt. "The Centre for Hidden Histories" [WW1]
- "Remembering the Bengalis who fought for France in WWI" by Stéphanie Trouillard 2014-02-25 france24.com
- "Women's War-Work" edwardianpromenade.com. Stated on the website to be from the 1922 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Includes details of volunteer organisations, including hospitals and other facilities run by these organisations.
- "Medical Women and the Medical Services of the First World War" by Ann M. Mitchell, pages 91-112 Festschrift for Kenneth Fitzpatrick Russell : proceedings of a symposium arranged by the Section of Medical History, A.M.A. (Victorian Branch), 25th February, 1977, published 1978. Wellcome Library Digital Collection. catalogue reference RAMC/1456.
- U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s World War I Holdings. A bibliography. Much general information, although main emphasis is American.
Historical books online
- Also see Mesopotamia Campaign; Egypt, Palestine, Syria (First World War); East Africa (First World War); Gallipoli; Norperforce; Salonica and the Balkans (First World War) and Western Front for online books about those campaigns.
Official histories, political memoirs, etc.
- History of the Great War Based on Official Documents: Military Operations. See the various Fronts mentioned above.
- Official History of the Great War: The Occupation of the Rhineland 1918-1929 by Brig-Gen Sir JE Edmonds, first published 1944, is available in a reprint edition, which in turn is available on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3, located in International/Military Books/Germany. Also includes some information about return of POWs, see pages 30 (digital page 61) and 48 (digital page 79).
- Some other volumes in the Official History series appear below in following sections.
- Life of Lord Kitchener by Sir Arthur George 1920. (Volume I; Volume II); Volume III Archive.org. He was appointed Secretary of State for War in August 1914 and died in 1916 when the ship HMS Hampshire struck a German mine.
- The Tragedy of Lord Kitchener by Reginald Viscount Esher 1921 Archive.org
- Kitchener by Brig.-General C R Ballard. A book in the series Private Lives Library. Probably a 1936 reprint, originally published 1930. Archive.org
- Moments of Memory: Recollections and Impressions by Herbert Asquith 1938. Archive.org. The author was the son of H H Asquith who was Prime Minister of Great Britain at the commencement of the war until December 1916. Contains chapters about the beginning of the war. Herbert Asquith (poet)
- War Memoirs of David Lloyd George. New edition 1938. Volume I, Volume II Archive.org. Originally published in 6 volumes 1933-1937. I; II; III; IV; V not available online; VI. Archive.org. USA edition (volumes split slightly differently) 1914-1915, 1915-1916, 1916-1917, 1917, 1917-1918, 1918 Archive.org. It is stated elsewhere that the new edition is complete and unabridged apart from essential revisions. David Lloyd George was Prime Minister of the UK 1916-1922.
- The World Crisis publications by The Rt. Hon. Winston S Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty 1911-1915. Archive.org
- The World Crisis 1911-1914 First published 1923; The World Crisis 1915 F. p. 1923; The World Crisis 1916-1918 Part I F. p. 1927; The World Crisis 1916-1918 Part II F. p. 1927; The World Crisis The Aftermath F. p. 1929; The World Crisis The Eastern Front F.p. 1931
- The World Crisis 1911-1918. Abridged and Revised edition 1932, first published 1931. Sandhurst editon of The World Crisis 1933
- The World Crisis 1911-1918 Revised edition 1938. Volume 1, Volume II
- Documents published as companion volumes to Winston S. Churchill Vol.3. 1914-1916 The challenge of war and Vol.4 1916-1922 The Stricken World by Martin Gilbert.Winston S. Churchill : Companion Vol. 3 Pt. 1 July 1914 - April 1915 by Martin Gilbert. 1972, 2nd file, 3rd file 1973. Winston S. Churchill Companion Vol. 3 Pt. 2 May 1915 - Dec. 1916 1972. 2nd file. Winston S. Churchill : Companion Volume 4 Pt. 1 Jan. 1917-June 1919 1978 . (Part 1 of 3). All Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
- The London Gazette World War 1 despatches. Links to all the military despatches from commanders-in-chief. thegazette.co.uk.
- US Army Centre of Military History online books Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War (5 Volumes) and United States Army In The World War (17 Volumes). Links to Pdf downloads.
- Order of Battle (4 volumes) are available to read online at HathiTrust Digital Library.
- Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918. 12 Volumes include Gallipoli, France, Sinai and Palestine. Australian War Memorial. Volumes III-VIII are available on Archive.org, see the various Fronts for details.
- Official History of The Canadian Forces in the Great War, 1914-1919 Scroll to various volumes. Canadian Forces website.
- New Zealand World War I History. Links to transcribed histories from New Zealand Electronic Text Collection, Victoria University of Wellington Library.
Medical Services, including Veterinary
- History of the Great War Based on Official Documents: Medical Services; General History by G W Macpherson Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3 includes Egypt and Palestine, Volume 4 includes Mesopotamia, Gallipoli, Salonika, East Africa. Published 1921-1924. Archive.org
- Other books in this series: Medical Services: Diseases of the War Volume I, Volume II; Medical Services: Surgery of the War Volume I, Volume II; Medical Services: Pathology 1922-1923 Archive.org. Medical Services: Hygiene of the War, 1923, published by HMSO, available in areas such as North America at HathiTrust Digital Library; Vol. I, Vol. II Google Books.
- The Medical Department of the United States Army in the World War Archive.org. A series of 15 Volumes, some with 2 Parts, and 1 Supplement, total c 19 volumes. Also included in the link is a book about the US Navy Medical Department.
- Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services, 1914–1918 in three volumes. Australian War Memorial. Volume III Special Problems and Services 1943. Archive.org, Digital Library of India Collection. Pages 567-571 cover Australian nurses in India.
- Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War 1914-19 : The Medical Services by Sir Andrew MacPhail 1925 Archive.org. Includes page 295 “In Foreign Parts”
- The New Zealand Medical Service In The Great War 1914-1918 by Lieut.-Col.A. D. Carbery N.Z.M.C. (Res.) 1924. File 1, File 2 by Lieut.-Col.A. D. Carbery N.Z.M.C. (Res.) 1924. Both Victoria University of Wellington Library, New Zealand in the First World War 1914-1918 Collection. Both transcriptions.
- Memoranda on some medical diseases in the Mediterranean war area, with some sanitary notes HMSO 1916
- History of the Great War Based on Official Documents: Medical Services: Casualties and Medical Statistics of the Great War by Major T. J. Mitchell and Miss G. M. Smith. 1931 Hathi Trust Digital Library
- Shell Shock and its Lessons by G Elliot Smith and T H Pear. 2nd edition October 1917, with some alterations; first published May 1917.
- The Psychoneuroses of War by Dr G Roussy and J Lhermitte, translated from the original French by W B Christopherson. 1918 Archive.org
- Military Psychiatry in Peace and War by C Stanford Reid 1920 Archive.org
- The Anatomy of Courage by Lord Moran, Medical Officer to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, (later Physician to Winston Churchill). 1967 American edition, first published 1945. Archive.org Lending Library.
- Report on Medical and Surgical Developments of the War by William Seaman Bainbridge 1919 Archive.org.
- The Soldier's Heart and the Effort Syndrome by Thomas Lewis MD FRCP . The Preface states ” It is written primarily with the intention of helping medical officers of recruiting, discharging and pensioning boards and …”. Includes "Appendix: Medical Reports on Discharged Soldiers" page 114. Note, some of the medical views expressed may be considered incorrect today.
- A Surgeon in Khaki by Arthur Anderson Martin 1915 Archive.org. Includes the process of the author’s commission, description of a Field Ambulance structure.
- Women as Army Surgeons; being the history of the Women's Hospital Corps in Paris, Wimereux and Endell Street, September 1914-October 1919 by Flora Murray 1920 Archive.org.
- An Equal Burden: The Men of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War by Jessica Meyer 2019. Google Books version, Open Access oapen.org version.
- Fifty Thousand Miles on a Hospital Ship by “The Padre” [Charles Steel Wallis] 1917 Archive.org. The hospital ship that Padre Wallis joined in 1915 was most likely the 'Goorkha'. She was then an Indian Hospital Ship staffed by doctors from the Indian Medical Service, although subsequently became a British Hospital Ship.
- One Hundred Years of Army Nursing : The Story of the British Army Nursing Service from the time of Florence Nightingale to the present day by John Hay Beith 1953 Archive.org. Contains chapters on WW1.
- Observations of an Orderly; some glimpses of life and work in an English War Hospital [3rd London General Hospital] by L-Cpl Ward Muir, RAMC(T). 1917 Archive.org. Librivox audio version Archive.org.
- A Diary without Dates by Enid Bagnold 1918 Archive.org. Elsewhere this is stated to be a record of Bagnold's VAD work at the Royal Herbert Hospital, Shooter's Hill, Greenwich, near London. Enid Bagnold Wikipedia. Also see Western Front-Fiction for a later book based on Bagnold's experiences as a driver in France.
- A History of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1796-1919 by Major-General Sir Frederick Smith , formerly Director-General Army Veterinary Service 1927 Archive.org. WW1 period from page 234.
General history of the war, including origins
- History of the Great War: Principal Events, 1914-1918 compiled by the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence. 1922 Archive.org
- Statistics of the Military Effort of the British Empire during the Great War, 1914-1920 The War Office HMSO 1922. Contents Archive.org
- Report of the Committee on the Lessons of the Great War 13 Oct 1932. (Details.) Also known as the Kirke Report it is available in a reprint edition, which in turn is available online on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3, located in International/Military Books/Britain.
- Warfare and armed conflicts : a statistical encyclopedia of casualty and other figures, 1494-2007 by Michael Clodfelter 2008. 3rd edition updated and heavily revised Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. (A 4th edition, to 2015, was published 2017). Includes WW1.
- The Great War and the British People by J M Winter. 1986 Archive.org Lending Library (registration required prior to borrowing). Sample pages 2003 reprint, including Contents Google Books.
- The Origins of the War, 1871-1914 by J Holland Rose, University of Cambridge. 1915 Archive.org
- The Genesis of the War by The Right Hon. H H Asquith, MP. 1923 Archive.org. The author was British Prime Minister at the outbreak of war, until 1916.
- The Twelve Days : 24 July to 4 August 1914 by George Malcolm Thomson 1964. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
- War by Time-Table: How the First World War Began by A J P Taylor 1969 Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
- The Origins of World War One by Roger Parkinson 1970. A volume in The Wayland Documentary History Series. Archive.org Lending Library.
- Britain and the Origins of the First World War by Zara S Steiner 1977. Archive.org Lending Library. Part of the series The Making of the 20th Century.
- The Origins of the First World War by James Joll 2nd edition 1992, 1984 edition. A volume in the series Origins of Modern Wars. Archive.org Lending Library.
- The Lions of July : Prelude to War, 1914 by William Jannen Jr. 1997 Archive.org Lending Library. The author "displays an outstanding mastery of the complex issues and an ability to make them interesting and understandable".
- Europe's last summer : who started the Great War in 1914? by David Fromkin 2004 Archive.org Lending Library
- The Sleepwalkers : how Europe went to war in 1914 by Christopher Clark 2013, first published 2012. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
- The Cradle of the War: The Near East and Pan-Germanism by Henry Charles Woods 1918 Archive.org
- British Documents on the Origins of the War, 1898-1914 edited by G.P. Gooch and Harold Temperley. HMSO 1926-1938. A series of publications in 11 volumes, 2 with 2 parts, 13 in total. Details of the volumes (diplomatic-documents.org, archived page). Volume 1; Volume 2; Volume 3; Volumes 4-11 All Archive.org.
- The Diplomatic History of the War, including a diary of negotiations and events in the different capitals, the texts of the official documents of the various governments, the public speeches in the European Parliaments, an account of the military preparations of the countries concerned, and original matter by MP Price, first published November 1914 Archive.org.
- The Craft Sinister; a diplomatico-political history of the Great War and its causes--diplomacy and international politics and diplomatists as seen at close range by an American newspaperman who served in Central Europe as war and political correspondent by George Abel Schreiner 1920 Archive.org
- The Secret War, 1914-1918 by Stuart Ramsay Tompkins 1981. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. The book "is concerned with the extra-military attempts… to bring about an end to the hostilities" (page 9). The author had been a university Professor of History.
- The Secret Treaties of Austria-Hungary, 1879-1914 by Alfred Franzis Pribram, Professor of History in the University of Vienna. English edition by Archibald Cary Coolidge. Published 1920 and 1921.Translation of Die politischen Geheimverträge Österreich-Ungarns, 1879-1914. Volume I, Volume II Archive.org.
- The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman 1988. Archive.org Lending Library. A narrative of the earliest stages of World War I, from the decisions to go to war, up until the battles of the first month. About the book Wikipedia. Article "The Guns of August showed me how history could bring the past to life" by Margaret MacMillan The Guardian 4 August 2014.
- Politicians at war, July 1914 to May 1915; a prologue to the triumph of Lloyd George by Cameron Hazlehurst 1971 Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library
- Germany in Defeat. A Strategic History of the War by Count Charles de Souza. First Phase 3rd edition 1916. Joint author Major Haldane MacFall; Second Phase 1916; Third Phase 1916; Fourth Phase 1919. All Archive.org
- The World War: a Short Account of the Principal Land Operations on the Belgian, French, Russian, Italian, Greek and Turkish Fronts by Colonel G J Fiebeger 1921 Archive.org.
- Atlas to accompany The World War: a Short Account... Link to pdf download, Combined Arms Research Library [CARL] Digital Library [USA].
- A Military History of the World War by Colonel C R Howland, Infantry US Army. 1923. Volume I contains the Narrative. Volume II contains the Maps. Based on a series of lectures. Volume I, Volume II Archive.org.
- A Military Atlas of the First World War by Arthur Banks 1975 Archive.org Lending Library.
- Real War 1914-1918 by B H Liddell Hart 1930 Archive.org. An enlarged edition was published as: A History of the World War, 1914-1918, 1934. Reprinted as
- History of the First World War by B. H. Liddell Hart 1972 Archive.org Lending Library. One opinion is "A very polemic and distorted view… Liddell-Hart was out to damn the generals". B. H. Liddell Hart Wikipedia.
- A History of the Great War 1914-1918 by CRMF Cruttwell 1934 2nd Edition, with additions and corrections, 1940/(1936) Index Archive.org. Considered to provide "a good overview, although a little outdated".
- The Role Of British Strategy In The Great War by CRMF Cruttwell 1936 Archive.org
- The First World War : an Illustrated History by A J P Taylor. 1980? edition, originally published 1963. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
- The First World War : a Complete History by Martin Gilbert 1994 File 1, File 2, File 3 Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. Martin Gilbert Wikipedia. British historian.
- The First World War by John Keegan 1999. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. Considered to be a "good" [overview]. About the book penguinrandomhouse.com which says "The definitive account of the Great War and national bestseller". John Keegan Wikipedia. Military historian.
- The Pity of War by Niall Ferguson 1999. Cover page has additional wording Explaining World War I. File 2 Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. Review of the book by Professor Jay Winter May 1999 reviews.history.ac.uk.
- A World Undone : the Story of the Great War, 1914-1918 by G J Meyer 2006. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. A popular history (712 digital pages) whose objectives were to weave together all of the story’s most compelling elements “in the most readable form possible…”.
- History of the Great War based on Official Documents: Seaborne Trade by C. Ernest Fayle 1920 -1924. Volume I : The Cruiser Period; Volume II: From the Opening of the Submarine Campaign to the Appointment of the Shipping Controller; Volume III: The Period of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare Archive.org.
- Official History of the War: History of the Great War based on Official Documents. History of the Blockade of Germany and of the countries associated with her in the Great War: Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey, 1914-1918 by A C Bell 1961 HMSO. Reprint of 1937 original edition, which was for official purposes only and was not generally released. Pdf download Digital Repository of GIPE, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics [Pune India]. Note, there are two downloads. The first download is an extract of 149 pages , consisting of Contents etc and Appendices, out of a total of 845 pages. The second download is the entire book.
- The Naval Blockade, 1914-1918 by Lieut. Louis Guichard, French Navy. Translated and edited by Christopher R. Turner. 1930 Archive.org. The economic impact of the blockade.
- The Politics of Hunger : the Allied Blockade of Germany, 1915-1919 by C. Paul Vincent (Charles Paul) 1985 Archive.org Lending Library.
- A Woman and the War by the Countess of Warwick (Frances Evelyn Maynard Greville) 1916 Archive.org. The catalogue classifies this book as "Social Conditions".
- An Economic Chronicle of the Great War for Great Britain & Ireland 1914-1919. With a Supplement dealing briefly with the years 1920, 1921 and 1922 by N B Nearle 1929 Archive.org. A book in the series Economic And Social History Of The World War British Series. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
- The Consequences of the War to Great Britain by Francis W Hirst 1934 Archive.org. A book in the series Economic And Social History Of The World War British Series. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
- The Deluge : British Society and the First World War by Arthur Marwick. 1970 edition, first published 1965. 2nd file Archive.org Lending Library.
- Turkey in the World War by Ahmed Emin 1930. Archive.org. Series Economic and Social History of the World War: Turkish Series. Published for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Division of Economics and History. Also available as a pdf download, Digital Repository of GIPE, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics [Pune India].
- The New Warfare by Georges Blanchon, translated by Fred Rothwell 1917 Archive.org
- History In The Making. The First World War by Richard Thoumin, translated by Martin Kieffer. Archive.org. Translation of La Grande Guerre, (3 Volume anthology) 1931.
- Books by J H Morgan [John Hartman]. J H Morgan Wikipedia.
- The German War Book: being "The Usages of War on Land" issued by the Great General Staff of the German Army translated with a critical introduction by J H Morgan 1915 Archive.org. The USA title was The War Book of the German General Staff… Translation of Kriegsbrauch im Landkriege Archive.org
- War: its conduct and legal results by T Baty and J H Morgan 1915 Archive.org
- Germany's Dishonoured Army by Professor J H Morgan (Late Home Office Commissioner with the British Expeditionary Force) 1915 Archive.org
- German Atrocities: An Official Investigation by J H Morgan 1916 Archive.org.
Corps, Munitions, Equipment, Railways etc.
- The Royal Army Service Corps: A History of Transport and Supply in the British Army, Volume II by Colonel R H Beadon 1931. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. Includes the First World War period, with chapters on the British Expeditionary Force , Gallipoli, the Balkans, Egypt and Palestine, Mesopotamia, East Africa, Italy, North Russia, England and India.
- A History of the Army Ordnance Services, Volume III: The Great War by Major General Arthur Forbes 2nd edition 1932, first published 1929. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. Includes chapters on the Western Front (Part I) and chapters on Other Arenas (Part II): The Home Base; the Base in the Levant and Mediterranean [Egypt]; Gallipoli; Salonika; Palestine; Mesopotamia; East Africa; Italy; Russia and Siberia.
- "Inland Waterways and Docks, Royal Engineers in War Time, with special reference to the mystery port of Richborough (Lecture & Discussion)" by Captain A E Battle, RE Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1923-1924, pages 104-116. Includes Inland Water Transport in Mesopotamia, and brief mention of other theatres of war Egypt, Salonika, East Africa, Italy and Northern Russia. Melbourne University Digital Collection.
- History of the Ministry of Munitions Volumes 1-8, of a 12 volume series, published 1922 by HMSO. Archive.org. Note: Each Volume may consist of a number of different parts, separately numbered, each with its own Contents page. Volumes 10 and 12 The Supply of Munitions, and additional restricted viewing editions Hathi Trust Digital Library. Volume 10 consists of Guns, Gun Ammunition: General, Gun Ammunition: Shell Manufacture, Gun Ammunition: Explosives, Gun Ammunition: Filling and Completing, Anti-Aircraft Supplies. Volume 12 consists of Aircraft, Aerial Bombs, Tanks, Mechanical Transport Vehicles, Railway Materials and Ropeways, Agricultural Machinery. (Volume 9, Review of Munitions Supply, Volume 11 The Supply of Munitions -Trench Warfare Supplies, Chemical Warfare Supplies, Optical Munitions and Glassware, Rifles, Machine Guns, Small Arms Ammunition, neither volume generally available online on a free basis.)
- All volumes have been reprinted by Naval & Military Press, which in turn are available as one online book on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3 (located in World War II/Military Books/Britain).
- 1918 Directory of Manufacturers in Engineering and Allied Trades from Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. A list of manufacturers who had undertaken contracts and sub-contracts for the manufacture of munitions of war - compiled by the Department of Engineering, Ministry of Munitions. Includes National Factories. Also known as Government, or HM Factories.
- Technical records of explosives supply, 1915-1918 no.1-9 Ministry of Munitions and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. HMSO 1920-1922. Hathi Trust Digital Library. No.9 is also available on Archive.org.
- Hand Grenades: a Handbook on Rifle and Hand Grenades by Major Graham M Ainslie 1917 Archive.org
- The Great Munition Feat, 1914-1918 by George A B Dewar 1921 Archive.org.
- Doing their Bit: War Work at Home by Boyd Cable 2nd impression 1916 (first printed 1916 also) Archive.org. Also see Western Front for works of fiction by this author.
- On Her Their Lives Depend : Munitions Workers in the Great War by Angela Woollacott 1994. Archive.org Lending Library.
- Women's War Work Information officially compiled for the use of recruiting officers, military representatives and tribunals. Issued by the War Office September 1916. HMSO. Includes "Munitions Work" page 31. Archive.org.
- "Women’s War Work" Page 1054, Volume 32 Encyclopaedia Britannica 12th edition 1922. Archive.org, Public Library of India Collection. For a stated transcription, or partial transcription, see External links above.
- Helmets and body armor in modern warfare by Bashford Dean 1920. Another file (images differ in colour) Archive.org
- The Motor Cycle. Link is to Volume 16, January to June 1916. Links for other available online volumes may be accessed here. Archive.org. Mention of Despatch Riders and the Motor Machine Gun Service (MMGS).
- The "Tanks" : (by request, and with permission) by Colonel E.D. Swinton, Royal Engineers. 1918. Archive.org. Reprinted from The World’s Work (a monthly magazine, published in New York).
- Eyewitness. Being Personal Reminiscences of Certain Phases of the Great War, Including the Genesis of the Tank by Major-General Sir Ernest D Swinton, R E (Retired) 1933 Hathi Trust Digital Library
- Tanks, 1914-1918; the Log-Book of a Pioneer by Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Albert G Stern 1919. Missing at least the first illustration. 2nd file Both Archive.org
- There are additional online Tank books linked on the page Western Front.
- A Short Account of Canteens in the British Army by John Fortescue 1928 HathiTrust Digital Library, (possibly not accessible in USA etc). Include WW1, when the organisation was known as the Expeditionary Force Canteen, EFC.
- British Railways and the War, by F. A. McKenzie 1917 Archive.org
- War administration of the railways in the United States and Great Britain by Frank Haigh Dixon and Julius H. Parmelee. 1918 Archive.org. A publication of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Division of Economics and History. A volume in the series Preliminary Economic Studies of the War.
- British Railways and the Great War ; organisation, efforts, difficulties and achievements by Edwin A Pratt 1921. Volume I, Volume II Archive.org
- The rise of rail-power in war and conquest, 1833-1914, with a bibliography by Edwin A Pratt 1915 Archive.org
In the Air
- The War in the Air: being the story of the part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force. Volume I by Walter Raleigh 1922. Volumes II-VI by H A Jones 1928-1937. Part of the series History of the Great War based on official documents. Volume I, Volume II (including Gallipoli), Volume III (inc East Africa), Volume IV, Volume V (inc Egypt/Palestine, Mesopotamia, Macedonia), Volume VI (inc Palestine, Mesopotamia, India) Archive.org. Includes Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).
- The Work and Training of the Royal Flying Corps. [With illustrations]. Published by authority of the Royal Flying Corps . British Library Digital collection. The images are rotatable.
- Royal Flying Corps ... Military Wing. Casualties and Honours during the war of 1914-17. Compiled by Captain G. L. Campbell ... assisted by R. H. Blinkhorn. 1917. British Library Digital collection.
- The U S Air Service in WWI Volume 1, with links to 3 other volumes. Archive.org
- Aircraft in War by Eric Stuary Bruce 1914 Archive.org
- Aircraft in the Great War : a Record and Study by Claude Grahame-White and Harry Harper 1915 Archive.org
- D'Orcy's Airship Manual: An International Register Of Airships, With A Compendium Of The Airship's Elementary Mechanics by Ladislas D’Orcy 1917 Archive.org. For online reading, the one page version is easier to read.
- British Airships, Past, Present & Future by George Whale, late Major RAF 1919 Archive.org
- Zeppelins and Super-Zeppelins [by R P Hearne]  Archive.org
- Zeppelins, the Past and Future by Edwin Campbell 1918 Archive.org
- Zeppelins against London by Kenneth Poolman 1961. Archive.org Lending Library
- Aviation in Peace and War by Major-General Sir F H Sykes, late Chief of the Air Staff and Controller-General of Civil Aviation 1922 Archive.org. He was also the author of From Many Angles; an Autobiography, by Major-General the Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick Sykes 1942. Wikipedia
- Also see Western Front-Historical books online-In the Air
- History of the Great War based on Official Documents: Naval Operations. Volumes I-III by Sir Julian Stafford Corbett, Volumes IV-V by Henry Newbolt. Published 1920-1931. Archive.org and Hathi Trust (Vol. V): Volume I, includes Cameroons and the Far East; Volume II, includes Gallipoli; Volume III includes Gallipoli and Mesopotamia; Volume IV , includes Mesopotamia. Volume V. Naval-History.net has transcribed editions which additionally contain maps from a separate case for Volumes II and III.
- For information about revised editions, including an online version on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3, see Royal Navy.
- History of the Great War based on Official Documents: The Merchant Navy by Archibald Hurd 1921-1929. Volume I, Volume II, Archive.org. Volume III is available as a transcribed edition on Naval-History.net
- The Naval Memoirs of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes. The Narrow Seas to the Dardanelles 1910-1915 1934. Archive.org
- The Naval Memoirs of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes. Scarpa Flow to the Dover Straits 1916-1918 1935. Archive.org
- Naval Episodes of the Great War by John Buchan. First published March 1938. HathiTrust Digital Library. May be unavailable in USA etc. Consists of selections from John Buchan's History of the Great War (4 vols.), (available online, see History series and periodical publications, below.) Covers the important naval operations of the war.
- Sea Fights of the Great War: Naval incidents during the first nine months by W L Wyllie and MF Wren 1918. Better quality text but missing illustrations, digitised microfilm with illustrations (but not good quality) Archive.org.
- More Sea Fights of the Great War, including the battle of Jutland by W L Wyllie, C Owen and W D Kirkpatrick 1919 Archive.org
- The Fighting at Jutland : the Personal Experiences of Sixty Officers and Men of the British Fleet April 1921. There was also an abridged edition with a similar title about Forty-five Officers and Men published September 1921. Both Archive.org.
- The Heroic Record of the British Navy; a Short History of the Naval War, 1914-1918 by Archibald Hurd and H H Bashford 1919 Archive.org
- Books by E. Keble Chatterton, late Lieutenant-Commander RNVR :
- Q-Ships and their Story 1923 Archive.org. Q-ship Wikipedia. Q-Ships were armed ships, originally merchant ships, designed to lure submarines into making surface attacks.
- Danger Zone; the Story of the Queenstown Command 1934 Hathi Trust Digital Library.
- Seas of Adventures: the Story of the Naval Operations in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Aegean [1914-1918] 1936 Hathi Trust Digital Library.
- Also see Gallipoli and East Africa (First World War).
- Submarine and Anti-submarine by Henry Newbolt 1918 Archive.org
- Pushing Water by Eric P Dawson, Lieutenant, RNVR. 1918 Archive.org. The Auxiliary Motor Boat Patrol, also known as the Mosquito Fleet.
- The Dover Patrol, 1915-1917 by Admiral Sir Reginal Bacon  Volume I, Volume II. Archive.org. A later edition was published 1932, which although titled The Concise Story of the Dover Patrol, included much new and additional material.
- The Dover Patrol : the Straits, Zeebrugge, Ostend : including a Narrative of the Operations in the Spring of 1918 by Jackstaff (J J Bennett) 1919 Archive.org.
- Dover during the Dark Days by a "Dug-Out" (Lieut.-Commander Stanley W Coxon RNVR). With contributions by other officers of the Dover Patrol. 1919 Archive.org. A volume in the On Active Service Series.
- Under the Black Ensign by Captain R S Gwatkin-Williams (Rupert Stanley) 1922. Map: Murman Coast 1916-1917 [northwest Russia] from a 2nd file, rotated. Archive.org. "…all those little ships of the late war Navy - destroyers, tugs, trawlers, boarding steamers, and the like".
- My Mystery Ships by Rear Admiral Gordon Campbell , illustrated by Lieutenant J E Broome, first published 1928 in London. American edition 1929, with extra Foreword, and images appear to differ slightly. Both Archive.org. Archive.org Lending Library version (American edition), probably best digital file. Also known as Q Ships.
- Britain's Sea Soldiers. A Record of the Royal Marines during the War 1914-1919. Compiled by General Sir H. E. Blumberg, Royal Marines 1927. Hathi Trust Digital Library. May be unavailable in USA etc. Also available on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3 as an online version (located in World War II/Military Books/Britain, the first of two books with the same title) of a Naval & Military Press reprint.
- Indiscretions of the Naval Censor by Rear-Admiral Sir Douglas Brownrigg [1867-1939] 1920 Archive.org
- From Snotty to Sub [by W. B. C. W. Forester, edited by E. L. Forester] 1918 Archive.org. For another book by this author, see Gallipoli.
- By Sea and Land : Some Naval Doings by E Hilton Young, MP, Lieutenant Commander RNVR 1920 Archive.org . Book is catalogued under the surname Kennet - he became Lord Kennet from 1935. Includes a chapter on the British Naval Mission to Serbia in 1915, and a chapter on Archangel, northern Russia, from July 1918, where Young was appointed in command of an armoured train. Hilton Young, 1st Baron Kennet Wikipedia.
- Fishermen in War Time by Walter Wood (catalogued [1918?]) Archive.org
- A Captive on a German Raider by F G Trayes 1918. Archive.org The author, who was retiring from Siam, was a passenger on a Japanese ship "Hitachi Maru" which was captured by the German "Wolf" on 26 September 1917, two days after leaving Colombo. For more about the "Wolf", see Royal Navy.
- Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War by Admiral Scheer [German Navy] 1920 Archive.org.
- Gun running for Casement in the Easter rebellion 1916 by Karl Spindler of the German Navy; translated by W Montgomery and E H McGrath 1921 Archive.org
- War, Mutiny, and Revolution in the German Navy; the World War I Diary of Seaman Richard Stumpf edited and translated by Daniel Horn 1967. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
- Books on Archive.org classified by the uploader World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations
- True Stories of the Great War. Tales of Adventure-Heroic Deeds-Exploits Told by the Soldiers, Officers, Nurses, Diplomats, Eye Witnesses. Edited by Francis Trevelyan Miller 1917. In six volumes: Volume I, Vol. II, Vol. III, Vol. IV, Vol. V, Vol. VI. All Archive.org
- Many Fronts by Lewis R Freeman 1918. Archive.org. Stories and sketches which originally had appeared in several magazines. Archive.org. Lewis R. Freeman Wikipedia. The author was a war correspondent 1915-1917.
- The Note-book of an Attaché; seven months in the war zone by Eric Fisher Wood 1915 Archive.org. Some of the images may be better in this 2nd version Archive.org. The author was studying in Paris at the outbreak of war, and became Attaché at the American Embassy in Paris under Ambassador Myron Herrick. The American Embassy became responsible for German subjects remaining in France. Eric Fisher Wood Wikipedia.
- My four years in Germany by James W Gerard, late [USA] Ambassador to the German Imperial Court. 1917 Archive.org. He arrived in Berlin late 1913.
- Boche and Bolshevik : Experiences of an Englishman in the German Army and in Russian Prisons by Hereward T Price 1919 Archive.org. Reprinted from a series of articles in the China Illustrated Weekly November 1918 to February 1919. Hereward Thimbleby Price Wikipedia.
- An English Wife in Berlin: a private memoir of events, politics, and daily life in Germany throughout the war and the social revolution of 1918 by Evelyn, Princess Blücher 1920 Archive.org
- The War Diary of a Square Peg. With a Dictionary of War Words by Maximilian A Mügge. 1920 Archive.org. A British citizen of the group subsequently called in the newspapers "enemy alien Britons", he volunteered for the Army, hoping for his language skills to be utilised but was initially appointed as a Private in an Infantry regiment. However, as an enemy alien Briton, he was soon transferred to a non-combatant corps (N C C) where conscientious objectors were usually sent, with which he served in France for a few months, where NCCs were not well regarded. He was soon transferred again to an Infantry Works Battalion in England which he calls “a political concentration camp” where the majority of the men were conscripts of enemy alien parentage, in spite of being British born, or naturalised citizens. He details the situation of these enemy alien Britons - most suffered discrimination.
- From Private to Field-Marshal by Field-Marshal Sir William Robertson 1921 Archive.org. He held many senior positions during the War, including Chief of the Imperial General Staff.
- Soldiers and Statesmen 1914-1918 by Field-Marshall Sir William Robertson 1926. Volume I (but incorrectly catalogued); Volume II Archive.org.
- Experiences of a Dug-Out, 1914-1918, by Major General Sir C E Callwell 1920 Archive.org. The author was appointed to the high ranking role of Director of Military Operations (DMO) at the War Office at the outbreak of the war. [Dug-Out: a retired officer, recalled to employment].
- The First World War, 1914-1918: Personal Experiences of Lieut.-Col. C. à Court Repington 1920. [An autobiography]. Volume I, Volume II Archive.org. Charles à Court Repington 1858-1925. Wikipedia. The author was a former British Army officer who was military correspondent for The Times 1904–1918, who had many influential contacts with officers in the Army's highest ranks.
- War Memories by Princess Marie de Croy 1932 Archive.org. A resident of Belgium, her house was turned into a hospital until the Germans took it over. In 1915 she was convicted by the Germans for sheltering Allied soldiers. Nurse Edith Cavell who was tried at the same time was shot for her part in these activities, however Princess Marie was sent to a civil prison in Germany which held criminals such as murderers and remained there until the war ended in 1918. Princess Marie of Croÿ Wikipedia.
- Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 By Vera Brittain. Ninth impression 1935, first published August 1933. Archive.org
- Chronicle of Youth : the War Diary, 1913-1917 by Vera Brittain. 1982 edition, first published 1981. Archive.org Lending Library.
- Accounts about Russia
- Russia's Agony by Robert Wilton, correspondent of The Times at Petrograd. 2nd Impression 1918. Archive.org. He was also the author of The last days of the Romanovs from 15th March, 1917 1920 Archive.org.
- War and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1917 by General Basil Gourko 1919 Archive.org. First published 1918 as Memories and Impressions of War and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1917 by Vladimir Iosifovich Gurko.
- With the Russian Army, 1914-1917 : being chiefly extracts from the diary of a Military Attache by Major-General Sir Alfred Knox 1921 Volume I, Maps for Vol. 1; Volume II, Maps for Vol. 2 All Archive.org. Maps are also at the back of each volume, but perhaps missing some, or they need to be rotated.
- My Mission to Russia and other Diplomatic Memories by Sir George Buchanan, British Ambassador, Petrograd [Saint Petersburg], 1910-1918. Vol. I, Vol. II published 1923. Archive.org
- Petrograd, the city of trouble, 1914-1918 by Meriel Buchanan, daughter of the British Ambassador 1918 Archive.org.
- Page 102 The Way of a Transgressor by Negley Farson 1936 Archive.org Lending Library. 2nd file Archive.org. An American, at the beginning of the war he went to Russia, initially as representative of an American backed London export business trying to get war contracts with the Russian Government. He was in Petrograd when the Bolshevik Revolution broke out. He subsequently joined the Royal Flying Corps page 297 and was posted to Egypt page 303. Negley Farson Wikipedia. He went on to become one of the most renowned foreign correspondents of his day.
- With the Armies of the Tsar : a Nurse at the Russian Front, 1914-18 by Florence Farmborough 1975. First published 1974 with title Nurse at the Russian Front: A Diary 1914-18. Archive.org Lending Library. The author “was a 27-year-old Englishwoman employed as a governess to a family in Moscow when war broke out. She volunteered with the Red Cross..." "An Englishwoman’s Epic Russian Journey: #9 Best War Memoir" by Edward Lengel author of World War I Memories: An Annotated Bibliography of Personal Accounts Published in English Since 1919.
- Field hospital and flying column : being the journal of an English nursing sister in Belgium & Russia by Violetta Thurstan 1915 Archive.org. The author was with the Red Cross. Biographical details. Violetta Thurstan Wikipedia. Following the publication of her book, she was in charge of hospitals in Belgium, and Salonika, and was appointed to the Air Force. She helped in the civil war in Spain in 1937, and served during WW2.
- Survival through War and Revolution in Russia by D Fedotoff White, [Dimitri] also written as Dmitry Nikolaevich Fedotov-White. 1939. Archive.org. Dmitrii Fedotoff-White (Wikipedia) Imperial Russian Navy officer who fought for the White forces during the Russian Civil War. Survival page 194 indicates he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. This appears to be from 22 June 1918, and he left in 1919, (demobilised by May). He was known as Daniel Fedotoff White, and was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSC. However his British Navy service is not detailed in the book.
- Memoirs of the Foreign Legion by M. M. [Maurice Magnus, an American who committed suicide in 1920, before the book was published]. With an introduction by D. H. Lawrence. 1925 Archive.org. Maurice Magnus Wikipedia. Maurice Magnus page 154 American Fighters in the Foreign Legion, 1914-1918 by Paul Ayres Rockwell 1930 Archive.org. Books About The French Foreign Legion booksandwriters.co.uk
Secret Service and Spies
- The Secret Corps : a Tale of "Intelligence" on all Fronts by Captain Ferdinand Tuohy 1920 Archive.org. Tuohy also wrote The Battle of Brains 1930, consisting of some true stories, some semi-fiction, about Secret Service/spies, much of which had appeared serially in the Graphic, available at the British Library UIN: BLL01003689091 and also available HathiTrust Digital Library for those with University access.
- Secret Service by Major-General Sir George Aston, formerly of the Naval Intelligence Department and the Secretariat of the War Cabinet 1930 Archive.org
- The National Archives series KV1 The Security Service: First World War Historical Reports and Other Papers is available as a series of free downloads from the National Archives website, catalogue entry. This series contains the official history of the Security Service work during World War I. The duties of the Security Service were principally the control of aliens within and entering the UK, and counter-espionage within the UK and within the Empire.
- Detective & Secret Service Days by Edwin T Woodhall 1929. Link to a pdf download, STOU Digital Repository Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand. Note, this website has been noticed to be unavailable at times, possibly it may only be accessible during "office hours". Extracts from the book: "Book I" pages 31-122, "Book II Secret Service Days", pages 125-162, of 282 pages in total. Archive.org. The 1937 edition was titled Detective and Secret Service Days. The author chronicles his experiences beginning briefly with his early days in 1906 in the London Metropolitan Police Force, and then on to when he subsequently became attached to the CID at Scotland Yard, the Special Political Department, the Secret Service Department and the Special Central Department. Part of the book is discussed in an article. Details of the author casebook.org. He was also the author of Spies of the Great War : adventures with the Allied Secret Service by Edwin T. Woodhall 1932. Extracts from the latter book are included in Fifty Amazing Secret Service Dramas c 1937? Archive.org
- Red Dusk and the Morrow; Adventures and Investigations in Red Russia by Sir Paul Dukes, former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service in Russia. 1922 Archive.org
- Operation Kronstadt : the true story of honor, espionage, and the rescue of Britain's greatest spy, the Man with a Hundred Faces by Harry Ferguson 2009, first published 2008. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. A daring naval rescue attempt in 1919, commanded by Augustus Agar, using Coastal Motor Boats (CMBs), to save the British agent Paul Dukes trapped in Russia during the power struggle between the former Tsarists and Bolsheviks.
- The following book appears to have been published under three slightly different titles: Memoirs Of A British Agent; Memoirs of a British agent : being an account of the author's early life in many lands and of his official mission to Moscow in 1918; and British Agent, by R H Bruce Lockhart 1932. Archive.org version; two transcribed formats: gwpda.org and spyculture.com, now archived. Profile: Robert Bruce Lockhart spyculture.com. R. H. Bruce Lockhart Wikipedia.
- The Diaries of Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart. Volume One 1915-1938 edited by Kenneth Young 1973. Archive.org Lending Library
- Reilly : Ace of Spies by Robin Bruce Lockhart 1984. Originally published 1967 as Ace of Spies. Digital book file 1, Digital book file 2 Archive.org Lending Library. The author was the son of Robert Bruce Lockhart above who was one of Sidney Reilly's fellow spies. A television miniseries was made in 1983, based on the book. Reilly, Ace of Spies Wikipedia.
- Master Spy : a true story of Allied espionage in Bolshevik Russia by Edward Van Der Rhoer 1981. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. About Sidney George Reilly.
- My Secret Service: Vienna--Sophia--Constantinople--Nish--Belgrade--Asia Minor, etc by 'The Man Who Dined With the Kaiser' 1916. Archive.org. The author was in Constantinople when the evacuation of Gallipoli was announced. A press report of the time indicates the author was a special reporter representing the London Daily Mail, and speculates he was a Dutchman.
- The Secrets of the German War Office by Dr Armgaard Karl Graves (pseud) and Edward Lyell Fox 2nd printing 1914. Archive.org. "Written by the ghostwriter Edward Lyell Fox, the book contained a fair amount of fairy tales, but was also interspersed with details of Graves’ espionage career in both [German and British] services". "The Kaiser's Spy in Scotland - Naval Espionage before the Great War" National Records of Scotland.
- Celebrated Spies and Famous Mysteries of the Great War by George Barton 1919 Archive.org
- German spies at bay, being an actual record of the German espionage in Great Britain during the years 1914-1918, comp. from official sources by Sidney Theodore Felstead. HathiTrust Digital Library.
- Like Hidden Fire : the Plot to bring down the British Empire by Peter Hopkirk 1994 Archive.org Lending Library. Published in the UK with title On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Great Game and the Great War.
- Peter Hopkirk was with The Times of London for nineteen years, as chief reporter and Middle and Far East specialist.
- Also see the various Fronts mentioned above.
- Also see Fiction, below.
India and the Indian Army. The Empire.
- The Empire at War edited for the Royal Colonial Institute by Sir Charles Lucas, in five volumes, with a catalogue contents description. (Volume 1 British Library Digital file; For North America region etc only, Volumes 2-3-4 HathiTrust Digital Library and Volume 4 Africa Google Books A and B.) Volume 5, 1926, covers WW1 The Mediterranean colonies ; Egypt and Palestine ; Aden ; India ; Ceylon ; Malaya ; China. Volume 5, British Library Digital file, Contents. Also available Vol-vth Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
- Gazette of india and Calcutta Gazette - for editions published during the war period, see separate list.
- Turmoil and Tragedy in India, 1914 and After by Lieut.-General Sir George MacMunn 1935, catalogued as Turmoil The Tragedy In India 1914. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
- The British Library digitised manuscripts include some India Office Records relating to the First World War. A search using the key word India, and adjustment of the dates will locate the documents , or the direct links include
- IOR/L/MIL /17/5/2383 India’s Contribution to the Great War published by authority of the Government of India 1923. Contents, including a List of Battles and Engagements. Also available in an Archive.org version, and as a Pdf download Digital Repository of GIPE-Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics [Pune India].
- Also see the various campaign pages, mentioned below.
- Role Of Indian Army In The First World War by Shyam Narain Saxena 1987 Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
- India and the First World War by Budheswar Pati 1996 Google Books
- "Despatch: Brief review of the part played by India, including the Native States, in the prosecution of the war" by General Munro, Commander-in-Chief in India London Gazette Supplement 25 July 1919, Supplement 31476, pages 9537-9549.
- The Punjab And The War compiled by M S Leigh ICS 1922 Panjab Digital Library. This book is also available Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
- "Seven Years of War and the Salt Range" by ‘Punjab Captain’ page 454 Blackwood’s Magazine, no 210 July-Dec 1921. Archive.org. Many men in the Punjab were still absent in the Army overseas.
- Indias Services In The War by M BL Bhargava 1919 "Popular edition". Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
- India's Services In The War. Printed by K D Seth at the Newul Kishore Press, Lucknow 1922.
- Vol 1 General Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India; Vol. 3 United Provinces Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India; Vol. 4-5 Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India, consisting of Vol.4 Bengal, Bombay, Madras, and Vol.5 Punjab and Central Provinces, each section with separate numbering and indexes.
- Patiala and the Great War : a brief history of the services of the Premier Punjab State 1923. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
- Speech by Lord Chelmsford, Governor General of India mentioning Anglo-Indian Force - Archive.org
- "Letter from Sir Charles Monroe, C-in-C in India, dated Simla, August 15, 1917" regarding conditions in India from The First World War, 1914-1918, Volume II, page 110 by Charles Repington 1920 Archive.org
- United Empire: The Royal Colonial Institute Journal Volume 6 New Series 1915 Archive.org
- Under Ten Viceroys: the Reminiscences of a Gurkha by Major-General Nigel Woodyatt 1922 Achive.org, from page 210 describes the author’s service in India during the First World War, including his responsibility for the arrangements for all "enemy subjects" of military age in India, both civilians living in India and prisoners of war from East Africa, Mesopotamia Persia etc . Turkish prisoners were sent to Burma. Others including the Germans were placed in an interment camp at Ahmednagar, near Poona. For war actions in India, also see North West Frontier Campaigns.
- The Post Office of India in the Great War edited by H.A. Sams 1922 Archive.org Contents
- Despatches on military operations in the Indian Empire since the outbreak of war including Aden, Persia and the North West Frontier London Gazette Supplements.
- Compendium of the More Important Army Order 1919. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. Full title: Compendium of the More Important Orders of the Government of India, Army Department and India Army Orders issued from the 1st August 1914, to the 31st December 1917
- Deeds of Valour Performed by Indian Officers and Soldiers during the period from 1860 to 1925 by P P Hypher, Army Department 1927 printed at Simla, is available on the FIBIS database as a series of many pdf files to download. Depending on your browser, you may need to locate the files in your downloads folder. Contents: The Indian Order of Merit 1860-1913 pages 1-178; IOM 1914-1925 p 230-491; The Victoria Cross p 179; The Military Cross p 187; Foreign Decorations p 210. Includes details of the actions which led to the awards.
- List of Honors Awarded to the Indian Army Archive.org. Full title: List of Honors Awarded to the Indian Army August 1914 to August 1921. Published 1931. Issued 1930.
- "British and Indian Officers of the Indian Army and Royal Indian Marine, and members of the civil and other Government services in India, who have served as officers in His Majesty’s Forces, and who died in the Great War"
History series and periodical publications
- The Times History of the War. Illustrated. 22 Volumes including Index. Appears to be based on (but not a reprint of) the weekly publication by The Times, London from August 25, 1914 to July 27, 1920; Title varied: pts. 64-273, The Times History and Encyclopaedia of the War. Individual volumes include Contents, Index (at the end) and alphabetical Index of Illustrations (at the end). Vol 22: Index 1921. Vol 1: The Battlefield of Europe 1914. (This title appears to be the American edition); Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4, Vol 5 all 1915; Vol 6, Vol 7, Vol 8, Vol 9 all 1916; Vol 10, Vol 11, Vol 12, Vol 13 all 1917; Vol 14, Vol 15, Vol 16, Vol 17 all 1918; Vol 18, Vol 19, Vol 20 all 1919; Vol 21 1920.
- Nelson’s History of the War by John Buchan Archive.org. Link to the 24 volumes in the series, published 1915-1919: Vol. 1, From the Beginning of the War to the Fall of Namur; Vol. 2, From the Battle of Mons to the German Retreat to the Aisne; Vol. 3, The Battle of the Aisne and the Events down to the Fall of Antwerp; Vol. 4, The Great Struggle in West Flanders; Vol. 5, The War of Attrition in the West; Vol. 6, The Campaign on the Niemen and the Narev; Vol. 7, From the Second Battle of Ypres to the Beginning of the Italian Campaign; Vol. 8, The Midsummer Campaigns, and the Battles on the Warsaw Salient; Vol. 9, The Italian War, the Campaign at Gallipoli; Vol. 10, The Russian Stand, and the Allied Offensive in the West; Vol. 11, The Struggle for the Dvina, and the Great Invasion of Serbia; Vol. 12, The Retreat from Bagdad, the Evacuation of Gallipoli, and the Derby Report; Vol. 13, The Position at Sea, the Fall of Erzerum, and the First Battle of Verdun; Vol. 14, From the Fall of Kut to the Second Battle of Verdun; Vol. 15, Brussilov’s Offensive and the Intervention of Rumania; Vol. 16, The Battle of the Somme; Vol. 17, From the Opening of the Rumanian Campaign to the Change of Government in Britain; Vol. 18, From the German Overtures for Peace to the American Declaration of War; 19, The Spring Campaigns of 1917; Vol. 20, The Summer Campaigns of 1917; Vol. 21, The Fourth Winter of War; Vol. 22, The Darkest Hour; Vol. 23, The Dawn; Vol. 24, Victory.
- A revised, largely rewritten and condensed series was published in 1923 as A History of the Great War by John Buchan Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, Volume IV Archive.org.
- The Illustrated War News, published weekly by the Illustrated London News
- Volume 1, Nos 1-12. August 12- October 28, 1914 Archive.org. Number 15, Nov. 18, 1914, Number 21, Dec. 30, 1914 gutenberg.org. A compilation of issues from October, November and December of 1915. Link to a pdf download in 5 separate parts. Combined Arms Research Library [CARL] Digital Library [USA].
- New Series: Volume 1 from June 14th 1916, Volume 2 from Sept 6th 1916, Volume 3 from November 29th 1916, Volume 4 from Feb 21st, 1917, Volume 5 from May 16th, 1917, Volume 6 from August 8th 1917, Volume 7 from Oct 31st 1917, Volume 8 from Jan 23rd to April 10th 1918 Archive.org. Publication then appears to have ceased.
- The Illustrated War News is also available to search on findmypast, category "Newspapers & periodicals", and to browse or search on the British Newspaper Archive (both pay websites with the same content). The latter website contains the date range, and appears to include all/most editions to mid 1916, when the New Series commenced. The Tatler is similarly available from 1901.
- The War illustrated Album de Luxe: The Story of the Great European War told by Camera, Pen and Pencil edited by J A Hammerton, published 1915-1919 Archive.org. Vol.1 The First Phase; Vol.2 The Winter Campaign 1914-1915; Vol.3 The Spring Campaign-1915; Vol.4 The Summer Campaign -1915; Vol.5 The Second Winter Campaign -1915-1916; Vol.6 The Spring and Summer Campaign of 1916; Vol.7 The Autumn Campaign of 1916; Vol.8 Ending the First Three Years; Vol.9 The Fourth Year, 1917-18; Vol.10 The Last Phase
- These volumes appear to have most, but not all, of the content of the weekly periodical The War Illustrated (greatwardifferent.com, archived) which in turn was republished in nine volumes. The weekly magazine volume numbering system appears to have been on a six monthly basis from commencement of publication (Volume 1 was 26 weekly editions to 13 February 1915). The following appear to be a collection of weekly magazines:Aug-Dec 1914, 1915:1, 1915:2, 1916:1, 1916:2, 1917:1, 1917:2, 1918:1, 1918:2 (1919 not available online). Archive.org. Available at the British Library to 8 Feb. 1919, and also as Volumes 8 and 9 UIN: BLL01006815546
- The Great War. The Standard History of the All-Europe Conflict: Volume 9 Edited by H. W. Wilson and J A Hammerton 1917. “Profusely illustrated” . Hathi Trust Digital Library. Volume 13 with General Index University of Hong Kong. A series of 13 volumes, most of which are available on Hathi Trust Digital Library, restricted to North America etc readers. Details of the publication thegreatwar.miraheze.org
- A Popular History of the Great War edited by Sir J A Hammerton c 1933 Archive.org, Public Library of India Collection. A series of six volumes. Stated to be an original narrative, but making use of material from the 13 volume series The Great War, see previous entry. Vol. 1 1914, Vol. 2 1915, Vol. 3 1916, Vol. 4 not online, Vol. 5 1918, Vol. 6 Armistice and After
- Harper's Pictorial Library Of The World War 1920 Archive.org. Links to 12 volumes. The 12 titles are listed on the Volume 1 file.
- The Story of the Great War. Published by Collier and Son, New York in sixteen volumes. Scroll down to Contents outline. There is an associated eight volume series, (perhaps condensed to 80%, with fewer illustrations) with some editions titled The Story of the Great War. History of the European War from Official Sources. Complete Historical Record of Events to date. Edited by Francis J Reynolds and Allen L Churchill , published c 1916-1920.
- Sixteen volume series, mostly Archive.org: Vol. 1; Vol. 2; Vol. 3; Vol. 4 (includes The Dardanelles); Vol. 5; Vol. 6; Vol. 7; Vol. 8; Vol. 9 (includes Mesopotamia, East Africa); Vol. 10; Vol. 11; Vol. 12; Vol. 13, (includes Palestine); 14; 16 Hathi Trust Digital Library
- Eight volume series Archive.org Vol.1; Vol. 2; Vol. 3 (includes the Dardanelles); Vol. 4 (includes Mesopotamia); Vol. 5 (includes Mesopotamia, East Africa); Vol. 6; Vol. 7 (includes Palestine and Mesopotamia); Vol. 8
- The Great War by George H Allen et al. 1915-1921. v. 1. Causes of and motives for.--v. 2. The mobilization of the moral and physical forces.--v. 3. The original German plan and its culmination.--v. 4. The wavering balance of forces. --v. 5. The triumph of democracy. First Volume, Index; Second Volume, Index; Third Volume, Index; Fourth Volume, Index; Fifth Volume, Index Archive.org
- The Great World War: A History. General Editor Frank A Mumby. Published 1915-1920. Archive.org
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- The Times Documentary History of the War published 1917-1920 Archive.org
- Current History: A Monthly Magazine of the New York Times. Initial volumes also had the title The European War. A similar series issued quarterly (same content) included the title European War for all quarterly volumes up to Volume XX to October 1920. Archive.org
- The final volume of the quarterly series of the same monthly magazines, Volume XX of the quarterly series, appears to be an update of the earlier periods and may include content which is not included in the half yearly volumes. The content for the quarterly series up to June 1919 appears to be identical to the half yearly volumes. Volume XX July 1919-October 1920, Cumulative Index of the quarterly series. At least some of the quarterly editions are available on Archive.org
- Source Records of the Great War, edited by Charles F Horne 1923. Archive.org. Also published in a later edition as The Great Events of the Great War. Seven volumes: The Causes, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1918-1919
- Economic And Social History Of The World War publications for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Archive.org. Multiple volumes covering a number of countries. The publications for some countries are in English, however some are not, including Belgium, France in French and Austria, Germany in German. Publications in the series at 1927
- The series includes Includes Economic And Social History Of The World War: British Series 9 online volumes, classified by the submitting library, as Volumes 1-9. Volume 1 Rural Scotland during the War (1926); Vol 2 British War Budgets (1926); Vol 3 War & Insurance (1927); Vol 4 The War and the Shipping Industry (1927); Vol 5 British Food Control (1928); Vol 6 Dictionary of Official War-Time Organizations (1928); Vol 7 An Economic Chronicle of the Great War for Great Britain & Ireland 1914-1919. With a Supplement dealing briefly with the years 1920,1921 and 1922 by N B Nearle (1929); Vol 8 Taxation during the War (1932); Vol 9 The Consequences of the War to Great Britain (1934). Additional volumes in the British series A Manual of Archive Administration including the Problems of War Archives and Archive Making by Hilary Jenkinson 1922. Labour Supply and Regulation by Humbert Wolfe 1923. Archive.org
- Official German Documents relating to the World War, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1923. Volume I, Volume II Pdf downloads, Digital Repository of GIPE, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics [Pune].
- Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, Supplement, The World War, a publication of the US Department of State, is available for the following years (scroll down): 1914; 1915; 1916; 1917, Supplement 1, Supplement 2, the latter Volumes I and II (total 3 Volumes for 1917); 1918, Supplement 1 (Volumes I and II), Supplement 2 (total 3 Volumes for 1918) digicoll.library.wisc.edu.
- A text version, which is searchable, is available on the US Department of State: Office of the Historian website: 1914, 1915, 1916, for 1917 and 1918 scroll down to items 97-99 and 104-106.
- Papers relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States. The Lansing papers, 1914–1920 (in two volumes): United States Government Printing Office Washington 1939 and 1940. Transcribed, searchable editions from Office of the Historian: Volume I, Volume II. Digitised editions: Volume I, Volume II digicoll.library.wisc.edu. Robert Lansing was a lawyer, diplomat, Secretary of State during the Wilson Administration, and member of the American mission to negotiate a peace treaty following World War I.
- Blackwood’s Magazine, sometimes shortened to Maga. (Earlier editions were titled Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine) Archive.org. Contains many war related articles.
- Vol.196, 1914:2 (poor quality file), Vol. 197, 1915:1, Vol. 198, 1915:2, Vol. 199, 1916:1, Vol. 200, 1916:2, Vol. 201, 1917:1, Vol. 202, 1917:2, Vol. 203, 1918:1, Vol. 204, 1918:2, Vol. 205, 1919:1, Vol. 206, 1919:2, Vol. 207, 1920:1, Vol. 208, 1920:2, Vol. 209, 1921:1. Vol. 210, 1921:2, Vol. 211, 1922:1, Vol. 212, 1922:2. For those in North America etc, Hathi Trust Digital Library. Google Books Vol. 196 or Vol. 196 may be better quality files.
- The World's Work. A History of Our Time. Published by Doubleday, New York. An Illustrated monthly publication. Vol. 28, May-Oct 1914, Vol. 29, Nov 1914 to April 1915, Vol. 30, May-Oct 1915, Vol. 31, Nov 1915-April 1916, Vol. 32, May- Oct 1916, Vol. 33, Nov 1916-April 1917, Vol. 34, May-Oct 1917, Vol. 35, Nov 1917- April 1918, Vol. 36, May-Oct 1918, Vol. 37, Nov 1918-April 1919 Archive.org. Editions for other periods are also available on Archive.org.
- The Quarterly Review Volume 223 , consisting of Nos.442 and 443, published January and April 1915 in London by John Murray. Includes articles on the war , particularly in No.443. Archive.org. Hathi Trust Digital Library editions accessible by those in North America etc.
- The Great War…I Was There! Undying Memories of 1914-1918 (a description greatwardifferent.com, archived) edited by Sir John Hammerton originally published in 51 weekly parts 1938-39, (first appearing around the 20th anniversary of the end of the war), and also published in a three volume edition, 2020 pages (v. 1. August 4, 1914, to July 1, 1916; v. 2. July 4, 1916, to October 22, 1917; v. 3. Oct. 1917 to Jan. 1919 (Amalgamated Press)), the latter available at the British Library UIN: BLL01001581634 . There was also a four volume reprint by Waverley.
- The weekly magazines are available as a database on the pay website findmypast, titled Britain, The Great War, I Was There located in Armed Forces & Conflict/First World War, which advises the 51 editions ran from 29 September 1938 to 19 September 1939. To browse the pages, do not use a Search term but click on the Search icon, when a series of 1186 pdf images, (each of two pages), will be displayed in image order. From any image you can navigate to the next image, or the previous image. (This function is located near the top of the findmypast webpage, not near the actual image). Part 1 consists of 29 images, perhaps larger than the average, if in fact all issues are included.
- Some of the weekly issues (Parts 1-41, (for the period to 23 April 1918) and Part 46 (Sept-Oct 1918) are available on the Library subscription website "The First World War" by Adam Matthew Digital, module "Personal Experiences", see Subscription websites - First World War databases for details of this database. To locate this publication, it is classified as a "Printed Book" and it appears in five separate listings, the editions to Part 41 in four listings and Part 46 as a separate listing. The British Library is listed on the database website as a Participating Library. Card holders of the State Library of NSW can access The First World War: Personal Experiences module on their home computers.
- Not currently available online: History of the First World War published by Purnell c 1969-1970 (editor Barrie Pitt) also known as Purnell’s History of the First World War. Published as a series of 128 weekly magazines, with 8 volume binders, and available at the British Library UIN: BLL01009938748. Also appears to have been reprinted in 8 Volumes 1970-71 (example Volume 8 Google Books snippet)
Those who died
- The Bond of Sacrifice: a Biographical Record of all British Officers who fell in the Great War. Volume I: August-December 1914 edited by Colonel L A Clutterbuck, and Commander W T Dooner Archive.org. (Only two volumes were published, Volume 2 covered the first six months of 1915 and is available in some areas such as North America on the Hathi Trust Digital Library). Both volumes are available on findmypast (pay website).
- Officers died in the Great War, 1914-1919. London : His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1919. British Library digital file. Also available on findmypast and Ancestry (pay websites).
- The Roll of Honour. A biographical record of all members of His Majesty's naval and military forces who have fallen in the war by the Marquis De Ruvigny. Volume I, Volume III. Archive.org. lib.militaryarchive.co.uk versions, archived at Archive.org. Vol. II, Vol. IV. Vol. V. Originally required Flash turned on - this requirement may still apply. Only published in these five volumes, the majority of the biographies relate to deaths in the early years of the war. Families needed to pay to be included, so entries reflect wealthier service personnel. All volumes are available on the pay websites Ancestry and findmypast.
- For Dauntless France: An Account of Britain's Aid to the French Wounded and Victims of the War. Compiled for the British Red Cross Societies and the British Committee of the French Red Cross by Lawrence Binyon  Archive.org. Includes a List of British Subjects who went abroad on Red Cross and kindred war-work for the French up to December 31, 1917.
- Reports by the Joint War Committee and the Joint War Finance Committee of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England on voluntary aid rendered to the sick and wounded at home and abroad and to British prisoners of war 1914–1919, with appendices, originally published 1921 HMSO, is available in a reprint edition, which in turn is available as an online book on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3, titled Reports by the Joint War Committee and the (located in World War II/Military Books/Britain letter R)
- War Pictures Behind the Lines by Ian Malcolm M P. 2nd edition, 1915. Archive.org. The author was involved in Red Cross work.
- At the War by Lord Northcliffe. New and enlarged edition 1917. 1916 edition both Archive.org. Published for the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross.
- Summary of World War Work of the American Y M C A; with the Soldiers and Sailors of America at home, on the sea, and overseas; with the men of the Allied Armies and with the Prisoners of War in all parts of the world 1920. Archive.org. Includes Honour Roll. Pages 89-90 include mention of the Indian YMCA working overseas in Mesopotamia, East Africa, Palestine.
Prisoners of War
- Prisoners of War by Tighe Hopkins 1914 HathiTrust Digital Library. Search HathiTrust for other digitised books on this topic.
- The Prisoners of War Information Bureau in London: a Study by Ronald F. Roxburgh 1915 Archive.org.
- Prisoners of War by Herbert C. Fooks 1924. Link to pdf downloads in six parts. Combined Arms Research Library [CARL] Digital Library [USA].
- My Escape from Donington Hall : preceded by an Account of the Siege of Kiao-Chow in 1915 by Kapitanleutnant Gunther Plüschow of the German Air Service. Translated by Pauline de Chary. 1922 Archive.org. Escape of a German officer from an English POW Camp.
- Books on Prisoners of War from Archive.org. Alternative link for Prisoners of War titled books on Archive.org. Select your own filters.
- Reports by International Committee of the Red Cross about Prisoner of War Camps, WW1 French language. ICRC on scribd.com. Also available through the ICRC website Prisoners of the First World War - ICRC Archives. Click on individual camps in list of camps. Includes a report regarding “camps de prisonniers en Angleterre’’ (England)
- List of Places of Internment produced by the Prisoners of War Information Bureau in 1919 is an alphabetical listing of Prisoner-of-War camps in Britain and the Commonwealth during the First World War. It is available in a reprint edition, which in turn is available as an online book on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3 titled Prisoners of War Information Bureau: List of Places of (located in World War II/Military Books/Britain, letter P)
- For Army Manuals, see Military periodicals online - Army Regulations, Equipment, Manuals etc
- Raising and Training the New Armies by Captain Basil Williams 1918 Archive.org
- Regulations for the issue of army separation allowance, allotments of pay, and family allowance, during the present war, 1918 War Office. State Library of Victoria.
- War Pensions and Allowances by J. M. Hogge and T. H. Garside 1918 Archive.org
- The Military Service Act : fully and clearly explained by Philip Snowden. 1916? British Library Digital file.
- Ministry of National Service, 1917-1919: Report upon the Medical Department of the Ministry of National Service 1920 HMSO. HathiTrust Digital Library. The Medical Department conducted the examinations of all men of Military Age called up for Medical Examination under the Military Service Acts.
- Conscription and Conscience; a History, 1916-1919 by J W Graham 1922 Archive.org. 1971 reprint edition with a new introduction. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
- Conscience and Politics; the British Government and the Conscientious Objector to Military Service, 1916-1919 by John Rae 1970 Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
- "The British Postal Censorship" Chapter III, page 18 The Note-book of an Intelligence Officer by Eric Fisher Wood 1917 Archive.org
- The London Censorship 1914-1919 by members of the staff past and present. Great Britain. Postal Censor's Department. [London, 1920] , British Library Digital Collection.
- Digger Dialects : a Collection of Slang Phrases used by the Australian Soldiers on Active Service by W.H. Downing, late 57th Battalion, AIF. . State Library of Victoria. Some of the words were probably also used by British and other soldiers.
- The Horse and the War by Captain Sidney Galtrey. Illustrated from drawings by Captain Lionel Edwards and from photographs. 1918 Archive.org
- A Book of Poems for the Blue Cross Fund (to help horses in war time) 1917 Archive.org. Poems about horses.
- Falsehood In War-time by Arthur Ponsonby MP (Lord Ponsonby). Tenth Impression 1940, first published 1928. Archive.org. Full title: Falsehood in War-time: Containing an Assortment of Lies Circulated Throughout the Nations During the Great War.
- Subject Index of the books relating to the European War, 1914-1918, acquired by the British Museum, 1914-1920 1922 Archive.org
- A Check List of the Literature and Other Material in the Library of Congress on the European War by Herman H B Meyer 1919 Archive.org
- The Child's ABC of the War by Geoffrey Whitworth with Pictures by Stanley North 1914. Florida State University Digital Library.
- Digital Archive of Documents Related to Knitting contains the following books as pdfs. Scroll down. Knitting and Sewing. How to Make Seventy Useful Articles for Men in the Army and Navy by Maud Churchill Nicoll. 1918, 209 pages and Khaki Knitting Book by Olive Whiting 1917, 58 pages. University of Arizona On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics. Khaki Knitting Book Archive.org version. The Priscilla War Work Book, including directions for knitted garments and comfort kits from the American Red Cross, and knitted garments for the Boy Scout 1917 Archive.org.
- The subscription website UK Parliamentary Papers includes many Papers and Reports in respect of the First World War. See Subscription websites-online newspapers, journals and directories for details and suggested access. Your Library needs to have subscribed for the module for this period. Included are War Cabinet Reports. Also General Annual Reports on the British Army (including the territorial force from the date of embodiment) for the period from 1st October, 1913, to 30th September, 1919. Command Papers/ Accounts and Papers/ Session: 1921/Paper Number: Cmd. 1193. (Acronym sometimes used is GARBA)
After the War
- The Armistices of 1918 by Sir Frederick Maurice 1943 Archive.org
- Series: Peace Handbooks World Digital Library, a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, contributed by Library of Congress. In preparation for the peace conference that was to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section with the responsibility of preparing background information that might be needed by British delegates to the conference. Stated to be 158 volumes for multiple countries. Click on "narrow results" or Place filter, if all volumes do not display.
- Treaties of Peace 1919-1923 by Lt.-Col. Lawrence Martin 1924. Published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Vol. I Hathi Trust Digital Library, Vol. II Archive.org
- Disenchantment by C E Montague 1922 Archive.org. Originally a series of articles which had appeared in the Manchester Guardian over the previous two years. Charles Edward Montague Wikipedia.
- The Present State Of Germany. A Lecture delivered in the University of London on November 20th, 1923, with an Introduction by J H Morgan [John Hartman]. 2nd impression 1924. Archive.org.
- Assize of Arms: The Disarmament of Germany and her Rearmament (1919–1939). In two volumes by J H Morgan 1945. Volume I Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. There was in fact only one volume ever published (see Gatzke's book following, page 3).
- For more online books by J H Morgan, see General history of the war, above.
- Stresemann And The Rearmament Of Germany by Hans W Gatzke 1954 Archive.org
- Peace Patrol by Lt.-Col. Stewart Roddie 1932. Archive.org, Public Library of India Collection. Roddie served in the Inter-Allied Commission of Control in Germany in the 1920s.
- Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. 1941 USA complete and unabridged translation of the first German edition of two volumes, 1925 and 1927. Contains chapters on the First World War years. Also previously published in a 1939 unabridged translation by James Murphy, reprint version, published in London and as My Struggle an abridged version, unknown translator possibly E T S Dugdale, first published 1933, cheap edition July 1938. The latter version appears also to have been published as My Battle. German edition 1936, both volumes. All versions Archive.org.
- Mein Rant: A Summary in Light Verse of "Mein Kampf" by R F Patterson. Illustrated by W Heath Robinson. 1940 Archive.org
- Documents On British Foreign Policy (1919-1939) First Series. Edited by E L Woodward and Rohan Butler HMSO. Volume I 1919 1947; Volume II 1919 1948; Volume III 1919 1949. HathiTrust Digital Library editions (viewing conditions differ- some may not be available in USA). Details of the volumes (diplomatic-documents.org, archived page), with a total of 34 volumes in Series 1 and Series 1a.
- England after the War by Frank Dilnot 1920. Archive.org
- England after War: a Study by Charles F G Masterman, catalogued 1922. Archive.org
- The Novels of World War I : an Annotated Bibliography by Philip E Hager and Desmond Taylor 1981. Includes The twenty most significant novels of the Great War pages 5-6. Includes novels for both adults and juveniles. Archive.org Books To Borrow/Lending Library.
- "World War I books" [A Bibliography] from The Modern Novel.
- Spy thrillers by John Buchan featuring lead character Richard Hannay, set immediately prior, or during WW1.
- The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan. First published 1915. Archive.org. Librivox Audio Archive.org. Wikipedia details of the book.
- Greenmantle by John Buchan 1916 Archive.org. Librivox Audio, catalogued Version 2. (Other files are available). Archive.org. Wikipedia
- Mr. Standfast 1919 Archive.org. Librivox Audio Archive.org. Wikipedia.
- The Diary of a U-Boat Commander [by Sir Stephen King-Hall] c 1920. Archive.org. Librivox audio version Archive.org
- Ashenden or The British Agent by W Somerset Maugham. Reprint edition, first published 1928. Archive.org. Short stories based on the author’s experience “in the Intelligence Department during the war, but rearranged for the purpose of fiction”. Audio of some of the stories. Archive.org. About the book Wikipedia. Includes chapter headings.
- A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway 1929. 1932 edition with Introduction by Ford Madox Ford Archive.org. Set on the Italian Front. One of the twenty most significant novels of the Great War, see The Novels of World War I by Hager and Taylor, above.
- Hemingway's First War : the Making of A Farewell to Arms by Michael S Reynolds 1976. Archive.org Books To Borrow/Lending Library.
- We That Were Young : a Novel by Irene Rathbone, with a preface by E.M. Delafield ; and with a new introduction by Lynn Knight. 1989 reprint, first published 1932. Also reprinted in England in 1988 in the series Virago Modern Classics (no. 306). The author volunteered for war service, working at two YMCA camps in France and as a VAD in London. Her novel draws upon those experiences as well as upon those of a close friend, Ruby Wyld, who worked in a munitions factory. Archive.org Books to Borrow/ Lending Library.
- Three Cheers for Me: The Journals of Bartholomew Bandy Volume One by Donald Jack. Revised edition 1973, original version 1962.
- It’s Me Again: The Journals of Bartholomew Bandy Volume Three by Donald Jack 1975. Both Archive.org Lending Library.
- Volumes One and Three in the series The Bandy Papers, or The Journals of Bartholomew Bandy. A series of novels chronicling the exploits of a World War I fighter ace Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy. The Bandy Papers Wikipedia. “The books are noted for their humour and word play, as well as technical and historic accuracy.” Review of Volume Three, the final volume set in the WW1 period, Volume Two being That's Me in the Middle.
- Also see Western Front
- Order of Battle of Divisions :India (scroll down) The Long, Long Trail. The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918. Accessed 23 May 2018.
"Some Comments on stereotypes of the Anglo-Indians: Part II" by Megan Stuart Mills from the International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies 1996, quoting
- Abel, Evelyn. (1988). The Anglo-Indian Community. Chanakya Publications: Delhi.
- Dover, Cedric. (1937). Half-Caste. London: Martin, Secker and Warburg.
- Thomas, David A. (1982). Lucknow and Kanpur, 1880-1920: Stagnation and Development under the Raj. South Asia. 5, 68-80.
- "Christopher Hawes in Conversation with Glenn D'cruz" in The International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies Volume 3, Number 1, 1998.
"Loyalty, Parity, and Social Control-The Competing Visions on the Creation of an ‘Eurasian’ Military Regiment in late British India" by Satoshi Mizutani The International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies Volume 10, No. 1, 2010, quoting
-  Anonymous (ed.), The Anglo-Indian Force (Allahabad, 1918), p.40. This book, by C T Robbie, is available in the India Office Records at the British Library IOR/L/MIL/17/5/4318
- Territorial Force Wikipedia accessed 18 Feb 2014
- The 43rd (Wessex) Division “The Long, Long Trail”. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- The 44th (Home Counties) Division “The Long, Long Trail”. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- The 45th (2nd Wessex) Division “The Long, Long Trail”. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- Page 96,The History of the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s) 1914-1919 by Everard Wyrall 1927.
- Khyber Pass 1/5th Royal West Surrey, Murree, Aug 1916 Great War Forum 28 August 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- Anderson, Donny CSM David Moody 12673, Gordon Highlanders Rawalpindi War Cemetery Great War Forum 3 July 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
- ddycher [Dave] Garrison Bn's to India 1917 Great War Forum 31 May 2015 Retrieved 24 May 2018.
- ddycher Garrison Bn's to India 1917 Great War Forum 6 June 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
- Frogsmile Sgt William Connelly, 1st Batt Gordon Highlders, NW Frontier Victorian Wars Forum 26 March 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- themonsstar 1st Garrison Battalion The Manchester Regiment Great War Forum 21 January 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
- Indian Army List April 1919, page 672
- Turner Donovan December 2019 item 117.
- Royal Sussex Regiment “The Long, Long Trail”. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) (“Green Howards”) “The Long, Long Trail”. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- Abstract of a paper "Royal Indian Marine in the First World War" by Kalesh Mohanan presented at the India And The Great War Conference at The United Service Institution of India, New Delhi: 5-7 March 2014, now an archived webpage
- rflory. ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY Great War Forum 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- Discovery catalogue
- Naval and Military Archive
- UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920 consisting of WO 95/1096–3948 records. However, within this series, there appears to be a further selection of diaries available - not all are included. Also UK, WWI War Diaries (Gallipoli and Dardanelles), 1914-1916 consisting of WO 95/4263-4359 records. Similarly, not all diaries within this range may have been included. Ancestry.
- stiletto_33853 Ancestry vs National Archives Great War Forum 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018. Ancestry diaries may have large parts (many months) missing compared to TNA files
- Gallipoli Diaries and Great War Diaries amazon.co.uk
- WO 95/5494 List of Royal Artillery, Army Service Corps, Machine Gun Corps and Medical Units with the Division, Corps or Army they fought with. The National Archives.
- Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries, 1914-18 War
- British Red Cross Register Of Overseas Volunteers 1914-1918 findmypast
- British Army, British Red Cross Society Volunteers 1914-1918 findmypast
- Reports by the Joint War Committee and the Joint War Finance Committee of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England on voluntary aid rendered to the sick and wounded at home and abroad and to British prisoners of war 1914–1919, with appendices Naval & Military Press reprint edition.
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